Black Monk Time/The Early Years 1964-1965


“This is a damned enjoyable slightly kinky 60’s garage record”- Iggy Pop

Relatively unknown outside sixties garage enthusiast circles, The Monks were fantastic.   If you’re not familiar, the story – in a nutshell – is that five US GI’s, while stationed in Germany, started a band, were discharged from the army and decided to stick around making music. Light In The Attic Records has just issued both the groups Black Monk Time LP as well as a collection of early recordings.   Both discs are stacked with notes, interviews, lyrics, and photos. Anyone with even a passing interest in the Monks should check out the film The Monks: The Transatlantic Feedback.

Like the Serge Gainsbourg reissue, we are giving away Monks copies of both the CD and the vinyl to AD readers.   Interested?   Leave your name and a valid email address you can be reached at. Oh, and if you were one of the Serge winners, please let someone else have a go at this one.

Elsewhere: Pitchfork media recently ran a lengthy review here.

MP3: The Monks :: Monk Chant
MP3: The Monks :: Love Came Tumblin’ Down
Purchase: The Monks – Black Monk Time/The Early Years 1964-1965

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69 thoughts on “Black Monk Time/The Early Years 1964-1965

  1. I was just listening to The Monks today (Black Monk Time), and Iggy Pop is right on. The Monks garage rock is a definite punk predecessor, and is one of the great recent reissues (restating the obvious). It’s monk time!

  2. Bought a copy of Black Monk Time, when it was reissued on American in the early 1990’s and someone pinched it at a party, great album and I have been meaning to replace it. This time probably on Lp. Great stuff.

  3. Excellent post. Gary Burger is a great musician. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him play in several groups, as well as record an album at this studio in the late 90’s.

  4. Great site, and good choice on this one. Would greatly appreciate a copy of one of their CDs. Thank you.

  5. I’d love a copy of these. Gorilla v. Bear posted a video of “Monk Chant” a few weeks ago and I’ve been watching it daily ever since. My e-mail’s in the form. Keep up the awesome.

  6. i’d love a copy of these! ‘Complication’ has always been my favorite track on the entire ‘Nuggets’ box set and I can’t believe I don’t have these yet…

  7. i admit total ignorance of the Monks until this post. they are brilliant. as is light in the attic… thanks for enlightening me.

  8. The Monks were relatively unknown outside garage circles before Boing Boing and the whole rest of the internet discovered their youtube videos. I swear somebody emails me another article about them every other week. Their rediscovery is great and all, but they must have become the most popular unknowns the net has cared to digg.

  9. I hate to resort to begging, I don’t even have a hat to have you throw the CD in. So what’s a guy to do? Is groveling the same as begging? HMMMMMM….Anyway, I always enjoy the site – keep up the good work! Is suckin up the same as begging?

  10. Please. I just was in a local record shop here in the midwest. There was a poster of the Monks on the wall. It appeared to have authentic autographs on it. I asked if it was for real and the owner went on about how he stayed with Gary in NYC and he gave him records and stuff all the time. The owner said it was the only way to get The Monks back in the day. I couldn’t tell if the owner was putting me on or serious, but I don’t know the guy to just make up stories like that. I wish I knew more about them…

  11. i went to catholic school fro 12 years. we had priests, and brothers and sisters. but no monks. i want some monks.

  12. I’ve been hearing the Monks here and there on Radio 1190, out of the University of Colorado, Boulder. Please help me show the kids a thing or two. The kids need Mo’ Monks!

  13. Sounds cool. I am interested in music by soldiers. If there is any vinyl left throw my name in the hat.

  14. don’t know when this contest is up, but put my name in the cap. either way definitely picking this up on the next trip to the ol’ record shop

  15. If this giveaway is still going, please add my name, then pick it out the hat and send me my monk, man.

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