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The Unsung Heroes

This was the definitive album of my youth. Ditties a plenty that will stay in your mind for the whole day - and you will be thankful for it. Bid has a knack of writing about the most bizarre subjects and you find yourself just singing along to it - such as school days at Eton and beating his servant. This album would not be out of place in today's music with guitar classics such as He's Frank (Slight Return). One word sums this album up "genius". If you have never tried The Monochrome Set - this is the best album to start you off - you won't regret it - Lester & Bid - I salute you!

Hidden Gem

This is a hidden gem from the early 80s (released in 1983 not 1979 as stated by iTunes). The original vinyl release didn't include tracks 15 & 16. Great stuff, particularly "The Ruling Class", "Jet Set Junta", "Silicon Carne", "Alphaville" and "Avanti (Ten Dont's For Honeymooners)".

Biography

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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