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A short lived yet kick-ass Garage rock band and one of the earliest forms of punk in Rock N Roll history. Made up of five upstanding American GI soldiers stationed in Germany, this band are a hidden gem if there ever was one. Their radically different look compared to other bands of the time came by dressing like Catholic Monks and having the scalps of their heads shaved. Their first and only album release titled 'Black Monk Time', recorded in 1965, is an underground classic, featuring songs like "Complication" and "Shut Up". Their lyrics touched on subjects of the time such as opposition to the Vietnam War. They were the anti-Beatles before anybody else was!
Mikey: Have you ever heard of this band called the Monks?
John: The UK punk band of the late seventies?
Mikey: No, I mean the cool and original one from the mid sixties that secretly made the first ever punk rock record? Give it a listen...
John: Woah, what the F....
by RockHistorian November 13, 2018
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