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Motor City Five

Hitsville USA, Detroit

Hitsville USA, Detroit

Later this week we’re going to share our interview with Detroit-based music-writer Mark Binelli, but to get in the mood let’s take a look at our favorite acts to come from the city they call Motown.


MC5. How else could we start our list of our five favorite Detroit acts but with the Motor City 5? The proto-punk garage rockers from Lincoln Park, Michigan define the angsty, aggressive sound of the dying city.

The Supremes. The the ultimate girl group and the first ladies of Motown, we will forever love Florence, Mary and of course, Miss Diana Ross.

Iggy Pop and the Stooges. Another group of legendary punk pioneers, the Stooges are the group that introduced the world to Iggy Pop and his legendary torso. This year they’re being inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, after eight nominations.

Eminem. With his film 8 Mile Marshall Mathers put Detroit back on the map. Now he’s back with the Detroit 12 and a new album that has us rethinking Slim Shady.

The White Stripes. The husband-and-wife team of Meg and Jack White led a Midwestern alternative to the early aughts garage revival in New York and made Detroit hot again in the process. Their marriage, like the movement, didn’t last last long, but theres rumors that they have a seventh album in the works.
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