Michael Davis, the bassist for late ‘60s proto-punk band MC5, has died at 68. An Associated Press report stated that the bassist died at Enloe Medical Center in Chico, Calif. from liver failure. Davis’ wife, Angela confirmed his death.
The MC5 group was known for their aggressive, political-fueled live shows that, along with fellow Michiganders the Stooges, set the stage for punk rock acts for years to come. Their catalog included their infamous f-bomb dropping “Kick Out the Jams” that’s been covered by the likes of Rage Against the Machine and Pearl Jam. Davis reformed briefly with the band in 2003 before injuring his back in a motorcycle accident.
MC5 founders Fred “Sonic” Smith and Rob Tyner died in the early ‘90s. Guitarist Wayne Kramer and drummer Dennis Thompson reformed the band in 2005 and collaborate with the Dictators’ Handsome Dick Manitoba on vocals.