What kind of stuff do they have to deal with?
At one point in an interview with Smith, a busy-busy guy comes marching in for a radio interview. Long hip hair, but dressed in tweeds. He talked like a regular fellow until his microphone was turned on. Then it was hello- there-la-deez-and-gentlemen smiles and personality oozing from every pore.
"Doug Crawford here, with our Detroit group the MC5...The Motor City Five. Fred Smith, you're a revolutionary group, aren't you?" (He said, speaking with such clear David Frost enunciation.)
Smith: "Pardon me?"
Crawford: "A revolutionary group, I mean, what I know about you is that you really...hit people. You shock people."
"Well uh, that's certainly possible."
"What are you aiming at?"
"What are we aiming at?"
"Yeah, I mean, what's the technique...I mean, if you're playing music, why do you want to hit them, shock them..." (and then that challenging lilt to the voice) "offend them?"
"Hmmmm, do we wanna offend them?" Smith just can't get over that.
Crawford snaps off his tape recorder. This is the part you never hear out there in radio land. He explains, "If I, for example, was making music...I don't know what your policy is, you see, and I showed up at the old mike and said, you know, starting calling my own audience..." (still that David Frost calculated elocution) "...'motherfuckers', as I believe you have done, that would offend them. It would certainly offend the middle-aged people."
Smith : "I don't think there are too many middle-aged people in our audiences."
Later he explained motherfuckers as a term for people "who are into it, not to offend them." The revolution: "I don't know about over here in England, but in America at least, a band has to have some political awareness, because there's so much happening in America. In establishment politics and youth politics. These are politics that are hard to describe without using those words you're not allowed to use on the radio."
They are "aware" of upheaval and revolution about as much as you and I. Still, they are good at opening concerts with lines like "We're not here for talking and politics. We're here for rock and roll!!"