Often described as the band that got away, the Sonic Rendezvous Band became “more famous in death then when they were alive.” Born out of “Motor City’s finest proponents of high-energy rock – the MC5, the Stooges, the Rationals, and the Up,” the Sonic Rendezvous Band refused to trade on their former glory, which didn’t help promote the band beyond their loyal fan base. During their five-year career, the SRB only released one single, and it was not until the 1990s and early 2000s that the band gained the praise and acclaim they deserved.

Wendy James: ‘This band were formed by Fred “Sonic” Smith after the split of the MC5. They lasted a relatively short time, they only stepped into the recording studio once, out of which came the single track “City Slang” which they put on 7″ vinyl A and B side both playing the same tune. They played a bunch of local shows and that’s how you get to hear their amazing compendium of great song after great song, from the bootlegs people recorded at the shows. There are a bunch of compilations or live show bootlegs out there now and the one that seems the most comprehensive is Too Much Crank and you can buy it on White Vinyl! It contains all my favorite tunes by SRB (apart from “Do It Again”), including the original of the cover I made last year with James Williamson from The Stooges called “You’re So Great”. However, I am calling out the second cut on this record called “Clock With No Hands”, mainly because I go loopy for the drum beat! But I also like the beyond cool introduction that Fred ‘Sonic’ Smith gives and the guitar sound is heaven! I love this band, and their touch for melody is incredible. I recommend everyone to buy some Sonics’ Rendezvous Band! Of course the line-up also included Scott Asheton from The Stooges on drums.’
Favourite Track: “Clock With No Hands”


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