The Monks were a five-piece (including strident electric banjo), staffed by former American GIs who met while stationed in West Germany. The comrades-in-arms brought lockstep whomp, boot-camp discipline, and coffin-black foreboding up against the blossoming idyll of mid-'60s rock. Typical Monks' song title: "Shut Up." Typical lyric: "You know why I hate you, baby?" Says early admirer Hans Irmler (Faust): "Their style was... More >>>