Man Listens To Classic Album From The Past

Written by Monkey Woods

Thursday, 31 October 2019

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They don't make them like this anymore

It's always a great moment when we come across a great piece of music from our past that we'd not forgotten about, but had rather let slip to the back of our minds.

That was the case this morning when one man in the Cambodian second city of Battambang opened up his computer's Media Monkey music library, and randomly selected 'The Quality Of Mercy Is Not Strnen', the debut album by Leeds-based punk rockers, The Mekons.

Starting out in life as a punk band, and, subsequently becoming post-punk, The Mekons also embraced country music, folk music, alternative rock, cowpunk, and dub, and are frequently referred to as an alt-country band, as well as a "rock collective".

The Mekons, musically inept, formed under the new rule that "anyone can be in a band", regardless of anything. Their first releases demonstrated this.

Their first single, a 3-track 7" comprising 'Never Been In A Riot', 'Heart And Soul', and '32 Weeks', gave the impression that this may have been the first time that any of them had picked up an instrument.

Keen on this aspect of the band, Moys Kenwood, then 16, bought the 'Quality Of Mercy' vinyl album and played it until the advent of CDs. Unable to procure it in that format, he had his mate 'burn' him a copy for posterity, and loaded it into his computer library.

And this morning, he was able to revisit the classic sounds of 'Like Spoons No More', 'Trevira Trousers', 'Beetroot', 'After 6', and 'Lonely and Wet', finishing off with the frantic 'Dan Dare'.

One piece of novelty information about the album, is that, due to an error by the Virgin Records art department, the back cover of the record's sleeve featured pictures of the Gang of Four instead of The Mekons.


The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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