It had been some time since I’d last put on a Monks album, but leave it to the ever increasingly great Light in The Attic record label to resurrect and proliferate some of the most overlooked and underappreciated albums around. They did it last with their treatment of Rodriguez’ Cold Fact and again most recently with Serge Gainsbourg’s Histoire De Melody Nelson. It’s no wonder that through the past few decades there’s been a smattering of artists that have obsessed with the Monks infectiously repetitious grooves. A group of 5 G.I.’s stationed in Germany in the mid 60’s, they eventually tried to position themselves (to good effect) as the anti-Beatles, challenging the more pop inclinations of their rival they sought out to develop what would eventually become their unique sound. On songs like “Love come Tumblin’ Down” you really hear the Monks come into their own, with a circular stomp organ and guitar driven romp that is mostly instrumental until the end where a Hawaiian enthused harmony peaks out from the heavy percussion.
Download: The Monks – Love comes tumblin’ down