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Boomkat Product Review:
The Monks started life as five American GIs stationed in Germany, playing beat music together during downtime. After their discharge Gary Burger, Larry Clark, Dave Day, Eddie Shaw and Roger Johnston formed The Torquays, a band that only morphed into The Monks after a bit of conceptualising, stipulating that the group should become the "anti-Beatles", wearing robes and nooses around their necks (stealing the theatrical thunder from SunnO))) by forty years or so). Their imposing, dangerous image was only reinforced by their dark, propulsive sound, plating the seeds that would shape krautrock, proto-punk and psychedelic garage rock for years to come. This collection captures the build-up recordings to The Monks' epochal Black Monk TIme, presenting the band at their very rawest, when they were still very much an unfinished product. This edition comes with bonus tracks 'There She Walks' and a very different sounding take on 'Boys Are Boys'.