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Black Monk Time

The Monks

1966

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Black Monk Time

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2.87

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

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

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Funky, psychedelic. Hammond organ, perfect

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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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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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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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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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Found the music quite irritating, actually

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

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Mayor of Turtle River!!

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Great

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I loved it. Fun sound, funny band photos.

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Just great stuff

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

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

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

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

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This one was out there. I liked it.

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gusau

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sure

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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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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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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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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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A bit samey but really good

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Garage rock greatness

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

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

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Proto-punk, very good

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

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Scrappy, rough, and energetic

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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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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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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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Goil. Kannte ich gar nicht.

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Weird but interesting

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

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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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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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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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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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fascinating stuff, really interesting.

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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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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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Good album. Liked the sounds

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Loved it

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

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Only 1 in spotify :((

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Sounds like the Doors. 60s precursor to grunge

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5

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Good

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

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

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Звучит прикольно, но добавить что то не смог

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New one for me!

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

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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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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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Weird and cool Vietnam era stuff

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Really enjoyed that.

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

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

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

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

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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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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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3/5 yes but no

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

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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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This is quite a unique thing

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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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Interesting protopunk album

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

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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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Ok

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

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

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never heard of them and enjoyed it.

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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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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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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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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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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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Interesting 3+

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6/10

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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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Pretty cool, not totally my kind of music though

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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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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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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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Weirdly relevant.

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

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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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Meh Monk Time

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

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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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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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I like it and it is deffinitely an interesting style.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Nothing impressed

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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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Cuckooooo.

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weird 60's music

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Chatinho, esquisito demais

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

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Never heard of them

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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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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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Leuk voor 1x,

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

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It was okay. Not really anything interesting

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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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I fucking hate hippies

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It was ok

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

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Bit Psychedelic for my tastes.

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

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Confusing entry but not the worst

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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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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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Jam band shouting

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

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

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First Listen. I don't get it. 2/5

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Punk got better

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I saw the band name and was expecting UK Punk rock before realising this was, in fact, a different band called The Monks. For the first few tracks I thought I was going to quite enjoy this one, even though it was absolutely not what I thought I was going to be listening to but oh boy does this one take a dive off a cliff about 1/3 through and the bonus tracks at the end are, frankly, dreadful.

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I'm unsure about this one. I don't think I'll remember it

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I was expecting to hear Drugs in my pocket when I saw that today’s album was by the Monks. But alas this is the 1966 Monks (US soldiers stationed in Germany) not the 1979 Monks (The Brit group Strawbs). This proto punk band must have been pretty rad in the 60’s as their sound is pretty unique and they feature a Hammond organ no less! I’ll give them credit for being groundbreaking.

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ehhh pretty boring

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Black Monk Time seems VERY unique and ahead of its time in a way, but I didn't get much enjoyment out of it in the long run. It is very punk (possibly one of the earliest forms of it), but is is also still clearly from the 1960's through its psychedelic feelings and overall recording style. It felt like it had an anti-war tone to it all, but the lyrics didn't really fit with this outside of a couple of moments. It might have just been the overwhelming sense of rebellion present that made me feel this way as The Monks were definitely trying to do their own thing. In a way, this feels like a "hidden gem" of sorts in that it comes from a band that only created one album and comes from an era where this music really didn't fit in with the norms. I can see why someone might think this makes it worthy of including on the list, but I just didn't get as much out of it as someone else might. The idea of it being creative/innovative was more interesting than the album itself IMO. I didn't hate it, but I'll probably forget it by the end of the day. 2.5/5.

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I really wanted to like this at first. It started off feeling like some kind of proto-punk rock. But generally devolved into... something else. Meh

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Interesting enough album. Not exactly what I want to hear though. Odd psychey... something music.

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Rolling Stones C-side rarities, but I suppose that's still a compliment.

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Man, I've become really jaded with these '60s rock albums. There are so many great ones out there, most of which are on this list, but there are so many on here that feel like scraping the bottom of the barrel. Maybe not fair to the Monks, they do have a bit of a unique edge to them but damn if I haven't heard four or five albums that sound just like this by now. Very little on here to distinguish it from the pack. Sorry gang. Apparently this is proto-punk rock? I didn't quite hear it. I'll trust the word of others that it's influential, but it's doing nothing for me. Favorite tracks: Shut Up. Album art: Adding insult to injury here. Nothing good to look at while I struggle to enjoy the music. 2/5

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Wasn't a fan

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What is this? It isn't good

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I back milkmen to deliver, unlike this album.

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Meh, not really a fan.

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2/10. The music wasn't very interesting, the songwriting was boring, and the lead singer sounded like a Muppet on the verge of a psychotic break. Not for me.

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Olipa todella sekavaa menoa. Asiaa ei varmaan auttanut se, että kuuntelin levyn telkkarin kaiuttimista, mutta enpä usko että olisi paljon paremmaksi muuttunut muutenkaan. Rämistelyä, renkutusta ja huutamista. Olihan tämä tietysti originellia ja rohkeasti erilaista ja ajalleen edistyksellistä, mutta ei tuota kyllä mielellään kuunnellut.

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Zenuwslopend! De enige regel tekst die ik onthouden heb is 'Complication? Constipation!'. En dat is wel een goede samenvatting van waar de heren Monks mij mee opgezadeld hebben.

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Really not my style.

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Nothing for me here

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Didn't like this one. 1/5 stars.

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Can’t actually listen to this album

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Only the one song on Spotify, 1/10

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No thank you.

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I don't think it will ever be black monk time in my house again.

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holy crap. the only thing i can say is that it really is amazing that there is essentially something different to hate about every single song on this album. they are way too much up their own butt with psychedelic clown music.

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why block music in NZ?

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Couldn't get into this one.

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I hate it

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While this album was likely culturally relevant back in the 60's, it aged terribly. There's hints of Beatles influence but feels like it's just noise created to stand out in a crowd of other anti-war Vietnam songs.

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There were some instrumental aspects of this album that I quite liked. In particular the erratic organ sound of the keyboard was pretty interesting and I enjoyed the heavy bass lines too. But that's no compensation for how much I loathed the vocal delivery. It's not the sound of the guy's voice itself that get to me, but the godawful songwriting of the vocal lines. I guess it's supposed to be so jarring on purpose, but I absolutely hate it.

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This album is a mix of obnoxious and repetitive.

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Didn’t like

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Ahead of it’s time? sure, but god damn is it unpleasant to listen to. I reckon I spent half the time physically grimacing. 😣

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good shit, these boys kick

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