Filed under: Art, Bands, Videos | Tags: Langford, Mekons, Rock'N'Roll, Were You There?, Wrong!
Took me a while to properly get round to The Mekons. I loved the idea of them. I remembered seeing this video on that legendary Carry On Disarming compilation (that my mate Nick put together, it turns out.)
But a lot of it seemed too shambling, too amateur. I liked fellow travellers Chumbawamba a lot more. (Still got love for Chumbawamba).
I even had some art by Jon Langford (a painting on wood of Johnny Cash and Dylan Thomas, a 40th birthday present and a cherished thing) before I owned a Mekons record. Jon’s art is absolutely astonishing, paintings on old wood of ghosts of American astronauts, forgotten country heroes, boxers and footballers and friends and enemies.
But a boy can be wrong, right? Not long ago, something just clicked. And clicked and clicked and clicked.
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