Mekons – Punk Rock

Jon Langford's perennial discontents make retro modern

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The Yorkie Mekons celebrated their 25th anniversary two years ago with a heady reconstructed blast at their considerable back catalogue of hit tunes like “Never Been In A Riot”, “Fight The Cuts” and associated agit prop revelry recorded in Chicago and Amsterdam. Always ahead of the game but slightly too left-field to clean up, Clash-style, the Mekons were doing socialist folk and country punk long before most of the competition, so the combination of fiddles, banjos, accordions and lean rock’n’roll sound just right. They remain funny, fly and fit for the future. Dan Dare would approve.

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