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Fear and Whiskey

Mekons

1985

Fear and Whiskey

Album Summary

Fear and Whiskey is the fourth studio album by English rock band The Mekons. It was released in 1985 and marked a dramatic shift in their sound following a short hiatus. It is universally viewed as their masterpiece by fans. It is credited as being the first alternative country album, as it blends the band's previously-established punk rock style with a country music sound. The album was initially released by Sin Records to significant critical praise and commercial success. However, due to Sin's small capacity for production and distribution, the album then remained largely unavailable until it was rereleased in 2002 by Quarterstick Records, a subsidiary of Touch and Go Records. The musical style represents a sharp break with the group's previous work, as fiddle, steel guitar, and harmonica are included, but the instrumentation of punk music is also present, particularly on the energetic "Hard to be Human Again". Tom Greenhalgh, one of the primary creative forces in the Mekons, commented that as he listened to a great deal of country music in the early 1980s "pretty soon the difference between the three chords of country and the three chords of punk became blurred." The album closes with a cover of Leon Payne's "Lost Highway". The album's lyrics describe a dark scenario of a community struggling to retain its capacity for joy and humanity through a devastating war. Rock critic Robert Christgau described it as "a sort of concept album sort of about life during wartime".

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Rating

2.7

Votes

4604

Genres

  • Post Punk
  • Rock
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Sun Jun 06 2021
5

So you're telling me that a British band did in 1984 what Viagra Boys did on In Spite of Ourselves in 2021, for a whole album, with copious violin, and I didn't listen to any of it until today? Put this directly in my veins, stat. I don't care if it stops holding up eventually: This is exactly for me and there's an entire discography and several relistens ahead. Fine food for my imagination.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

Utterly bizarre. Weird rambling speech over punky violins, mad subject matters. Sometimes you hear an album and you have no idea if it’s genius or madness. One star? Five? Who can tell?

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Wed Aug 18 2021
4

A British group that decides to defy expectations by laying fiddles, harmonicas, and country guitar hooks onto a punk-rock foundation should be praised and applauded when it is done as spectacularly as this. Although the war-time themes of the songs would expect you to have a brooding, dark tone, the songs are actually really fun and catchy. I never thought I would hear an album like this, it's an underrated gem. Favorite Song: Country Least Favorite Song: Psycho Cupid

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Fri Aug 27 2021
4

I was brought up on a diet of fear and whiskey. My old man used to beat me black and blue, then douse me in whiskey and set me alight. It was an exciting time to grow up and sculptured me into the well-rounded human I am today.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
2

just not in to diddly dee punk. as soon as the fiddle turns up i lose interest. i used to play football for the bolton irish centre in the north of england celtic supporters tournament. after the football they would hire a function room and there would always be a fucking diddly dee band on and all these english people would sing along to these irish republican songs because they support a scottish football team that has something to do with ireland. all a bit weird and has probably put me off it even more. i'd like to thank buckfast for getting me through that nonsense. the americans seem to bum this kind of irish punk too. fucking history nonces.

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Thu Jul 15 2021
2

Je tenais à m'excuser pour la faute de syntaxe que j'ai commise en rédigeant ma critique de l'album de Gainsbourg. Ça n'arrivera plus.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
1

Best Song: None. Worst Song: Chivalry. What in the 8-bit cowboy is that background instrumental? Overall: I will be surprised if there is a worse vocal performance on this list. This sounds like your milquetoast colleague who always wants to go to karaoke, so you assume they must be able to sing, but when they get on stage they just start loudly talking with the music. And it's interspersed with amateur theatre? Even better. This album is one of the 1001 ways to tell that you've actually already died and you were sent to the bad place.

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Sun Mar 14 2021
5

never heard of this act but really enjoyed this album. normally “british pub band” is a tough sell but it works

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Mon Oct 05 2020
4

A tale of 2 completely different sides to an album. The first side is decent (first song is great and Hard to be Human is very good), but the second side is quality alt-country cowpunk, and definitely worth the listen.

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Fri Oct 23 2020
4

BOMB

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Thu Dec 10 2020
4

interesting, proboably should listen more before id give it a final rating

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Wed Jun 16 2021
4

Not bad at all actually

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Wed Jan 20 2021
4

Pretty good

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Fri Apr 16 2021
4

I honestly didn’t think I’d like this one, but I did! I guess the whole country punk thing is up my alley.

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Wed Mar 10 2021
4

Medio punk así gracioso. Sin más.

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Fri Mar 19 2021
4

Sons diferentes, interessantes e muito bons

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Thu Jun 03 2021
4

Yeah liked that. Four stars possibly just because it's new to me.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
4

really enjoyed this. great production on the album too

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Thu Feb 11 2021
4

Really good album loved it lots.

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Sun Apr 11 2021
4

false

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Thu Apr 29 2021
4

Muss ich nochmal an einem ruhigen Abend mit Whiskey hören aber gehört definitiv schon zu meinen persönlichen Neuentdeckungen.

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Wed May 26 2021
4

Actually liked this. Will need to relisten to it sometime.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
5

Really good album. Country elements are strong and not half-assed. Musicianship is top notch, and the lyrics were good but hard to follow. This album was a joy.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
5

It’s Cowpunk—what else could you want?

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

This caught me by surprise. The singer is rarely on pitch and the drum machine is overbearing. Somehow it is post c&w and post punk at the same time. Yet there is a ton of charm here and I love it for its sheer creativity and effort.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

im literally obsessed with this album, the clamor! the fiddle!! 10/10 i liked every song on the album 😔

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Sun May 23 2021
4

great, kinda weird but i really liked it!!

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Wed Aug 04 2021
4

I dig this! Kinda like if the Clash or even the Smiths made an alt country album. I can hear the influence from this in so much other shit.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Wow, this is an excellent album. It's this great intersection of sounds/genres with lyrics that are darkly poetic and beautiful. The conceptual element of the war pulls everything together really well and is like nothing I've quite heard in a post punk album. The dark subject matter could make an album like this a real slog, but musically it leans to the upbeat, like a lot of the best country music does. The Leon Payne cover at the end is a great choice that really fits with the whole mood of the album. Fave Songs: Abernant 1984/5, Darkness and Doubt, Chivalry, Country

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Wed Nov 24 2021
4

As this started I thought it's not bad but it's also not that good. Then by the 3rd /  4th tracks (Hard to be Human Again and Darkness and Doubt) it gets very weird but in a good way.  I'll probably be the first to ever draw this parallel but the weirdness reminds me of that Brazilian psychedelic band Os Mutatntes.  The weirdness is extensive and covers not only the lyrics and melodies but also the singing and  the instrumentals. This LP is definitely weird. Nothing wrong with weird; there is good weird and bad weird. For me it's good weird.  3 ratings are so middle of the road  I feel I need to avoid a 3 since it doesn't work for weird bands.

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Fri Dec 24 2021
4

Una altra de les joies per descobrir dels 80. Punk, country, folk, tot barrejat amb molt de gust i inspiració. Una mena de Levellers accelerats, The Pogues meets Buzzcocks amb temes tan bons com 'Darkness and Doubt', 'Hard to Be Human Again' o la versió de 'Lost Highway'. Sempre l'he tingut al radar i havia escoltat alguna vegada, però aquesta és la primera on finalment he captat la raó de la seva inclusió a la llista

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

1985 - British Post-Punk

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Mon Jan 17 2022
4

Kinda mid

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Thu Mar 10 2022
4

I liked this. True post punk where they could experiment with the formula.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

great mix of punky vibes and country sounds. Interesting lyrical exploration which tracks for cold war and unfortunately can remain pretty relevant.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
4

Fun stuff.

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Wed Apr 13 2022
4

Not at all what I was expecting… I thought American garage rock. The is not that! Very enjoyable; needs a revisit though!

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Sun Apr 17 2022
4

Lovely stuff

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Fri May 20 2022
4

Fun and samey all at once. It plays the one note well.

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Sun May 29 2022
4

Based on the descrption, I wasn't sure I'd like it, but it was actually good

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Sun Jun 19 2022
4

Pub cowpunk? Shambolic and odd with post-punk spikiness.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

British Post-punk from Leeds with a fiddle? Yeah, why not. This is my first time listening to the Mekons and the reminded me of a post-punk meets Waterboys sound (at least on this album). A lot of the songs on the album seemed to be about war or the aftermath of war but that was just a first impression, and I could be dead wrong. It was a pleasant enough listen to make me want to come back to the band and check out some of their other stuff so 4 stars for Fear and Whiskey.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

Good. I think I need to listen again

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Half of the album sounded more like Irish Punk, and the other like 80s obscura. That's not a complaint, lol

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Grata sorpresa este disco, no conocía para nada la banda y ahora me llevo varias canciones para mezclar en mixes

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Thu Nov 10 2022
4

Solid, consistent. I liked it, not much to say.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

I thoroughly enjoyed this album. I don't know why. There is something about this mixture of punk, folk and wave that somehow speaks to me. I couldn't recall any individual songs, but the album as a whole is a really nice listen. 4/5

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

A very pleasing mix of post-punk, country and folk. Definitely grows on you

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Thu Sep 24 2020
3

Not my thing, but was interesting.

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

Meh.

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

not bad at all, i liked their other songs too

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Sun Mar 14 2021
3

I didn't write the review immediately after listening to the album. I think it was a punk album that include is violin. It was pretty good. Obviously not too memorable.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
3

I respect what's going on here, but the execution doesn't do much for me. Maybe I'd just need more time with it.

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Thu Feb 18 2021
3

It’s fine.

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Sun Feb 14 2021
3

Feels like the talking head but with more of an Irish instrument choice hits liked it

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Sun Jun 27 2021
3

This could either grow on me or become very annoying - not sure which yet.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

Folk. Un poco coñazo.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

This didn’t do it for me

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Sun May 02 2021
3

A bit of David Bowie vibes, but not bad! A decent listen.

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Thu Jun 03 2021
3

Listenable but not really my cup if tea. ***

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Wed Apr 07 2021
3

3.5

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Decent album. Last dace is the best song for me.

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Weird. Reminded me of The The

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Mon Mar 08 2021
3

Grato descubrimiento

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Mon Mar 22 2021
3

this felt like a talking heads album, but mediocre

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Mon Jul 19 2021
3

Interesting - I always thought the Mekons were American. A couple of really good songs. I imagine they are listened to by very serious men.

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Wed Mar 03 2021
3

No los tenía muy controlados. Si me compro el disco algún día, podría ponerlo al lado de los de los Pogues y detrás de los de Clash. Esta escucha me ha merecido la pena.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Lustige Mischung aus pogues und clash. Aber gehört haben muss man das nicht

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Thu Jul 15 2021
3

Si l'on passe outre le fait que cet album soit un plagia des Midnight Runners, ainsi qu'outre le fait que ce groupe culminant à 40 000 auditeurs mensuels n'a sa place dans cette liste que grâce à sa complicité avec Robert Dimery, on peut alors apprécier l'album pour ce qu'il est, sympathique.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
3

Folkiger Punk, Punkiger Folk. Gut hörbar, aber nicht mein Ding!

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Sun Apr 18 2021
3

It was cute, not outstanding

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Thu May 27 2021
3

Punk rock and country kind of sound. Its ok I guess.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
3

I think I like this album a lot to be honest. It's got like this almost blues/country punk sound to it. My stand out song on this one is Last Dance. Something about it really just stood out to me, Made me emotional. Just that whole "I wanted to say fall in love, I wanted to say fall in love with me." Just emotions man. Better than I thought it was going to be for sure.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

Un bon album rock dans ce genre. 3.70

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

They sound like the Clash playing Dexys on this one

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Wed Aug 25 2021
3

did not seem to be mixed between the two styles well enough.

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Fri Aug 27 2021
3

Benjamin Mendy

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Wed Oct 06 2021
3

Takes the good things about country (e.g. melodies and instruments) and fuses it with post-punk. It works well, and it's highly innovative, but it looks like it never quite caught on. Maybe because the genre is just punk with country inspiration, and that's not enough of a gimmick to lead a movement. The tracks are all interesting and aesthetically pleasing. The first half is the most experimental, and it takes more inspiration from indie rock and pop than country. It's not coherent and the production feels like a mess, but they're ok. It wasn't until "Psycho Cupid" where I felt a bit annoyed. Which is perfect because the second side switched gears and actually reminded us what this album is about. Country and punk. Those last few songs flow together well and use country influences super well. I almost feel inspired to try what they did to punk. I don't think it's a masterpiece like others think, but it's different in a really good way, and I would give the album a 4 if both sides were like this. Favorite song is "Last Dance." It's like if a country club accidentally invited a punk vocalist but decided to go with it.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Not bad, but didn't stand out too much to me

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Thu Oct 21 2021
3

3/5

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Sun Oct 24 2021
3

Just fascinated by the fact that a British band sounds so country. A few songs were enjoyable, but wasn't really a favorite.

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

Really good. punky-arty-country Brit-pop-ish fun

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Fri Nov 12 2021
3

2.8

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Wed Nov 24 2021
3

The countrified sound must have thrown off their early fans. The first few songs are catchy, eclectic & the violin is a nice touch. Later they remind me a bit of the Pogues. The singer is hard to listen to for a full album.

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Thu Nov 25 2021
3

This was pretty good and I guess alt country is a thing. While I didn’t mind listening to it, I can’t say I liked it enough to ever listen to again. 3

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Fri Nov 26 2021
3

A decent record, 80s rock with a country twist

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

Maybe I'm just charmed by the novelty, but this is great.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

I dig it

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

grew on me over the course of the album

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

It’s a decent album but not my style

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Thu Dec 02 2021
3

HAPPY FOLK TUNES, CHIVALRY RELISTEN

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Mon Dec 20 2021
3

I am sure I have heard something from the Mekons before. After listening to this album, I'm still not sure what I've heard from the band before this album. The album has a sense of overcast and tempered dread, without giving up to being fully catastrophic. I enjoyed the album, but I'm not sure if I will remember this album long enough to come back for a second listen.I am sure I have heard something from the Mekons before. After listening to this album, I'm still not sure what I've heard from the band before this album. The album has a sense of overcast and tempered dispair, without giving up to absolute dread. I often like a dark tinge to the music I listen to. I enjoyed the album, but I'm not sure if I will remember this album long enough to come back for a second listen.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
3

Interesting - but not sure I would want to listen to that more than once

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Wed Jan 12 2022
3

2022.01.11

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

Joy Division really was one of the most influential bands of the 80's, couldn't stop thinking of them while listening to this album. Not to say it's bad at all, I quite enjoyed it, but felt too mixed on it for a few songs. A pretty nice album if you're a fan of punk/alternative/Irish pub sounds. 3.5/5

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Wed Jan 26 2022
3

Totally unfamiliar with the Mekons. Hard to get an accurate impression after one listen

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Sun Jan 30 2022
3

This is why I am here, to discover bands and albums that I have no clue about. I went into this hoping for good things. It was fine though, nothing special on first listen.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

The mix of indie, punk and folk is really different and interesting. A through line from this through Belle and Sebastian to Black Country New Road is quite apparent. Not every experiment works, but when they do, as they do with Psycho Cupid it's transcendent. When they don't, it's just good. Flitcraft has a lovely Dexys vibe too - I can see the links - Bands that fiercely do their own thing regardless of the fashions.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Decent. Varied between thinking "is this a precursor to I, Ludicrous" and "No, this is a bit more punky". Decent listen. Would I listen again? Probably not. Would I turn it off if it came up on random places? Probably not.

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

I knew the Mekons a little bit from hearing them on compilations from their more punk days. This one is a lot more experimental, some of which works, some of which really doesn't, and is much different sounding than what I expected based on the little I knew going in.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
3

Very eclectic. Enjoyed probably slightly more than half the tracks though. Shame that the lead track was bad though as it coloured my opinion of the whole thing.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

Good album but I don’t like fractured country lol. Favs were chivalry and lost highway

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

Another album that is new to me. I loved it from the first opening seconds on Chivalry. It reminded me how brilliant albums use to be when they actually sounded like albums. 35-40 minutes is the perfect length. No ta to add ons and bonus tracks. Wonderfully wonky and unlike anything else around the time. You can hear the influences this had as post-punk grew up to become something a little more mature and socially aware.

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Sun Mar 27 2022
3

Yeah ok 80s pommy pub rock sorta stuff. Never heard it before yet it sounds like something I've heard a million times. Songwriting is kinda low effort. Nowhere near as energetic as the pogues, or as moody as the cure or smiths. Overall it's as generic as it gets, but it's not awful and it only goes for half an hour. 3/5.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Pretty nice stuff. It keeps a solid beat going and I like when the strings are added into the mix, but I don't think that I'll ever really go out of my way to listen to this again, either. C

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Couldn't get into the vocals. Everything else was fine.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Initially thought this was going to be a 4/5, but as the songs progressed, I liked it less and less. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't especially good either. 3/5

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

This is pretty cool. Janky, shambling, unusual. Reminds me of a lot of downright odd-sounding first wave punk like the Raincoats. Or like if Big Audio Dynamite went into British folk and American country instead of hip hop and reggae. The vague violen melodies over droning bass reminds of Richard Thompson's approach, but more punk and experimental.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
3

Fine, has some nice bits.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

What if country music ended up in a London pub and drank too much? This is the album. Bar bonding singalong of Hank Williams, the social commentary of punk, and the rainy days of The Cure. It's a weird bastard of a child that is surprisingly enjoyable.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Some great songs, but not really a great album as a whole for me. I definitely see the appeal and why it became so influential, I just wish it was more consistent.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
3

I can acknowledge that this is good. However, it's not my taste. Not a big fan of the vocals or the genre.

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

Rating: 6/10 Best songs: Last dance

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Thu Jun 16 2022
3

When this was described as British pub punk, I assumed it would be similar to Irish pub punk. No, it's a very distinct genre of its own. Interesting listen.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

So I sampled a bit of the Mekons first two albums and, yeah, they couldn't have gone on that way. To paraphrase from the cinematic masterpiece Van Wilder, their previous work was decorated in post-punk f#ck. I'm not sure I'd call this country as much as Gaelic folk - of course mixed with post-punk or new wave(ish) alternative. The Dropkick Murphys probably owe the Mekons some credit. This album is admirable and far more palatable than their initial work, but I still don't think I want to make it my scene. I'll give a shout out to what I thought were the best songs - Trouble Down South, Abernant 1984/5, and Last Dance.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
3

Combining country and punk. Not something I would consider. On some of the pieces, it works. But doing it for the whole album, the novelty wore thin for me. And that spoken word piece, WTH was THAT all about? I totally get the vibe they were going for, but I wasn't feeling it. The best country punk song I ever heard was "The Country Death Song" by Violent Femmes. This was NOT comparable. Fortunately it was only 35 minutes. But still, not enough to sustain me. Give it 2.6, round up to 3. Moving on...

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Thu Jul 14 2022
3

It's o.k.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

Touches of the Cure, a solid listen on our car trip into Malaysia

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Not sure I quite get the almost surreal hype that, apparently, surrounds this album. Sure, for the most parts it’s a thrilling and enjoyable ride, but the first half feels slightly too long. The second half picks up the pace nicely but unfortunately ends on a lackluster note. Best: Trouble Down South / Hard to be Human Again / Last Dance Worst: Darkness and Doubt / Lost Highway

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Fri Jul 22 2022
3

Things I like: - Post-punk - Marxist ideals Things I do not like: - Fear - Whiskey - The fiddle With each listen the underlying melodies surface more and more, and 'Last Dance' is starting to convince me that perhaps the fiddle has some "raison d'être".

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Fri Jul 29 2022
3

Bleak... 5/10

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Wed Aug 10 2022
3

Interesting blend of country and 80’s indie rock. Some catchy tunes included

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Thu Mar 11 2021
3

Interesting album with a concept that gives it charms to a lesser known band from the UK. Still active today and doing great.

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Mon Aug 22 2022
3

Alright.

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Thu Sep 01 2022
3

Pretty good, some country influence but not as much as I was expecting Might want to try out more of their discography at some point, seems like they changed their sound a lot

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Fri Sep 09 2022
3

It was decent. Nothing particularly memorable

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Overall I liked this, not sure how much I'll be listening to it again though. I'd probably give it a 3.5 if I could.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
3

It made me want to go listen to The Wedding Present and The Go-Betweens. This is a style of music that I usually love but I found this album fall flat in comparison to the aforementioned bands

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

I like the vibe of this. Some good driving beats, and I like the violins.

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Sun Sep 25 2022
3

Interessante combinatie, nog weinig gehoord. Maar de uitvoering was niet altijd even super goed

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Mon Sep 26 2022
3

3.5

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Thu Sep 29 2022
3

T3B 1. Trouble Down South 2. Chivalry 3. Flitcraft Very unique! Great listen, hard to score.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

It was ok.

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

This sounds like what would happen if you mashed The Smiths & The Pogues together. It's not bad but it is confused. Not sure I'd listen again.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

Kinda strange country-folky rock album. Sadly I couldn't particularly get into this one very much, though some of the songs had interesting lyrics. Favourite: Abernant 1984/5

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

I thought it was fine probably

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Fri Oct 21 2022
3

This album definitely gets points for creativity regardless of how much I enjoyed it. The mix of punk and country works really well if you’re into both of those things. Unfortunately I wasn’t a huge fan of the punk side and didn’t enjoy this as much as I wanted to. Either way points for being unique

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Was cool at first, but then it started to feel like that Clash record we listened to…annoying Defiantly interesting parts, but know when to reel it back

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Tue Sep 01 2020
2

Interesting mixture of country, rock and psychadelic effects, but i hate country

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Fri Oct 23 2020
2

meh

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Thu Dec 03 2020
2

meh. rockabilly is not my thing

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Wed Mar 24 2021
2

Don‘t like his voice. Rather boring.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

2.5

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Thu Jul 01 2021
2

2/10

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

i was not ready for this.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
2

I like the early stuff from the mekons more. I found this to be a bit of a chore even with the short runtime. Don't dig the folksier arrangements.

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Fri Apr 09 2021
2

Meh.

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Fri Jun 04 2021
2

meh

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Thu May 20 2021
2

Fine. Middle of the road. Nothing to rave about.

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Thu May 20 2021
2

Not for me.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

A little bit country. A lot punk. Didn't grab me.

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Thu May 27 2021
2

Had to source this elsewhere as for some reason Spotify didn't have any songs to play from it. I didn't enjoy the vocals, the songs on the whole didn't interest me either but some of them were okay.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

horrible

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Sun Jun 06 2021
2

Alt-country/post punk. Occasionally weird, occasionally good. BT: Chivalry, Hard To Be Human Again, Last Dance

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Thu Mar 04 2021
2

Didn’t enjoy it and didn’t even notice when it had finished.

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Thu Apr 01 2021
2

Not crazy about this one. 2

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Thu Jun 17 2021
2

Perhaps a groundbreaking band, but not a groundbreaking album. Good enough not to be bad.

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Wed Apr 14 2021
2

Overrated?

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Thu May 27 2021
2

80s speaky-pop, but not that catchy

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Fri Jul 23 2021
2

Meh

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Wed Aug 04 2021
2

Boring. 2 starz.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
2

Eh. I know why this is here but I just didn’t find it memorable.

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Sun Aug 29 2021
2

Is it punk? Is it country? It surely isn't good.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
2

Decent instrumentals. Terrible lyrics and vocals.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

Not the biggest fan of country music but it wasn't a bad listen. The first half was better than the second though, with great songs like Chivalry and Hard to be Human which were stronger compared to the more country songs after.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

Not great, kinda like flogging molly and the clash mixed together.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

Interchangeable with any other folk/rock nonsense.

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Thu Sep 09 2021
2

Occasionally threatens to be really good. But sadly never materialises. Most sounds like a band failing to be interesting but succeeding at being annoying

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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

Puha en omgang. Totalt stressende at høre på, med et vivar af instrumenter og lyde. Nej tak

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Wed Nov 24 2021
2

Reminds me of the Pogues and Dexy’s. I’m bewildered by two comments that say that they sound like the Talking Heads though, huh?? I just can’t relate to country or punk so this is not my jam.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
2

2.4 - album felt included more for its noteworthiness than its quality. Appreciated the eclectic and nature, could hear a lot of influence for The Pogues, Dropkick Murphy’s and a bit of Blur throughout.

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Thu Dec 02 2021
2

So British. This not doing anything for me aside from a guitar solo or two at the end of the album.

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

The production is pretty good. I hate the vocals. Honestly think I'd enjoy this more as an instrumental album.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
2

Obviously English style singing which is good, just a little too punky with the out of tune singing. I only really liked the first song. Nice idea to do a punk/country crossover (early alt-country?).

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Wed Dec 22 2021
2

Off pitch is not a good attribute, no.

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Wed Jan 19 2022
2

I liked the idea but poor execution

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Fri Feb 25 2022
2

Some nice ideas, the Mekons are really an idea band - as in I like the idea of the Mekons more than I like their music. Was it really the first alt-country album? Anyway, not much distinguished music.

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Sun Feb 27 2022
2

One listen sufficient. There is a reason this didn't get released widely in 1985. Not shocking, but not good.

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Fri Mar 11 2022
2

“Meh”kons Good title

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Wed Mar 23 2022
2

Ik voel de potentie maar dit album is echt veel te vaag. Ik kan me niet voorstellen dat dit serieus bedoeld is geweest geworden. **

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Wed Mar 09 2022
2

Ehhh Never got into this band. Don't think this sound every worked well.

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Mon Apr 04 2022
2

Someone’s drunk uncle recorded an album of himself doing karaoke at the pub.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
2

I was excited about this one. I mean “Fear and Whiskey” is basically my personal mantra. Alas, while it was definitely interesting, I wasn’t a huge fan. Sorry.

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Fri Apr 08 2022
2

Wow. Nobody gives a shit about this record. The first track has 161,000 plays on Spotify, but the others have less than half as many. Another critically-acclaimed UK post-punk record on this list. It's a genre I'm inclined to like. But what sets this one apart from the rest? After listening, I'm not sure I know. They are a tight band, and they are less metronomic than other bands from this moment. The drum machines weren't taking over. That's good I guess.

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Sat Apr 09 2022
2

I had higher hopes for this. It passed me by a bit as punky irish music only slightly more modern than The Pogues.

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Fri Apr 22 2022
2

Folky punk is kinda ehhh to my tastes, but this wasn’t tooo bad. I won’t be actively tracking more down from Mekons, but I won’t shy away from it either. 2.5

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Wed May 04 2022
2

Pretty boring.

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Mon May 16 2022
2

Shannah missed most but didn't particularly enjoy what she heard. (1.5/5) Jane thought it was very 80s and a bit schizophrenic. (A generous 2/5) Bill commends them for writing a bunch of songs that weren't just love songs. (2/5) Few songs that Conor'd come back to. (2.5/5) 2/5

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Fri May 20 2022
2

Eh

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Fri May 20 2022
2

Another 90’s British punk group that sounds like a 90’s British punk group

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Wed May 25 2022
2

Kinda folksy Indi stuff. Not awful sounding but not my vibe. 2.5

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Wed Jun 29 2022
2

Interesting mix of genres but ultimately not for me.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
2

ooof 80s shouty trash no thank u sir

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Fri Jul 15 2022
2

Nope, not for me thanks. Bad. My dad would like this.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
2

Aldrei hef ég heyrt um þetta band áður og þessi plata gerir svo sem ekkert fyrir mig. Skv wikipediu er þetta fyrsta platan sem er stimpluð "alternative country" og, já, sá stimpill passar alveg. Það eru samt alveg pönkaðir undirtónar hér og þar.

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Sun Jul 24 2022
2

At the intersection of ‘80’s hair metal, country and punk lies this album.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
2

Irish folk post punk?,

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Thu Aug 11 2022
2

Started promising but it was not for me

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Mon Aug 22 2022
2

It was okay, doubt I'll listen to it again

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Thu Sep 01 2022
2

This album is kind of funny, the country elements tinge it all over a lot heavier than I was expecting. I wasn't expecting it to feel so disjointed, but maybe that's what you get from one of the first to do it. I definitely consider the influence of traditional folk music to be a lot more present than country music, particularly considering what side of the Atlantic The Mekons hail from. Enjoyable enough.

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