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The Monochrome Set
Fabula Mendax

Riding in on the first wave of post-punk (apologies for the inappropriate surfing analogy), The Monochrome Set got the ears and tongues of Edwyn Collins and Morrissey (back when people still respected him) wagging. The band have also been an influence on Graham Coxon, Divine Comedy and Franz Ferdinand. Their latest album Fabula Mendex, is based on the scribblings of Armande de Pange who was a pal of Joan Of Arc. History and indie pop all at once.

The Monochrome Set
Eligible Bachelors (Deluxe Edition)

The third Monochrome Set LP, 'Eligible Bachelors', is overlooked in terms of their more renowned previous work, but it is just as good as their first two albums. It includes many witty indie pop classics such as "Jet Set Junta” and "The Ruling Class". Released on coloured vinyl by Optic Nerve, included here is a poster and two bonus tracks. 
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The Monochrome Set
1979-1985: Complete Recordings

The Monochrome Set are one those largely unknown but hugely influential British bands. Their post-punk/indie-pop/art-rock sound has been an influence on the likes of The Smiths, Blur and Franz Ferdinand. The groups leader, Bid, claims that a diet of 17th century poetry and Leadbelly are responsible for their sound, but one could argue that was misleading. 1979-1985: Complete Recordings is just that, and a treasure trove of music that deserves more attention. Available as 6LP/CD set and 6CD set on Tapete.

The Monochrome Set
Maisieworld

London’s Monochrome Set were post-punk before the genre was even defined, falling into stylistic territory somewhere between Magazine, Orange Juice and Blue Orchids. Their influence was evident in the more arch corners of Britpop and, arguably, the Dunedin Sound groups. Their fifth album since their reunion a decade ago retains all their breezy and spiky melodicism.

The Monochrome Set
Cosmonaut

Trace back from The Last Shadow Puppets, Franz Ferdinand et al any you’ll find The Monochrome Set. They originally formed in 1978, as part of the first wave of post-punk, and give most contemporaries a run for their money. Grand and smokey dive bar music, that would fit soundtracking a coming of age indie flick.

The Monochrome Set
Volume, Contrast, Brilliance... Vol.2

The Monochrome Set are a lesser-known troupe of indie / post-punkers, although their influence was later visible in bands like Franz Ferdinand and The Divine Comedy. Volume, Contrast, Brilliance… Vol. 2 compiles a bundle of demos (home and studio) that span their 1978-1991 existence. On Tapete, with some informative liner notes.
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The Monochrome Set
The Lost Weekend

English new wave band The Monochrome set themselves apart from the sombre tones of post punk played by many of their late seventies and early eighties contemporaries through their dry wits and clean pop sensibilities. ‘The Lost Weekend’ documents the bands tenure at Blanco Y Negro records.
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The Monochrome Set
Spaces Everywhere

Back in their third incarnation, The Monochrome Set are releasing twelfth album. The band hasn't left behind their old sounds and tendencies, and in ways Spaces Everywhere has audible roots in the eighties. However, the old-school blues and new wave are combined with a fresh sounds that make this album appealing to both the fans and those unfamiliar with The Monochrome Set. 
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The Monochrome Set
M80 Concert

Oh they were a funny bunch of art fops weren't they? Have you ever wondered what Monochrome Set sounded like performing live in 1979? Well now you can find out with this marvellous historical document. Its raw as anything with funny little songs that are one part Noel Coward and one part Orange Juice. Oh where did they arrive at such a sound? Who knows. They perform all their early hits such as 'Love Goes Down the Drain' and some rare stuff too. CD and DVD set....so you can watch it too? Madness.  
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The Monochrome Set
Volume, Contrast, Brilliance... (Sessions & Singles Vol. 1)

The Monochrome Set’s compilation of singles and session tracks was released back in the (80s) day, but is given a new reissue here. Volume, Contrast, Brilliance makes for a pretty good introduction to this little institution-of-a-band - in their initial phase, at least. There’s a couple of bonus songs tacked on here, alongside some intriguing live studio moments. Blue wax, on Optic Nerve.
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The Monochrome Set
Love Zombies


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