Release Date:07/05/2019;Notes:After two singles for Fast Product, Leeds art-punk collective The Mekons signed with Virgin Records in 1979. The band w...Click To Read More About This Product
Release Date:07/05/2019;Notes:After two singles for Fast Product, Leeds art-punk collective The Mekons signed with Virgin Records in 1979. The band would have to borrow gear from their mates Gang Of Four to record their major label debut. In classic Mekons style, the album's back cover featured a photo of Gang Of Four instead of themselves._x000D_ As Simon Reynolds writes, "The Quality Of Mercy Is Not Strnen got a mixed reception at the time. Listening to it now, though, the first LP sounds more of a piece with the band's early punk singles. What's striking is the commonality of sound across the three key Leeds groups of that moment (Gang Of Four, Delta 5 and The Mekons). There are textural affinities in terms of scrawny abrasiveness and a general departure from rock 'n' roll norms of singing and emoting."_x000D_ With boundless energy, The Mekons net a dozen barbed takes on pop culture, art and politics. "What Are We Going To Do Tonight" stands out as a razor-sharp critique of leisure, while "Beetroot" drowns apathy in angular riffs and catchy, unmelodic chants._x000D_ Clad in one of the most striking record covers of it's era, The Quality Of Mercy Is Not Strnen is now available in the US for the first time. Liner notes by Simon Reynolds.;Track List:1. Like Spoons No More;2. Join Us In The Countryside;3. Rosanne;4. Trevira Trousers;5. After 6;6. What Are We Going To Do Tonight;7. What;8. Watch The Film;9. Beetroot;10. I Saw You Dance;11. Lonely And Wet;12. Dan Dare
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