The revelatory aspect of Jon's prolific body of work is that he's always treated punk rock as folk music and folk music, when it stays true to its roots, can be awful damn punk. Woody Guthrie pissed off as many, if not more, people than Johnny Rotten.
Four Lost Souls is pure Americana, not just because of where it was recorded or who played on what track, but because it is beyond the news of the day. It is a travelogue of sorts; it goes to a place where the differences between country, soul, blues, and rock-and-roll are blown aside by the warm languid breezes.
These "bests" span the spectrum of Jon's term of service with us. There's all out punk, ballads, country, folk-punk punk-folk, and well...it's Jon. 'Nuff said.
Full of soulful urgency and longing, conjuring the ghosts of mates-in-spiritual-arms from Dylan Thomas to Johnny Cash.
Only in Chicago could you have two true musical icons playing with and for each other on stage - their mutual respect, musical abandon and joy plainly evident - on a Monday!
Sadly reflective and yet hilariously surreal, the show mixes rock biography, live music and stunning visual effects to tell a tripped out tale of the demise of America's last living cowboy. And here's the soundtrack...
Has a stripped-down, but not sparse, campfire feel full of jaunty and crushing songs of hope, desperation and heartbreak.
Takes the punk chutzpah of Langford and meshes it with the garage savvy of the Sadies, busting out 12 tracks to rattle the cage of genre purists. Bawdy, exuberant and, at times, full of surprising pop smarts.
Originally released as a limited/signed edition EP of 2000 that, as you can imagine, disappeared pretty quickly
Blurs the irrelevant line between punk and country and highlights the Welsh wit that marries the personal with the political.