They are so much better than U2 or Rancid, to pick two money making genre leaders for rock and punk. The Mekons are the real deal.
It's like the difference between a rap MC from the streets that brings it with uncompromising originality or a corporate created hip hop MC based on looks and connections. The Mekons are those real people that do NOT sacrifice their music for extra $$, even though they easily could have and basically been as wealthy and well known as U2.
Check out these other albums also: (1)Curse of, (2)I love, (3)Retreat to Memphis, (4)Ooh (Out of Our Heads), and Journey to the End of the Night
That' s a lot of albums, but I kid you not, they are all incredible in their own ways.
Take a chance on the real thing for a change. :)"
Great rock and roll full of spunk.
fluffy, the human being. | forest lake, mn | 02/17/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"three fine lead vocalists grace this overlooked album from 1989. jon langford's voice is loose and cocky and full of attitude with a joe strummer-ish swagger. sally timm's vocals are strong and precise and sound full of confidence. tom greenhalgh's singing articulates a superb sense of english-pop phrasing. throughout this recording the guitars dominate the music, dense and powerful, churning out layer upon layer of catchy hooks. "empire of the senseless," is the classic track here, but there are plenty of great moments, including the superb strangeness of "cocaine lil," the clash-like rocker, "amnesia," the powerful anthem "heaven and back," and "echo," with its big drum beat and wall of guitar sound. this cd needs a bigger audience. go ahead and become a part of it."
mountain viewer | California | 10/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How can this be out of print again?! It may not be the greatest album ever released, but it's up there in the first tier, and if you wanted to argue that it was the greatest, I'd sit down and hear you out. And yet it's not available for purchase from the great Universal Behemoth. And you want _MORE_ proof that capitalism doesn't work?? Those starving kids in Africa weren't enough for you, eh? Well there you go.
All the 5* reviews here are right: you--yes, you, over there! put down that espresso/pint/remote/knitting needle and listen!--need to own this album. Save yourself the $30 for the used copy (what traitor would part with his/her copy anyway?). Just find the nearest Mekons show, drive/take the bus/train there, pay the $15 to get in the door, and then after the show buy one from the gang themselves. Last time I saw them they were selling it for $15. You'll thank yourself.
UPDATE: The band don't seem to have any more copies, either. So buying used is probably the best bet, even at these prices."
Destroy your safe and happy lives before it is too late
T. Tucker | Rochester, NY | 01/16/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Truly a great album. In some sad sense, it seemed like the last gasp of a real critique of capitalism.
Sadly, the Bush years have made this critique more timely than ever.
More importantly, it just plain rocks, especially Memphis, Egypt and Now They Can Keep It."