Thursday, February 04, 2010

Suspended Animation

The Monks were an English punk band formed in the late 1970s,which rose out of the ashes of the group The Strawbs. Not to be confused with the garage rock band from the 60's of the same name. Their first album, Bad Habits, was released in 1979. The album spawned a number 19 hit single in the UK Singles Chart — "Nice Legs Shame About Her Face". In 1981 they released their second album, Suspended Animation, and it was released only in Canada. At this time they were huge in Canada actually playing stadium gigs across the country. Suspended Animation eventually went platinum in Canada, and pushed sales of Bad Habits to double platinum certification in 1982. The album was finally released worldwide on CD for the first time in 1999. With The Monks you either get it or you don't, I guess. While not as brilliant as their debut album, Suspended has it's moments and it deserved more than a Canada only release back in 81. Especially with the sheer volume of lousy one hit wonders that populated the 80's, this album deserves another listen.

Don't Want No Reds
Grown Ups
Buy It

Funny Toon


Barely Awake In Frog Pajamas said...

Oh, man. One of my best friends in high school had a cassette of that first album and we knew nothing about the band.

Every now and then over the past twenty-five years, I make a note to try and snag a copy.

"Skylab" was very cool, too.