Friday, August 22, 2008

Bad Habits

Bad HabitsBack when punk was fun and it didn't have to be angry or only consist of three chords, there was a quirky little band called the Monks, led by the former rhythm section of the Strawbs. The Monks were excellent musicians who never made it big, but had a little gem of an LP. Unlike truly ticked-off punkers such as the Sex Pistols, they played it for a lark on their debut 1979 release Bad Habits, which featured a leggy, cigarette-smoking, stocking-revealing nun in a jail cell on the cover. How awesome is that candidate for best 100 album covers of all time. The politically incorrect Nice Legs Shame About The Face was a surprise hit single for us and the group. Other spot-on spoofs include Drugs in My Pocket and Johnny B. Rotten. Most tracks focus on simple, three-chord guitar tunes with a stylistic nod to late 70s power-pop-punk bands like The Ramones, Big Star, and the Jam.

This band has more great tracks on this studio work than probably most groups have on Greatest Hit CD's. What I think is cool is the fact John Ford sings without hiding his British roots accent, sorta like Ian Dury. An album I recommend (as the majority of other reviewers do) for any devoted collector and it's a great party album. These guys didn’t make an album to change the world, they were just having fun, and it completely shines through.

Nice Legs Shame About The Face
Johnny B Rotten
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