Friday, October 29, 2010

The Mekons - Fear and Whiskey (1985)

Genre: Post-punk, Alternative country
Lyrical Theme: A community struggling to retain its capacity for joy and humanity through a devastating war
Origin: Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Years Active: 1977 – present
Label: Sin
File: 79 Mb (320kbps)

Steve Goulding - Drums
Tommy Greene - Vocals, Violin, Guitar
Susie Honeyman - Fiddle
Johny boy Langford - Vocals, Harp, Guitar
Lu - Bass
Ken Lite- Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Dick Taylor - Lead Guitar

1. Chivalry 4:03
2. Trouble Down South 4:15
3. Hard to Be Human Again 3:58
4. Darkness and Doubt 5:15
5. Psycho Cupid (Danceband on the Edge of Time) 2:52
6. Flitcraft 3:23
7. Country 2:54
8. Abernant 1984/1985 2:21
9. Last Dance 3:13 Mekons
10. Lost Highway 3:13 (Leon Payne)
Total Playing Time: 35:13

This is the 4th full length from England's long-running cult band the Mekons, and it is generally credited as being the first ever Alt-country album. It's actually a wonderful treasure filled with a sense of melancholy uplifted through happy melodies which gives it a wonderful and unique blend. This is a must listen and I've been a big fan for many years. Inspired.

Fear and Whiskey


  1. great shout out on mekons f&w! you might be interested in the documentary, REVENGE OF THE MEKONS, i'm making. there's info on this Facebook page. swing by and "like it" -- i'll be posting clips, outtakes and loads of other stuff in the coming months, along with updates on the film's progress. Also, i'll be announcing a Kickstarter campaign soon which will include lots of great Mekons items. please check it out!


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