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The roots of Krautrock
on 9 August 2014
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.