The Monks — Bad Habits

Remaining with the theme of satire and parody in popular music, The Monks were an English punk band formed in the 1970s by former members of StrawbsRichard Hudson, John Ford and Terry Cassidy, along with Clive Pearce (drums). Their debut album, Bad Habits, a spoof of punk rock released in 1979, then re-released on 28 December 1999, had a very successful run in Canada and the UK, where the single “Nice Legs Shame About Your Face” reached number 19 on the UK Singles Chart.

Notice the superb acting and musicianship on the second video. What incredible lip syncing abilities. I am awed.

Thinga-mah-ding! Thinga-mah-Quongo!
Bad Habits by The Monks

13 Responses to “The Monks — Bad Habits”

  1. Matt says:

    I prefer these Monks:

  2. urbangraffito says:

    The original Monks always reminded me of 1/3 Captain Beefheart, 1/3 MC5, and 1/3 The Stooges. What about you, Matt?

  3. Alex says:


  4. Roland says:

    Wild Women of Wongo.
    How does their song go?
    Make a me want mo, (Wild Women!)
    No man can say no.
    Wild Women of Wongo.
    How does their song go?

    Thinga-mah-ding! Thinga-mah-Quongo!
    Thinga-mah-ding! Thinga-mah-Quongo!

  5. urbangraffito says:

    “Stacked and berserk
    they tower and flail all about. 

    Wailing sounds in tongues only ancient 

    insects would understand or figure out. 

    Wild, willing, wenches; strutting and 

    struggling, as they yank hanks of hair, 

    rooting and rutting in heat, 

    as the earth heaves beneath their feet. 

    And so on and on the lores of Wongo go, 

    throughout the sands of time. 

    Singing their song of love, so rare, 

    To only the chosen ones who dare. 

    The course of events, time after time. 

    The tradition remains the same. 

    A bloodcurdling scream, one of pure 

    ecstasy, rings out; then it came — 

    The ultimate sacrifice.”

  6. Roland says:

    And speaking about the ultimate sacrifice: Can you introduce me to the nun on The Monks cover of “Bad Habits”, urbangraffito? Isn´t this the ultimate dream of every catholic schoolboy?

    So again, Gruppo Sportivo, The Tubes, The Monks and many others offer musical sartire. But to me, “Joe´s Garage” (for a strong example) is somehow the Olymp of sartire. I still like it very much.

    When it was first released, I was the first one among our “clanlike” friends who had a copy and we met at a friends place, who had a very good stereo recordplayer (cerosin fueled). We opened a couple of beers and listened to it again and again. The cover was put on a shelf and two candles were lit to the left and right of it. Our shrine.

    It was one of those magic nights, which one wishes it would never end and FZ gave the soundtrack to it. I´m getting sentimental now.

  7. urbangraffito says: