Monaco was a side project of New Order bassist Peter Hook. Together with David Potts, the only remaining member of Revenge, the band was formed in 1995. The group found success with the 1997 single "What Do You Want From Me?" and the album it was pulled from, Music for Pleasure, sold over half a million copies; success largely attributed to the band's similar sound to New Order, and that group's absence in the mid 1990's.

In 1999, Polydor Records rejected Monaco's follow up album, the self-titled Monaco, due to the radically changing trends in music at the time. Papillon Records agreed to pick up the album, though the planned single release of "I've Got A Feeling" was recalled in the UK due to sample clearance issues. Despite favorable reviews, the album was released with almost no promotion at all; it is now sought after as a collector's item and fetches fairly high prices on sites like and eBay. Tensions were mounting, and in 2000, following a "disastrous gig at the Eclipse Festival", Potts and Hook parted ways. Potts would go on to form RAM, and Hook would join a reunited New Order.

Despite the split of 2000, Hook and Potts have remained on good terms and since reformed Monaco more than once in support of one-off charity events. On 21 March 2007 they performed a selection of Monaco, New Order and Joy Division tracks in support of the Nordorff-Robbins charity at the Hard Rock Cafe, Manchester. Later that year and most recently, they played a similar set in support of Oxfam's "Oxjam" event at the The Ritz, Manchester on 28 October. On both occasions they were joined by Rowetta of Happy Mondays on vocals for the Joy Division track "Insight" and Hook's son Jack on additional bass.

Monaco Discography


537 242-2 Monaco Music For Pleasure (Album) Polydor 537 242-2 Brazil 1997 Sell This Version
BTFLYPR5 Monaco Monaco (Album) Roadrunner Records, Papillon Records, Roadrunner Records, Papillon Records BTFLYPR5 UK 2000 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

571 057-2 Monaco Sweet Lips (Single) Polydor 571 057-2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
POCP-7229 Monaco What Do You Want From Me? (Single) Polydor POCP-7229 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
SHIN2 Monaco Shine (Someone Who Needs Me) (Single) Polydor SHIN2 UK 1997 Sell This Version
SHA1 Monaco Shattered(12", S/Sided, Promo, Ltd) Polydor SHA1 UK 1997 Sell This Version
AS 5001 035 Whirlpool Production* / Monaco Whirlpool Production* / Monaco - From Disco To: Disco / What Do You Want From Me?(7", Single, Promo) Polygram AS 5001 035 Italy 1997 Sell This Version
BTRAD04 Monaco I've Got A Feeling (Single) Roadrunner Records, Papillon Records BTRAD04 UK 2000 Sell This Version
DJFLY 151 Monaco See Saw Papillon Records DJFLY 151 UK 2001 Sell This Version


PRSAC 00543 Dubstar (2) / Monaco Dubstar (2) / Monaco - Dubstar / Monaco Sampler(Cass, Smplr, Promo) Polydor PRSAC 00543 US 1997 Sell This Version