WTF Podcast

Episode 491 - Wayne Kramer

As Marc sees it, Wayne Kramer is responsible for the music that set the stage for punk rock. Co-founder of the seminal rock group MC5, Wayne comes to the garage to talk with Marc about the ‘60s, jazz, Iggy Pop, the White Panther Party, prison, drugs  and a whole lot more. This episode is sponsored by HBO’s new late-night comedy series, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and by Lumosity


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Amy April 24, 2014 at 5:26 am

Truly inspiring episode - Jail Guitar Doors is a great idea and I probably wouldn’t have heard of it outside of this interview.

Eric April 24, 2014 at 8:57 pm

jane April 26, 2014 at 11:37 am

LOVED this episode. I could have listened to Wayne for hours. This and the Billy Bragg episode were both so great I almost felt they were too short.

jon April 26, 2014 at 11:37 am

Just 2 comments on the best episode of the year? This was great. Kick out the Jams mother fucker!

Jane April 26, 2014 at 5:37 pm

What a great guy - what a great interview! Love Love Love WAYNE!

Kylie April 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Brother Wayne Kramer!

Joe Tily April 28, 2014 at 8:05 am

That dude is the real-deal and so was this podcast . . . thanks Marc!

Jay April 28, 2014 at 12:47 pm

This was great! I didn’t know Wayne Kramer at all before this interview.

If you’re looking for the intersection of art and punk, you might be a Stuckist.

Patrick April 28, 2014 at 5:59 pm

This one just gave me the shivers! Thanks so much to you both.

laura April 29, 2014 at 4:13 pm

I’ve loved the MC5 records and have seen Wayne Kramer rock out in various LA clubs since moving here in 84.  I had NO IDEA that he went from championing individuals’ rights to challenge the government to being a self professed criminal - how horrible for him and for the people he victimized.  God awful that he chose that path at that time, but money and power corrupt even the best humans.

Glad that he has turned it around to help others who are incarcerated to express themselves in music and the arts.  We still need people to grow food and deliver the gas and all the other mundane survival careers that most of us fall into, but creative expression is the right of all people - no doubt.

ramblinrust May 01, 2014 at 9:36 pm

really great conversation…two men who know, talkin shit..filling the blanks…bravo

red rodney!



Gina May 04, 2014 at 2:13 pm

Oh, Maron. What’s girl to do? Just when I want to give up on you, you slay me with something real.  Please use this again in something.  I have taken the liberty of punctuating it for you.  Maron: “I can’t move the cats.  These are very difficult cats. We, I can’t just move them to an apartment or a rental house for four months. I don’t know what’ll happen, I don’t know if they’ll—I can’t do that to them. But obviously what I’m really saying is that I am nervous and scared and I can’t do that for me.  Because my heart is a cat, and it’s gotten used to this box that I live in.”

bwhipp June 13, 2014 at 2:38 am

If you get a new mattress make sure YOU AND YOUR GIRLFRIEND LAY ON IT IN THE STORE.  I went to get a new mattress for my girlfriend at the time and it was kind of awkward in the store so I didn’t lay on it when she picked it out, and the mattress she got was way too soft for us, and my back had to pay for years!  Choose wisely!