Freakbeat Frontiers in Germany (1965 / 1970)

An American G.I. band stationed in Germany in the mid-60s, the Monks fused a pioneering sound unto themselves fusing freakbeat, blues, psychedelic rock, and an unfathomably prescient and potent display of proto-punk sovereignty.

Check them out here on Germany’s Radio Bremen TV. A full-on attack of electric discord -- all tambourine shouts, Skiffle strut tango and a wicked organ. Radical stuff, and so important. Also: dig the crowd. The music comes completely naturally to them, freaks in arms, dancing into an unknown future with beatnik elegance.

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