Wayne Kramer Download
Mar 11, 2004Baked Potato (North Hollywood, CA)
Wayne Kramer Download
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Total Length:
43:14
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© Wolfgang's Vault

Wayne Kramer Download

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Our downloads are all from master recordings owned by Wolfgang's Vault, an archive built from more than a dozen historic collections spanning a wide spectrum of musical genres and legendary performers.

We have painstakingly restored every tape using the highest quality analog-to-digital converters available and the light engineering touch we’ve come to be known for that makes you feel like you were at the show.

All song files are high-quality 320k mp3s, delivered to you in a single zip file. If you haven't used a zip file before, it’s quite simple. On most computers you can just double-click on the zip file to extract it to a folder containing the mp3 song files, which you can then drag into iTunes or whatever library you use.

Sample this concert
  1. 1Dead Movie Stars09:54
  2. 2Adult World08:55
  3. 3God's Worst Nightmare05:30
  4. 4Brought A Knife To The Gunfight04:46
  5. 5Bomb Day In Paris07:27
  6. 6Back When Dogs Could Talk06:42
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Item Number:
  • 20053250-11278-AD
Date:
  • Mar 11, 2004
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Sample this concert
  1. 1Dead Movie Stars09:54
  2. 2Adult World08:55
  3. 3God's Worst Nightmare05:30
  4. 4Brought A Knife To The Gunfight04:46
  5. 5Bomb Day In Paris07:27
  6. 6Back When Dogs Could Talk06:42
Total Length:
43:14
Copyright:
© Wolfgang's Vault

Liner Notes

Wayne Kramer - vocals, guitar; Unknown - backing musicians

Wayne Kramer is one of the most respected figures in rock 'n' roll, and that's saying a lot. Kramer was hugely responsible for helping to lay the foundations of punk through his band MC5, which he formed in 1965 with fellow guitarist Fred "Sonic" Smith. MC5, as a pioneering brethren to the Stooges for driving the hard-edged Detroit rock movement, had enormous influence in the local community, in large part because of their role as house band for the legendary Grande Ballroom, and in much wider musical circles by their raw punk sound and leftwing radical politics (John Sinclair of White Panther fame managed the band starting in 1967). After the MC5 disbanded in 1972 (famed journalist Jon Landau took the helm as manager upon Sinclair's arrest for marijuana possession), Kramer went underground for a stint while dealing with some personal demons, and then reemerged in the mid-'90s with a well-received solo career.

This show was captured in 2004 at the Baked Potato in North Hollywood and features Kramer's solo material… no MC5 songs here, but it's no matter. Kramer sounds incendiary with his signature visceral delivery that reminds listeners today why Kramer was such a staple on rock's outermost edge. It's hard to believe that at the time of this show, Kramer was nearing 60-years-old, because he projects the growling vigor of a performer more than half his age.

The six songs demonstrated here at this show are selections from four of Kramer's solo albums, and the set jumpstarts with "Dead Movie Stars" from the Dangerous Madness record that was released in 1996 on Epitaph. That album is revisited a song later in the set with "God's Worst Nightmare." Kramer, of course, is overtly political through much of the show, particularly in the spoken word-type song, "Bomb Day in Paris" that was also captured on his1998 live album, Live Like A Motherfucker. The funky "Back When Dogs Could Talk" from 1997's Citizen Wayne closes out the recording in signature punk-funk style, which rolls to an end with some comical barking, and Kramer's laugh… essentially the only communication he has with the audience throughout this beautifully captured recording.

Wayne Kramer remains involved in music and politics today, and his legacy continues to resonate while his reputation gains wider and wider reach.

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