The Monochrome Set

Top Tracks

Track Artist Album
He's Frank The Monochrome Set The Independent Singles Collection
Eine Symphonie Des Grauens The Monochrome Set He's Frank... We're The Monochrome Set
He's Frank (Slight Return) The Monochrome Set He's Frank... We're The Monochrome Set
Jacob's Ladder The Monochrome Set The Lost Weekend (Expanded Edition)
Alphaville The Monochrome Set The Independent Singles Collection
Expresso The Monochrome Set Tomorrow Will Be Too Long
The Monochrome Set The Monochrome Set The Independent Singles Collection
Take Foz The Monochrome Set The Lost Weekend (Expanded Edition)
Jet Set Junta The Monochrome Set He's Frank... We're The Monochrome Set
Love Zombies The Monochrome Set Volume Contrast Brilliance
He's Frank The Monochrome Set Fin
Martians Go Home The Monochrome Set Fin
Sraits Of Malacca The Monochrome Set Fin
Sugar Plum The Monochrome Set Fin
B-I-D Spells Bid The Monochrome Set Fin
Alphaville The Monochrome Set Fin
Heaven Can Wait The Monochrome Set Fin
Goodbye Joe The Monochrome Set Fin
The Strange Boutique The Monochrome Set Fin
The Strange Boutique (Reprise) The Monochrome Set Fin
Jacob's Ladder The Monochrome Set Fin
Wallflower The Monochrome Set Fin
Apocalypso The Monochrome Set Fin
Mr. Bizarro The Monochrome Set Fin
I'll Cry Instead The Monochrome Set Fin
Espresso The Monochrome Set Fin
405Lines The Monochrome Set Fin
Eine Symphonie Des Grauens The Monochrome Set Fin
The Monochrome Set The Monochrome Set Fin
Big Wheel The Monochrome Set Jack
Jack The Monochrome Set Jack
Blood Act The Monochrome Set Jack
Sweet Death The Monochrome Set Jack
Cerebella The Monochrome Set Jack
Killing Dave The Monochrome Set Jack
Jane The Monochrome Set Jack
Black Are the Flowers The Monochrome Set Jack
Yo Mo Fo The Monochrome Set Jack
Ground Zero The Monochrome Set Jack
Milk and Honey The Monochrome Set Misere
Pauper The Monochrome Set Misere
Dr.Robinson The Monochrome Set Misere
Achilles The Monochrome Set Misere
Leather Jacket The Monochrome Set Misere
Bed The Monochrome Set Misere
Handsome Boy The Monochrome Set Misere
The Eternal One The Monochrome Set Misere
UFO The Monochrome Set Misere
Integrate Me The Monochrome Set Misere
Twang 'Em High The Monochrome Set Misere

The Monochrome Set are an English post-punk band originally formed in 1978 from the remnants of a college group called The B-Sides (whose members had included Stuart Goddard, a.k.a. Adam Ant). The band is notable for its witty lyrics, the laconic delivery of lead singer Bid, and the idiosyncratically retrogressive playing style of original lead guitarist Lester Square. The original line-up consisted of Indian born lead singer and principal songwriter Bid (real name Ganesh Seshadri), Canadian guitarist Lester Square (real name Thomas W.B. Hardy), drummer John D. Haney, and bassist Charlie Harper. The band went through several bassists in the next few years, including Jeremy Harrington, and Andy Warren of the Ants, a childhood friend of Bid. Experimental filmmaker Tony Potts began collaborating with the band in 1979, designing lighting and stage sets with film projections for their live appearances. The band's early persona was defined by the shadowy, uncertain stage images created by the films to such an extent he is often described as being the band's "fifth member." They released several singles for the Rough Trade label before recording their debut album, "Strange Boutique", produced by Bob Sargeant, for Virgin Records' imprint DinDisc in 1980, as well as their follow-up effort, Love Zombies, produced by Alvin Clark and the band later that same year. John Haney left the band in 1981 and was replaced by Lexington Crane. In 1982, the band switched labels to Cherry Red to release their third full-length album, Eligible Bachelors, produced by Tim Hart. Lester Square and Lexington Crane left soon afterwards, and were replaced by keyboardist Carrie Booth and drummer Nicholas Weslowski. This line-up recorded 1982 single Cast a Long Shadow, for Cherry Red before Booth was in turn replaced by new lead guitarist James 'Foz' Foster. In 1983, Cherry Red released Volume, Contrast, Brilliance... sessions & singles vol. 1, a retrospective of the band's early Rough Trade singles, BBC and Capital Radio sessions, and other unreleased early sessions. In 1985, with the same line-up as on Cast a Long Shadow, The Monochrome Set recorded the relatively mainstream album The Lost Weekend for major label Warner Bros. Records. The Lost Weekend failed commercially, and after a few singles, the band officially broke up, though they served as Jessica Griffin's backing band on the first album by the Would-Be-Goods, The Camera Loves Me. In early 1990, Bid, Lester Square and Andy Warren reformed the band, with the addition of keyboardist Orson Presence and drummer Mike Slocombe (who was quickly replaced by Trevor Ready). The new band toured extensively--especially in Japan, where Bid had become a major star. The band released several low-key albums for Cherry Red Records during the 1990s, and has been on hiatus since 1998, though Bid has since recorded a number of albums with his new band, Scarlet's Well. The band reunited on 8 October 2008 for a one-off performance at Cherry Red's 30th Anniversary party at Dingwalls, London. It also marked the 30th year of The Monochrome Set. Bid, Andy Warren and Lester Square were joined by Jennifer Denitto (drums) and Sian Dada (keyboards) of Scarlet's Well, and performed 13 songs. Band reformed in 2010. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.