A compilation of some of the sharpest work - and also some of the most irritating - by Detroit's second noisiest, second most incendiary rocking teen combo. The MC5 were loud, sloppy, pretentious and full of half-baked revolutionary nonsense, but they could kick ass, as witnessed by the finest tracks on this album: the legendary uncensored version of "Kick Out the Jams", an extremely murky but fun version of "I Can Only Give You Everything" (Phil Coulter's finest hour), their late masterpiece "Over and Over", a sort of "Won't Get Fooled Again" without the druggy grandiosity. There's also some dull bar band rock which doesn't do them any favours (Wayne Kramer engagingly explains in the sleevenotes that they listened to playbacks of their second album at full volume and hence failed to realise how thin it sounded.) They were wild, they were full of it, and they were more than a bit ridiculous, but they rocked a good deal harder than Quicksilver Messenger Service. Kick out the jams, melonfarmers, indeed.