The Monks

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Monks are a garage rock band, formed by American GIs, based in Germany in the mid to late 1960s. They reunited in 1999.

They were modeled in 1965 by ex art students and promoters Karl-Heinz Remy and Walther Niemann from the existing band The 5 Torquays into what is today seen as an early, casted, concept band.
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249 900 Black Monk Time — The Monks Monks* Black Monk Time (Album) International Polydor Production 249 900 Germany 1966 Sell This Version
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302 066 193 2 Let's Start A Beat! - Live From Cavestomp! — The Monks The Monks Let's Start A Beat! - Live From Cavestomp! (Album) Cavestomp! Records, Varèse Sarabande 302 066 193 2 US 2000 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

52 957 I Can't Get Over You / Cuckoo — The Monks Monks* I Can't Get Over You / Cuckoo(7", Single, Mono) International Polydor Production 52 957 Germany 1966 Sell This Version
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52 951 Complication / Oh-How To Do Now — The Monks The Monks Complication / Oh-How To Do Now (Single) International Polydor Production 52 951 Germany 1966 Sell This Version
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52 958 Love Can Tame The Wild / He Went Down To The Sea — The Monks The Monks Love Can Tame The Wild / He Went Down To The Sea (Single) Polydor 52 958 Germany 1967 Sell This Version
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RLR 057 Pretty Suzanne / Monk Time — The Monks Monks* Pretty Suzanne / Monk Time (Single) Red Lounge Records RLR 057 Germany 2009 Sell This Version
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TMR-374 Hamburg Recordings 1967 — The Monks Monks* Hamburg Recordings 1967 (EP) Third Man Records, Third Man Records TMR-374 US 2017 Sell This Version
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Compilations

FJORD 005 Five Upstart Americans — The Monks Monks* Five Upstart Americans (Comp) Omplatten FJORD 005 US 1999 Sell This Version
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Videos

pl-04-dvd Monks - The Transatlantic Feedback — The Monks Dietmar Post and Lucía Palacios / Monks* Dietmar Post and Lucía Palacios / Monks* - Monks - The Transatlantic Feedback(DVD, NTSC) Play Loud! Productions pl-04-dvd Germany 2009 Sell This Version

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simon-gould

simon-gould

March 26, 2019
Are there no audio releases of their German TV performances?
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go-deep

go-deep

October 12, 2009
I just wanted to add to the recent review that the whole monk image was created by the two german artists/designers Walther Niemann and Karl-H. Remy, who also became the managers of The Monks. If you want to know more about the exceptional story of The Monks, watch the excellent documentary "Monks - The Transatlantic Feedback" which features a lot of interviews with all original members of the band and original footage from the 60ies.
spunoutshop

spunoutshop

January 30, 2008
Firstly I cannot believe that no one has reviewed this group yet. Like the Sex Pistols, these artists only ever recorded one "proper" album. They formed sometime in the early 1960's as The Torquays by 5 American G.I's based in Germany. However the real fun didn't start until the changed their name to The Monks. Not only did they change their name but they also changed their appearence & most importantly, their sound.
Now wearing monk's "habits" (Religious clothes) & shaving a bald spot into their heads (Like monks!) they adapted their sound accordingly. Gone were the "teenage" rock & roll "beat pop" sounds & in came the super heavy, stripped down, twisted rhythm & blues & a banjo!
Honing their sound through endless gigs around places like the red light district of Hamburg (Along with The Beatles.) they built a fearsome reputation for their "evil" sound & bizzare onstage persona. Sometime in early 1966 they took this experience & recorded their first & only album, the seminal Black Monk Time.
Saying Black Monk Time was out of odds with the rest of popular music is such an understatement. With songs like "I hate you" & "shut up" they didn't fit into any scene that was around at the time. This is ten years before "punk" exploded onto the international headlines & 3 years before even groups like Iggy & The Stooges or Rocket From The Tombs even formed! How & why they came up with this music & image is not easily explained, but may have something to do with the Vietnam War (Check the intro Monk Time) However while everyone else was tuning in & dropping out on lsd or pot The Monks were fired up & pissed off on Amphetemine Sulphate (Speed.)
As for the music itself it has been described as Psychedelic or Garage. I myself would say punk, pure & simple. You can hear the whole future of rock music here, from Joy Division basslines,punk nihilism, shouty vocals, repeated loops of music like Krautrock, fearsome tribal drumming & oh yeh-a banjo! Hendrix loved them, Ray Davies (Kinks) hated them but remember though NO-ONE had ever dressed like them or made such a sound.
Quite honestly this is one of the greatest & strangest groups of all time.

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