My most interesting discoveries have been the result of hearing bands similar to the Mekons, although it's kind of a stretch to say that anyone sounds like them. So far, the major discoveries have been:
- 999: British punk band. Kinda similar to the Clash (definite rockabilly influences). My favorite song of their's so far is Emergency. Intriguingly, they are still active.
- Moving Parts: they were a precursor to Mission of Burma, and included Roger Miller and Clint Conley as members. A couple songs off their one album (Wrong Conclusion) that I think are particularly good are Garden of Heat and Line of Fire (both Roger Miller compositions). The album also has a version of the famous MoB song Max Ernst. One thing that stikes me listing to this album is that Roger Miller is an amazing guitar player.
- Human Television: I don't know how they came up in reference to the Mekons; they play 2 and a half minute pop songs that owe a lot to The Smiths, R.E.M., and the Cure. Their song Saw You Walking By could practically be a lost single from the La's or even the Byrds.