Friday, September 08, 2006

Dangerous Madness (1996)
Label: Epitaph / Ada
Format: mp3 (128kbps)
HHA Rating: 10
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All-knowing adolescent punk rock fans beware: Wayne Kramer is an old dude who was once in a band called MC5 that was important long before you were a glimmer in your parents' eyes. Yes, I know, his second solo record is on Epitaph, but believe me when I tell you he sounds nothing like Rancid or The Offspring. There is little chance he'll sell a million copies of Dangerous Madness and it's even less likely you'll see his aging mug in high rotation on MTV.
Too bad, though, because to my jaded, old ears, Mr. Kramer has made a mighty fine record. He still throttles a Gibson SG like few others, particularly on the snarling title track, but he seems just as comfortable crooning X-inspired Americana like "Something Broken in the Promised Land." I'm unfamiliar with Kramer's first Epitaph solo record, The Hard Stuff, but Dangerous Madness covers a wide variety of material from the blues to punk to hard rock to a couple of '60s-like, spoken word rants accompanied by suitably eclectic music. The amazing thing is that Kramer sounds comfortable doing it all.
It's refreshing to hear an influential artist return to music he obviously wants to play rather than mine some weak, nostalgiac trip. Sure, a few of these songs smack of classic MC5 rave-ups, but they come naturally and unforced from one of the original sculptors of that sound. So, the kids may not appreciate this record, but for us old fogies it's a nice, varied collection of kick-ass rock & roll songs. No mohawk required. --Adem Tepedelen [tRaCkLiSt]
1. Dangerous Madness
2. Back To Detroit
3. Wild America
4. Something Broken In The Promised Land
5. Take Exit 97
6. God's Worst Nightmare
7. The Boys Got That Look In Their Eyes
8. A Dead Man's Vest
9. It's Never Enough
10. The Rats Of Illusion
11. Dead Movie Stars

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Slobodan Burgher said...


julio said...

grat stuff. nobody play rhis mean nowadays!

the best,


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Richard said...

I just came across your great music blog,and way thrilled to see the Wayne Kramer post,I love the MC-5,but the link is dead could you please re-up.Thanks for the great music.