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Monday, April 06, 2009

black monk time

I mentioned this the last time I posted on these guys a couple years ago, but it still sort of blows my mind that the Monks even existed in the early to mid-1960s. The group of 5 American GIs -- stationed in Germany at the time -- seemingly emerged from nowhere with a new brand of furiously raucous but undeniably poppy experimental garage-punk that was years ahead of its time, effectively confusing the shit out of countless German teenagers (see videos, below). If you were unfamiliar with these dudes, now's a good time to get acquainted, as the group's seminal Black Monk Time LP is being reissued -- complete with 6 rad bonus tracks, including the incredible unreleased jam "Pretty Suzanne" -- along with a collection of previously unreleased early demos (including two songs the group recorded as the 5 Torquays) by the great Light In the Attic Records.

the monks :: monk chant
the monks :: love came tumblin' down (demo)


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

This isn't the "drugs in my pocket" Monks.Were big in Canada in the 80s.

4:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

no this is the good monks

8:29 AM  
Blogger theneedledrop said...

i lol'd

8:35 AM  
Blogger Austin Kleon said...

This is fantastic.

12:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

simply put, great band...

4:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

but how can you overlook that HAIR?!... OR lack thereof

6:28 PM  
Blogger Bill Baird said...

there is a great movie about the monks where the band members admit they didn't know what in the hell they were doing. apparently there was a mastermind behind the whole thing who was an artist. he told them all exactly what to do. kind of crazy. anyone remember the name of that documentary?

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The movie is "Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback."
The bass player also wrote a book called "Black Monk Time" which gives an interesting perspective on how they basically stumbled into their sound... sure, their manager created the "monk" image, but the music and lyrics were all theirs...

9:21 AM  
Anonymous Ryan said...

Someday when I have small children I'm going to cut their hair in the style of The Monks.

11:36 PM  

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