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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 not the post-Strawbs outfit who did "Nice Legs, Shame About The Face". The songs are credited to J. & E. Monks, i.e. Joe and Eric Monks whose songwriting credits also appear on a couple of other Rex releases: one track titled "If I Ever Fall In Love" on Family Pride's LP; and both sides of The Meagher Family's 1976 single "Five O'Clock Friday" / "Sweet Little Rock 'n' Roller" , though clearly they didn't write the B-side!

There is more than likely a link to a 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. These Monks brothers were from Rush, Co.Wicklow. If anyone knows how they came to release a glam rock single on Rex in 1974, get in touch!

Joe Monks was a member of the Sun Valley Boys (ca 1970-73) who also recorded Joe & Eric Monks tracks. They also wrote "She Meant Everything" which was performed in the 1970 National Song Contest by Tony O'Leary and later released as a single by Dolphin.


• 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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