Visionquest: Seth Troxler's Detroit Past and Present

Posted in Visionquest on Friday 4th March, 2011 by kirsti

Concluding Visionquest week here on the fabric blog, Seth Troxler amps up our roller coaster musical tour of Detroit rolling through pretty much every conceivable genre there is. Stepping up the rock n’ roll from Ryan Crosson dropping Ted Nugent, here Seth Troxler smacks down MC5’s ‘Kick Out The Jams’ swiftly moving onto the godlike funk geniuses George Clinton and Parliament and the soft cataclysm deep soul of Gladys Knight. He’s right that not many people realise Madonna’s home town is Detroit and as one of the most successful women in music today it’s the icing on the cake for our Visionquest tour of Detroit’s magic, which is felt everywhere in popular music today.

Seth Troxler – Detroit Past:

MC5 ‘Kick Out The Jams’ (Elektra)

There are few bands the demonstrate the explosiveness of Detroit like the MC5, they didn’t give a fuck and wanted the world to know. This working class group was one of rock music’s unsung heroes and are pure Detroit legends.



George Clinton and Parliment ‘Mothership Connection’ (Casablanca Records)

P-funk, need I say more… so ahead of its time, the ideology behind the group, the futurism, the funk, the sexuality and ideas spawned so much in music as a whole but directly influenced everything after it in Michigan’s musical culture.



Gladys Knight and the Pips ‘Neither One of Us’ (Motown)


This is such a beautiful song, so deep and touching, so Motown. If you are ever in a situation like this you know you know you don’t want to be the first to say goodbye.



Seth Troxler – Detroit Present:

Madonna ‘Holiday’ (Sire Records)

A lot of people forget that Madonna originally came from Rochester Hills, a suburb of Detroit. This particular clip is the worst version of this song but it shows Madonna back in Detroit her home town rockin!



Anything by Moodymann (KDJ)

Straight up real. A living legend.



Plastikman ‘Skizofrenic’ (NovaMute)

I liked this video when I was a kid, and I love it now, the abstraction of ideas as well as isolation of his music has such a profound effect on me growing up. I thought this would be a good choice because it’s not the Plastikman many think of today.



Click here for the Youtube playlist of Seth's selections. We've also created a playlist with all four Visionquester's tracks that you can get by clicking here.

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