Post Punk Goodness
If you are new to The Monochrome Set and are wondering which album to get, you can't go wrong with this collection of recordings from BBC sessions. Released in 1983, this compilation catches the band at the early stage of their career. Their mix of clever lyrics coupled with a jangly and jagged pop sensibility was never repeated in their later work as they eschewed all post punk pretensions and moved into a more mainstream pop direction. Polished versions of some of these songs are available on the bands official albums "Love Zombies" & "Eligible Bachelors" but they lack the spontaneity and playfulness of these versions. If you like "Franz Ferdinand" or "The Artic Monkeys" and would like to investigate some of their influences, this album is a good place to start. Don't bother with the last two tracks as they are actually songs from a unremarkable solo single released by lead singer Bid (which were added to the CD reissue of the album).