Back in 2014, I had a short running series in which I invited readers to submit a few words on their personal cult classics – songs which were largely unknown for the most part but which really should have been massive hits.
The problem with having a hotmail address is that sometimes things go into my Junk folder and I don’t pick them up when I trawl through them. That’s what I think happened to Walter‘s submission for the series…but he was prompted to resend the e-mail after The Mekons recent appearance in the ICA series. Here’s what he had to say:-
as announced this morning I give you my personal Cult Classic.
‘Where Were You’ by The Mekons was released in 1978 on FAST 7.
The Mekons earned a true fan-community over the years in many places in the world. But I won’t call this a mainstream success. Back in the late 1970s I got in touch with that so called punk rock genre and one of the first singles was this one by The Mekons.
It had everything I love on this kinda music. It was rough with good and simple chords, the voice of Jon Langford who
made me believe that every word he’s singing was true. And at least ‘Where Were You’ was one of the few songs that tells you a lot in less verses.
If this song should not fulfill your criteria, please let know me and I will contrive something else.
Best wishes for your new series!
Huge apologies my friend for letting you down all those years ago. Better late than never though….
mp3 : The Mekons – Where Were You?
Enjoy. And drop in at Walter’s place and say hi.