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Mecca Normal

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Mecca Normal
Mecca Normal photo by Jean Smith.jpg
Mecca Normal photo by Jean Smith.jpg
Background information
OriginVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
GenresIndie rock
Years active1984-present
LabelsSmarten Up!, K Records, Kill Rock Stars, Matador Records
MembersJean Smith
David Lester

Mecca Normal is a two-piece indie rock band from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, formed by Jean Smith and David Lester in 1984.


In 1985 they formed their own record label Smarten Up! to release their debut album.[1] Subsequently, Mecca Normal had full-length releases on three of the largest indie labels of the 90s, with albums on K Records, Kill Rock Stars, Matador Records, and Smarten Up! and a 7" single released by Sub Pop.[2] Smarten Up! later merged with Lester's small press publishing company Get To The Point to form the label Smarten Up! & Get To The Point on which they released an album in 2003.

Much of Mecca Normal's album The Observer (Kill Rock Stars, 2006) was inspired by Smith's experiences using online dating websites.[3][4]


  • Mecca Normal (Smarten Up!, 1986)
  • Calico Kills The Cat (K Records, 1988)
  • Water Cuts My Hands (K Records, 1991)
  • Dovetail (K Records, 1992)
  • Jarred Up (K Records, 1993)
  • Flood Plain (K Records, 1993)
  • Sitting on Snaps (Matador Records, 1995)
  • The Eagle And The Poodle (Matador Records, 1996)
  • Who Shot Elvis? (Matador Records, 1997)
  • The Family Swan (Kill Rock Stars, 2002)
  • Janis Zeppelin (Smarten Up!, 2003)
  • The Observer (Kill Rock Stars, 2006)
  • Empathy for the Evil (M'lady's Records, 2014)
  • Brave New Waves Session (Artoffact, 2019)


  1. ^ "Mecca Normal (1st Album) - Mecca Normal | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  2. ^ "Mecca Normal music, videos, stats, and photos". Last.fm. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  3. ^ "MECCA NORMAL". Washingtonpost.com. May 5, 2006. Retrieved 2020-03-06.
  4. ^ "Mecca Normal: The Observer". PopMatters.com. April 11, 2006. Retrieved 2020-03-06.

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