The Monks

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Monks are a garage rock band, formed by American GIs who were based in Germany in the mid to late 1960s. They reunited in 1999 and have continued to play concerts, although no new studio recordings have been made. Monks stood out from the music of the time, and have developed a cult following amongst many musicians and music fans.


All the members were American GIs stationed in Germany in the mid-sixties. They began playing together in 1964, calling themselves the 5 Torquays, they covered Chuck Berry songs and played music inspired by the British beat groups. But the band experimented together musically,

Black Monk Time
They played The Top Ten Club in Hamburg during the same period as The Beatles. Upon their discharge from the army the band developed a distinctive musical style, and took up a distinctive name and image to go with it. The transition from their earlier, more conventional and less provocative aesthetic to the abrasive and cutting-edge sound of their Black Monk Time period was partly induced by the influence of...
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