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The Mekons are a punk rock/post punk band. They are one of the longest-running and most prolific of the first-wave British punk bands (rivaled in both categories only by The Fall).
The band was formed in 1977 by a group of Leeds University art students that included Jon Langford and Tom Greenhalgh - the Gang of Four and Delta 5 formed from the same group of students. They took the band's name from the Mekon, an evil, super-intelligent Venusian featured in the British 1950s-1960s comic Dan Dare (printed in the Eagle). The band's first single was "Never Been in a Riot," a satirical take on the Clash's "White Riot", and for several years the loose-knit band played noisy, bare-bones post-punk, releasing singles on a variety of labels. The first album The Quality of Mercy is Not Strnen was recorded using the Gang of Four's instruments, and due to an error by the Virgin Records art department, featured pictures of the Gang of Four on the cover. After 1982's The Mekons Story, a compilation of old recordings, the band ceased activity for a while, with Langford forming The Three Johns.
By the mid-80s (revitalised ...
|years active||1977 – present|
|music genre||Punk rock, Post punk|
|current members|| Jon Langford|