Years: 1978 – 1985; 1990 – 1998; 2008–present
Styles: Alternative rock, New Wave, Pop Rock, Post Punk, Power Pop, Punk Rock, Rock and Roll
John Haney - Drums, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1978 - Late 1981)
Charlie Harper - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: Early 1978 - Mid 1978)
Bid - Banjo, Guitar, Lead vocals, Vocals (in band: Early 1978 – 1985; Early 1990 – 1998; April 2008 – present)
Lester Square - Backing vocals, Guitar, Lead guitar, Vocals (in band: Early 1978 – Early 1983; Early 1990 - 1998; April 2010 -)
John Paul Moran - Keyboards (in band: 2010 - present)
Steve Brummell - Drums (in band: 2010 - September 2016)
Jennifer Denitto - Drums, Vocals (in band: April 2010 - 2010)
Foz Foster - Guitar, Vocals (in band: Early 1983 - 1985)
Orson Presence - Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals (in band: Early 1990 - 1998)
Mike Slocombe - Drums (in band: Early 1990 - Mid 1990; September 2016 - present)
Andy Warren - Bass Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals (in band: End 1979 – 1985; Early 1990 – 1998; April 2008–present)
Jeremy Harrington - Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocals (in band: Late 1978 - End 1979)
Lexington Crane - Drums, Vocals (in band: Late 1981 - Mid 1982)
Simon Croft - Bass Guitar, Vocals (in band: Mid 1978 - Late 1978)
Morris Windsor - Drums (in band: Mid 1982 - Early 1983)
Carrie Booth - Flute, Organ, Vocals (in band: Mid 1982 - End 1982)
Trevor Reidy - Backing vocals, Drums (in band: Mid 1990 - 1998)
Nicholas Wesolowski - Drums (in band: September 1982; Early 1983 - 1985)
The Monochrome Set was formed in Hornsey, London in 1978 from the remnants of a college group called The B-Sides, whose members had included Stuart Goddard, later known as Adam Ant. The original line-up consisted of Indian-born lead singer and principal songwriter Bid (real name Ganesh Seshadri), Canadian guitarist Lester Square (real name Thomas W.B. Hardy), drummer John D. Haney and bass guitarist Charlie Harper. The band went through several bassists in the next few years, including Jeremy Harrington, Simon Croft and Andy Warren of the Ants, a childhood friend of Bid.
Experimental filmmaker Tony Potts began collaborating with the band in 1979, designing lighting and stage sets with film projections for their live appearances. The band's early persona was defined by the shadowy, uncertain stage images created by the films to such an extent he is often described as being the band's "fifth member".
They released several singles for the Rough Trade label before recording their debut studio album, "Strange Boutique", produced by Bob Sargeant for Virgin Records' imprint DinDisc in 1980. It peaked at No. 62 in the UK Albums Chart in 1980. Their follow-up effort, "Love Zombies", was produced by Alvin Clark and the band later that same year. Haney left the band in 1981, and was replaced by Lexington Crane.
In 1982, the band switched labels to Cherry Red to release their third album, "Eligible Bachelors", produced by Tim Hart. Square and Crane left soon afterwards, and were replaced by keyboardist Carrie Booth and drummer Nicholas Weslowski. This line-up recorded a 1982 single, "Cast a Long Shadow", for Cherry Red, before Booth was in turn replaced by new lead guitarist James 'Foz' Foster (later of David Devant & His Spirit Wife).
In 1983, Cherry Red released "Volume, Contrast, Brilliance...", a retrospective of the band's early Rough Trade singles, BBC and Capital Radio sessions, and other unreleased early sessions.
In early 1990, Bid, Square and Warren reformed the band, with the addition of keyboardist Orson Presence and drummer Mike Slocombe (who was quickly replaced by Trevor Ready). The new band toured extensively, especially in Japan, where the band had become very popular. The band released several low-key albums for Cherry Red during the 1990s, before going on hiatus in 1998.
In 2010, Bid, Square and Warren reformed the band, with the addition of drummer Jennifer Denitto from Scarlet's Well and keyboard player John Paul Moran. Following Bid's recovery from an aneurysm in late 2010, they played dates the following year in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Greece, Japan and The Netherlands.
The band continued to tour in the UK, Europe and Japan throughout 2012, playing material from their album "Platinum Coils" (their first album since 1995's "Trinity Road") as well as selections from their extensive back catalogue. The band completed a short tour of the east coast of the USA in Spring of 2013 and released their 11th studio album, "Super Plastic City" in the autumn of the same year.
In 2014 they signed to the German record label Tapete and their 12th studio album, "Spaces Everywhere" was released in 2015. Their thirteenth studio album, "Cosmonaut", was released on the Tapete label in September 2016. Mike Slocombe, who had previously been in the band in 1990 and played on the "Dante's Casino" album, joined the band in September 2016, replacing Steve Brummel on drums.
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