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Volume Contrast Brilliance

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Eine Symphonie Des Grauens
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The Jet Set Junta
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Love Zombies
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Silicon Carne
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The Ruling Class
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Viva Death Row
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The Man With The Black Moustache
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He's Frank(slight return)
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Fun For All The Family
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Lester Leaps In
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Ici Les Enfants
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Fat Fun
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Alphaville
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Avanti(ten don'ts for honeymooners)
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Reach For Your Gun
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Sweet Chariots
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Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 44:36

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Post Punk Goodness

lionel

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).

They Say All Music Guide

This is another compilation, but back in 1983 this hugely rewarding record acted as a roundup of the group’s career to date and was of immeasurable value to fans. It’s aged well, too, and worth hunting down for some (quite radically different) radio versions of songs, oddities, and jocular moments, including John Peel introducing “Fat Fun” and thinking aloud that those Monochrome boys might be having a pop at him. The fact that it includes a wish list of the band’s best songs (with the possible exception of “The Midas Touch” and “The Mating Game”) to this point in their career is another reason to recommend it. [The 1991 CD version adds two bonus tracks.] – Alex Ogg

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