- Never Been In A Riot / 32 Weeks, Heart and Soul ( January 20, 1978 - 7"
on Fast Product, UK [FAST 1])
Lineup: Andy Corrigan, Mark White, Ken, Tong, Ros Allen, Jon Langford
(Recorded directly to 2 track by Tim Pearce at Alpins Place near Galashiels
on October 29/30, 1977." Produced by Mekons and Bob Last, this single
was the first release on Edinburgh's Fast Product label. The Mekons were part
of the burgeoning punk scene swirling about Leeds University in 1976/77, a
scene which also spawned Gang of Four and Delta 5 (Mekons connection -- Delta
5 bassist/vocalist Ros Allen). The three songs are quick and rough and the
thing sounds like a field recording, designed to capture a fleeting moment.
Favorite track: "32 Weeks", a list of how many months, days, and
hours of labor are required to buy various consumer goods.)
- Where Were You / I'll Have To Dance Then On My Own(1978 - 7" on Fast
Product, UK [FAST 7])
(Produced by Mekons and Bob Last)
- Work All Work / Unknown Wrecks ( September 1979 - 7" on Virgin, UK
(Recorded at Surrey Sound, 28-30 August 1979; produced by Bob Last for Fast
- Teeth / Guardian + Kill / Stay Cool(7 March 1980 - 2x7" on Virgin,
(Recorded in Halifax and Rochdale, January 1980; produced by the Mekons. Silvery
paper gatefold sleeve houses the two 45s.)
- Snow / Another One ( April 1980 - 7" on Red Rhino, UK [RED 7])
Sporting Life / Frustration, Neddy B. Riot (1981 - 12" on CNT Productions,
UK [CNT1]; 1981 - 12" on Pure Fruede, W. Germany [PF12 CK6])
Lineup: Jon Langford, Tom Greenhalgh, Kevin Lycett (???)
(Recorded at Spaceward Cambridge, April 1981, engineered by Mike Kemp. Live
track recorded in Wuppertal, September 1980. The lead track is a 6:12 version
of the cut on The Mekons Story; "Frustration" is "followed
by a mystery live track" (entitled "Neddy B. Riot" on the record
label) that is in fact a ragged version of "Never Been In A Riot"
(see also the below listing for the "Guardian" flexi). Inner groove
reads: "Turtle The Last Mekons Fan" and "Thank Christ".
The outer sleeve carries the legend "This is the last Mekons record"
written backwards over part of the cover art. It also says "Hijos dos
pueblos a las barracudas DISCOS/CNT *Hit* Dusseldorf/Leeds 5.81".
German issue has a completely different sleeve.
The lead track is an extended version of the cut on The Mekons Story. Studio
tracks recorded at Spaceward Studios, Cambridge, April 1981 and produced by
the Mekons and Mike Kemp; live track recorded at Die Boerse Wuppertal, West
Germany, September 14, 1980. Executive producer, Adrian Collins; edited at
Leader Sound, Halifax, UK (thanks to Bill Leader). The inner sleeve also includes
lyrics for "Frustration".
- This Sporting Life / Fight the Cuts (1982? - 7" on CNT Productions,
Lineup: Jon Langford, Tom Greenhalgh, Kevin Lycett (???)
(No "B" side: "Fight the Cuts" is on side "AA".
Writing on inner hub: "Support the hospital workers" and "We
- Guardian" (live) (1982? - 7" flexi on ???, Holland [SHOL3328])
(Flexi given away with Amsterdam-based music rag, Muziekblad Vinyl (?). "Recorded
live in Wuppertal for CNT Productions of Leeds. Remix by Kenny Giles. KG Music
Studios, Bridlington." This recording is probably of the same vintage
as the "Never Been in a Riot" live track ("Neddy B. Riot")
on the "This Sporting Life" EP. On the flipside -- Gdansk, "A
English Dancing Master (1983 - 12" on CNT Productions, UK [CNT 014],
1983 - 12" reissue on Rough Trade, UK)
Lineup: John Gill, T. Green, J.D. Langford, Kev Lycett, Dr. Spence, C. Stewart,
The Last Dance / (A Dancing Master Such As) Mr. Confess / No Country Dance
/ Parson's Farewell
(Written and recorded by The Mekons at K G Studios, Bridlington, East Riding,
May 1983. The Rough Trade reissue is identical save for tan rather than orange
cover: there is no other indication of reissue, not even a Rough Trade logo.)
- Crime And Punishment ( 1986 - 12" on Sin [Sin 002])
Lineup: probably the same as Fear and Whiskey, but with many more people;
Peel sessions pay session wage, so many bands magically add members the day
of their session
Beaten and Broken / Chop That Child In Half / Hey! Susan / Deep End
(Peel Session, BBC, 1986)
The first 3 tracks later appeared on the Original Sin CD, leaving "Deep End"
as one of the few remaining vinyl-only tracks.
- Hello Cruel World / Alone And Forsaken ( 1986 - 7" on Sin, UK [Sin
Lineup: see The Edge of the World
- Slightly South Of The Border ( 1986 - 10" on Sin, UK
Lineup: probably the same as Edge of the World
Slightly South of the Border (desert remix by Steve Forward) / $1000 Wedding
/ Coal Hole / Rescue Mission [Sin 005])
The entire release later appeared on Original Sin with a slightly shuffled
track order. Liner notes by Sophie. In case you can't read the yellow banner
on the cover, it says "THIS EP CONTAINS 3 ALL NEW MEKONS TRACKS PLUS SPECIAL
DESERT RE-MIX OF SLIGHTLY SOUTH OF THE BORDER BY STEVE FORWARD FROM MEKONS
ALBUM 'THE EDGE OF THE WORLD' BURNS YOUR THROAT AND SEARS YOUR EARS!"
In The Ground / Sin City / Prince Of Darkness ( 1987 - 12" on Sin/Cooking
Vinyl, UK [SIN 007T])
- Hole In The Ground / Sin City / Prince Of Darkness / Danton (1987 - 12"
on Twin/Tone, US [TTR ???])
Lineup: same as on Honky Tonkin'
- Ghosts Of American Astronauts / 1967 / Revenge (1988 - 12" on Sin/Cooking
Vinyl, UK [sin 009])
- Ghosts Of American Astronauts/Robin Hood - 1988 - 7" on Sin/Cooking Vinyl,
UK [sin 009/7]
- The Dream And Lie Of The Mekons ( 1989 - 10"/CD on Blast First, UK
Lineup: Steve Goulding, Tom Greenhalgh, Susie Honeyman, Jon Langford, Sally
Timms, Mr. Knee
Amnesia / Heaven and Back / Empire of the Senseless / Blow Your Tuneless Trumpet
European version has Club Mekon, instead of Empire...
(Released before Rock'n'Roll, Dream and Lie... contains Heaven and Back, which
was deleted from the U.S. release.)
- Memphis, Egypt / Heaven and Back / Cocain Lil (1989 - promo-only 12"
on A&M, US [SP-17897])
("Heaven and Back" is one of the 2 songs omitted from the U.S. version
of The Mekons Rock'n'Roll)
- Empire of the Senseless, 1989 - promo-only 12" on A&M, US [SP-18005]
Songs: Empire of the Senseless / Interview
(Tom Greenhalgh and Jon Langford are interviewed by Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks.
Very flattering glossy promotional insert for The Mekons Rock'n'Roll is enclosed.=
- Club Mekon / Ring o Roses / Amnesia (1989 - promo-only 12" on A&M,
US [A&M SP-17961])
("Ring O' Roses" is one of the 2 songs omitted from the U.S. version
of The Mekons Rock'n'Roll)
Eight (1990 - 12" on Materiali Sonori, Italy [MASO 70008/GRT 8])
Only Darkness Has The Power (demo) / Betrayal / He'll Have To Go / Big Zombie
(1 & 2 recorded in Harehills Ave., Leeds 1988; track 3 recorded live in
Hoboken, 1986; track 4 recorded live in Chicago, 1987 (same > version as
on New York). This record is part of series by artists that preformed at the
Greetings Festival in San Giovanni Valdarno, November 1987.)
- Hey, Susan (live) (1990 - 7" flexi [EV-106532-00]) given away with
#39 of magazine THE BOB. See article.
- Crap Rap (November 1990? - 7" on Clawfist, UK [Clawfist 4])
(On side "Claw", the Mekons cover an Ex tune, "Crap Rap";
side "Fist" has The Ex covering the Mekons' "Keep on Hoppin'".
Released as part of the Clawfist Singles Club, pressing supposedly limited
to 1400; a lyric sheet is included for both tunes so you can hum along...
- Sheffield Park / Having a Party (45 on Blast First 1990) ??
- Makes No Difference/Having A Party 7" on Blast First 1990 [BFFP 62R]
Midnight / All I Want / The Curse (live) / Waltz (live) / Amnesia (live)(
1992 - CD on Loud Music, US [89014-2])
(Cut with "tremendous support" from this tiny custom label in the
Warners' family, Loud Records fell apart shortly after Wicked Midnight hit
the streets. The crash almost took I [heart] Mekons with it; that album was
recorded under Loud's aegis. Incidentally, the Mekons were not the only casualty
-- Austin, TX-based Glass Eye also got screwed by Loud, which ultimately caused
that band's demise. "Curse" and "Amnesia" were recorded
at Uncle Pleasant's, Louisville, KY, 7/11/91; "Waltz" recorded at
Rote Fabrik, Zurich, 11/5/91.)
- Millionaire (1993 - CD on Quarterstick, US [QS23])
Millionaire / He Beat Up His Boyfriend / All I Want/ Blow Your Tuneless Trumpet
/ (Sometimes I Feel Like) Fletcher Christian
(Tracks 1 and 2 are shameless promotional devices for the I [heart] Mekons
record and The Mekons Story reissue, respectively; tracks 3-5 were recorded
live at Chicago's Cabaret Metro on 11/8/91 and 11/14/92 "Tuneless Trumpet"
and "Fletcher Christian" also appear in the forthcoming feature
film, Mekons -- The Movie.
1&2 ( Quarterstick Single 1995)
- How many stars are out tonight / Still waiting; Stars: recorded by the Mekons
at Gatos Trail, Yucca Valley, California, Sept. 2016, Waiting: Recorded by
the Mekons at Laffitts Hall, Suffolk, Feb. 2017, Engineerd by Abigail Blake
and Andrew Corrigan
are numerous. Besides others I'm thankful that Charles Miller and Tom Berard were really helpful. From Charles' website I took a lot of information.