Artist: MC5
City: Detroit
Year: 1969
Best Line: "The Motor City is burning, babe / There ain't a thing in the world that they can do."

Makes Us Not Want to Visit

"This is the high society," MC5 frontman Rob Tyner screams at the crowd before launching into the dripping blues of John Lee Hooker's "Motor City Is Burning." It's a moment that makes you pine for a birth certificate issued at some Detroit hospital. Tyner sings about snipers and screams and sirens, and you only want to be amongst the wreckage, watching the city burn. Because you love that place so much the spectacle of fire and violence seems the most fitting tribute. The guitars help, too.