Where Were You?: Hens Teeth and Other Lost Fragments of Popular Culture, Vol. 2

Where Were You?: Hens Teeth and Other Lost Fragments of Popular Culture, Vol. 2

by The Mekons
     
 
The Mekons' Where Were You?: Hens Teeth and Other Lost Fragments of Popular Culture, Vol. 2 is the second volume of rare and unreleased tracks from the group's archives. Covers, outtakes, radio sessions, and B-sides make up the body of this collection and document the Mekons' fearless sonic experimentation. Reworkings of

Overview

The Mekons' Where Were You?: Hens Teeth and Other Lost Fragments of Popular Culture, Vol. 2 is the second volume of rare and unreleased tracks from the group's archives. Covers, outtakes, radio sessions, and B-sides make up the body of this collection and document the Mekons' fearless sonic experimentation. Reworkings of Ray Davies' "Fancy," Johnny Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues," and the Ex's "Crap Rap" hint at the album's diversity, reflecting the group's British rock roots, their fascination with country music, and their ties with the experimental underground. Famed rock writer Lester Bangs sings and plays guitar on the trippy "One Horse Dub," thanks to a cassette recording made nine years before the song was completed in 1990. The group's bracing mix of proletarian punk and sparkling, eclectic pop enlivens every track, from "Mekons Rock 'N' Roll" (an alternate version of "Memphis Egypt") to the countrified new wave instrumental "Darkness." Subversively gentle protest songs, like the live version of "My Song at Night" (from the Kathy Acker collaboration Pussy King of the Pirates) and the demo "Nice Julie (Waltz)" and noisy, abstract pieces like "Hashish in Marseilles" and "Polaroid (I Don't Own, I Only Dote)" further the Mekons' reputation as politically and musically progressive. Though Where Were You is a must for fans, newcomers to the band will also find plenty to enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/07/1999
Label:
Quarter Stick
UPC:
0036172005925
catalogNumber:
59

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Performance Credits

Mekons   Primary Artist
John Gill   Melodeon
Brendan Croker   Guitar
Sarah Casanova Corina   Bass,Vocals
Steve Goulding   Drums
Tom Greenhalgh   Synthesizer,Guitar,Piano,Vocals
Suzie Honeyman   Fiddle
Jon Langford   Guitar,Drums,Vocals,Multi Instruments,Machines
Monti   Drums
Rosebud   Drums
Sally Timms   Vocals
Barry B.   Hand Clapping,screams
Rico Bell   Accordion,Vocals
Mekon   Track Performer
Pete Barker   Guitar,Vocals
Dick Taylor   Guitar
Tim Taylor   Bass
Chalkie White   Vocals
Mark Wilson   Guitar,Vocals
Kathy Acker   Vocals
Ken ?   Bass
Tom   Harp
Jonboy   Drums
LU   Bass

Technical Credits

Mekons   Composer
John Gill   Engineer
Tony Bonner   Engineer
Ian Caple   Engineer
Tom Greenhalgh   Composer
Jon Langford   Composer
Bill Leader   Engineer
Brian Pugsley   Engineer
Richard Preston   Remixing
Ken Sluiter   Engineer
Erwin Blom   Engineer
Ken Lite   Remixing
Mark Wilson   Contributor

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