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Thelonious Monster Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 20, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Lakeshore Records
  • ASIN: B0001GWARE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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great music by thelonious monster

Like some post-modern, punk-kinked take on latter day Steely Dan, L.A.'s Thelonius Monster drops back into the record business after a 12-year recording hiatus with their own, typically off-the-wall take on the rock tribute album boom. It's a gambit that's by turns dizzy fun, pointed satire ("Could it be you're just a haircut and some tennis shoes?" they muse in "The Beck Song") and begrudgingly affectionate nod to inspirations that span Elton John and the Carpenters (a hidden-track cover of "Rainy Days and Mondays" that almost passes for winsome) to noisy, welcome takes of Jeffrey Lee Pierce's Gun Club and L.A. punk pioneers the Germs. The original core of frontman Bob Forrest, drummer Peter Weiss, and guitarist Dix Denny (joined here by 12-year-vet/"new guy" Dallas Don Burnet on bass and longtime band pal/associate Jon Sidel on second axe) shrewdly aim more for friendly evocations than a musical clonefest. That sense weds lyrical obsessions that are either wholly divorced from their inspirations (the stripped-down, Some Girls funk-rock of "Rolling Stones '77 Song" rambles on cheerily about shopping, lunching, and Powerpuff Girl watching in sunny LA) or bluntly focused: "Everybody wants money/That's all they want" grouses "Curtis Mayfield Song," while the jagged perfection of "Joy Division Song" bleats bitterly about punk/new wave sellouts. The Monster shows some true musical affection on this quirky return; obviously, only some of it's been requited. --Jerry McCulley

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the(lonious) Monster May 26, 2004
Format:Audio CD
For those of you that are familiar with the Monster, don't hesitate. This album is their most fluid and diverse record to date. If you're already a fan of Thelonious Monster you will not be disappointed by this album!
If you have never heard Bob Forrest with Thelonious Monster or with Bicycle Thief you've been missing out. Thelonious Monster weaves a brand of bluesy rock with an amazing folk-like style of story-telling, overlaid with a punk sensibility. This newest release from the Monster, their first in over 10 years, and is their finest to date.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Monster Kills May 28, 2004
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Format:Audio CD
This record puts TM back where they were 7 years ago when they stopped playing together, on top.Possibliy one of the most underrated bands to come from this great country of ours(USA), theyve always put out solid records and performances. Although i am a fan of the bicycle thief, TM sound like a bunch of guys that should be playing together as much as possible. It shows on this record. I recommend this record to any music fan. It shall be the soundtrack to my summer!
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4.0 out of 5 stars T.M. is back May 29, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Wow, wow. Bob Forrest's back. Go get & check out his new ode to some classic rock bands. Although it's only released in the USA, try to get the album. Me personally, I'm from Belgium and I did find the import version. Astonishing music as you can expect from Thelonious Monster.
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