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^ been waiting for this to show up

meisenfek, Monday, 4 October 2010 10:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

(most memorable)

meisenfek, Monday, 4 October 2010 10:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

So it seems like Eddie wrote another book a few years ago but it doesn't look like it ever got published.

Leopard Skin POLL-Box Hat (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 January 2013 22:54 (six years ago) Permalink

I don't know if these interview were linked anywhere else but I never saw them before today so:

Leopard Skin POLL-Box Hat (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 January 2013 23:15 (six years ago) Permalink

Also if you never heard the most excellent holiday parody "It's Reindeer Time," by MIke Fornatale you can find it here : So good that it got him a gig as replacement singer and auxiliary member when Gary lost his voice. Now he is doing something similar for The Left Banke.

Leopard Skin POLL-Box Hat (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 26 January 2013 23:43 (six years ago) Permalink

The videos of The Monks playing that German TV show... Man. Seeing them for the first time was like seeing God create the universe.

There's a thread devoted just to those videos here, IIRC.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 27 January 2013 13:35 (six years ago) Permalink


Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Sunday, 27 January 2013 14:19 (six years ago) Permalink

Just realized how many of these tunes feature a "Truck Driver's Gear Change" but what else were they gonna do?

Leopard Skin POLL-Box Hat (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 27 January 2013 21:57 (six years ago) Permalink

That's true, but rather an ersatz mood boost, it's a shift into the deranged - tends to make you want to edge away slowly than have you punching the air.

Say Bo to a (Fizzles), Monday, 28 January 2013 07:41 (six years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Gary Burger has passed away. :(

KCB (Kent Burt), Saturday, 15 March 2014 00:02 (five years ago) Permalink

Aw, RIP.

emil.y, Saturday, 15 March 2014 00:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Its that 'oh, this thread got revived? Uh oh..' monk time

"Ok, now his name was Gary.."


Mark G, Saturday, 15 March 2014 00:15 (five years ago) Permalink

RIP, The Monks were amazing, way ahead of their time. Hell, they are STILL ahead of our time imo.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 15 March 2014 00:17 (five years ago) Permalink

What they did almost 50 years ago still brings out fresh, creative responses on the '07 tribute album, where Gary memorably materializes, still on top of things: Still sounds good. Never did see the doc.

dow, Saturday, 15 March 2014 01:27 (five years ago) Permalink

True hero of music

gimme the lute (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 15 March 2014 02:54 (five years ago) Permalink

RIP. I remember first hearing about the Monks in a WFMU catalog and got the Repertoire reissue shortly afterwards, and I've listened to it pretty consistently since. Dude was great. Love his crazy voice and that guitar sound is still awesome.

brains hangin (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 15 March 2014 07:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Sad news. Thank you for the music Gary.

Hinklepicker, Saturday, 15 March 2014 07:23 (five years ago) Permalink

Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Saturday, 15 March 2014 08:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Most recent post on The Monks' message board is kind of poignant

I Forgot More Than You'll Ever POLL (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 15 March 2014 12:37 (five years ago) Permalink

This was one of the albums Henry Rollins reissued on his short-lived Infinite Zero imprint...1995-ish I guess? Anyway, it was a revelation to twenty-something me.

Johnny Fever, Saturday, 15 March 2014 16:34 (five years ago) Permalink

That documentary is really great, too. Nice to revisit all those guys when they are older and they are totally the most normal, nicest people just living in their little towns maybe singing w the church, etc. They are so humble and chill and yet the music they made in the 60s was just sooooooo off the leash, just wild, wild stuff. They combined punk, industrial, alt country, krautrock, and genres into a rad electro-acoustic minimalist garage rock stomp that no one has come close to topping.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 15 March 2014 16:43 (five years ago) Permalink

i meant "and genres yet undiscovered"

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Saturday, 15 March 2014 16:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I tracked down the Infinite Zero reissue in Mondo Kim's. That's what New York is for!

Mark G, Saturday, 15 March 2014 20:35 (five years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

Missed this until now. Gary was so hugely generous and kind, and amazing live. When I saw him with the "Mock Monks" at the Bryant-Lake Bowl circa the Iraq War he growled "George Bush, who the hell is he?" This was after my article came out about them, and when I shook hands with him before the show, he smiled and said, "I have something for you," and gave me an honorary noose, which I put around the collar of my black shirt.

Peter Scholtes, Thursday, 7 August 2014 20:41 (four years ago) Permalink

two years pass...




Third Man Records is excited to announce The Monks' Hamburg Tapes 1967, featuring five unheard tracks from the legendary group. To ring in the announcement, Dangerous Minds has premiered the new track "I'm Watching You," noting that "these songs aren't just some forgotten cast-offs, they're as vital and as punchy as everything else the Monks recorded." The album will see a vinyl and CD release on June 23.

The Monks - a strange, rare group with a story that sounds like a drunk friend's generous hyperbole. A group of American G.I.s stationed in Germany on the precipice of Western cultural revolution starts playing music loosely connected to the rock n' roll craze, contrastingly incorporating a critical and often offensive avant-garde edge. Nothing was off limits - screeching vocals, dark aesthetics, staccato-strummed banjo, sardonic lyricism, critiques of the Vietnam War and full monk costuming down to the tonsure. When viewed on the whole, it seems like an art school student's senior thesis on what the craze means and its future possibilities. Due in large part to original Polydor vinyl collectability and years in the word-of-mouth hype machine, their legend and cult status has steadily blossomed since their last shows in 1967.

Fast forward to 2017, the crew at Third Man, already huge fans, are presented with an honest-to God treasure trove of original Monks photos, newspaper clippings, business cards, letterhead, contracts, postcards and, yes, analog tapes, containing trailblazing, wild compositions completely unheard by public ears.

"I'm Watching You" would have been recorded on February 28th, 1967 at the same sessions that would produce the Monks' final single "Love Can Tame the Wild" b/w "He Went Down to the Sea." The remaining four songs were recorded after hours in the Top Ten Club later that year, just prior to the break-up of the band.

These songs have been unreleased for 50 years and are quite possibly the last music left to be heard by this legendary band.

Hamburg Recordings 1967 track list:

1. I'm Watching You
2. Julia
3. P.O. Box 3291
4. I Need U Shatzi
5. Yellow Grass

Loud guitars shit all over "Bette Davis Eyes" (NYCNative), Wednesday, 10 May 2017 19:31 (two years ago) Permalink

Absolute capital C-classic! Thank whomevers responsible that the Beat Club footage of them is still around. They were a very charismatic and entertaining live act. And prolly thank my beloved Fall for helping repopularize them in the 90s. And that one album BMT is a stone avant garage groove from back to front. Addendum re: pic above, wow! Gonna have to get that. Thanx for the tip, NYCnative.

VyrnaKnowlIsAHeadbanger, Wednesday, 10 May 2017 19:41 (two years ago) Permalink


Mark G, Wednesday, 10 May 2017 22:43 (two years ago) Permalink

thank the germans for not being the bbc! _all_ the beat club stuff still exists, afaik, including unbroadcast material.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 10 May 2017 22:52 (two years ago) Permalink

by the way, has anyone actually heard dave day's "don't ha ha" that he released as a 7" at some point?

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 10 May 2017 22:53 (two years ago) Permalink

Was the Rollins reissue of Black Monk Time before the Fall cover?

Stevolende, Wednesday, 10 May 2017 22:56 (two years ago) Permalink

nah, extricate was 1990, infinite zero issue was '97. apparently the first cd issue of it was an israeli pirate on israphon in 1990.

increasingly bonkers (rushomancy), Wednesday, 10 May 2017 22:58 (two years ago) Permalink

I believe its a version of "Don't you just know it" with 'authentic' laughing in the chorus.

Mark G, Thursday, 11 May 2017 06:28 (two years ago) Permalink


Trelayne Staley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 11 May 2017 15:19 (two years ago) Permalink

Oh i see

Trelayne Staley (James Redd and the Blecchs), Thursday, 11 May 2017 15:19 (two years ago) Permalink

pretty psyched for this tbh. just curious about the cover art. i thought by these final sessions they had ditched the haircuts and uniform.

AdamVania (Adam Bruneau), Thursday, 11 May 2017 18:44 (two years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Never knew about this Raincoats cover single until just now.

Some Dusty in Here (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:50 (one year ago) Permalink

Also can’t remember if I commented on this thread that Eddie seems to have been named after Lawrence of Arabia

Some Dusty in Here (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:20 (one year ago) Permalink

it's from the tribute album "silver monk time", has some good stuff on there including gary burger with faust (not sure which faust). there's also a nice live show from around that time (2006 or so) of the monks in berlin with the raincoats, the recently departed mark e. smith, etc., guesting.

Arnold Schoenberg Steals (rushomancy), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:53 (one year ago) Permalink

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