Sunday, April 6, 2008

'63 MONROE (Canada)

1985 (Savvy)


" '63 Monroe is a story all by itself. Success, tragedy... it was all there. I'd write a book if I had the time. They were more than just another sex drugs and rock n roll story. To their credit they never gave in to the music industry ..." - band website

"The band's name derived from the obvious; that being the beginning of a new legend. It is also a statement showing the member's feelings towards the insanity, excesses and stupidity of the jet set celebrities and of their own demise. Although influences on the band had included the New York Dolls, The Ramones as well as early London (Canada) bands such as the Demics, they were aware of the importance of finding their own niche. The sound was raw, but enjoyable to the punk/metal crossover generation...and for those who understood that the band was approaching alternative music from a different angle, they were a breath of fresh air." - Danny Napalm

“You can only play so much before you’ve over saturated a market,” says (singer) Steven R.Stunning. “You’ve always got to figure out something to do to make it fun, so that’s what we did..."

...’63 Monroe starting pooling their collective inspiration to adopt a sound that showcased, more than anything else, their desire to just have fun. So, when names like Kiss, The Ramones, T-Rex, Gary Glitter, Motorhead, Alice Cooper, and the New York Dolls were bandied about, one word came to mind.
“Showmanship,” says Stunning. “We were always a punk band and quite well aware of the New York Dolls and Kiss. We were always trying to do the glam thing and it just sort of evolved. It was more about the show – sounding good and looking good...”

In 1985, the band released their second album, the highly praised Stinkin’ Out the Joint. SOTJ is a back alley blast of rattling cans and fists on flesh – a steady and raw groove of chunky metal and slumbering punk. Stunning’s voice on SOTJ is particularly interesting, like a psychedelic Wolfman with a new wave echo and inaudible lower east side tongue. The whole thing lacks severely in production value, giving you a sense of what it would have been like to be front row at The Cedar Lounge for a rock show. The success of SOTJ took ’63 Monroe beyond London’s borders, including a show at CBGB’s in NYC with Johnny Blitz’s band...

The scene was hotter than ever and at the heart of it all was ’63 Monroe, whose stage antics began to take on a life of their own – porno broadcasts, platform boots, nudity, coffins, smoke bombs, dry ice. ’63 Monroe was defiantly flaunting raunchy excess as though they were LA hipsters, not London (Ontario) overachievers. But overachievers they were, contently inventing new ways to tear up their hometown instead of going after the tainted allure of fame and fortune." - Jeff Warren,

Marky Burnaway - guitars, vocals, synthesizer
Steven R. Stunning - vocals
Jeff "Rooster" Rooth - drums, vocals
Pete Dekoker - bass, vocals

Produced by Davin deKergommeaux

Horizontal Hold
Twist My Wrist
Can't Trust Her
Soup To Nuts
Henry VIII
99th Floor
Damage Done
Hey, Little Girl
Wrong To You
The Battle
Weekend Punks

Download (128kbs, 36 MB)


Jimbojinx said...

hey just found yer blog and feel the need to say: YOU´RE FAB!

i´ve always been a big fan of garage revival / neo-psych!

keep up the good work, very much appreciated

JimboJinx (Germany)

Anonymous said...

Please please please repost this and Demics!!

Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm the anonymous poster below! ;o) Thankyou so much for posting this again so quick, made my day! Here's me:

Dgrador said...

You happened to catch me on a weekend when I already had time for re-ups. ;-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the re-ups. Great bands from my hometown London Ontario. 63 Monroe is back together and doing shows. Martin from Canada.

Dgrador said...

My hometown as well... I got to see them a few years back when I went back east for a visit.

My old band played some shows with Monroe back in the day, Rooster played drums for us for awhile.


I have just discoverd this band here and I like it ...
Is it possible to have more stuff ?
good work , good blog !

Anonymous said...

Man O Man
Flashing back hard here....Crazy f'en times at the Blueboot.
All the old gang Dick, Toad etc.

Rooster RIP

Anonymous said...

Got an old 63 Monroe LP signed by all the boys... steven r stunning..marky...petey...even rooster....bringing back good old memories from the days of the cedar lounge...