Q - 12/96, p.1383 Stars (out of 5)
- "...The band that wouldn't reform have come back to haunt a nation's pub backrooms....their songs still champion the underclass, rail against the oppressor and generally have a good time against a vaguely Celtic, sometime folky, punk-infused racket..."
Personnel: Stefan Henry Cush (vocals, guitar); Paul Simmonds (guitar, acoustic guitar); Bobby Valentino (violin); Rick Muir, Gary Stout (keyboards); Kenny Harris (drums, percussion).
Recording information: GreenHouse; The Greenhouse.
The Men They Couldn't Hang's reunion album Never Born to Follow is more straightforward than their '80s records, verging closer to roots rock and folk-rock than reeling Irish folk-punk. That's actually not a bad thing, since it makes the album sound fresh, not nostalgic. Furthermore, the songwriting is clever and memorable, making Never Born to Follow a thoroughly successful comeback. ~ Thom Owens