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The Mekons

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Leeds, United Kingdom

The Mekons are a / band. They are one of the longest-running and most prolific of the first-wave British punk bands (rivaled in both categories only by The Fall).

Leeds University art students Jon Langford and Tom Greenhalgh formed the Mekons in 1977, taking the band’s name from the Mekon, an evil, super-intelligent Venusian featured in the British 1950s-1960s comic Dan Dare (printed in the Eagle). The band first gained widepread popularity with the single “Never Been in a Riot,” a satirical take on the Clash’s “White Riot.” For several years the loose-knit band played noisy, bare-bones post-punk in the vein of fellow Leeds students Gang of Four. Yet Langford and Greenhalgh never hewed closely to genre conventions, and by the mid-80s (now augmented by vocalist Sally Timms and violinist Susie Honeyman) they began to experiment with musical styles derived from traditional folk and country. 1985’s watershed Fear and Whiskey, 1986’s The Edge of the World and 1987’s Honky Tonkin’ exemplified the band’s new sound, which built on the innovations of Gram Parsons and blended punk ethos with the minimalist country of Hank Williams. This style, sometimes referred to as “post-modern country”, is a direct forerunner of the alt-country genre represented by bands like Uncle Tupelo.

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  • McBlood_857

    Я имею в виду первый альбом.

    7 Apr 4:49am Reply
  • McBlood_857

    да, группа не хуже clash

    6 Apr 9:37am Reply
  • McBlood_857

    тут все так хорошо об этой группе отзываются - надо послушать

    5 Apr 4:37pm Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    великая группа с совершенно необъяснимой судьбой. вроде бы ребята - классики по всем параметрам, их альбомы и песни периодически фигурируют во всех возможных списках лучшего и величайшего, но при этом их дискографию, например, хуй найдешь где, да и я стал топ-слушателем после 20 прослушиваний. удивительно недооцененная все же группа, этакий Кооператив Ништяк, только в пиндосской вариации

    3 Mar 11:21am Reply
  • LaChinchon

    "What means strnen"? Are you kidding me? This is the Mekons' parody of the cliche that given an infinite amount of time a monkey will type out the complete works of Shakespeare. Alas, not so,as this monkey has shown. Though this be madness, yet there is mdzpip in 't.

    11 Apr 2014 Reply
  • Pete-Stanley

    Brilliant band. So much material, so many years.

    5 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Godfazou

    Underrated and under-known band.

    3 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Eat-Me-Drink-Me

    Fear and Whiskey - AMAZING ALBUM!

    28 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Lord_Kur

    the monkey misspelled "strained"

    28 Nov 2013 Reply
  • cap_surgeon

    what means strnen?

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Akayz7

    absolutely FANTASTIC...

    8 Mar 2013 Reply
  • TeenageRiot-

    Cox_of_Seagulls you're kidding yourself if you think that statement is true.

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • owlies

    curse of the mekons > fear and whiskey

    4 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Ehrnstrom

    yeah they're somewhat of a hidden treasure [3]

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
  • sunheadbowed

    "Best band to ever come out of the U.K." lol

    3 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Lord_Kur

    I like the apple and I like a pear, I like your curly black hair

    27 Jun 2012 Reply
  • naufragio85

    "I wanted to say fall in love/I wanted to say 'fall in love with me'...."

    9 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Lord_Kur

    I ♥ Mekons

    19 May 2012 Reply
  • IanCurtis13

    it's THE Mekons

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • johnny-mnemonic

    Their new album is amazing! [2] ... and I really don't get why they got bad critics for it ...

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
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