The Mekons

Genres: Documentaries Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": post-punk punk british indie alt-country Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: BBC Music Fan Page MySpace Wikipedia


Although initially based in Leeds, England, the Mekons made their recording debut for the Edinburgh-based Fast Product label in January 1978. Recorded by Andy Carrigan (vocals), Mark White (vocals), Ros Allen (bass), Jon Langford (1958, Newport, Wales; drums, later guitar, vocals), Ken and Tong, ‘Never Been In A Riot’, the outlet’s first release, was the subject of effusive music press praise, and its joyous amateurism set the standard for much of the band’s subsequent work. Having completed a second single, ‘Where Were You’, the Mekons were signed to Virgin Records where a line-up of Langford, Carrigan, White, Allen, Kevin Lycett (guitar) and Tom Greenhalgh (b. Thomas Charles Greenhalgh, 4 November 1956, Stockholm, Sweden; guitar) completed The Quality Of Mercy Is Not Strnen. This unusual title was drawn from the axiom that, if you gave a monkey a typewriter and an infinite amount of time, it would eventually produce the complete...

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