The Monochrome Set – In Session 1980 – Nights At The Roundtable: Session Edition

The Monochrome Set - hard band to pigeon-hole - and that's a good thing.

The Monochrome Set – hard band to stuff in a genre – and that’s a good thing.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – The Monochrome Set – John Peel Session – April 23, 1980 – BBC Radio 1

With the exception of a few spells of hiatus and reforming, The Monochrome Set have been tonight since 1978 and are still busily touring and recording. That’s a good thing.

Having been a fan since Eine Symphonie Des Grauens (their 3rd single from 1979), The Monochrome Set are one of those bands you can’t really put a label on. They are a lot of things and they embrace a lot of genres and they are an inventive and engaging band.

Their early material has always stuck with me because, at the time it was so unusual – it wasn’t reminiscent of what anyone else was doing at the time and so they were unique among bands during the Punk/Post-Punk/New-Wave period.

I ran an earlier session of theirs from 1979 last year. I ran across this second session they did for John Peel at The BBC in April of 1980.

If you remember them, this may conjure up a few images. If you haven’t heard of them before, or have only heard of them but haven’t heard their early material – I would suggest you spend the next 12 minute with the headphones on and your feet up.

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