Every week, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 37-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith.
Bursting into my mid-20s, wild on the fumes of punk’s ancient history almost a decade before, lyric writing felt like standing in a wobbly wire pen in the middle of an open field. Really, the only question was do I leave by the gate or rip the whole thing down on my way to who knows where.
“Tolerate Me” from Mecca Normal (Smarten UP!, 1986; reissued by K, 1995) (download):