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Fear and Whiskey!

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  • llllougre
    Fear and Whiskey is today s eMusic review of the day! http://www.emusic.com/album/10869/10869588.html Review by Robert Christgau, eMusic An early punk band
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 26, 2006
      Fear and Whiskey is today's eMusic review of the day!

      http://www.emusic.com/album/10869/10869588.html

      Review by Robert Christgau, eMusic

      An early punk band returns — and helps invent alt-country.
      Although the likes of Greil Marcus and Lester Bangs loved their early
      albums, the Mekons' most widely admired work eight years after they
      convened in punk-era Leeds was still the 1978 single "Where Were
      You?" It wasn't until 1985's Fear and Whiskey, self-released on their
      U.K.-only Sin label back when imports were hard to find, that their
      legend launched worldwide. Susie Honeyman's fiddle was enough to slot
      the album as what was then called roots-rock, and put it at the
      forefront of what was later called alt-country. But in retrospect,
      Fear and Whiskey just sounds like a Mekons record — one driven by Tom
      Greenhalgh's desperate cry rather than Jon Langford's sarcastic shout
      or Steve Goulding's motorvating drums. What Greenhalgh is desperate
      about is a literally revolutionary scenario in which the government
      has routed rebels who swear they'll regroup but find themselves
      bogged down in alcoholic angst on a highway that's lost the way a
      beachhead is lost. Facing up to the failure of a punk idealism
      crippled, like the rest of public life, by the reactionary cruelty of
      the Thatcher and Reagan regimes, the Mekons had begun their lifelong
      project of keeping rock & roll leftism alive.

      -- Louise
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