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The Monks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Dec 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000729R
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,007 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Monkey business 14 Dec 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Not to be confused with the 1960s band who made 'Black Monk Time', these Monks were a late 1970s British outfit. It's just possible they saw themselves as the Rutles of the new wave, but it's more likely that they set out to cash in on it. I've seen them described as a punk band, but they certainly weren't that. At the heart of their direction were Richard Hudson and John Ford who had been around for a long time. They were in minor league psych pop band Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera in the late sixties, before helping move the folk-influenced The Strawbs towards the mainstream, writing their hit 'Part Of The Union' in the process. They formed Hudson-Ford in the mid-seventies, making four albums of largely passable, if unremarkable rock, with 'Pick Up The Pieces' (not the Average White Band song) the best of their few hits.

A look at the track listing is enough to tell you what's coming: titles like 'Spotty Face' and 'Inter-City Kitty' reek of the humour in their songs. The first track, 'Johnny B. Rotten', far from being a Pistols-like thrash, is a catchy, beaty pop song delivered with a Cockney accent which resurfaces frequently elsewhere. 'Love In Stereo' is a straight take off of Elvis Costello and The Attractions, right down to the organ and vocal inflection. The whole album, however, comes across as parody rather than copy. Think of The Vapors' 'Turning Japanese' and you'll have an idea of the tone of the music.

This album yielded one sizeable hit, the stripped down 'Nice Legs Shame About Her Face' but 'I Ain't Gettin' Any' didn't fare as well. The b-side to 'Nice Legs', 'You'll Be The Death Of Me' could easily have been added, but there are no bonus tracks.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FUN MUSIC WITH SERIOUS MUSICAL CONTENT 25 Feb 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I stumbled upon this recording by complete accident. I was searching for Hudson Ford records when I discoverd they had made this album after Hudson Ford called it a day. All I can say is that this CD is fantastic! It is really fun to listen to, as there is no heavy, serious mood lurking in the shadows. It is Punk without being to serious about it. And with musical talent such as John Ford and Richard Hudson (both formerly of The Strawbs and Hudson Ford) writing most of the songs as well as sharing production duties, there is no shortage of musical content or great musicianship either. And if you like this, I urge you to check out the second Monks album, "Suspended Animation", as it is just as much fun to listen to.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing back memories of Lake Muscoka finally found on CD 26 Nov 1999
By ROBBIN MACQUEEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I used to listen to this on vinyl in the late 70's as my friends and I partyed in a cottage on Lake Muskoka. I am still playing the album even though it is warped and has beer spilled on it. Now on CD it is probably one of the most fun "Punk" albums ever released. It is the sounds of the more carefree 70's when fun ruled the days and political correctness had yet to be born.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic tounge in cheek rock 29 Sep 1998
By hewan.mccann@sanlam.co.za - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Growing up some friends got hold of a copy of this album on tape which we wore out. Now at last , and almost 20 years later I've found it on CD!!. Full of fun songs that will rock your party. Some real gems on this one. Nice legs, shame about her face.
23 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't Get Fooled Again - These are DIFFERENT Monks 24 Mar 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
PLEASE BE ADVISED! THESE ARE NOT THE MONKS FROM "BLACK MONK TIME". I am not saying this album is bad OR good (well, actually it is kinda trite), just that THIS ISN'T the same 1960s US GIs in Germany and that whole scene.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally found it on CD! Thank God! 29 Dec 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This album was huge in Canada (well, Ontario anyway) in the late '70s/early 80's. I wore out an album and a cassette and have been looking for the CD for years! "Drugs in my pocket", "Johnny B. Rotten", "Nice legs shame about her face" were all big and we all knew all of the words (sung, of course, with the appropriate accents). I introduced the album to my American husband when we met in college in the late '80's and he is grooving that we will now have it on CD!
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