ASHETON "The first time I saw Iggy's band, the Prime Movers,
was at a club in Ann Arbor called Mother's. I was fourteen, still in
my innocent, virginal days, and the very next night the MC5 played.
They were from Detroit and no one knew who they were.
The MC5 were Detroit hoods. Greasers. Wayne Kramer was completely greased
out, but Fred had long hair, which was rare at that time. So I instantly
got a crush on Fred. He actually came offstage and asked me if I wanted
to slow dance, while the rest of the band played on. I told him, 'NO!'
Fred was sort of taken aback by that, like he thought I was just going
to leap at him. Anyway, he convinced me to dance - a slow dance.
After the MC5 show at
Mother's, Fred Smith gave me a ride home. I was with a girlfriend, who
was spending the night at my house, so I told her to go inside first,
since I wanted some time alone with Fred.
I said, 'Just go break the news that I'm right behind you.'
Fred turned out to be a great kisser. In fact, he's probably one of
the best kissers that I ever had.
Of course my brothers were flipping that I was out front with this total
stranger. My mom found out and she was furious. I was only fourteen.
But when Fred walked me to the door, my brother Ronnie came popping
out, and Ronnie had long hair at that time, and so did Fred, so it was
instantly like, 'Well, it's and okay kind of thing.'
But I was flipped. I had the girl crush kind of thing on Fred. I definitely
had a TV eye on him."
(Taken from "PLEASE
KILL ME - The Uncensored Oral History Of Punk" by Legs McNeil
and Gillian McCain / Abacus book, a division of Little, Brown and Company,
UK - www.littlebrown.co.uk)