I Want You Right Now


From: namegoes hereplease Subject: m/mc5/i_want_you_right_now.crd
Song: I Want You Right Now Artist: MC5 Album: Kick Out the Jams Year: 1969 Songwriters: Davis/Kramer/Smith/Thompson/Tyner* Length: 6:02
* The songwriter is a guess - the original LP is misprinted and does not credited this song's writer. I assumed it to be the same as the other original songs, and it certainly is an original, so unless Smith wrote it then that credit is probably sound.
Transcribed by a little soul (pulpalittlesoul@yahoo.com)
Notes: It's about bloody time somebody got this transcribed. After all, it has been thirty years, and the entire song is three power chords. Really. That is the simple brilliance of Kick Out the Jams; their later work just does not have the same resonance and tends to be much more straitforward. I think it's nice to get this one in, especially after Rage Against the Machine bastardized the record's title track so wretchedly. Frankly even three decades later Kick Out the Jams sounds prescient and I suspect that is why it continues to influence scores of musicians to this day. This track is my personal favorite on that album though I hardly ever see it mentioned; ironic, because this song is the most thorough microcosm of the 5's sound on record (or at least their live sound). This transcription comes as close to the source as possible - it's from the original LP, which by the number
etched in the middle I can tell was originally purchased in a Hudson's in 1970 or so. At $10 it was a nice buy. Ah well. On to the transcription...
Effects: Distortion. If you are not new to the MC5 sound this should come as second nature :) I can't tab Smith's work though it may employ more effects.
Tuning: Standard (EADGBE).
Time signature: 4/4
Chords: Easy way Better sounding way Best sounding way A5: 577XXX X022XX X,0,7,9,10,0 C5: 8,10,10,X,X,X X355XX X,0,10,12,13,0 D5: 10,12,12,X,X,X X577XX X,0,0,14,15,0
* There has been argument made that this might be best (or easiest) played with open position major chords. I don't really see why, but in that case: A - 002220; C - 032010; D - X00232
For the song play A5, then C5, then D5, then C5 again for 1 bar each. The strumming pattern is quite simple so I won't tab it out but I think it's quite self-explanatory.
That's about it then. It wasn't too difficult either. Lovely. Now if you've got a question or comment or kudos or insult or anything else to say you can mail me (pulpalittlesoul@yahoo.com) and we'll chat.
And if you run a record label, drop me a line. I've got a band called Other People's Music you know.
* That's it friends *

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