The Monochrome Set - 1979-1985: Complete Recordings (Boxset)-6-LP Box

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- “I always find it odd that people call us post-punk. I know that punk and New Wave started at the same time because I was there.” (Ganesh Seshadri aka Bid, singer, guitarist and main songwriter)
- Emerging at the end of punk era, The Monochrome Set's estrangement from society came from a more arty angle. This boxset is the full account of their frantically productive early period, the perfect document of an under-appreciated chapter of British pop history
- Though widely unknown, they are one of the most influential British bands of the last 40 years, with the early Morrissey and Marr, Blur's Graham Coxon and Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos among their admirers.
- Though Bid never went to college, The Monochrome Set are often seen as an archetypal art school band. Their name alludes to Yves Klein's monochrome paintings while song titles like “Alphaville” and “Eine Symphonie des Grauens” nodded to Godard and F.W. Murnau.
- In 1979 they released a string of snappy, now highly collectible singles on Rough Trade, followed by early masterpieces Strange Boutique and Love Zombies.
- In 1982 they moved to Cherry Red Records with their third LP Eligible Bachelors whose lead single “The Jet Set Junta” was banned for of its non-existent connection to the Falklands War.
- Their major label effort The Lost Weekend (1985) contained their biggest airplay hit “Jacob's Ladder.”

“I read a bit of Restoration poetry and listen to Leadbelly, and it comes out like that” (Bid, The Monochrome Set)

Release: February 9th, 2018

CD1/LP1 Strange Boutique

1. The Monochrome Set (I Presume)
2. The Lighter Side Of Dating
3. Expresso
4. The Puerto Rican Fence Climber
5. Tomorrow Will Be Too Long
6. Martians Go Home
7. Love Goes Down The Drain
8. Ici Les Enfants
9. The Etcetera Stroll
10. Goodbye Joe
11. The Strange Boutique 

 

CD2/LP2 Love Zombies

1. Love Zombies
2. Adeste Fideles
3. 405 Lines
4. B-I-D Spells Bid
5. R.S.V.P.
6. Apocalypso
7. Karma Suture
8. The Man With The Black Moustache
9. The Weird, Wild And Wonderful World Of Tony Potts
10. "In Love, Cancer?"

 

CD3/LP3 Eligible Bachelors

1. The Jet Set Junta
2. I'll Scry Instead
3. On The 13th Day
4. Cloud 10
5. The Mating Game
6. March Of The Eligible Bachelors
7. The Devil Rides Out
8. Fun For All The Family
9. The Midas Touch
10. The Ruling Class
11. The Great Barrier Riff

 

CD4/LP4 The Lost Weekend

1. Jacob's Ladder
2. Sugarplum
3. Cargo
4. Take Foz
5. Letter From Viola
6. Don't Touch
7. The Twitch
8. Wallflower
9. Starry Nowhere
10. Boom Boom
11. Cowboy Country

 

CD5/LP5 Singles I

1. He's Frank
2. Alphaville
3. Eine Symphonie Des Grauens
4. Lester Leaps In
5. The Monochrome Set
6. Mr. Bizarro
7. He's Frank (Slight Return)
8. Silicon Carne
9. Fallout
10. Surfing S.W.12
11. 405 Lines
12. Fiasco Bongo

 

CD6/LP6 Singles II

1. Ten Don'ts For Honeymooners
2. Straits Of Malacca
3. J.D.H.A.N.E.Y.
4. Cast A Long Shadow
5. The Bridge
6. The Jet Set Junta
7. Love Goes Down The Drain
8. Noise (Eine Kleine Symphonie)
9. Andiamo
10. Le Boom Boom
11. Yo Ho Ho (and three bottles of rum)
12. Big Ben Bongo
13. Wallflower (Saloon Bar Mix)

 

 

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Release Date 9 Feb 2018

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