Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tell 'em Jonboy is Here: A Jonboy Langford Collection

            Whatever alternative country is (or has been), it's kind of hard to imagine it without the contributions of Jon Langford - starting, of course, with The Mekons, then on to his various solo projects, his collaborations with Sally Timms, Richard Buckner, and The Sadies, the Pine Valley Cosmonauts, and, of course, his work with The Waco Brothers.  With that in mind, here's 18 tracks of Jon Langford in all his various guises.  Oh, and befitting his status as the hardest working man in alternative country (you should also check out his artwork), he's just put out a single to benefit a foundation to provide free music tuition to people in Wales.  Lastly, if you're wondering a track from his Pine Valley Cosmonauts tribute album to Johnny Cash isn't on the compilation, it's because I noticed that the album was out of print.  So I'll post that next week.


Hole in the Ground The Mekons
Tubby Brothers Jon Langford
Plenty Tough Union Made Waco Brothers
Maverick Mekons
From Attic To Basement Richard Buckner And Jon Langford
Sweet Kind Of Love Pine Valley Cosmonauts
Junco Partner Jon Langford
Dark Sun Sally Timms & John Langford
The Fame Of Lofty Deeds Jon Langford
Strange Ways to Win Wars Jon Langford & Skull Orchard
Teeth Mekons
Amnesia The Mekons
Up To My Neck In This Jon Langford And The Sadies
Revolution Blues Waco Brothers
Road to Florida Mekons
Nothing to Say Waco Brothers
White Freightliner Blues John Langford & Sally Timms & John Rice
Over the Cliff Jon Langford's Hillbilly Lovechild


Jerry Lee said...

Thanks man, looking forward to this! I have a few Waco albums, "Freedom and Weep" is my favorite, and only one Mekons LP, more Jonboy is a good thing.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this! Any friend of Jonboy is a friend of mine.

Ishkabibliophile said...

@Jerry Lee,

Indeed, as prolific as he, more Jonboy is still a good thing.


Quite welcome. Hope you like the Pine Valley Cosmonauts release, too.

philippe said...

Hi Ish

Happy New Year 2021 I hope it will be a better one all over the world in a covid fee planet

Many thx to have re open this one too I'm a big fan of Jon Langford eclectic discography Especially The Waco Brothers , their latest cd RESIST is one of their best

The Mekons circa 1985/1991 were really the pioneer of country punk music Top notch twang

Stay stafe & keep on your laboour of love Btw I plan to download your best of 202O boxset to discover new talents Very kind of you

Some feedbacks very soon

All the best, cheers, Philippe

Ishkabibliophile said...


Isn't Resist like a best of - not that there's anything wrong with that? :) But you're absolutely right about the Mekons in the 1980s/early 1990s. I saw them about 30 years ago in a club in NYC and they were truly magnificent. Have you seen the documentary "Revenge of the Mekons" - really charming and interesting, if a tad on the hagiographic side.