Good Introduction to The Set
The Independent Singles Collection, as the name implies, collates ten A-sides and their B-sides for an extensive, if exhausting twenty-five tracks. From the edgy debut "Our Frank" in 1979, to the final country-tinged 7-inch "I Love Lambeth" in 1995, this doesn't attempt convey the full Set experience, as it only covers their releases on indie labels (there would be a dalliance with majors for three albums and several singles), but it provides an adequate introduction to this idiosyncratic, twisted pop group. While the Set never achieved significant fame in their lifetime echoes of Bid and the boys can be found in bands such as The Divine Comedy, Art Brut and most significantly David Devant and His Spirit Wife, whose guitarist Foz played in The Monochrome Set during the mid 80s. The Independent Singles Collection like the band themselves is an acquired taste, but not one easily forgotten.