Release 2017 - NEW !!!! sealed - One Sided 12inch-EP with 5 titles - other side is etched - With insert
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..formed in 1964 as The "5 Torquays" (5 U:S. Army Soldiers stationed in Germany) touring around mainly in the south of Germany
recording two songs in Heidelberg in a studio they found near the ODEON Keller after a gig.
With their German managar they recorded a demo album, to show around for a recording contract,
which was very difficult because they are sounding very different to other bands of the day,
playing loud agressive Beat (pre- PUNKS).
They had a special sound in using organ & banjo and treading the guitar on stage like
Hendrix some time later.
A young progressive label manager and producer from POLYDOR signed them.
They released one album (to my knowledge only 300 pressed) and 3 singles before they called
it a day and quit for the USA.
(They LP got re-issued in 1980 and we sold it at STACHUS MUSIC very very good as special new release;
not as oldie; no in the Punk- Wave- section. )
They were a big influence for bands like Can & Faust too.
Unbelievable stage presentation live (had gig in Bayreuth too)
They appeared on German TV Beat Club & Beat Beat Beat.
In 1999 the MONKS reunited for their first ever US gig at The CAVESTOMP , since this time
touring constantly through the world again. The MONKS are cult / kultig.
Sadly the original drummer died in 2004.
See also the great documentation-film from Dietmar Post & Lucia Palacios.
Unbelieveable but true some new unheard & unreleased tracks after 50 Years in Vault - now released through JACK WHITE 's Third Man Records.
Liner Notes and infos by EDDIE SHAW.
I'm Watching You - recorded at the studio session for the bands last 45 'Love Can Tame The Wild' in February 1967.
The remaining 4 unreleased songs are recorded by Rick Barnes at the TOP TEN CLUB in Hamburg, in the Summer 1967 - shortly
before the band broke up.
Style: Beat; Garage-Punk
see : The 5 Torquays ;
Gary Burger - vocals, guitar; Eddie Shaw - bass; Roger Johnston - drums;
Larry Clarke - organ; Dave Day - banjo, rhythm guitar;
Mastered by: Andrew Mendelson; Design & Layout: Rex Runyeon; Art Direction: Ryon Nishimori;
Tracks all songs written by: Burger-Havlicek-Johnston-Shaw-Spangler
I'm Watching You 3:18
P.O.Box 3291 3:18
I need U Shatzi 2:41
Yellow Grass 2:54