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The Monks-Black Monk Time (Infinite Zero)

 

It's short sighted for punk historians to set the genres birth in 1977 with the Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Ramones. The road for those bands had been paved for over a decade with far sighted garage bands like The Stooges, The Seeds and The 13th Floor Elevators.

 

Now, the world can listen to the long out of print first album by another band that blazed the trail, the Monks. A group of former U.S. GI's who played the Hamburg scene soon after the Beatles, the Monks dressed in concert in monastial robes with and shaved bald spots.

 

Tired of the boring Brit Pop bands surrounding them, Black Monk Time is like almost nothing available at the time. Even in the summer of love, The Monks were blazing trails with revolutionary protopunk tunes like "I Hate You," with the classic couplet "I hate you, but you can call me."

 

It's a fascinating piece of rock history. (4/97)

 

Jay S. Jacobs

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