|Produced by Dan Fredman|
|Released on 1992|
|no chart information|
|Find it at GEMM|
|13163 2 cover
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T he last of The Monks and I miss them already. If you tuned in for Telegraph, you’ll know what to expect, and yet a lot of Forgery is unexpected: tuneful hooks in strange places, a demented tango dedicated to Astor Piazzolla, even a candidate or two for a (failed) single. Over the years, the Monks have shifted from eccentric instrumentals and a handful of songs to the inverse: songs separated by a handful of instrumentals. As the voice of the Monks, Victor Krummenacher looms larger than his mates, and the more straightforward songs (“Virtual Lover,” “Queen of Fortune,” “What Does A Man Require?”) sound a lot like his subsequent solo work. In describing Forgery, I find myself using words like normal and pop music, which would be misleading if you haven’t already been immersed in the liquid helium of “The Vivian Girls” and “In Anticipation of the Pope.” On those songs, The Monks dared you to follow them, but they want you to follow along on Forgery. “Virtual Lover” is haunting but also pretty, “Flint Jack” and “Flow” sound more like XTC than Zappa, “Cigarette Man” is psychedelic but never scary. Out of the instrumentals, the two “Tanguedia” pieces are interesting as rock tango goes, but the remaining trio (‘Dust,” “A.O.A.,” “Off on a Comet”) lack the personality of their earlier experiments (“Vaporize Your Crystals,” “Visions From The Acid Couch”). To borrow a line from “Chaos Is Not Dead,” Forgery wants to intoxicate us with water some of the time, but I’m still too busy humming a good half of this to put anybody down. For fans and Camper collectors, Forgery is the genuine article.
|13163 2 back sleeve|
DAVID IMMERGLÜCK -- guitars, vocals
THE REVEREND VICTOR H. KRUMMENACHER -- bass, lead vocals
GREG LISHER -- guitars, vocals
CHRIS PEDERSEN -- drums and percussion
Melanie Clarin -- vocals
Jawahare -- finger cymbals
Michael Manring -- additional bass harmonics
Ron Rigler -- engineer, mixing
John Thompson, Hugh Brown -- design
Irene Young -- band photograph
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