After four previous nominations, Wayne Kramer is "just about out of keen observations and insights and broad, philosophical positions" about the MC5 getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The iconic and influential Detroit troupe, a political as well as musical force, has been nominated for the Class of 2020. Kramer, a co-founder and guitarist -- and still leading the MC50 all-star band with members of fellow Rock Hall nominee Soundgarden (guitarist Kim Thayil) as well as Faith No More, Fugazi and Zen Guerilla -- considers himself "basically just an observer in the process at this point. I don't know what to make of it all. I've always been suspect about how do you quantify the influence of an artist? It's not like sports where you hit so many home runs and it's a number, and that number is more than everybody else's number. Something like music is so subjective. There's no kind of yardstick to measure what we call great rock band. It's not record sales, necessarily, or songs on the radio, necessarily. It's some mash-up of all that." Nevertheless, Kramer still feels the MC5, which released three official albums -- including the live Kick Out the Jams -- during its nine-year tenure and has been considered one of the shrine's greatest lights, merits a space in the Rock Hall.