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Date Posted: 18:00:26 02/12/04 Thu
Author: sid
Subject: Monk Influence On Mott The Hoople?

I just started reading "All The Young Dudes", the biography of Mott The Hoople and Ian Hunter, by Campbell Devine on Cherry Red Books, 1998. In the book, Mott bassist Pete Overend Watts mentions that the Monks were a big influence on him, and are still one of his favorites! And, he happened to be playing Hamburg at the same time, 1966, in a band called The Buddies! (stupid name).

Quoting from the book, "Staying in Germany until April 1966, The Buddies played with several cult bands including The Sorrows, The VIPs, Mal Ryder and The Primitives, and The Rokes, who, Pete recalls, had suits and ties like The Beatles, but with long hair to their waists. The groups were also quirky, like The Monks, ex-American GIs who wore habits, ropes round their necks and short hair with the top shaved out. Watts still raves about The Monks and how they used feedback to overdrive their amps before anyone else ever did."

Ahhh, to have seen The Rokes, now that would have been something, eh?

Do any of you Monks remember The Buddies?

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