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Friday, September 21, 2007

the monks

Thanks to our friend Bill for telling me about The Monks, a band of 5 American GIs stationed in Germany during the mid-'60s, whose short-lived career resulted in some of the weirdest recordings ever and a bunch of confused German kids. They've been called "the first free-floating building in the history of rock 'n' roll," and while it'd be obvious to say that a band this innovative and weird was ahead of their time, it's almost unfathomable to me that these guys existed in 1966.



mp3:
The Monks Monk Chant (live)
The Monks Oh, How to Do Now

Read more about the band's history here.

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17 comments:

Blogger elana said...

Wow... those guys were amazing... What a great find!

10:59 AM  
Blogger K. TOK said...

I don't understand, what is so innovative about this band? That guitar "solo" is pretty weird, but what about a group like Cromagnon?

8:43 PM  
Blogger diana w said...

i really dig this!

9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hehe.. is this something what Devo might have been like if they'd been around ten years earlier? I dig the tonsures..

10:44 PM  
Anonymous Kevin K. said...

IT'S MONK TIME!

I was a late adopter of the Monks, too. It's unfathomable that I went decades without hearing them because now "Black Monk Time" resides comfortably in my top ten (five?) of all-time. What a great record. Years and years ahead of its time. And Gary Burger has got to be one of the most underrated rock singers ever.

I wish the new documentary about them would play stateside soon.

6:55 AM  
Anonymous Don Shula said...

that is some of the most out there, ahead of it's time music you've posted to date. How the hell is that 1965?

Keboard/organ solo reminds me of Jack White's in "Icky Thump," oddly. You think Stripes are fans? Surely Jack's come across these G.J.s in his day.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Twisted Coil of Misfiring Synapses said...

I was struck that, except for the organ, the music didn't sound dated at all; modern almost, given the fractured nature of today's rock scene.

11:00 AM  
Anonymous tom said...

hey man, great find. autonomous progenitors indeed.
i was happy to see the seeds and france gall here a while back. keep the all things garage coming.
check out Los Saicos if you're unfamiliar. context is a wondeful thing.
now to find a monks record.......

2:25 PM  
Anonymous tom said...

hey man, great find. autonomous progenitors indeed.
i was happy to see the seeds and france gall here a while back. keep the all things garage coming.
check out Los Saicos if you're unfamiliar. context is a wondeful thing.
now to find a monks record.......

2:25 PM  
Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

these guys are the tits! i had some monks jams on a mix cd a long while back which were cornerstones. thx for posting/reminding me of these cats.

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