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One of the band's few forays outside of their long-term home Cherry Red, Dante's Casino was their first release since re-forming at the end of 1989 (with the addition of new guitarist Orson Presence). One listen to "Bella Morte" will confirm your prejudices about the Monochrome Set: you'll either love the clever wordplay and effortless hooks which have always embossed their genre-defying sound, or you'll consider them a poor man's XTC.


Formed: 1978

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '10s

When the British art school punk band the B-Sides changed their name and direction to become Adam & the Ants, guitarist/vocalist Bid and guitarist Lester Square opted out to form their own group, the Monochrome Set. Founded in London in 1978, the band (also comprising ex-Gloria Mundi and Mean Street bassist Jeremy Harrington and former Art Attacks drummer J.D. Crowe) was quickly snapped up by the Rough Trade label, and during 1979 issued three singles -- "He's Frank," "Eine Symphonie des Grauens,"...
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