Tuesday, 5 August 2014

The Monochrome Set - Jacob's Ladder

The Monochrome Set's 12th single was a 5 track 12" EP. In my opinion there are three standout tracks that are so varied there is something for everyone.

First up is the a-side 'Jacob's Ladder', a brilliant piece of perfect indie/pop (it's the best description I can think of, anyone else got a better one?). You have to love this track. Next up is the second track on the a-side 'Andiamo' which is an instrumental cross of a spaghetti western sound and the Shadows, I love this one so much I've had the guitar tabbed out and I'm trying to learn it (so if anyone is interested in the tab leave a comment). The last track that I rate is 'Le Boom Boom' which has a bit of 'The Cramps' sound about it, another outstanding track. The last two tracks are OK, but I guess it would be nearly impossible to match the first three.

I believe the only track that is readily available from this EP is 'Jacobs ladder' so try the rest out and leave a comment and tell ASFM what you think.

A few etchings on this one, on the a-side "Message to J.P. PTO" and then on the other side "Whip It Out and Give Us A Laugh". Who knows?

Band: The Monochrome Set
Label: Blanco Y Negro
Year: 1984
1. Jacobs Ladder
2. Andiamo
3. Le Boom Boom
4. Yo Ho Ho
5. Starry Nowhere

Ripped from glorious scratched vinyl:

If you like this then buy anyone of their excellent compilations or even better one of there many albums over on Cherry Red then follow this link:

This ones good if you want their earlier singles:
The Independent Singles Collection
The Independent Singles Collection
This one if you want to try out a more varied sample of their music
The Best of the Monochrome Set
The Best of the Monochrome Set
and if you know you like them then buy some of their albums, this ones their excelent third album
Eligible Bachelors
Eligible Bachelors


The Racing Rabbit said...

I would never have expected anyone to know this great band and to acknowledge their works.

All their records are worth listening.

Great post.

garychching said...

Hi racing rabbit, I have always been a Monochrome Set fan, if you look at the older posts you will also find their debut single.

I agree with you all their works are worth listening to.

Rob said...

Fantastic! One of the most underrated bands of the post-punk & indie era they deserve to be widely heard. Thank you again!

garychching said...

Cheers for the comment Rob