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1001realapes
1001realapes
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The Monochrome Set
Nov 26, 2006, 21:31
What are they like really ?
Kid Calamity
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Re: The Monochrome Set
Nov 26, 2006, 22:22
http://www.myspace.com/monochromeset


I like 'em. Clever, melodic. They defined that jangly indie sound a decade before it became the 'thing'.
Fitter Stoke
Fitter Stoke
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Re: The Monochrome Set
Nov 26, 2006, 23:45
You mean THE (pronounced THUH, very loud) Monochrome Set? I love'em. Post-punk with a real, almost Canterbury Scene-ish Englishness that sets them apart from other bands of their time. If you can track down the 'Volume, Brilliance, Contrast' comp of Peel sessions, that's the best place to start. If you can get through 'Jet Set Junta' without raising a big smile then bro, you ain't got no sense of humour!

"My old man's a viscount and he wear's a vicount's crown...!"
Gladwin
Gladwin
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Re: The Monochrome Set
Nov 27, 2006, 10:01
You could also try one of the √Čl/Cherry Red compilations "Westminster Affair" or the 2CD "Chaps" which features some later stuff as well.

The thing you get with The Monochrome Set is a marvellous affection for pop that bizarrely verges on boredom. They get a minute and a half into a song, then change style for 16 bars before veering back to the song. Usually, the style change is instrumental, and so you get one of Lester Square's instrumentals jammed into the middle of one of Bid's songs.

Brilliant - can't recommend them highly enough!
Wiggy
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Re: The Monochrome Set
Nov 27, 2006, 12:07
One of the best bands I ever saw.
Billy Milk
Billy Milk
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Re: The Monochrome Set
Nov 27, 2006, 13:12
like a posh smiths...
Wiggy
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Re: The Monochrome Set
Nov 27, 2006, 13:15
They don't come much posher than Bid.
Kid Calamity
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Re: The Monochrome Set
Nov 27, 2006, 13:25
Wasn't he a proper Indian prince, or something?
FourWinds
FourWinds
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Re: The Monochrome Set
Nov 27, 2006, 14:25
Kid Calamity wrote:
Wasn't he a proper Indian prince, or something?


That was always the 'word on da street'. Great band.
Kid Calamity
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Edited Nov 27, 2006, 16:33
Re: The Monochrome Set
Nov 27, 2006, 16:33
Hmmm... Time to dig out that two album CD I got sent again, methinks.
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