About The Monk


Occupation: Art Director

I’m a graphic designer who collects music, your best entertainment value! How novel! I like to make the CDs that The Man won’t willingly sell to me. REVO is my personal reissue label. It’s short for “Revolt Into Style,” after the Bill Nelson song/George Melly book.

Where did the Post-PunkMonk name come from? A friend of mine saw one of my Boxed Sets Of God® and compared my efforts to a monk making an illuminated manuscript. He didn’t realize just how close to the mark he was on that! When you’ve spent five hours attacking noise transients in a single waveform out of the 30-40 tracks in such a collection, you might as well be duplicating manuscripts by hand! When I was fishing around for an angle after deciding to begin blogging in 2010, I remembered his comment and thus was born the Post-Punk Monk.

“Please do not ask me for a copy of any project that I write about making. It’s not within my capacity to sell or otherwise distribute these discs.”

I blog generally every weekday. When I made the decision to do this, I didn’t want to encroach upon the scant personal time that I have to do important work – the kind that results in CDs to listen to or DVDs to watch. So I realized that my lunch hour at work was the perfect time to blog. I never blog at home, though I may respond to comments there. Speaking of comments, every new comment needs admin approval by me, but after you have a single comment approved, you are free to post anything at any time.

The politics of blogging [with apologies to Re-Flex®].  I take umbrage at that notion of this wacky social media world where large corporations are making money off of human nature and turning us all into metrics for sale. So, you won’t see my Twitter feed or Facebook page cross referencing my blog in an effort to gain eyeballs. I don’t have such accounts. I will go so far as to leave a calling card when I comment on other blogs/forums if the hosted comment software doesn’t recognize my WordPress/Gravatar login.

Interests

  • remastering from vinyl
  • compiling Boxed Sets of God on CD
  • designing DVDs
  • collecting music
  • discographical research

Favorite Movies
1950s:

  • A Face In The Crowd
  • A Touch Of Evil

1960s:

  • Dr. Strangelove
  • Danger Diabolik
  • The President’s Analyst

1970s:

  • Network

1980s:

  • Blade Runner
  • Brazil
  • Buckaroo Banzai

1990s:

  • Ed Wood
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Rushmore
  • Being John Malkovich

2000s:

  • High Fidelity
  • Lost In Translation

Favorite Recording Artists

ABC Flat Duo Jets New Order
Act John Foxx Niagra
Isabelle Antena Frankie Goes To Hollywood The Nits
Arcadia Frazier Chorus Nitzer Ebb
Associates Freur Gary Numan
Virginia Astley Gavin Friday OMD
Bananarama Robert Fripp Pet Shop Boys
Basia Fuzzbox Prefab Sprout
B.E.F. Peter Gabriel The Primitives
Black Peter Godwin Propaganda
Blow Monkeys Nina Hagen Pulp
The Blue Nile Jerry Harrison The Revillos
The Bomboras The Hate Bombs The Rezillos
David Bowie Heaven 17 Jonathan Richman
Sam Brown Rupert Hine Roxy Music
Claudia Brücken Holly & The Italians Sapho
The Buggles The Human League Shakespear’s Sister
Cabaret Voltaire Ian Hunter Pete Shelley
Carmel Icehouse Shriekback
Sheila Chandra Inxs Simple Minds
China Crisis It’s Immaterial Siouxsie & The Banshees
Cocteau Twins Japan Southern Culture On The Skids
Hugh Cornwell Jesus & Mary Chain Spandau Ballet
The Cramps Killing Joke Spoons
The Creeps King Crimson The Stranglers
Etienne Daho Klark Kent Suede
Dick Dale Kraftwerk Swing Out Sister
The Darling Buds Kissing The Pink David Sylvian
Dash Rip Rock Annabel Lamb Thinkman
The Delusionaires Lava Love Toyah
Devo Level 42 Transvision Vamp
The Dickies The Lilac Time Ultravox
Dip In The Pool Lio Midge Ure
Dr. Robert Lene Lovich Colin Vearncombe
Anna Domino Luxuria Visage
Stephen Duffy Billy MacKenzie Voice Of The Beehive
Duran Duran Magazine Scott Walker
Electribe 101 Man…or ASTROman? Was (Not Was)
Eurythmics Martha & The Muffins Webb Wilder
The Exotic Aarontones Mecano Mari Wilson
Fashion Mel + Kim The Woggles
Bryan Ferry Monsoon XTC
Fiction Factory Bill Nelson Yello
Firesign Theatre New Musik Warren Zevon

Review a large chunk of my music collection here, on Discogs.com

9 Responses to About The Monk

  1. Simon H says:

    Hi there Monk
    Just wanted to say how much I’ve been enjoying your writing – I arrived via the New Wave Outpost and have been regularly lurking over the last few weeks.
    Have also explored some of your older posts as well which has been very interesting. My tastes are pretty similar to yours, not that I always agree with your take on certain bands, but as I’ve learned over the years we arrive at our particular taste position through a complex mix of factors as I think you sum up in much of your writing. I’m not holding myself out as any expert, but I have done a bit of writing here and there and find your style very enjoyable, it’s great reading articulate music coverage that’s not got any hipster agenda, there’s too much of that online!
    My only complaint is you’ve prompted me to spend even more money on music, but as you say it’s the best value purchase:)
    Anyway, just wanted to say hi and keep up the good work from here in England.
    Regards
    Simon

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Simon H – Welcome to the comments! Thanks for finding worth among the hasty scribblings that often typify PPM. The 40 minutes a weekday I spend typing furiously are often the only parts of myself left after work, work, and more work conspire to whittle away my sense of self-actualization that has no place in the New Serfdom. That kindred souls can find a fellow music lover who gets it [just like they do] and possibly enter into a dialogue is reason enough for doing it.

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      • Simon H says:

        With you there on the issue of precious time…getting the opportunity to indulge in vital music listening is one of my constant challenges!

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  2. Nick A says:

    I’m sure you will probably be aware of this already as i know you’re a big fan of the Blue Nile and no doubt you read this blog too but i will link it anyway just in case……………

    http://theseconddisc.com/2014/01/22/blue-nile-peace-at-last-expanded/#more-24014

    sorry if the words’ suck’ and ‘eggs’ spring to mind…….

    N

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Nick A – Actually, I’m by no means omniscient. Thanks for the tip, but I’d really have to think long and hard before I could ever buy any copy of that album again. I’ve warned friends who loved the first two off of it, telling them to proceed directly to “High” and to just pretend they didn’t know about it.

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  3. Nick A says:

    that bad eh ??? I’m sure i’ve had conversation with you before about Blue Nile, maybe not ! I think i’m one of the few [ certainly on discogs] with that annoying awful cd promo of ‘Downtown Lights’ in a hat box with straw inside. If I decide to donate you’d be the first on the list along with the ‘Der Amboss’ promo 12

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      NickA – Wow! So you’ve never heard “Peace At Last?” By all means give it a pass. You can keep your “Downtown Lights” promo, too. Sell it off to the hard core. In fact, I’ve sold off all of my Blue Nile promos lately without breaking a sweat. I had several DL variations, plus the US “pop-up sleeve” version of “Hats.” All gone to fund my Golden Rocktober Tour® of last year. But thank you kindly for your offer of “Der Amboss!” I would have no problem accepting your generous tithing in that case!

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  4. Andy R says:

    Hey PPM – I’m an occasional and enthusiastic reader of your blog. Knowing you’re a fan of Icehouse and YMO, I was wondering if you were aware of the collaboration between Yukihiro Takahashi and Iva Davies on the former’s album ‘Wild and Moody’? There were at least two tracks in their collaboration, as I remember another one getting airplay in Australia at the time. All I remember about that other track is that it was it was strong and catchy while also stylistically very much of its own time. Here’s the only collaborative track online I can find – it’s a very tight and well composed number, very pop, in the Bill Nelson meets Icehouse vein: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFuTQwVZZD0

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    • postpunkmonk says:

      Andy R – Welcome to the comments! Yes, “Wild & Moody” is very much Yukihiro Takahashi in the Bill Nelson meets Icehouse vein exactly! The track “Walking To The Beat” is a lost gem for Icehouse fans to mine. Alas, though I’m familiar with this album, it’s not in my Record Cell. Only “Neuromantic” from Takahashi is. If you can believe it, I only have three YMO records and two of them are singles [albeit spectacularly cool US promo singles]. I’m more of a Sakamoto guy, though I have nothing against YMO or Hosono/Tahakashi. It’s just worked out that way! If a large cache of inexpensive YMO came my way, I’d take it like a man!

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