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There are two different bands named Monaco on Last.FM:

1) Monaco, a duo consisting of New Order bassist Peter Hook and David Potts. Their biggest hit What Do You Want From Me?, came from their 1997 debut album Music For Pleasure. The album was a big hit and sold over 500,000 copies. In 2000 they released the follow-up Monaco, although a lengthy delay and minimal promotion led to it being nowhere near as much of a commercial success as the first album. This and New Order’s reformation led to Monaco’s break-up.

Monaco was a side project of New Order bassist Peter Hook. Together with David Potts, the other remaining member of Revenge (1989-1993), the band was formed in 1995. The group is best known for the 1997 single “What Do You Want From Me?” and the album from which it was taken, Music for Pleasure, which sold over half a million copies.

Resemblance to New Order
Because New Order was on hiatus during the mid-90s, Monaco was able to find success partly because they made music similar to that of New Order. This similarity of sound derives from the fact that their music were in the dance-rock-pop genre, just as was New Order’s music; Hook carried over his recognizable style of playing melody high up on the bass; Potts’ vocal timbre and delivery sometimes resembled that of New Order’s vocalist Bernard Sumner.

Follow-up album fails
In 1999, Polydor Records rejected Monaco’s follow up album, the self-titled Monaco, due to the radically changing trends in music at the time in a money saving move reducing their artists to the more popular music.


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