Bad Habits (The Monks album)

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Bad Habits
Studio album by The Monks
Released 1979
Genre Punk rock, new wave
Label EMI
Producer Richard Hudson, John Ford, and Terry Cassidy
The Monks chronology
Bad Habits
(1979)
Suspended Animation
(1981)

Bad Habits is an album by The Monks, released in 1979. It is a spoof of punk rock led by the former rhythm section of the trad rockers, Strawbs. The songs are composed by Richard Hudson, John Ford and Terry Cassidy.

"Nice Legs Shame About Her Face"[1] was a number 19 hit single in the UK Singles Chart.

While the album failed to produce further UK chart success, the band were very popular in Canada. "Drugs In My Pocket" was a Top 20 single in Canada in the fall of 1980, and Bad Habits earned double platinum certification in 1982.

In 2004, John Ford featured "Nice Legs Shame About Her Face" on his solo album Backtracking released on Whole Shot Records.

In 2012, the Canadian musician Thomas D'Arcy organized The Monks Bad Habits Tribute show at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto[2][3] which featured The Monks founding member John Ford and members of Sloan, New Pornographers, Change of Heart and track-by-track cover album.[4] In addition to Canadian musicians such as Chris Colohan, John Kastner, Ian Blurton, and Chris Murphy, The Monks founding member, singer/songwriter and guitarist John Ford contributed to the album. John Ford was presented with a Double-Platinum Award for Bad Habits from EMI at The Monks Tribute show.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Johnny B. Rotten"
  2. "Drugs in My Pocket"
  3. "Love in Stereo"
  4. "Bad Habits"
  5. "Spotty Face"
  6. "Dear Jerry, Don't Try To Kill Me With Your Love, Norman"
  7. "Nice Legs Shame About Her Face"
  8. "Inter-City Kitty"
  9. "Out of Work Musician"
  10. "Ain't Gettin' Any"
  11. "No Shame"
  12. "Skylab (Theme from the Monks)"

Album information[edit]

  • Catalog: #14849
  • ASIN: B00000729R

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 375. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ Hudson, Alex. "Thomas D'Arcy Pays Tribute to the Monks with Members of Sloan, New Pornographers, Change of Heart". Exclaim.ca. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Krewen, Nick (25 July 2012). "The Monks’ Bad Habits hard to break". Toronto Star. Retrieved 27 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Thomas D'Arcy Presents: A Tribute To The Monks". Retrieved 27 July 2012.