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Sunday, March 30, 2014

The Monks (Nice Legs + Johnny B Rotten Singles)

Re-posted per request, originally posted 11/11/10, New Rips And Scans, Enjoy!
    The Monks were a London five piece, that started out as an English folk band called The Strawbs, in the late 60's. As the Monks they existed from around 1979 till 1982. During that time, they released at least four singles, and two LP's. Nice legs reached #19, on the UK Singles Charts. If your parched for knowledge, here's a few sites that may quench your thirst. The Monks Myspace, Allmusic, Wikipedia .


Line Up -

Terry Cassidy - Vocals
Brian Willoughby - Guitar
John Ford - Guitar
Richard Hudson - Bass
Clive Pierce - Drums

Carrere Records 1979

1. Nice Legs Shame About Her Face
2. You'll Be The Death Of Me

♫♫♫...A Real Tasty Bird...♫♫♫









EMI Records 1979

1. Johnny B. Rotten
2. Drugs In My Pocket

♫♫♫...My Record's Been Banned...♫♫♫

21 comments:

bristolboy said...

Which country pressing is this? It's a nicer sleeve than the UK release + it was "....the face" in the UK not "....Her face

Worthless Trash said...

That's the Swedish picture sleeve (Carrere 7C-006-62866). It's 'Her Face' on the UK labels and also on the label/sleeve of the 'Bad Habits' LP (though mine is the Canadian issue on Harvest, but I'm sure the UK EMI LP is the same, can anyone confirm?). I've always considered that 'Her Face' is the correct title and that the UK sleeve was botched, but then the lyrics contain both. Who knows? One of a few questions I'd like to ask these guys (that and what links The Wild Bunch) but emails bounce or you get a publicist or something who promises to pass on your message but then hear nothing back.

Frank Miller said...

Hi James, thanks for the info, do you know how many sleeve variations there were?

jeffen said...

Every kid in Canada owned that first Monks album, they were huge here.

Frank Miller said...

Hi Jeffen, I read they were huge in Canada. I guess that's why they released the Follow up LP, Canada only. Thanks for the comment.

Mike Ether said...
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Worthless Trash said...

Frank, I think there's a German pic sleeve for 'Nice Legs' too but probably the same or close to the UK one.

Frank Miller said...

Thanks James

Stuart said...

The Monks started out in English folk band the Strawbs, along with Rick Wakeman in the late 60s. After a couple of hits "Lay Down", and "Part of the Union", two members, Richard Hudson and John Ford, left and formed the duo Hudson-Ford, which had two further hits, "Pick Up The Pieces" and "Burn Baby Burn".

Hudson and Ford kept their identity as the Monks secret until the success of "Nice Legs" meant they couldn't hide any longer. It was widely believed, and I seem to remember they confirmed at the time, that the Monks was in effect a joke,an attempt at bandwagon-jumping to prove how easy it was to do "new wave."

Their success rather took them by surprise, especially in Canada, and they started to take the project seriously, but weren't able to carry it off, which is why they faded so badly after the initial novelty wore off.

Ford now lives in the States, and Hudson is back touring with the Strawbs.

Zach said...

hahahaha, big in canada. that would explain why my dad has the album but nothing else of this genre.

Frank Miller said...

Thanks for the info Stuart, Zach, The Monks is really the only Punk record your dad has?? He might know more than you think.

Zach said...

yep. it's the only one he has. he knows nothing about punk. doesn't know any of the stuff i show him, nor does he like it, haha. in fact he hates punk. but he likes that Monks lp for some reason.

Frank Miller said...

That's funny, thanks for the comment

Niteowl83 said...

Frank, do you have the Monks "Suspended Animation" LP? If so, could you post it? I've been searching for it and can't find it. Thanks!

Frank Miller said...

I'm not sure if the link is any good, I didn't check it out, but I came by this download of it.http://www.raremp3.co.uk/2010/01/monks-suspended-animation-1981.html hope this helps you out.

Niteowl83 said...

The files have been removed. I wonder why this record is so hard to find? I guess no one's bothered to post it yet but it will turn up eventually. Thanks for trying, Frank. I appreciate it.

Zach said...

how about this?
http://filecraft.com/download.php?f=8242946

tmb said...

No chance of a repost ..pretty please :)

Frank Miller said...

Enjoy TMb !

Doug said...

I must admit when I hear tunes off Bad Habits I begin to smile.Thanks for the singles.

Frank Miller said...

Your welcome Doug, Thanks for the Comment.