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The Monks

From: Dublin?

Active: mid70s

Style: Pop/Glam



Mystery outfit with one fine glam era single released in 1974. "Roller Coaster Rock And Roller" is a light but rockin' tribute/ripoff of "Sweet Little Rock 'n Roller". The B-side is less interesting. There was a second single in 1975 which I haven't heard.

So who were the Monks? They are certainly not the post-Strawbs outfit who did "Nice Legs, Shame About The Face". The songs are credited to J. & E. Monks - a songwriting team of brothers? Sisters? Husband and wife? Their songwriting credit appears on a couple of other Rex releases: one track titled "If I Ever Fall In Love" on Family Pride's sole LP, and both sides of The Meagher Family's 1976 single "Five O'Clock Friday" / "Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller" carry the J. & E. Monks credit, though clearly they didn't write the B-side!

There is more than likely a link to an early 70s band called The Pirates AKA The Dublin Bay Pirates, who released a trad and folk-rock album on Tara Records in 1975 titled "To Ireland I Did Fly" (TARA 1006). The lineup includes Eric Monks, Joe Monks, Louis Monks, Paddy Landy (ex drummer for Tony & the Graduates, from Skerries) and Johnny Murtagh. The Monks brothers were from Rush, Co.Wicklow. If anyone knows how they came to release a glam rock single on Rex, get in touch!


• Roller Coaster Rock And Roller / It's A Crying Shame
7" - Rex Records - R11095 - 4 October 1974 - no PS

• Penny (The Millionaires Daughter) / Marianne
7" - Rex Records - R11106 - 1975 - no PS

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