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Original Sin
Mekons
Original Sin
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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In 1985 a shambling, lovable British postpunk act called the Mekons returned from a lengthy hiatus (most thought they were long gone) to release Fear and Whiskey. Originally issued on the band's own label, Fear and Whiskey...  more »

      
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All Artists: Mekons
Title: Original Sin
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Twintone
Release Date: 10/28/1992
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Indie & Lo-Fi, New Wave & Post-Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 035058916423

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In 1985 a shambling, lovable British postpunk act called the Mekons returned from a lengthy hiatus (most thought they were long gone) to release Fear and Whiskey. Originally issued on the band's own label, Fear and Whiskey brazenly married drunken, anthemic punk rock ("Beaten and Broken"), a DIY ethos ("Garage D'Or"), existentialist humor (practically every song), and country & western music ("Lost Highway," "$1,000 Wedding"). It's one of those rock clichés to say that a record sounds as startling and fresh today as it did when it was released, but this record really sounds as astonishing and novel as ever. The Mekons have always been aces at reenergizing clichéd musical forms (except for their few stabs at reggae in the '80s), and this is likely the only "cowpunk" record you'll need. The retitled CD reissue adds selections from EPs released shortly after Fear and Whiskey; it is the first record to own by this ridiculously brilliant band. --Mike McGonigal

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How Do You Make a Perfect Record Better?
Paul Howe | Maple Shade, NJ United States | 09/15/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"An instant classic in 1985 ansd sounding better with each passing year, Fear and Whiskey is improved in this CD reissue by the dynamite EPs which followed it. However, one imperfection: a ludicrous cut called "Mr. Confess" by a different edition of the band than that which appears on all the other cuts. And they dropped a killer of cover of Merle Haggard's "I Can't Hold Myself in Line" for that? Oh, well, call it an imperfect reissue of a perfect album. But buy it!!"
For anyone interested how good music can be
Robert Moore | 12/30/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The album Fear and Whiskey goes down easy. It rolls along etching melodies in your brain that seem like they were a part of you your whole life. The music is filled with melancholy, but is also invigorating like an old southern hymn. This album alone is plenty, but you also get two EP's of added material, which also contains great songs from the high point of the Mekons career. This CD is a treasure."
Punk meets country in the most underrated album ever
Robert Moore | 10/30/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This album is so great that it should be in everyone's collection. From the opening line, "I was out late the other night, Fear and Whickey kept me going" to the Hank WIlliams and Gram Parsons covers, this album hits all the right notes. Jon Langford should be in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Mekons should have a string of Platinum records!"