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Long hailed as a precursor to the current alternative country and roots-rock scene, Fear And Whiskey has been remastered by The Mekons and is released now for the first time on CD in it's original form. Inspired by folk, honky-tonk, and Cjaun music and boasting a pathological fear of closing time.
Long hailed as a precursor to the current alternative country and roots-rock scene, Fear And Whiskey has been remastered by The Mekons and is released now for the first time on CD in it's original form. Inspired by folk, honky-tonk, and Cjaun music and boasting a pathological fear of closing time.
036172008025

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Format: CD
Label: QUARTER STICK
Catalog: 20080
Rel. Date: 01/22/2002
UPC: 036172008025

Fear & Whiskey [Reissue]
Artist: Mekons
Format: CD
New: Available $14.98 $12.17 ON SALE
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Formats and Editions

DISC: 1

1. Chivalry
2. Trouble Down South
3. Hard to Be Human Again
4. Darkness and Doubt
5. Psycho Cupid (Danceband on the Edge of Time)
6. Flitcraft
7. Country
8. Abernant 1984/1985
9. Lost Dance
10. Lost Highway

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Long hailed as a precursor to the current alternative country and roots-rock scene, Fear And Whiskey has been remastered by The Mekons and is released now for the first time on CD in it's original form. Inspired by folk, honky-tonk, and Cjaun music and boasting a pathological fear of closing time.

Reviews:

In 1985, the Mekons were punk also-rans who’d made a handful of inchoate,difficult to find albums that were popular among a handful of rock critics andfew others. It’s tempting to say that nothing changed with the releasethat year of Fear and Whiskey: until recent months, the tiny horde whocared could find their catalog mainly through rigorous secondhand shopping.But Fear and Whiskey remains one of the most unique records ever made, a fierce,funny attempt by an unkempt group of English anarchists to escape the urbanhorrors wrought by Thatcherism. Their solution? Hitting the bars and bashingout a raucous version of the American country music that led them there.

The results were rough-hewn, bewildered, bleary and immensely likeable, likeunexpectedly meeting someone at a bar and ending up getting drunk and talkingwith them all night. Mixing tear-in-beer laments (“Chivalry,” “LostDance”) with eerie spoken-word pieces (“Trouble Down South,”“Psycho Cupid [Danceband on the Edge of Time]”) and flat-out rockers(“Hard to Be Human Again”), the album manages to sound resigned tofate and determined to spit in its eye both at once. It ends with a cover ofthe Leon Payne-written Hank Williams standard “Lost Highway” thatsounds like it couldn’t walk a straight line down the middle of one; bythe time it occurs, the song sounds like the only possible thing that couldfinish this album off. Lots of alt-country artists have since tried to top Fearand Whiskey, but nobody’s done it yet.
        
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