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Black Monk Time

The Monks

1966

Black Monk Time

Album Summary

Black Monk Time is the only studio album by German-based American rock band The Monks. It was released in March 1966 through Polydor Records and was the only album released during the band's original incarnation. The album's subversive style and lyrical content was radical for its time and today is considered an important landmark in the development of punk rock. In 2017, Black Monk Time was ranked the 127th greatest album of the 1960s by Pitchfork.

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2.88

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4744

Genres

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Thu Apr 15 2021
4

The story of the Monks is one of those rock & roll tales that seems too good to be true -- five Americans soldiers stationed in Germany form a rock band to blow off steam, and after starting out playing solid but ordinary R&B-influenced beat music, their songs evolve into something that bear practically no relation to anything happening in pop in 1966. If anything, the Monks were far wilder than their story would suggest; they may have looked bizarre in their matching black outfits, rope ties, and tonsures, but it was their music that was truly radical, with the sharp fuzz and feedback of Gary Burger's guitar faced off against the bludgeoning clang of Dave Day's amplified banjo (taking the place of rhythm guitar), as Roger Johnston pounded out minimalist patterns on the drums, Eddie Shaw's electric bass gave forth with a monstrous throb, and Larry Clark's keyboard bounced off the surfaces of the aural melee. This would have been heady stuff even without Burger's wild-eyed vocals, in which he howls "I hate you with a passion, baby," "Why do you kill all those kids over there in Vietnam?" and "Believing you're wise, being so dumb" over the band's dissonant fury. The closest thing the Monks had to a musical counterpart in 1966 were the Velvet Underground, but existing on separate continents they never heard one another at the time, and while Lou Reed and John Cale were schooled in free jazz and contemporary classical that influenced their work, the Monks were creating a new species of rock & roll pretty much out of their heads. Given all this, it's all the more remarkable that they landed a record deal with a major German label, and while Black Monk Time, their first and only studio album, doesn't boast a fancy production, the simple, clean recording of the group's crazed sounds captures their mad genius to striking effect, and the mingled rage and lunatic joy that rises from these songs is still striking decades after they were recorded. Within a year of the release of Black Monk Time, the band would break up (reportedly over disagreements about a possible tour of Vietnam), and the two singles that followed the LP were more pop-oriented efforts that suggested the Monks couldn't keep up this level of intensity forever. But in late 1965, the Monks were rock & roll's most savage visionaries, and Black Monk Time preserves their cleansing rage in simple but grand style.

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Thu Mar 25 2021
5

These guys were either music trolls who didn't give a fuck, visionaries who were waiting for the rest of the rock world to catch up to them, or (mostly likely) both. At times it's post-punk before punk was even a thing and this Aussie likes it and gives it five bowls of Weet-Bix out of five.

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Fri Oct 30 2020
5

Fuck yes. Stooges, eat your heart out. Awesome proto-punk that I literally never knew about prior. Demented, fun, and way ahead of it's time. Favorite tracks: "I Hate You", "Higgle-Dy Piggle-Dy", "Monk Time"

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Thu Feb 11 2021
5

It was fucking awesome. Take the who, royally piss them off, and throw in some doors.

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Mon Mar 15 2021
5

This record is fucking bananas and I kind of love it. Also, I can’t believe it came out in 1966 - in Germany. Holy shit.

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Sun Mar 07 2021
5

Fantastic! This is a good example of 1001 albums revealing a hidden gem. I took a guess this was made in the 90s and was shocked to see it was 1965! This beats freakout by zappa, which is the closest album I can compare it to. As for a review, these guys were way ahead of their time. Super talented band. Completely uninhibited and a feat for the ears. Favorite song - Shut up / complication. Least favorite: cuckoo. I did not include the bonus songs in my review. Lower to 4 stars with the bonus songs.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

my favorite phase in a lot of rock bands is that phase where their ambition exceeds their abilities and usually that's the part that gets swept away and hidden when the band makes it big. but that phase was it for the monks- weird skronky ideas that sound like rough drafts, stabs at early proto-prog, and a lot of quirks that would show up later in punk. except the compositions are almost childlike in nature, delivered unenthusiastically and clumsily. shitpost by band that knew what they were doing or amateurs with ideas exceeding their talents? this thing's kinda great.

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Wed Jun 30 2021
5

A hidden gem. I had never heard of this band but after listening to this album, I can hear tinges of punk within an experimental framework. It's interesting to think about what was coming out in 1966, the Beatles' Revolver, the Beach Boy's Pet Sounds etc., and Black Monk Time sounds completely different. Truly incredible

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Sun Mar 20 2022
5

A few weeks ago I got some forgettable album from some forgettable band that played forgettable music around the same year this came out. I said something like: "there was so much going on that was revolutionary or excellent around this time that this being included in this list is just asinine" Black Monk Time is one of those albums. This is just phenomenal when you consider what was going on in music at the time. This is on par with the likes of The Velvet Underground and The Stooges. Just amazing music made the way they wanted to make it. I will admit that my total enjoyment of the music itself is probably a 3, but it gets extra points for how and when it was made. This was at the beginning of my favorite movement in music. I'm glad this project got me to listen to this. I needed this.

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Sun Jul 11 2021
4

This is some wild shit that I’ve never heard of. Wow

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Thu Jun 17 2021
4

Funky, psychedelic. Hammond organ, perfect

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Thu Mar 25 2021
4

This band was way ahead of their time, like, this was a 60s record? It's so irreverent and punkish in tones and just seems like a bunch of young kids breaking shit and having a good time and I dig it. Honestly reminded me a bit of The Electric Prunes, but stronger and more "I don't give a fuck" I really liked "We Do Wie Du"

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Tue Jun 08 2021
3

Points for being unique and ahead of its time, and a fair bit of music I genuinely enjoyed, but as is often the case with the avant garde I found a fair bit of it pretty trying as well.

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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

When I read pitchfork rated this 'the 127th greatest album of the 60's' I knew I was in for some bullshit.

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Sat Jun 05 2021
2

Found the music quite irritating, actually

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Wed Jan 05 2022
2

Anticipates Devo and other herky-jerk rockers by a decade or so. Their descedants were an improvement.

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Sat Apr 10 2021
5

Mayor of Turtle River!!

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Tue Jul 20 2021
5

Great

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Wed May 19 2021
5

I loved it. Fun sound, funny band photos.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
5

Just great stuff

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Fri Oct 29 2021
5

Wild ride! Crazy to think this album came out in '66. Very early punk elements, quite avant-garde for it's time. Loved it.

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Wed Jul 27 2022
5

First time I've heard this album. Good!

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Mon Aug 08 2022
5

Up until now only knew a couple of Monks songs (from Nuggets, Fall covers, soundtracks etc) but had never listened to the album. This album is much, much better than your average 60s garage rock album. Together with "Elephant Mountain" the two best albums that I found out about through the 1001 Album Generator. (Unfortunately I listened to the version with bonus tracks - skip these tracks!)

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Sun Sep 04 2022
5

Over a decade ago I listened to this because it was on a Pitchfork list, and unlike a lot of the stuff on there, it blew me away. It sounds like pre punk punk, except with bizarre instrumentation (Hammond and banjo feature as a standard part, but played as part of a punky set up). It is slightly angry and slightly silly (Higgle-dy, piggle dy?) And all bloody brilliant.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

Superb. Love The Monks.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

Amazing find. Loved every second of this. The shrill voice, the punk aspects.

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Tue Oct 20 2020
4

another very fun listen, very proto-punk great 60s vibe, i hate you and higgle dy piggle dy are bangers

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Sun Jun 13 2021
4

Now this is why I'm here. Finding albums like this is what makes all this worthwhile. This guy's singing voice is so original and I Frickin' loved this listening experience.

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Wed May 05 2021
4

How many times have I told you guys it's black monk time? Now, finally, here we are. It was the most fun I've ever had.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Interesting early garage album I hadn’t heard before, you can see how it had influenced many other acts up til now

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Fri Mar 26 2021
4

I really like the sound, old school and still very contemporary sound.

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Seminal album way before it’s time however gets marked down due to repetitiveness and annoying quirkiness

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Tue May 25 2021
4

A bit more substance than a lot of modern rock...and started out strong with a throwback to the times during Vietnam war...but it became repetitive. Still I’ll give it 4 stars but won’t listen again.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
4

Definetly new to me very proto punk like the kinks liked it

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Wed May 12 2021
4

This one was out there. I liked it.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
4

gusau

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Sat Jul 10 2021
4

sure

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Fri Jul 23 2021
4

Jeden z tych nietypowych pickow, do ktorych trzeba przysiasc wiecej niz raz, zeby przesluchac plyte w calosci, podczas pierwszego odsluchu sie odbilem, ale jednak nie zrazilem, jak mogl powstac twor tak niespojny, a jednak sluchalny i unikalny w swoim brzmieniu, trzeba zaczac od tego, ze jest to pierwszy i ostatni album jaki wypuscily monki to material nagrany przez 4 hamerykanskich wojakow w zachodnich niemcach z dodatkowym cywilnym drumerem, niemcy lat 60, to oczywiscie musi sie pojawic krautrock, ktorego mozna sie tu takze doszukac, ale w odroznieniu od wczesniejszych krautowych pickow, tym razem kompozycje trakow sa bardziej rokowe dwu minutowe songi, wiec nie ma tu 15 minutowych kawalkow jak u kraftwerka, choc zdarzaja sie traki z minimalna iloscia wokalu, jak na blast off, co do samego wokalu, to jego kontent jest iscie punkowy, a raczej proto punkowy, bo to jednak lata 60, wiec scena punkowa jest dopiero w powijakach, jak przystalo na wojakow liryka jest mocno zwiazana z bezsensem wojny, miejscem czleka w wyobcowanym swiecie bez domu czy swego miejsca, obok tego duzo trakow nawiazujacych do romantyzmu zaserwowanego po punkowemu, ale co najlepsze w tych trakach jest to, ze jako muzyka grana dla niemca, daje to wolne rece jesli chodzi o kontent i jego przekaz, wiec o ile zdecydowanie nie sa to dobre wokale pod wzgledem muzycznym, to czuje sie z nich walaszkowata energie, zwlaszcza taki takie jak drunek maria, niby pierdzielenie trzy po trzy, ale jednak cos w tym jest, najbardziej niemieckim akcentem plyty sa wlasnie wokale na oh, how to do now, ktore jak dla mnie staraja sie nasladowac jodlowanie, jesli chodzi o instrumentale, to banda 5 osobowa, wiec calkiem standardowy rokowy sklad, zamiast klasycznych klawiszy zostaly wykorzystany elektroniczne organy philcorda, z cudow technicznych lat 60 dochodzi jeszcze elektryczne banjo, jesli dodac do tego mocne wykorzystanie overdriva dostajemy szorstki i surowy dzwiek, ktory wcale nie komplementuje samego wokalu, a raczej idzie z nim razem w parze, te dwie strony laczy chorkowanie ktore w jednych momentach brzmi jak beach boysowe harmonie, a w innych jak ich parodia, jestem w stanie zrozumiec dlaczego monki sie nie sprzedaly, a jednoczesnie staly sie kult klasikiem muzycznych nerdow, bo mnie rowniez kupil ten material, choc to tylko 30 minut na 12 trakach w wersji z 66, spotifajowa wersja zawiera 6 dodatkowych trakow, co daje laczny czas krazka 47 minut, z plejlistowych pickow musi sie znalezc otwierajacy monk time, potem kawalek wydany jako promo singiel czyli complication, oraz boys are the boys and girls are the choice, a caly album leci do biblioteczki spotifajowej, w ciagu dwoch dni prawie setka skrobli wpadla, co nie zdarzylo sie mi chyba jeszcze przy sluchaniu tej listy

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

Reading how the band was formed helps with making sense of the introductory “Monk Time”. Nowadays this album doesn’t have a shocking/revolutionary effect, so that’s hard to judge. I appreciate the Hammond organ. With some more repetition I’ll probably value this album just as much as the Beatles b-sides from this time. The bonus tracks (not included in the rating) are alright, they are intentionally more tame.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

It's very interesting to discover these "hidden" things from music history. This is not the best punk that I listened to, but thinking about the age of this album it sounds so much fresh that it definitely worths it

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Wed Aug 11 2021
4

Very cool album...I will listen to it again and probably again and again. I can't believe this has not been discovered by me to date, Right up my alley 4 stars

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Sun Sep 05 2021
4

A bit samey but really good

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Garage rock greatness

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Sun Sep 19 2021
4

What a weird and wonderful album. Can definitely feel the roots of punk rock and psychedelic in this album. Some songs sound like they could directly be the queens of the stone age

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

Love this - had it for years, ever since the Fall covered a few of their songs.

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Wed Sep 29 2021
4

This album was really cool and so before it’s time. One of the gems this site has given me. This record is just very fun in general

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Thu Nov 04 2021
4

👍 Enjoyed this a lot, beat, rhythm that probably ended up with the B52's

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Proto-punk, very good

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Pretty cool stuff for 1966. Not every song was great, but really dug their sound, esp. the distortion. Progressive stuff

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

Scrappy, rough, and energetic

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

This would be a TRIP live. It's like I'm listening to a band who's just dropped a tonne of acid. I enjoyed it a fair bit though it did make me a bit nervous listening to it, but it did go off the rails with the bonus tracks (especially Cuckoo. That's actually... Well.... Cuckoo.) I can imagine this being one of 18 yo Soipe's favourite albums and therefor I must give it a generous 4 stars. I feel The Monsters/Reverend Beatman listened to this when they were growing up

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

I glanced at the band, saw they'd released one album, and was confused how it was a must listen to before you die... Then I read the history of the band, okay... Beginning to make more sense... This stuff was ahead of it's time, feels more like a modern post punk album made in the 60s. 4/5.

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

Bad. Ass. Dudes. While the Beatles were singing "la-la yeah-yeah", the Monks (self-proclaimed "anti-Beatles") scared crowds of well-behaved kids with this album. (7/10) FT: I Hate You

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Mon Dec 27 2021
4

It's weird but I like it.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Goil. Kannte ich gar nicht.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Weird but interesting

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

The animals, scrappy rock n roll sprinkled with the doors.

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

Weird, but in a good way! Really odd to hear songs in English, but intended for a German/non-anglophone audience. Lots of influence on lots of bands I like, even though I had never heard of them before

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Songs from  albums released in 1966 that the App has sent us include Scarborough Fair,  God Only Knows and California Dreamin' and we add to the 1966 class list I Hate You from The Monks. As they used to sing on Sesame Street: "One of these things just doesn't belong."  I can't believe The Monks  made music like this in 1966.The only thing harder to believe is that Polydor signed them. How could anyone think that shit kicking music like this was going to sell back then?  I Hate You was on The Big Lebowski soundtrack. If The Dude likes this it is no surprise he hates the fuckin Eagles.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

A standout garage rock piece from the time. The closest 60s album to resemble punk. Vocals are harsh and direct, using offensive language and touching on sensitive or nonsensical subject matter. It shocked me seeing tracks called "Shut Up" and "I Hate You" on a 60s album. Melody is fast and minimalistic, with short tunes that fly by (much like The Ramones or Wire) and slight variations to a repetitive rhythm that go out of control. Instruments are raw and often abrasive, but I really like the use of the organ. Very typical of the time in garage rock, just look at "96 Tears" by ? And the Mysterions or The Electric Prunes. Every track starts off with a hook that draws my attention, which is great considering many of the tracks have little to no vocals. No bad tracks, although the momentum dies by the last few. The bonus tracks are kinda boring, even their long titles are a bore to stare at. I really enjoyed listening to this album. Probably the most consistent garage rock (outside VU and Stooges) effort out there.

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

This is a punk album before punk even knew what it was. Higgle-Dy-Piggle-Dy is a perfect example. Complication is a sound straight out of the 80s almost 15 years before its time. Drunken Maria is another one.

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Sun Mar 20 2022
4

fascinating stuff, really interesting.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

I thought this was some brit-pop type Oasis shit but it turned out to be some sick 60's Psych music. Better than I expected but a lot of the songs sounded like one another

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Fri Apr 01 2022
4

I've recently gotten into Viagra Boys, and finding this Monks album is like stumbling across the base formula for VB. It's raw, tounge-in-cheek, and fuckin' nasty. Can't believe this came out in the 60's!

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Sun Apr 03 2022
4

This grooves and has an edge, seemingly upbeat, but quite nihilist. Made in Germany it doesn't have the psychedelic noodling of Jefferson Airplane, Doors, Iron Butterfly etc. Just mid 60s tight rhythmic beat groove and lots of fun.

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Fri Apr 29 2022
4

Good album. Liked the sounds

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Thu May 05 2022
4

Loved it

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Thu May 26 2022
4

Some definite misses, but there were some good songs on here.

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Sun May 29 2022
4

This started off very standard psychedelic punk rock… but got a lot more interesting as the album. Defo one to revisit!

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

This is a very interesting album. I remember hearing about it a long time ago as one of the earliest examples of proto-punk music. I can certainly see how it's that, as well as how it fits in with a lot of the garage band music of the time. Overall it's a good album, far more pleasant and well-produced than I would have expected. There are even some songs that I think could have been released as singles. 4/5

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

Something about the guitar on this album....

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Definitely early punk rock. Super cool slice of history.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

I’m a sucker for Garage Rock, and the fact this album was created in the ‘60’s, and the band members dressed up at shows, those are also pluses for me. My spidey-senses did tingle with possible misogynistic lyrics, but again, it was the ‘60’s and most lyrics were all about “boys & girls”.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
4

What's this? I'm immediately reminded of Dead Kennedys or something like that except isn't this from 1966? Then we get an organ, which is about the only thing 60's about this weird, energetic ride. A ton of fun. Higgle-dy-Piggle-dy, Monk Time, Complication were particular stand outs.

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Sun Aug 28 2022
4

Interesante sonido black sesentero

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Wed Sep 14 2022
4

Un disco bastante interesante pero que me hubiera gustado poder haberlo escuchado con más atención, seguramente le dare mas escuchadas en un futuro pero fue bueno conocerlo gracias a esta página.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Garage rockproto-pun. Del 66.

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Sun Oct 09 2022
4

Garage rock. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

Coolt och aldrig hört om detta band...

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

Knowing the backstory to this album affects my view of it. Trying to put that aside however, it’s a delightfully odd album that’s both entertaining and intriguing. It’s place on this list is well deserved.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

Monk time rad

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Mon Nov 14 2022
4

This album (1966) feels so ahead of its time. I cant describe it but it feels so modern but timeless at the same time. I was surprised to read the release date. almost a punky vibe at points - I could see the clash doing some of it? very much enjoyed

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Thu Nov 17 2022
4

One of my last few albums to be drawn was “The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators”. I thought they were the most “overrated underrated” band I’ve heard in a while, getting a lot of acclaim from hipsters who called them “proto-psychedelia” even when their songs weren’t particularly great. In the same year, The Monks were out making much more intriguing music with their only album, “Black Monk Time”. It might not become an all-time favourite any time soon, but I have to appreciate how radically different this must have been from the prevailing tastes of the day. It starts with a bang. A searing, stuttering one-note organ refrain, like a frantic morse code. Thrashing, crashing snares and percussion from a garage junkyard. The rhythm is beaten out on an electric banjo, cutting through the mix like barbed wire. And then a jagged, fuzzy guitar bares its teeth, as if to send Keith Richards and Dave Davies skittering into a corner. “Shut Up”, “Boys are Boys and Girls are Choice” and then the remainder of the album progresses in much the same way: repetitive one-two rhythms, barked out vocals and a chaotic lead guitar and organ vying for position. Every now and then a glimmer of a pop chorus breaks through, with some harmonies or a more easy going melody, but it’s quickly subverted by discordant organ, an abrupt cut or change, or a exorcism-style shriek from the vocalists. Take “Higgle-Dy Piggle-Dy”- absolutely out of this world. Drums are kept to rumbling toms, the organ goes wherever it wants to, the vocals scratch and yelp above the mix. It’s new-wave thirteen years early. Elsewhere, we have bold compositional decisions to thrill any listener. “Oh How to Do Now” sticks stubbornly to one chord for the first minute and 24 seconds. “Complication” has an interlude summoning the Beach Boys from a demented alternate dimension. The vocals in “Love Came Tumblin’ Down” don’t start until halfway through. “We Do Wie Du” is perhaps the most conventional, and there’s still something slightly sinister about its repeated playground chant with insistent, staccato backing. Psychedelia? Punk? Garage rock? New- wave? Basement indie? The Monks casually flick through genre after nascent genre like time travellers from the future. They might not all be stellar songs, but it’s an absolutely fascinating listen.

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Thu Nov 24 2022
4

I signed up to this for such albums. Never heard of this before - fascinating back story, and I enjoyed the tight but primitive sound. I own a couple of the Nuggets garage rock compilations on vinyl, and the Monks would definitely fit on those. And you can definitely hear them as precursors to lots of great bands like VU, Stooges, Pixies etc

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Wed Jun 16 2021
3

börjar riktigt bra tycker jag men tappar lite efter som. borde också kortas ner några låtar

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Thu Jan 21 2021
3

Only 1 in spotify :((

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Fri Apr 23 2021
3

Sounds like the Doors. 60s precursor to grunge

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Sun May 09 2021
3

5

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Thu Jan 28 2021
3

Good

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Tue May 18 2021
3

Gaaf album waar je goed van kan horen dat andere bands erdoor beinvloed zijn

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Fri Jan 22 2021
3

Want to give another listen. Interesting how few lyrics there were with a strong emphasis on instrumentals. Strong 60s.

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Fri Feb 26 2021
3

Звучит прикольно, но добавить что то не смог

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Wed Feb 10 2021
3

New one for me!

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Tue Apr 13 2021
3

Definitely unique. Definitely kinda weird. Experimental. I liked it ok.

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Just kinda boring and obnoxious. Since it’s old it didn’t have enough musical experimentation to be really bad but it also didn’t have any interesting flair. 5

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Thu Jul 08 2021
3

Un dels discos i bandes descobertes a partir d'aquest "repte". Bon disc de garage rock, que pot recordar a estones a The Sonics, però també a The Troggs o The Yardbirds; tocs d'avantguarda i de proto-punk; força original, sobretot si tenim en compte que està editat en un any que ni els Beatles havien començat a evolucionar cap a nous sons!

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Sat Jan 23 2021
3

Weird and cool Vietnam era stuff

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Fri Feb 05 2021
3

Really enjoyed that.

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Mon Feb 08 2021
3

weird but nice i liked the heaviness of the guitar but i dont think i would listen to them routinely

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Sun May 09 2021
3

Liked it less than the Beastie boys, bit weird. 6

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Sun May 09 2021
3

6/10. There was some cool stuff on here but the beats were so incredibly square

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Sun Apr 18 2021
3

Een mix van ellende en grappige stukjes, maar al met al best leuk.

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Wed May 05 2021
3

If I was a Monk, I'd be pretty pissed with all the hype Velvet Underground get. This pre-dates VU's album output and is equally as out there for the time period.

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Wed Feb 17 2021
3

It's actually all right for something from the 60's. Might grow on me. I guess this is considered a "garage band" and I can hear sort of pre-punk-type sounds in this music. Some of the songs suck, but some are all right. 3/5.

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

3/5 yes but no

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Fri Mar 05 2021
3

Great story, will try the album more fully when I'm in the mood as its quite noisy

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Wed May 05 2021
3

imagine my disappointment when i discovered this is not Monk the day time tv detective and his brother. that utter smashing of my hopes and dreams was rectified when i listened to it. this is some rad shit. this is where mooney suzuki got their vibe from. i'm sure there is some sort of righteousness attached to the name black monk time but it went straight over my head with all these mad jamz.

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Fri Apr 02 2021
3

This is quite a unique thing

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Thu Jun 24 2021
3

Not really my thing but I'll stick with it. Kinda 60s early psychedelia. This would be in a low-budget Austin Powers maybe. Whoa I think their song was in Hairspray! "We Do Wie Du."

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Sat Jun 05 2021
3

Interesting protopunk album

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Wed May 12 2021
3

Very cool psychedelic album. I enjoy it, its got some nice songs. Not amazing but would listen to again. I certainly appreciate it for what it is.

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Mon May 10 2021
3

Not very captivating to me. Not enough melody for my liking at the moment.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
3

I liked the heavy, simple rhythms, and the use of organ. But most of the songs were ultimately kind of boring

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Tue May 25 2021
3

Ok

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

I enjoyed this more as a history lesson than an album. It really feels like the moment in time where cavemen discover fire, but instead it's realizing that conventional love songs with the same old guitars and backing vocals are starting to get played out so we should get weird with it a little—and also get tonsures and seemingly-ironic stage names. There's a couple of fun songs, and I'm into Gary Burger's strange "Don Rickles x Bobcat Goldthwait" energy, but its value to me is more as an artifact. Key Songs: Monk Time, Blast Off!, That's My Girl

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

I kind of want to give this port-punk, rockabilly, organ and yodeling, surf rock music a 4 just for being so weird, but it’s not quite there.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
3

It was a fun listen, but kinda got old about halfway through.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
3

There are absolutely previews of krautrock here. Raw material for some other rock genres, too, but the space in these songs is not as pregnant as that in post-punk. The instrumentation is somewhat novel, but the forms are rather conventional. Best as a read text, but elevated a good notch in the listening department by Complication.

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Wed Aug 11 2021
3

Very cool. Seems like pre-punk punk to me.

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Thu Aug 26 2021
3

never heard of them and enjoyed it.

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Sun Sep 12 2021
3

Cant give it move than a 2.5. I like the experimental nature of it but there isn't anything to come back to.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

I was not familiar with any of the songs and I was not familiar with the band. It is an alright album. Really no need to listen to it again.

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Wed Oct 13 2021
3

Definitely merits a place on this list but more as a curiosity than a classic; an ahead of its time, proto-punk, unpolished, rule-book-tearing blast of noise.

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Fri Oct 15 2021
3

probably ahead of its time, i did not think it was a 60s album and was a bit shocked when noticed the real of release. some decent stuff on it, though not really to my taste

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Wed Oct 27 2021
3

I was thinking "protopunk" was an apt descriptor of this sound, and then I looked at Wikipedia and saw that it's a real genre. I thought I was being clever. Oh well. Anyway, this was a fun album, but it would be nice if some of the band members (especially the organ player) would master their instruments before recording. Best track: I Hate You

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Mon Nov 01 2021
3

Interesting 3+

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Wed Nov 10 2021
3

6/10

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Fri Nov 19 2021
3

No? Me neither. Turns out they were a 60's American band living in Germany for the freedom of escaping the restrictions of finely tuned pop. And they succeeded. Albeit at the cost of producing anything you can listen to more than once.

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Sun Nov 21 2021
3

Pretty cool, not totally my kind of music though

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Mon Nov 29 2021
3

Not entirely sure what to make of this, decent 60s stomper. There's a treat about 3/4 of the way through, if you happen to listen to Marc Riley's show on 6 Music.

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

A really enjoyable listen with some very upbeat tracks that put me in a much better mood than I was when I started - sadly no standout songs for me (I can't get over you comes close, but is listed as a bonus track) puts it solidly mid tier. Musically, I was surprised by how modern this album sounded to me - I had a number of albums released in the 00's that drew a lot of inspiration from this kind of sound and I never realised quite how far back it went!

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Fri Dec 17 2021
3

3.8 - As an early punk rock record, this one's got more of the "fuck you" attitude and less of the self-righteous punk posing compared to a lot of its contemporaries. I appreciate the minimal instrumentation - organ, guitar and bass, all anchored by what sounds like a tiny drum kit. It sounds urgent in a slapdash kind of way. I also appreciate the anti-war lyrics that are made that much more confrontational because you can actually hear what they're saying - another reason I like this record better than most other “true” punk records made by the pretentious gatekeepers of that silly genre.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
3

Weirdly relevant.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

Lyrically pretty interesting, not sure I'd listen to again

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Sun Jan 16 2022
3

This is some dark, weird, noisy business, It's wild, weird, irreverent, deliberately obnoxious stuff, and I am here for it. Such a fun listen. Fave Songs: I Hate You, Shut Up, Complication, Oh How to Do Now, Blast Off!

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Wed Jan 19 2022
3

Meh Monk Time

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Sun Jan 23 2022
3

Not bad actually, a band I had never heard of, but that's really good!

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Sat Feb 05 2022
3

Ouvir este álbum fez me lembrar muito os Dead Kennedys, associei estes jovens logo a uma sonoridade mais punk, sonoridade da qual foram precursores pelos vistos. Algumas músicas pareciam mais do que uma simples música de punk, apresentaram uma certa profundidade instrumental, contudo as cantigas sempre soaram a punk, simples e zangadas. No geral, creio que tenha sido um álbum importante e revolucionário para a época, contudo não me impressionou. Nota: 5/10

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Quite an interesting story, these GIs from the US recording an album in Germany, where they could more or less do whatever they wanted. I hope the record company wasn't expecting the Beach Boys! The vocals at times remind me of our buddy Dave Thomas of Pere Ubu. This certainly links early rock n' roll with punk and Avant Garde. I could see it being an influence for The Cramps or even Deja Voodoo (remember them?)

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Sun Feb 27 2022
3

I like it and it is deffinitely an interesting style.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

Pretty good album. Not something I'd come back to every day but it was cool to hear it and learn a bit about this band.

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Thu Mar 24 2022
3

I had a lot of fun listening to this one! Good variety and definitely quirky, but I was digging it!

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Mon Mar 28 2022
3

Interesting! Never heard of before, I think i would have loved this a decade or two ago

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Wed Apr 13 2022
3

I had never heard of this one before, very interesting protopunk.

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

Didn’t know they had stuff like this in the 60s

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Wed Jun 01 2022
3

Sometimes influential music doesn't equal good music But hey I enjoyed the frenzy that was this album enough to give a 3. Don't plan to ever come back to this one though

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Really interesting stuff. I had never heard of them but enjoyed reading about them. Can definitely see the groundwork of punk being laid with this music. 3/5

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Fri Jun 03 2022
3

Wild that GIs made this pop-punk weirdness.

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Sun Jun 05 2022
3

"Pretty Suzanne" is a banger.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

Quirky

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

Different in a good way. Ahead of its time

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Wed Jun 15 2022
3

A little funky a little crazy

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Fri Jul 08 2022
3

Early Floyd vibe...but even weirder.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

An average album, lots to take from it thoughsee it as a stepping stone album leading to different styles of rock and eventually punk rock.

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Mon Jul 18 2022
3

Actually quite enjoyed this, even if it is considered something of a curiosity. Certainly more listenable than other 60's curiosities that have been included on this list so far.

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Thu Jul 28 2022
3

1996 uh? did they just stumble with the sound or did they knew what had they invented? nice one

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Sun Aug 21 2022
3

Started off real high energy then slowed down towards the end of the album. I got RKS vibes which was cool

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Fri Aug 26 2022
3

Super great discovering this album for myself - it’s Interesting - very fun but as a record it’s not well balanced or paced - were it not such a portent band - the record would be average.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

Je n'ai étrangement pas detesté cet album complétement desordonné. Le moment où le frère Pierre renverse la bibliothéque commune m'a même decroché un sourire.

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Mon Aug 29 2022
3

Cet album est un foutoir sans nom mais ce qui me choque encore davantage, c'est la critique désastreuse qu'en a fait eltrapeze. J'ai eu l'occasion de le rappeler à l'ordre à ce sujet et une amélioration devrait être visible assez rapidement.

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Wed Aug 31 2022
3

Alguna vez, muchos años atrás, conocí un blog llamado Discos Ocultos. Había muchas joyitas en ese blog, pero no recuerdo si este disco estaba ahí. A lo que quiero ir es que este disco podría haber estado ahí.

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Bizarre but a cool story. Didn’t hate the sound but not going to return to it.

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Some fun early punk

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Sun Sep 18 2022
3

Listened to this in the car . Very much a jam session kinda vibe. Favourite songs: shut up, higgle-higgle-dy-piggedly,complication, drunken Maria,blast off! 3/5

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Mon Sep 19 2022
3

Better then expected. Not amazing, but for the time was pretty interesting.

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Wed Oct 12 2022
3

This album sounded pretty ordinary for the time period. I don't get why it is on the list other than some protest lyrics.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
3

Not on Spotify. Didn't wanna bother

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Thu Nov 03 2022
3

Decent proto-punk, but unremarkable other than how early it appeared? Sometimes it's hard to hear the significance of a thing on first listen when the gulf of time is so wide between then and now. For me, this record is one of those times.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
3

I can see how this album fits here, both as an historical footnote as well as a ‘lost legend’. The entire album is a fun endeavour, especially if you consider, as said by Julian Cope, that it was done by an American rock band in a foreign country not constrained by censorial forces of the day.

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Wed Nov 09 2022
3

Interesting stuff - I'd never heard of these guys but they were doing some very cool things.

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Sun Nov 20 2022
3

Sounded like a 90s band playing 60s songs, so definitely some pioneering work done here, but ultimately the album is just a decent one

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Mon Nov 21 2022
3

I swear to God I'm going to pistol whip the next guy who says complication

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Wed Jan 20 2021
2

This album is widely regarded as kind of the grandfather of punk music. I don't get it though.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
2

I'm struggling to guess why this album made it on the list. Because they recorded it while in the service? It isn't unique enough for any other reason.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
2

Cliche 60’s rock sound. Reminiscent of the Beatles or the Doors. Tons of keyboard!!

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Fri Mar 05 2021
2

I’m sure when this came out it was ground breaking but it is a product of its time.

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

Nothing impressed

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Sun Mar 07 2021
2

this was an interesting listen, but this band (having looked it up) has a pretty interesting story to go along with their music. That being said, this....wasnt good. I can see where their sound for 1964 was different, and i'm sure inspired some bands out there, but yeah, definitely not my thing.

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Tue Apr 27 2021
2

Cuckooooo.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
2

weird 60's music

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Sun Mar 07 2021
2

Chatinho, esquisito demais

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Fri Feb 26 2021
2

started listening to it but it was a work day where I needed modern day pop

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Fri Feb 05 2021
2

Never heard of them

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Mon Jun 28 2021
2

Its okay but the repetitive sections very quickly become grating and knocks off most of the bright spots about the album

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Sun Apr 18 2021
2

Ik raad vooral iedereen aan het verhaal van deze van deze band te lezen. Mooi verhaal over 5 GI's die in Duitsland een band beginnen en daar nooit buiten gekomen zijn. Muzikaal is mijn standpunt over punk bekend. Na een paar nummers exit ;)

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Sun Apr 18 2021
2

Leuk voor 1x,

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Sun Apr 18 2021
2

Best vaag, ik denk dat ik deze nog eens moet gaan luisteren

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Sat Apr 24 2021
2

It was okay. Not really anything interesting

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

I do not know this band or any of their music. A couple of times the music tempted me to like a track, and then the lyrics would kick in. The subject matter and the delivery of the lyrics keeps this album in the "dis-like" category.

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Tue Jun 22 2021
2

I fucking hate hippies

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Wed Jun 09 2021
2

It was ok

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Tue Jul 27 2021
2

Can't deny the influence but not really all that enjoyable to me. Pretty repetitive.

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Thu Aug 19 2021
2

Bit Psychedelic for my tastes.

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Wed Aug 25 2021
2

Not too bad... interesting, but might not be something that I'd listen to a lot.

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Fri Sep 03 2021
2

Confusing entry but not the worst

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

I respect Black Monk Time for it being one of the first albums in the Punk Rock genre, but if you are looking for in-depth criticisms that go further than: "We don't like the atomic bomb"... you will not find it here. What you will find on here sounds like the first Beatles records, with way worse lyrics: "Boys are boys and girls are joys. To you and me they're more than toys". Really? Because everyone that came after the Monks did it better in almost every way, a 2/5 should suffice.

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Sun Sep 19 2021
2

In short, sounded like a less musically talented version of the Doors. Started with a war time political message followed by okay music.

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Wed Nov 03 2021
2

Jam band shouting

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Thu Nov 04 2021
2

Ecléctico. Muy de la época. No me ha llamado la atención

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Sun Nov 21 2021
2

Genre de rock punk. Pas mauvais, mais pas si bon. Ca demenage en tout cas. 2.75

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