The Mekons : Never Been in a Riot
— Lester Bangs
In January of 1978, The Mekons released their first single, a response to The Clash's "White Riot" called "Never Been in a Riot". Formed by University of Leeds art students Jon Langford, Kevin Lycett, Mark White, Andy Corrigan and Tom Greenhalgh, none of whom had any apparent musical ability, The Mekons received a rave review from NME for the single, which a critic described as "making the Sex Pistols look like Paper Lace".
The Mekons are still playing and recording.