Monks - The Transatlantic Feedback

Synopsis: The monks were 5 American GIs in cold war Germany who billed themselves as the anti-Beatles; they were heavy on feedback, nihilism and electrical banjo. They had strange haircuts, dressed in black, mocked the military and rocked harder than any of their mid-sixties counterparts while managing to basically invent industrial, kraut rock, heavy metal, punk and techno music.
Production: Play Loud! Productions
  3 wins & 1 nomination.
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100 min

Today's show was opened by

the Monks with the original

"Boys are boys and girls are

choice". A few days ago they

released their first record with an

unusual, new and surprising sound.

Germany, July 1966

In retrospect I don't see

a difference between

James Last and the Beatles.

Not to mention the

unutterable Rolling Stones.

It was a shock to see them play

among the other harmless bands.

The vitality and the minimalism,

back then I didn't know

you could call it minimalism.

That fascinated me, and the

hardness. Their style was hard.

There wasn't anything like it.

"The beat is dead,

long live the hop"!

"Monks" want to

outstrip the Beatles

Learnt beat music

in the army


Kennedy publishes pictures

of soviet missile installations

on Cuba and reveals soviet intent

to turn Castro's sugar island

into a military base.

The fear of a war terrified

the world for an entire week.

After their turbulent American tour

the Beatles come back to England.

The following should be considered

as an observation,

a study on a manifestation, which

hardly can be described as

excitement, ecstasy, or hysteria.

It is phenomenon, something

for psychologists,

sociologists, and cultural critics.

Youth organizing "leisure time".

Not in Liverpool but in Hamburg.

A genre picture, which

was recorded during

the nomination of Germany's

best "beatle band".

Folkwang School of Design

Basic Course

"Gestalt" is a fantastic term that

suggest no gradation between

cause and effect.

"The art of advertising"

Ulm School of Design

"Also tomorrow no experiments"

It sounded different. I thought

you have to do this band.

I liked that Remy and Niemann

were so much behind it.

The music fascinated me

because it was archaic,

some sort of industrial music.

The lyrics indicated something that

wasn't the typical love song.

Then we started working.

And both told me they would

work even more on the lyrics.

"The inappropriate war"

Trespassing for underaged

not allowed

The "Top Ten", formerly the

Hypodrome, rebuilt,

Hamburg's 1st beat joint, in 60/61

monthly gigs of the Beatles,

now renovated, compared to

the "Star-Club" more refined.

3 important events connect the

Beatles to the "Top Ten":

1. Here they had their first

loyal fan base

2. Here they were discovered

for their first recordings.

3. Here their trademark was

created; the haircut.

Noise, noise and no melody

The Monks:
Fight against soft

style of the Beatles

"The beat is dead,

long live the hop"!

It was so loud that I left the club.

I couldn't bear it. My ears

were blown off.

I said to myself "get out and

listen to it from the outside".

There it filtered differently

and I thought, "that's it".

"This sound is unmistakable".

"If we can preserve it

on tape this way

then we are talking about a

turning point in rock history".

You see, back then the term

didn't exist. I realized later,

that this was an early

form of heavy metal.

Whereas with other bands there is

a guitarist, a bassist, a drummer

and each of them had its qualities

and somehow they got a sound.

With the Monks you had a

concentrated elemental force,

the single instrument wasn't

important anymore.

It was the total sound as a group.

For me it was a huge challenge to

capture that wall of sound on tape.

We didn't want to lose any of it.

The main microphone was

the ambient one,

which reflected the entire band.

For support of each individual

instrument we used single mikes

to get the distorted guitar,

the electrified banjo

or the shrieking organ. That's

what we wanted to transmit.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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