The Mekons – Honky Tonkin – Cassette
Honky Tonkin’ is an album by the British punk and alt-country band The Mekons. This record showcases the band’s unique fusion of punk rock energy with traditional country and honky-tonk influences, resulting in a captivating and genre-blending musical experience.
The Mekons’ sound on “Honky Tonkin'” is characterized by their distinct blend of twangy guitars, spirited fiddle playing, lively rhythms, and heartfelt vocals. The album incorporates elements of punk rock, country, folk, and Americana, creating a sound that is both raw and rooted in tradition.
The album features a collection of 13 tracks, each with its own distinctive charm and sonic palette. From the opening track I Can’t Find My Money, the band immediately establishes their infectious energy and knack for crafting memorable melodies and hooks.
Lyrically, “Honky Tonkin'” delves into themes with a poetic and thought-provoking approach. The songs tell stories, paint vivid imagery, and offer social commentary, capturing the spirit of the working class and exploring the complexities of life and love.
Tracks like Sympathy For The Mekons showcase the band’s ability to blend punk rock urgency with country twang, while songs such as If They Hang You highlight their prowess in crafting heartfelt ballads. The album’s tracklist is carefully curated to create a cohesive and engaging listening experience, seamlessly flowing from one song to the next.
“Honky Tonkin'” captures the band’s dynamic and energetic live performance, conveying the raw intensity and camaraderie that The Mekons are known for. The production of the album strikes a balance between a polished studio sound and a live, unfiltered energy, giving the record an authentic and organic feel.
The album cover and artwork for “Honky Tonkin'” often reflect the band’s irreverent and DIY ethos. These visuals complement the music and capture the band’s spirit and personality.
“Honky Tonkin'” is a captivating album that showcases The Mekons’ ability to seamlessly blend punk rock and country influences into a cohesive and vibrant musical experience. It stands as a testament to the band’s versatility, songwriting skills, and their unique contribution to the punk and alternative music scenes.
Sin Records 1987
Brand new, never played and still in the factory plastic
1. I Can’t Find My Money
2. Hole In The Ground
3. Sleepless Nights
4. Keep On Hoppin’
5. Charlie Cake Park
6. If They Hang You
7. Prince Of Darkness, The
9. Sympathy For The Mekons
11. Trimdon Grange Explosion
12. Please Don’t Let Me Love You
13. Gin Palace
The third album from what could be called the Mekons’ “soused socialist hillbilly-punks from Leeds” period, 1987’s Honky Tonkin’ built on the country-influenced musical and lyrical themes of Fear and Whiskey and The Edge of the World, where the boozy ambience of classic Nashville sounds found a sympathetic ear among this pack of political and emotional underdogs. As a set of songs, Honky Tonkin’ isn’t quite up to the standards of the previous two albums, which creatively kick started the band after a period of inactivity, but as an album Honky Tonkin’ is one of the band’s best efforts. Touring and frequent visits to the recording studio had tightened up the Mekons’ sound a bit (“tight” being a highly relative concept), and while it’s many miles away from slick, the more full-bodied engineering and production on Honky Tonkin’ was a decided improvement on the often hollow and slapdash recording of Fear and Whiskey. And given a sympathetic recording environment for a change, the Mekons truly delivered the goods; the rollicking sway of “Kidnapped” and “Keep Hoppin'” finds room for a boozy joy in an unfriendly world, while the bitterness and defeat of “Spit” and “I Can’t Find My Money” put a sympathetic human face on this band’s class-conscious rage. And while this album didn’t contain the Mekons’ first stab at the 19th century protest song “The Trimdon Grange Explosion,” this version was a remarkable meeting of folk-rock’s earnestness and punk’s spitting wrath which ranks with the group’s most powerful recorded moments. Just short of a masterpiece, and one of the high points of the Mekons’ twangy period.https://www.roundflat.com/shop/cassettes-round-flat-records/the-mekons-honky-tonkin-cassette-tape-on-twin-tone-records/https://www.roundflat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/mekons-honky.jpghttps://www.roundflat.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/mekons-honky.jpgThe Mekons - Honky Tonkin - Cassette Honky Tonkin' is an album by the British punk and alt-country band The Mekons. This record showcases the band's unique fusion of punk rock energy with traditional country and honky-tonk influences, resulting in a captivating and genre-blending musical experience. The Mekons' sound on 'Honky...roundflat email@example.comAdministratorRound Flat Records