Five Songs to Support Detroit's Recovery From Bankruptcy
Last week came the troubling news that one of America's most iconic cities, Detroit, has become the largest city in the country's history to go bankrupt. The Motor City, despite these financial hardships, has always been rich in arts and culture, especially its musical output. As a tribute to the D, we've assembled a list of five examples of the city's finest output as a reminder that one of the Midwest's toughest locations will prevail.
Paul Stanley of KISS sings "Detroit Rock City"
KISS, "Detroit Rock City," 1976
One of the best songs written about any American city, KISS' "Detroit Rock City" captures the vibrant energy of the Motor City's nightlife. While KISS themselves were known for their signature visual elements, the images of Detroit in popular media and in person have left countless hundreds with distinct visuals, compliments of the city.
Bob Seger, "Makin Thunderbirds," 1982
One of Michigan's favorite sons, Bob Seger, has always found inspiration in his home turf, making the "Mitten State" proud. In one of the first music videos to get regular rotation on MTV and early music-video outlets such as Goodnight L.A., Seger's "Makin Thunderbirds" captured the essence of Detroit's fine automobile-assembly culture.