Keith Morris and his Black Flag band carry the punk banner high
The former Circle Jerks frontman on OFF!, his old bandmates, and why he’s hitting the road with Flag
Published: June 5, 2013
7) Negative Approach
— Tied Down
6) The MC5 — Back in the USA
“The MC5 are one of the greatest. A lot of us wouldn’t be doing what we’re doing if it weren’t for the MC5 …”
5) The Stooges — Raw Power
“… and the Stooges. Love the first two albums, and then you have James Williamson. I mean, Wayne Kramer, James Williamson and Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith? That’s a pretty goddamn badass trilogy pyramid of six-string action! It equates to the triumvirate of Beck, Page and Clapton in England.”
4) Bob Seger System
— Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man
“I love some of that early Bob Seger stuff, like ‘2 + 2 = ?’ and ‘Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man.’”
3) The Amboy Dukes
— Various Albums
Keith Morris has good words for Ted Nugent? “Yes, even Ted Nugent — as much of a shmo as he’s turned into. Because the Amboy Dukes, and all those early Ted Nugent albums, they’re all rockin’ records. But who knew that he was going to turn into the bozo he did.
2) Alice Cooper — Love it to Death
“Right now, I’m looking at a poster of Love it to Death, the third Alice Cooper album. If I were stranded in the desert, searching for water, but instead of water I found a stereo, that’s what I’d listen to.
1) Sonic’s Rendezvous Band
— “City Slang”
My top-of-the-list, No. 1 song would be a song written by one of the guys from the MC5, I gotta go with ‘City Slang’ by Sonic’s Rendezvous Band.
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