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  Mekons
The Mekons most people are familiar with was one of the great second-wave punk bands of the early '80s.
Along with bands like the Gang of Four (who, like the Mekons formed at Leeds University), The Ex, and The Fall, the Mekons married the independence and power of Sex Pistols- and The Clash-style punk rock with avant-garde experimentation, artiness, and politics.
But more than anything else, the early Mekons were distinguished by their riotous live performances, their infectious enthusiasm, and their joyous adventurism.
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  The Mekons and Sallytimms: GlobalVillageIdiot
Back in 1976, the Mekons were fine arts students at Leeds University, and being in a band was just what you did - at least if you were a bit adventurous and alive to the possibility of punk, as exemplified by the Sex Pistols.
In those days Langford was the drummer, and the Mekons (named, of course, for the green space alien with the large bonce in the old Dan Dare comic strip) were, he would say, "terrible, we couldn't really play very well.
Certainly Devils Rats and Piggies (aka The Mekons) showed a band that had moved far from Class of ‘77 punk, and was in pursuit of something new.
www.globalvillageidiot.net /Mekons.cfm   (847 words)

  
  Metroactive Music | The Mekons
The Mekons definitely qualify in both departments and may also be the only band that could do such a thing and not come off as incredibly pompous and self-aggrandizing.
Mekons albums are always worth listening to, but I think they're especially comforting and impressive during hard times and approaching wars.
At this point, the Mekons' not-so-secret quest to subvert the dominant cultural paradigm is an old, old story, but the fact that, 25 years into their career, their albums never cease to be pointed and inspirational is perhaps a new one.
www.metroactive.com /papers/metro/10.03.02/allshookdown-0240.html   (744 words)

  
 TAP: Web Feature: Mekon Love. by Richard Byrne. March 22, 2004.   (Site not responding. Last check: )
If the Mekons' decadent camaraderie (fostered in part by their boozy live shows) attracted listeners, the band's leftist politics also permeated their albums.
Curse is among the angriest political dirges on record, mourning socialism and the triumph of "bourgeois sorcerers" with equal measures of bombast (at one moment, a horn section!) and quiet bitterness.
That the Mekons are still grappling with the hangover of socialism's collapse is inevitable, even enviable.
www.prospect.org /webfeatures/2004/03/byrne-r-03-22.html   (1418 words)

  
 Curse of the Mekons
Mekons gigs rise and fall for many reasons, so maybe they were just flight-weary or not drunk enough, but they seemed dispirited.
Like all the Mekons' records (Rock 'n' Roll is the exception), The Curse of the Mekons fleshes out their anarchist principles by abjuring power--it's messy, slightly inchoate, as unreconstructed and inconclusive as their nevertheless radical politics.
Broken down, The Curse Of the Mekons begins to sound messy, and perhaps it is, from Funeral and "Blue Arse"'s punkish vitriol and Sorcerer's proto-dance convulsion to Authority's uncanny mix of metallic overdrive and gospel undertow and Brutal's bewitching acid cajun.
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 Honky Tonkin' - The Mekons - Pandora Internet Radio
As a set of songs, Honky Tonkin' isn't quite up to the standards of the previous two albums, which creatively kick started the band after a period of inactivity, but as an album Honky Tonkin' is one of the band's best efforts.
Touring and frequent visits to the recording studio had tightened up the Mekons' sound a bit ("tight" being a highly relative concept), and while it's many miles away from slick, the more full-bodied engineering and production on Honky Tonkin' was a decided improvement on the often hollow and slapdash recording of Fear and Whiskey.
And while this album didn't contain the Mekons' first stab at the 19th century protest song "The Trimdon Grange Explosion," this version was a remarkable meeting of folk-rock's earnestness and punk's spitting wrath which ranks with the group's most powerful recorded moments.
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 MySpace.com - The Mekons - CHICAGO/LONDON - Rock / Pop / Punk - www.myspace.com/mekons
The Mekons are more than a band and more than a bunch of cracking musicians who play in various other bands.
The Mekons were born to punk parents from the belly of rock’n’roll 25 albums and 30 long and hard years ago.
A guy I went to college with booked the Mekons to play at my old school and told me that the band were the biggest divas he had to deal with.
www.myspace.com /mekons   (963 words)

  
 Mekons: Heaven and Hell: The Very Best of the Mekons - PopMatters Music Review
They all feel a different part of the animal -- ear, trunk, leg -- and become convinced that there are three strange beasts in the room with them, the odds of such diverse characteristics belonging to one animal seemingly impossible.
The Mekons' career blueprint would not be any clearer had the tracks been arranged sequentially.
The Mekons never met a genre they couldn't twist to their sensibilities.
www.popmatters.com /music/reviews/m/mekons-heavenandhell.shtml   (716 words)

  
 Splendid E-zine reviews: The Mekons
Twenty years on, the Mekons are still uncompromising, undiluted and thoroughly unexpected.
Capable of anything from raw punk rock and acrid synth-pop to bleary folk and liquored-up pomo country, the Mekons are a rarity in modern music -- a band that re-invents itself for creative rather than market-driven reasons.
You'll tap your toes to the refurbished twang of "Cowboy Boots", groove to the gently politicized football anthem "Circle City (Mekons vs. Peace Love Hooligans)" and be amused and bemused by the traditional "Oranges and Lemons".
www.splendidezine.com /reviews/jul-26-99/mekons.html   (319 words)

  
 Getting to know the Mekons
We also know that countless Mekons have come and gone and it would be impossible to list everyone involved in the group, which includes musicians, roadies and technicians.
And from listening to Mekons albums, we know the band is angry, frustrated, sarcastic and sometimes arrogant.
It's the only criticism ever levied against the band, but the Mekons don't deserve to be criticized for this.
www.usc.edu /student-affairs/dt/V134/N03/01-mekons.03d.html   (721 words)

  
 SOUTHERN | mekons > biography
The Mekons are here for a little more reconnaissance.
Mekons hate A&M. Blast First and Loud run a bit further.
Critics view in amazement as the Mekons become cult hero supra-exploder on the Trans-Atlantic scale.
www.southern.com /southern/band/MEKON/biog.html   (528 words)

  
 Ink 19 :: The Mekons
For untold years, Leeds' Mekons have been spreading their particular jelly of punk, country, and calamity across this white-bread loaf of a planet, following no-one's star but their own.
The Mekons may be underappreciated in number of fans, but the fans more than make up for it in undying faith, and deservedly so.
With a discography as extended as the Mekons', it's difficult to say whether this is a better entry point than any other.
www.ink19.com /issues_F/00_04/wet_ink/music_m/the_mekons.shtml   (240 words)

  
 Mekons: Journey To The End Of The Night ---Ink Blot Magazine
The Mekons formed in Leeds, England, during the first blush of punk in 1977.
Journey To The End Of the Night is the Mekons' "Odyssey;" a winding, fabled trek through blind alleys, wrong turns, and dead ends that reek of sex, betrayal, and death.
It's also the band's quietest record to date; they bob gently through the darkness buoyed by reggae rhythms, nostalgic fiddles and accordions, and disco beats, singing their defiance in ragged, plural voices that don't hook you right away but sneak up on you like the consequences of a soul-destroying compromise.
www.inkblotmagazine.com /rev-archive/Mekons_Journey.htm   (247 words)

  
 Billboard.com - Biography - The Mekons
Emerging from the same Leeds University "scene" that begot Gang of Four, the Mekons weren't as overtly political as their Marxist-inspired brethren, but their punk rock pedigree and unsubtle anti-Thatcher and -Reaganisms did set them apart from the post-punk world's innumerable careerists and posers.
From the time of their debut album, The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strnen, the Mekons had turned into a slightly more accomplished post-punk band that, like their pals in Gang of Four, wielded trebly guitars and shouted vocals over semi-funky rhythms tracks.
In 1985, after it seemed the earth had swallowed them whole, the Mekons released the startling Fear and Whiskey, a ragged country album influenced by the ghosts of Hank Williams and Gram Parsons that was unlike anything they'd ever recorded.
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 Show reports 2000
Best known as the fiery frontman for the Mekons, one of the most resilient pop-punk bands to emerge from Britain in the late '70s, Jon has also been involved in numerous side projects, including the Waco Brothers and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts.
She read a series of letters, so embittered they had to be real, from a daughter to her mother who had apparently “adopted” the Mekons back in the 80’s.
Though Langford’s past with the iconic punk band the Mekons is his claim to fame, his later years of exploring country music make Langford a more complex artist.
www.mekons.de /05shows.htm   (3494 words)

  
 Mekons tribute from Lester Bangs
In any case, before the Mekons called it quits for the first time around '82, they put out a collection called The Mekons Story (now reissued on Feels Good All Over) on their own label with notes done by Lester.
The Mekons are the most revolutionary group in the history of rock 'n' roll.
The Mekons may now assume their proper place in the highest bowers in the hallowed halls of Rocque (co-leased by Wolfman Jack and Sid Bernstein).
www.furious.com /perfect/mekons-bangs.html   (627 words)

  
 THE HIGH HAT | POP & CLICKS: Sally Timms
In 1985 she joined the Mekons as a full-time member and has regretted it ever since.
From a glam youth straight to the punk life of the Mekons to becoming America’s favorite English country star to the lush pop of the Aluminum Group.
Mekons songs aren't country, or at least not for the most part.
www.thehighhat.com /Pop&Clicks/001/pop&clicks001_timms.html   (1419 words)

  
 CD Baby: MEKONS: New York- On The Road, 86-87
Mekons have perhaps the most devoted fans of any band even remotely connected to punk rock.
Originally founded in Leeds, UK in 1977 at the same time fellow "townies" Gang Of Four emerged in the punk scene, the Mekons today, after 23 years of trials, tribulations and triumphs have become a prominent cult band with legions of fans and a growing base of international recognition, admiration and commercial attention.
Their fans have a community feeling of personal relationship with the band and its members that borders on adoration, a sense of possessiveness and one-to-one bonding.
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 Review - The Mekons: Heaven & Hell   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Finally, the Mekons have at least a cursory overview of their remarkable and diverse musical career.
Though not nearly enough for a band of their stature, the two-CD set manages to compile many of the highlights of the band's long career.
Hopefully, in the future the Mekons will receive a lengthy and thorough boxed retrospective of the band's career, but until than this record will serve as an excellent introduction.
www.cosmik.com /aa-december04/reviews/review_mekons.html   (208 words)

  
 The Mekons | Biography | MTV
Emerging from the same Leeds University "scene" that begat Gang of Four, the Mekons weren't as overtly political as their Marxist-inspired brethren, but their punk rock pedigree and unsubtle anti-Thatcher and -Reaganisms did set them apart from the post-punk world's innumerable careerists and posers.
From the time of their debut album, The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strnen, the Mekons had turned into a slightly more accomplished post-punk band, who, like their pals in Gang of Four, wielded trebly guitars and shouted vocals over semi-funky rhythms tracks.
In 1985, after it seemed the earth had swallowed them whole, the Mekons released the startling Fear and Whiskey, a ragged country album influenced by the ghosts of Hank Williams and Gram Parsons that was unlike anything they'd ever recorded.
www.mtv.com /music/artist/mekons/bio.jhtml   (479 words)

  
 The Mekons   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Formed in Leeds in the early days of punk, The Mekons started out playing what some described as primitive noise, but they had enough fun doing it that they gained a devote fanbase that stayed with the band through its development of punk, tinged with colors of synth pop, country music, and funk.
The Mekons have been active over 20 years, and have roughly the same number of albums under their belt, spanning any number of musical combinations.
The Mekons Rock and Roll is their most polished and popular, and thus probably the best introduction to most people.
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 The Mekons - The Mekons - Pandora Internet Radio
Even though they began in the Leeds punk scene, the Mekons never sat comfortably in the straitjacket of punk, and by 1980 they'd largely broken out of it, with keyboard the main instrument on this, their sophomore album.
The Mekons were lyrically enigmatic, with an overall sound that veered toward the avant-garde (and echoing early Cure on the deliberately mundane "Chopper Squad"), while becoming more aware of the past (a bizarre rendering of "The Trimdon Grange Explosion").
In many ways it helps set the scene for the rest of the Mekons' career -- challenging, sometimes awkward, sometimes funny (like "John Barry"), occasionally amateurish, but always interesting.
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 Lu Edmonds
The Mekons are on the cover of the October 2007 issue of fRoots.
Having taken up the bouzouk and saz (including the electric saz he now uses) in the 1980s, he now also builds his own cümbüşes.
October 2007, fRoots: Elizabeth Kinder interviews the Mekons (with photos by Judith Burrows), and Ian Anderson reviews their CD Natural.
www.mekons.de /lu.htm   (1375 words)

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