Monsoon (band)

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Monsoon
Origin England
Genres Progressive rock, world fusion
Years active 1981–1983
Labels Mobile Suit Corporation (Phonogram Records), Indipop Records, Mercury
Past members Sheila Chandra
Steve Coe
Martin Smith
Notable instruments
Music sample

Monsoon was an early to mid-1980s UK progressive rock trio that consisted of singer Sheila Chandra, record producer Steve Coe, and bass guitarist Martin Smith. Their song "Ever So Lonely" was a number 12 hit single in the UK Singles Chart in 1982.[1]

Midge Ure (Ultravox, Band Aid), directed the video for Monsoon's second single "Shakti", which went Top 40.

Monsoon's third single, "Tomorrow Never Knows" (a cover of The Beatles ), featured guest appearances from Bill Nelson (Be-Bop Deluxe), Preston Heyman (Kate Bush), Dave Balfe (The Teardrop Explodes) and Merrick (Adam and the Ants).

Due to differences with their label, Phonogram, Monsoon dissolved in 1982. Sheila Chandra started a solo career, Steve Coe continued writing and producing her albums, as well as Martin Smith, but often under the name Ganges Orchestra.

Phonogram "posthumously" released Third Eye in 1983.

A compilation of Monsoon recordings including several previously unreleased tracks were released in 1995 on CD by Phonogram's partner label Mercury Records.

Discography[edit]

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Singles[edit]

  • "Ever So Lonely" (1982) - UK No. 12[1]
  • "Shakti (The Meaning of Within)" (1982) - UK No. 41[1]
  • "Tomorrow Never Knows" (1982)
  • "Wings of the Dawn (Prem Kavita)" (1982)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Chart Stats: Monsoon". Archived from the original on 19 January 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 

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