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Here's Five: The Schizophonics' Favourite MC5 Songs

Here's Five: The Schizophonics' Favourite MC5 Songs

John Baker / Pat Beers / Friday 7th February, 2020 10:36AM

Pat Beers from The Schizophonics, who are heavily influenced by the Motor City 5, picks his five fave MC5 songs. Original guitarist Wayne Kramer's The MC50 play Auckland on Thursday 20th February opening for Alice Cooper and The Schizophonics kick off their New Zealand tour at Leigh Saw Mill the following night. Pat takes it up below...

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The Schizophonics NZ tour Feb / March 2020

Friday 21st February - Leigh at Leigh Saw Mill*
Saturday 22nd February - Not Woodcock festival, Tauranga
Monday 24th February - Valhalla, Wellington*
Tuesday 25th February - Mussell Inn, Takaka*
Wednesday 26th February - The Plant, Blenheim*  
Thursday 27th February - Space Academy, Christchurch*
Friday 28th February - The Cook, Dunedin*
 Saturday 29th February - The Yot Club, Raglan
Sunday 1st March - The Whangarei Club, Whangarei*
Wednesday 4th March - Neck Of The Woods, Auckland*
Thursday 5th March - Snails, Palmerston North* (NEW SHOW)
Friday 6th March - Paisley Stage, Napier*
Saturday 7th March - Obey The Riff festival, Upper Hutt∞

Tickets available HERE via UTR
Obey The Riff tickets available HERE via UTR (ticket + return bus fare options available)∞

Pat Beers: It’s impossible to pick only five songs. When we did our MC5 tribute show we could barely narrow it down to fifteen, but here goes...

1. 'Black to Comm'
We often cover this as our opening song live. It has about one and a half chords and constantly builds. I think they used to do 20-30 minute versions back in the day.

2. 'Rama Lama Fa Fa Fa (Rocket Reducer no. 62)'
Like most people, my introduction to the MC5 was the song 'Kick Out The Jams'. When I first heard the full live album, this song topped it as the most frenzied party anthem I’d ever heard, and still is.

3. 'Looking At You'
This one is a great example of Rob Tyner’s unique vocal talents. He’s often remembered for shouting and screaming, but he also had an unusual melodic and rhythmic sense when he sang. 

4. 'Sister Ann'
This is my go-to jam when I’m on the way to a show. I recently noticed it has two harmonicas and two guitars soloing at the same time and never sounds cluttered.

5. 'Gotta Keep Moving'
From the first note this song delivers on the premise on the title. Great music gets you moving within the first second. Don’t take my word for it, if you haven’t heard them, look these songs up NOW. Yes you, reading this, DO IT! If you have a pulse you will not be disappointed.


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Thu 20th Feb
Trusts Arena, Auckland
Fri 21st Feb
Leigh Sawmill, Auckland
Sat 22nd Feb
Horncastle Arena, Christchurch
Mon 24th Feb
Valhalla, Wellington
Tue 25th Feb
Mussel Inn, Takaka
Wed 26th Feb
The Plant, Blenheim
Thu 27th Feb
Space Academy, Christchurch
Fri 28th Feb
The Cook, Dunedin
Sat 29th Feb
The Yot Club, Raglan
Sun 1st Mar
Whangarei Club, Whangarei
Wed 4th Mar
Neck of the Woods, Auckland
Thu 5th Mar
Snails, Palmerston North
Fri 6th Mar
Paisley Stage, Napier
Sat 7th Mar
Panhead Brewery, Upper Hutt

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