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Stockholm Monsters

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Manchester, United Kingdom (1980 – 1987)

A neglected part of the Factory Records scene, the Stockholm Monsters are a key link between the bristly art-funk of A Certain Ratio and the good-foot indie dance vibe of Happy Mondays and the other Manchester bands of the late ’80s. Often seen merely as New Order proteges (Peter Hook produced all but one of their records) and victims of both record company indifference and unnecessary potshots by the cynical British music press, the Stockholm Monsters deserved better treatment than they usually got.

Formed by teenage brothers Tony and Karl France (vocals/guitar and bass/keyboards, respectively) and fraternal twins Lita and Shan Hira (keyboards and drums, respectively), the Stockholm Monsters gathered in suburban Manchester in 1980, signing to local indie powerhouse Factory Records the following year. Just before the release of their first single, the Martin Hannett-produced “Fairy Tales,” 17-year-old trumpet player Lindsay Anderson joined the band. Although “Fairy Tales” was a minor success, hitting the middle reaches of the U.K. indie charts, the Hook-produced follow-up, “Happy Ever After,” was a sales disappointment.

Following another lineup change, with Lita Hira being replaced by guitarist John Rhodes and Anderson adding keyboards to her trumpet duties, the Stockholm Monsters released a fine EP, Miss Moonlight, in 1983. Unfortunately, despite Hook’s continued involvement, Factory Records apparently lost interest in the group and shunted them to their Belgian subsidiary label Factory Benelux, then seen as the label’s dumping ground for vanity projects and failed experiments.

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  • Sutinen

    I love this melancholy and those very suprising sounds!

    6 Mar 3:27pm Reply
  • lodyforyou

    Fairy Tales < 1000.

    18 Dec 2013 Reply
  • le_criminel

    cold as much as nordic sea.

    26 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Igor2010

    muito boa essa banda....recomendo,,,

    25 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Antikrun

    КИНО

    20 Jun 2010 Reply
  • japobere

    I'm curious why everything is labeled as "Stockholm Monsters" when the album covers clearly say "The Stockholm Monsters."

    17 Dec 2009 Reply
  • Kovski

    heh, i did a rediscovery of this band when i found a mixtape with these after a couple of years neglect. How could i forgot that this band, esp the track Miss moonlight, is so kick ass.

    14 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Freelove_

    Join my group: Post-Punk.

    5 Aug 2009 Reply
  • matcrews

    yay ! i found some of their stuff in a record shop ! *happy*

    11 Jul 2009 Reply
  • wizarddick

    should of been called stockholm molesters. it has a better ring.

    7 May 2009 Reply
  • flashbleu

    They don't really stand up and kick you in the nuts the way some other bands do. You need to give them a chance to worm their way into your head.

    11 Dec 2008 Reply
  • wooden_indian

    Why so neglected?

    9 Dec 2008 Reply
  • pehrlabel

    if they still had sassy magazine and then they went back in a time machine, this band would get "cute band alert." they are cuties.

    31 Aug 2008 Reply
  • eifionb

    The Mountain Goats did a great cover version 5 o'clock at their gig in Manchester last night. Apparently they're huge Monsters fans.

    10 Dec 2007 Reply
  • melsh

    Should have been more popular and their tunes are just as catchy 20 years on. Wish there was even more to find by them than I already own.

    7 Jun 2007 Reply
  • NeverUnderstand

    incredible band, severely underrated

    29 May 2007 Reply
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