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The Monochrome Set - 1979-1985: Complete Recordings

(Vinyl 6LP + 6CD Box Set)

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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.


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Strange Boutique (1980)
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

Love Zombies (1980)
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?"

Eligible Bachelors (1982)
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

The Lost Weekend (1985)
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

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

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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