The Monks – Boys Are Boys
The influential and ahead-of-their-time band The Monks play on German TV in 1965
Starting out as just another pick-up rock ‘n’ roll band to follow the Beatles’ lead, the Monks would eventually become one of the ’60s’ most interesting musical footnotes. The Monks’ story proves that Andy Warhol’s Velvet Underground and the American garage psychedelia of such bands as the Count Five and the Seeds were hardly the isolated fads they may have seemed. American GIs stationed in Germany at the height of the Vietnam War, the Monks unleashed a brooding combination of guitar feedback and existential rants; such songs as “Complication,” “Shut Up” and “I Hate You” captured the darker tensions of their era. Ultimately, Black Monk Time is unlikely to secure the Monks the wider recognition they do in fact deserve.