Emerging at the end of punk era, The Monochrome Set's estrangement from society came from a more arty angle. This 6LP + 6CD box set is the full account of their frantically productive early period from 1979-85, 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 Ganesh Seshadri aka Bid never went to college, The Monochrome Set are often seen as an archetypal art school band. In 1979 they released a string of snappy, now highly collectible singles on Rough Trade, followed by early masterpieces Strange Boutique (1980) and Love Zombies (1980). In 1982 they released their third LP Eligible Bachelors on Cherry Red Records. Their major label effort The Lost Weekend (1985) contained their biggest hit "Jacob's Ladder."
The vinyl box set edition also includes CD versions of each studio album plus two albums worth of The Monochrome Set's earliest singles.