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THE MEKONS: CURRENTLY SIX TO ten members, including fiddler and accordionist. On stage they wear cowboy hats and sing “Help Me Make It through the Night.” Founded 1977, Leeds, England—first punk band in town, now the last. First record: ”Never Been in a Riot“ (a violent lament). Leftist, feminist, clowning, alcoholic, crude: ”Those who couldn’t play tried to learn, and those who could tried to forget.”

Two or three original members remain; dozens have come and gone. Lacking anything that could be called a hit, their very persistence across a decade marginalizes them. As pop stars who never were, they have nothing to revive; “Tenth Anniversary of Punk” retrospectives ignored them. As an anachronism, though, today they are gaining strength. Fear and Whiskey may have been last year’s best pop record; The Edge of the World (Sin, UK) may be this year’s. The two discs in one: history is a nightmare

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