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Black Monk Time [Extra tracks, Import]

Monks Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 April 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Import
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B00000729S
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Monk Time
2. Shut Up
3. Boys Are Boys And Girls Are Choice
4. Higgle-Dy-Piggle-Dy
5. I Hate You
6. Oh, How To Do Now
7. Complication
8. We Do Wie Du
9. Drunken Maria
10. Love Came Tumblin' Down
11. Blast Off!
12. That's My Girl
13. I Can't Get Over You
14. Cuckoo
15. Love Can Tame The World
16. He Went Down To The Sea

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CD Description


CD 1
1. Monk time
2. Shut up
3. Boys are boys and girls are choice
4. Higgle-Dy-Piggle-Dy
5. I hate you
6. Oh, What To Do Now

CD 2
1. Complication
2. We do wie du
3. Drunken Maria
4. Love came tumblin' down
5. Blast off!
6. That's my girl

Product Description

(1994/REPERTOIRE) 16 tracks Polydor 1966Medium 1
  1. Monk Time
  2. Shut Up
  3. Boys Are Boys And Girls Are Choice
  4. Higgle-Dy-Piggle-Dy
  5. I Hate You
  6. Oh How To Do Now
  7. Compilation
  8. We Do Wie Du
  9. Drunken Maria
  10. Love Came Tumblin' Down
  11. Blast Off!
  12. That's My Girl
  13. I Can't Get Over You
  14. Cuckoo
  15. Love Can Tame The Wild
  16. He Went Down To The Sea

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One-off brutal 60s punk 31 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Once upon a time the Monks were 5 ex-GIs playing R&B and instrumentals as the Five Torquays on the German club circuit. They met up with a German management team with ideas and the music got transformed into something more brutal and repetitive. The music was stripped down to its basic elements, with a concentration on the rhythm. The resulting LP, Black Monk Time, sounds like nothing else that was around at the time - it appeared out of nowhere and disappeared to nowhere, for a while, anyway. Songs (chants?) like Shut up and Complication feature chanted vocals, clanging electric banjo, mad organ and a football chant-like rhythm. Nowadays the Monks are filed alongside the Stooges and the Velvet Underground but they stand on their own. If you like Black Monk Time then think about picking up the demo album Five Upstart Americans. It's poppier and more repetitve (in a good way) than BMT and provides the ideal introduction to the Monks for the under-fives - get them hooked young.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Monk Time! 6 April 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Just the hottest most jumping baddest most thumping surf-punk-rock'n'roll-beat-scuzz album ever ground out - and in 1966, too! (not that the date matters - it could have been recorded yesterday). From before the rulebook was written, so it makes complete sense to have chewed-up organ and distorted banjo accompanying the rabid yelps and outright evil nonsense of The Monk's fevered, evangelic vocals. I heard it was the great lost cult rock'n'roll album - that's such an understatement; it's the greatest rock'n'roll album ever cut, no word of exaggeration.
The twist comes at the end of this cd, where the singles they were forced to make by their record company are included - they were selling zero records, so were told to sound "commercial". Well, they tried their best - it sounds nothing like the racket of the album, but if they aimed at pop it was a complete girl's throw - not even close. How anyone could consider the anodyne dementia of "Cuckoo" likely to appeal to a mass market is beyond me.
If you love rock'n'roll, you must hear this album.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An important and unique record. 9 Aug 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Black Monk Time. 3 words and a sentence. Confusion, darkness, austerity rotting into decadance...Now.
This album is proof that punk was simply a label for a cultural current that had existed for decades. Emotionally and lyricly this is as punk as it gets: desperate, naive, angry.
Musically this is 60s pop, but taken in a strange and dark direction. There is no deliberate attempt to be avant-garde or artistic, this is mainstream music accidentally reinvented by marginal people. These songs are pure punk rock'n'roll in the way the Ramones or the Rezillos are, but there is no postmodern distance, no implied irony.
You can taste the isolation that this record was made in, and this is what makes it truly special. The Monks exist outside the conventional history of popular music. You cannot place them alongside The Stooges or VU in a Q magazine history of punk music.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Right Time for Monk Time 12 Jan 2010
Format:Audio CD
Got this album on the strength of the reviews on Amazon and its historic reputation and man this thing is fantastic! The production is crystal clear and the songs, my god, I cannot believe it is 1966! The rythem section is so ahead of the game its not funny and the hooks are incredible. It is impossible not to move when this is playing.

Standout tracks being, Monk Time, I Hate You and Drunken Maria although there is not one weak track in sight with the possible exception of Thats My Girl, but seeing that this is the last track, it is hardly a problem.

Fans of Early Stooges and garage in general will love this. Reminiscent of early Kinks and The Who, but in my opinion outstrips both and that is saying something. This is often compared with the Sonics debut and although this is simailar in style, it is no where near in terms of production or song quality.

In short, this is one those rare artifacts: a genuine lost classic from the sixties that lives up to the hype

Go buy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The roots of Krautrock 9 Aug 2014
By Patrick Neylan VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It seems a bit odd to give this five stars, since a lot of it is disappointing rubbish. Yet The Monks are a hugely important band, even though their career essentially consists of a few recordings made in Germany in 1966.

Anyone interested in just the sound should listen to the first half, and especially 'I Hate You' and 'Oh, How to Do Now'. The first is a grinding punk-rock howl of hatred, while the second is a skanking groove fit for any party. But for music historians, The Monks are huge. These five GIs who stayed in West Germany after discharge are the only pre-1968 band to get a serious mention in histories of Krautrock Those metronomic beats must have had an influence on Neu! and Can - even though Can's Irmin Schmidt saw the Velvet Underground - and that influence seeps into punk rock, alt-rock, trance and industrial all the way through the 80s and 90s.

This might not be a great album, but it is a very important album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Landmark 28 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Torquays were formed in 1964 in Germany by five American GIs based over there. They were really your typical bog standard Beat covers act, which most average bands of that period were.

But in 1966 they emerged, no longer in the army, with new monk style bald patches on their heads, all black clothing, a new name and a totally new and unique style all of their own; The Monks were born, with a live act and a sound quite simply in a league of its own.

Their only album, Black Monk Time, was released in 1966 on Polydor after being recorded in the dark nights of November 1965. To say this band and their one and only studio album release were unique, is literally an understatement, with the impact of it still not being fully appreciated by the general public.

This album release as with so many great cult records was a commercial flop, having mixed and patchy success in Germany, but not even registering a murmur in the US or Britain. But as with all great cult records; it will find a way of getting into your life somehow and thank the maker this has got into mine.

The album begins with Monk Time; highlights of this song include the marvellous vocals of Gary Burger and the lyrics which have to be read to fully appreciate what a stunning opener it is....

"Alright, my name's Gary.
Let's go, it's beat time, it's hop time, it's monk time now!
You know we don't like the army.
What army?
Who cares what army?
Why do you kill all those kids over there in Vietnam?
Mad Viet Cong.
My brother died in Vietnam!
James Bond, who was he?
Stop it, stop it, I don't like it!
It's too loud for my ears.
Pussy Galore's comin' down and we like it.
We don't like the atomic bomb.
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4.0 out of 5 stars we do wie du,we doobie doobie do.
Oh how to do now?......higgle-eye piggle-eye,higgle-eye piggle-eye!
Published 1 month ago by Sonny Burnette
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 2 months ago by Lucy Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Monk Time
Vintage prototype skuzz-pop that would late give rise to such sonic gems as early Stooges The Fugs, Neu The Fall ( who pay homage with an excellent Monks cover on Extricate) and... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mark T. Vernon
5.0 out of 5 stars Truely manic.
It's true! This fabled 'lost' garage classic is as good as it is said to be, or so it seems to me. Manic, edgy, disturbing... Read more
Published on 31 July 2011 by C. Lomas
5.0 out of 5 stars superfuzz before bigmuff!
The reviews here already have pointed out why this record is important - all I can add is wait until you hear the bass on 'Boys are Boys...'! Read more
Published on 11 Sep 2009 by Mr. G. Forrester
3.0 out of 5 stars The Monks' moment of Gloria
Five ex G.I.s create their brand of garage rock in Germany -- where they were stationed -- in the mid 1960s. Read more
Published on 3 Aug 2009 by Stan FREDO
4.0 out of 5 stars ITS GOOD...... but dated
well, this is ok i guess.. doesnt really know who it is meant to be.. starts off garage like... but ends up just like 60's. Read more
Published on 11 April 2006 by chupa
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok it good but not that good
Great sound, great beats, great attitude, but a bit short on songs. I know they are legends, and Mark E Smith thinks they are genius, but to claim that they are the true beginning... Read more
Published on 11 July 2004 by Dive 4 Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars punk before punk knew anything.
If you can imagine joy division playing captain beefheart songs with a head full of ketamine in the foul year of our lord 1966, then you've got the right mind for this.
Published on 23 Jun 2003
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