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The Mekons Story

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All Music Guide - Skip Jansen
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Skip Jansen
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2011
  • Label: Buried Treasure
  • UPC: 881626100523
  • Catalog Number: 5
  • Sales rank: 68,497

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Letter's in the Post (1:13)
  2. 2 Not a Bitterman (Born to Be Mild) (3:53)
  3. 3 Dance and Drink the Mekons (2:40)
  4. 4 Bomb Train (3:04)
  5. 5 Trouble Down South (3:10)
  6. 6 Car-Men (3:29)
  7. 7 Eden (3:15)
  8. 8 Frustration (2:51)
  9. 9 Fight the Cuts (2:05)
  10. 10 Byron (4:22)
  11. 11 This Sporting Life (6:29)
  12. 12 Rosanne (2:20)
  13. 13 Garden Fence of Sound (2:43)
  14. 14 Miriam Always (2:25)
  15. 15 Walking Song (1:20)
  16. 16 The Building (3:08)
  17. 17 I'm So Happy (4:19)
  18. 18 I Bought You These (3:27)
  19. 19 He Beat up His Boyfriend (2:16)
  20. 20 1st Guitarist (2:27)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Mekons Primary Artist
Ken Giles Rhythm Synthesizer
Tony Greene Guitar
Tom Greenhalgh Synthesizer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Jon Langford Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Harmonica, Piano, Drums, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments, Synthesizer Strings, Rhythm Synthesizer
David Spencer Narrator
Mark White Vocals, Background Vocals
Kenny Moore Background Vocals
Kevin Lycett Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Drums, Vocals, Background Vocals, Multi Instruments, Rhythm Synthesizer
Andy Rodgers Bass, Drums, Background Vocals
Tom Greene Synthesizer, Guitar, Drums, Vocals, Synthesizer Strings
Pete Barker Synthesizer, Piano, Vocals
Ken Lite Guitar, Vocals
Jon Lange Drums, Vocals
Mary Jenner Bass
Andy Corrigan Synthesizer, Vocals
Ros Allen Bass
Peter A. Barker Synthesizer, Piano, Background Vocals
Paul Griffiths Guitar, Drum Loop
Technical Credits
The Mekons Composer, Producer, Remastering
John Gill Producer, Engineer
Ken Giles Engineer
Tom Greenhalgh Composer
Mike Kemp Engineer
Jon Langford Artwork, Sculpture, Piano Treatments
George Peckham Mastering
Mark White Director, Concept
Lester Bangs Liner Notes
Kevin Lycett Composer, Sound Construction
Andy Rodgers Sculpture, Drum Design, Sound Construction
Tom Greene Remixing, Sculpture
Ken Lite Concept Consultant
Chalkie White Concept Consultant
Jeff Lipton Remastering
Jon Lange Sculpture, Drum Design
Mary Jenner Composer
Mary Harron Liner Notes
John Spence Engineer
Jonny Quality Remixing
Peter A. Barker Contributor
Jonathan Langford Composer
Paul Griffiths Engineer
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