Ladies and Gentlemen, the Mekons bring you an "album"
just like albums used to be; cardboard things filled with cheeky,
chunky 78rpm shellac. Just take a look at the cover of "Ancient
and Modern 1911 - 2011" and you'll know what were talking about!!
Let us take you for a walk down memory lane, to the world as it
was just before the First World War...to the Edwardian Era, to the
Naughty Naughties a hundred years ago, a cozy nostalgic world; cricket
on the village green, punting down the river in a striped blazer
and boater, off with the hounds, picnic hampers, community singing,
mistresses and wives, mysticism, secret societies, dangerous poetry,
radical modern art, Freud, national strikes, revolution, anarchists,
bombers, British concentration camps ... oops, is that really a
hundred years ago?!?
The Mekons travel back/forward to a world unaware that it's waiting
for the pistol to CRACK CRACK CRACK in Sarajevo, plotting their
singular course through the digital tsunami of contemporary sounds
that blare tinnily from your mobile phone or spin at 78rpm in His
Masters Voice from the horn of your exquisite Gramaphone.