by Dave Hopkinson - Melody Maker - 7.1.72
Penthouse in Scarborough was packed on Friday night by those wishing to
see if the M.C.5 would inspire revolution in their hearts, and generally
live up to their reputation as a wild, storm-rocking, jam-kicking band.
In fact they have now broken with John Sinclair and his merry men, and
having shaken off these early associations and original, political aims,
they're back to simply playing the music, simply being the operative word.
They trooped on stage to the sound of applause from the hipper ones among
us who "knew" the band by their three albums. Guitarist Wayne
Kramer looked as though he had been dragged through his speaker cabinets
backwards, and judging by the battered gear and the sound problems, perhaps
Nevertheless, they proceeded to drum the audience into submission, using
the maximum of volume and the minimum of imagination. "Rambling Rose"
with Kramer's high-pitched vocals sounded exactly the same as the version
on their first L.P., though after a while the succession of over-familiar,
well-worn riffs induced an atmosphere of mild irritation, if not boredom.
The Revolution, to which they had formerly pledged themselves, certainly
was not going to be a musical one. It was their famous "Kick Out
The Jams" that brought the dancers to their feet, but despite its
enthusiastic reception one could not help feeling that this present band
were living off the M.C.5 legend. Long live the Stones!