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The Mekons Story


  • 1. Letter's in the Post
    2. Not a Bitterman (Born to Be Mild)
    3. Dance and Drink the Mekons
    4. Bomb Train
    5. Trouble Down South
    6. Car-Men
    7. Eden
    8. Frustration
    9. Fight the Cuts
    10. Byron
    11. This Sporting Life
    12. Rosanne
    13. Garden Fence of Sound
    14. Miriam Always
    15. Walking Song
    16. Building, The
    17. I'm So Happy
    18. I Bought You These
    19. He Beat Up His Boyfriend
    20. 1st Guitarist
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1005

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Gill; The Mekons
    EngineerKen Giles; John Gill; John Spence; Mike Kemp; Paul Griffiths

    Personnel: Jon Langford (vocals, guitar, electric guitar, harmonica, piano, synthesizer, string synthesizer, drums, background vocals); Tom Greenhalgh (vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer); Tom Greene (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, string synthesizer, drums); Kevin Lycett (vocals, guitar, synthesizer, drums, percussion, background vocals); Ken Lite (vocals, guitar); Pete Barker (vocals, piano, synthesizer); Andy Corrigan (vocals, synthesizer); Jon Lange (vocals, drums); Mark White (vocals, background vocals); Tony Greene, Paul Griffiths (guitar); Peter A. Barker (piano, synthesizer, background vocals); Andy Rodgers (drums, background vocals); Kenny Moore (background vocals).
    Audio Remasterers: Jeff Lipton; The Mekons.
    Audio Remixers: Tom Greene; Jonny Quality.
    Liner Note Authors: Mary Harron; Lester Bangs.
    Recording information: B (12/1977-08/1982); Bossa Nova Estrada, Leeds (12/1977-08/1982); Die Boerse, Wuppertal, Germany (12/1977-08/1982); Dubious Product, Leeds (12/1977-08/1982); Fenton Hotel, Leeds (12/1977-08/1982); KG Music Studios, Bridlington, Yorkshire, England (12/1977-08/1982); Leader Sound, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (12/1977-08/1982); S[aceward Studios, Cambridge, England (12/1977-08/1982); Spaceward Studios, Cambridge, England (12/1977-08/1982).
    Director: Mark White.
    Editors: Ken Giles; John Spence ; Jon Langford; Bill Leader .
    Unknown Contributor Role: Peter A. Barker.
    This collection of rare and unobtainable tracks from the U.K. punk legends was unearthed from the vaults and includes brilliant outtakes, alternate versions, cover tunes, B-sides, and a handful of live radio sessions which cover the Mekons' earliest incarnation dating 1978 to 1982. During the first five years, the group's personnel changed so frequently that The Mekons Story lists 42 group members in the credits. Not coincidentally, their style changes with each new release and the Mekons' diversions are chronicled on this CD, from cacophonic punk, primitive disco, agitated funk and new wave, and synth pop, the only consistency being the sheer brilliance of John Langford's literacy in songwriting. The Mekons remain utterly revolutionary in the scope of post-punk and were for three decades effectively peerless in the genre of their own invention. An essential part of their vast discography, this collection gives an excellent overview of the formative years of an alternative rock phenomenon. Featuring liner notes from the late, great rock journalist Lester Bangs, who proclaims the Mekons to be, well, the greatest rock & roll band ever. A recommendation doesn't come much higher than that. ~ Skip Jansen

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