The Mekons Honky Tonkin'

The Mekons Honky Tonkin'

by The Mekons


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The third album from what could be called the Mekons' "soused socialist hillbilly-punks from Leeds" period, 1987's Honky Tonkin' built on the country-influenced musical and lyrical themes of Fear and Whiskey and The Edge of the World, where the boozy ambience of classic Nashville sounds found a sympathetic ear among this pack of political and emotional underdogs. 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 given a sympathetic recording environment for a change, the Mekons truly delivered the goods; the rollicking sway of "Kidnapped" and "Keep Hoppin'" finds room for a boozy joy in an unfriendly world, while the bitterness and defeat of "Spit" and "I Can't Find My Money" put a sympathetic human face on this band's class-conscious rage. 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. Just short of a masterpiece, and one of the high points of the Mekons' twangy period.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2004
Label: Quarter Stick
UPC: 0036172009527
catalogNumber: 95
Rank: 10783

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mekons   Primary Artist,Track Performer
John Gill   Bass,Fiddle,Melodion
Brendan Croker   tiple
Suzie Honeyman   Violin
Lew Knee   Bass,Group Member
Sally Timms   Vocals
Rico Bell   Accordion
Bobby Worby   Organ
Avadne Garde   Fiddle,Group Member
Dick Taylor   Guitar
Otto   Guitar,Group Member
Boston Tar Baby   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Group Member
Michael Worby   Organ
Sarah Corina   Bass

Technical Credits

Mekons   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Tony Bonner   Engineer
Tom Greenhalgh   Engineer
Jon Langford   Engineer
Lu Edmonds   Engineer
Steve Nunn   Engineer
Bobby Worby   Engineer
Ken Lite   Engineer
Ralph Jones   Composer

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