Rock n' Folk

Of Mekons and Diamonds

Any big Mekons fans out there? They’re another band I need to spend some quality time with. They were one of the bands that formed out of the 1977 British punk scene. Among the art students at the University of Leeds were Jon Langford, Kevin Lycett and Tom Greenhalgh. They formed the Mekons. Also forming out of the Leeds art school around that time were Gang of Four and Delta 5.

Jon Langford eventually settled in Chicago, and has been involved in a number of projects, most notably the Waco Brothers. His brand of music fuses post-punk, folk and country. Good, good stuff.

I heard this newer Mekons tune on Sirius a few weeks ago, from their latest, Natural.

Mekons – Diamonds (mp3)

And this is my favorite off of the Waco Brothers Do You Think About Me? record. I have good memories of cranking this on a solo drive to Vegas to see Bruce in 2000.

Waco Brothers – Wickedest City (mp3)

Buy: The Mekons – Natural | Waco Brothers – Do You Think About Me?

Links: Mekons MySpace | Mekons on LastFM

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