"Strange Boutique" Is The Awesome Debut Of One Of The Most Important British Bands Of The Post-Punk Period, The Mighty Monochrome Set. They Represent The Art And Brilliance Of Anti-Conventional , Psychedelic Pop Punk Three Minute Song. Simple "Strange" And Beautiful!!!
When the British art-school punk band the B-Sides changed their name and direction to become Adam & the Ants, guitarist/vocalist Bid and guitarist Lester Square opted out to form their own group, the Monochrome Set. Founded in London in 1978, the band was quickly snapped up by the Rough Trade label, and during 1979 issued three singles - "He's Frank," "Eine Symphonie des Grauens," and their signature number, "Monochrome Set" - all completely different in content and stylistic approach. In 1980 the band released their debut album, the cabaret-flavored Strange Boutique, followed later that year by the singles "405 Lines" and "Apocalypso" as well as another, more accessible full-length effort, Love Zombies. They returned in 1982 with a cleaner, more melodic sound on the LP Eligible Bachelors; "The Jet Set Junta," a satiric jab at the Falklands Islands conflict, became a significant hit the next year. The band have had a long association with Cherry Red Records - releasing countless well received albums on the Cherry Red and El labels until they disbanded in the mid-1990's. Their recordings remain immensely popular and, the first ever DVD to feature the band, "Destiny Always Calls Twice" will no doubt be snapped up by their devoted fanbase. The DVD consists of a collection of promo and live material originally released on VHS in the early 1990's under the title "Destiny Calling", along with some extremely rare bonus material featuring the band performing in Japan and the USA. Amongst the tracks featured are independent chart top twenty hit "Jacob's Ladder"
(Additional text: Cherry Red records)