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The Mekons – The Quality Of Mercy Is Not Strnen (Reissue)
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The Mekons – The Quality Of Mercy Is Not Strnen (Reissue)


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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.

 

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."

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.

TRACKLIST

A1 Like Spoons No More 
A2 Join Us In The Countryside 
A3 Rosanne
A4 Trevira Trousers 
A5 After 6
A6 What Are We Going To Do Tonight 
B1 What 
B2 Watch The Film 
B3 Beetroot 
B4 I Saw You Dance 
B5 Lonely And Wet 
B6 Dan Dare 

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