I heard a cover of "Monk Chant" by the Raincoats the other night and it sucked me into a Monks binge. I know, I know, most of you probably have Black Monk Time or, if you've been hanging around here for any length of time, have seen one of the other old posts with Monks stuff. You locals, take a pass or dig through the index. This is for the peagreens.
In a nutshell: The Monks were ex-GIs, Americans, who stuck around Germany after they were discharged in the mid-sixties. Originally called the Torquays, they shaved the tops of their heads started wearing black and became the Monks. Their sound was built on organ, electric banjo, distorted guitar, an ample amount of feedback, nearly cymbal-less drums, and an unrelenting thud of a beat. They sometimes got into fights with members of the audience, and they probably got laid a time or two. Read the lengthy bio on their site, all of it. Listen. Watch the videos. This, as they say, is the shit.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
The Monks - Monk Chant mp3 at Pretty Goes With Pretty
The Monks - Monk Time mp3 at Dk Presents
The Monks - Complication mp3 at Detour
The Monks - I Hate You mp3 at Kalifontecchio
The Monks - Boys Are Boys and Girls Are Choice mp3 at Smartest Giant
The Monks - Complication (German TV) at YouTube (HIGHLY recommended)
The Monks - Boys Are Boys and Girls Are Choice (German TV) at YouTube
The Monks - Cuckoo (German TV) at YouTube
The Monks - Oh, How To Do Now (German TV) at YouTube
The Monks - I Can't Get Over You (German TV) at YouTube
You're A Monk, I'm a Monk, We're all Monks, profile at YouTube
The Monks Official site
The Monks at Wikipedia