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|Genres||Progressive rock, world fusion|
|Labels||Mobile Suit Corporation (Phonogram Records), Indipop Records, Mercury|
|Past members||Sheila Chandra
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. They are best remembered for their number 12 hit single in the UK Singles Chart in 1982, "Ever So Lonely".
Monsoon's sound took Asian communities around the world by surprise - it was so contemporary and so unlike the “Disco in Hindi” albums, early Bhangra or James Bond influenced Hindi film blockbusters that were around. For Asian and Western audiences alike Monsoon's sound was a “evolutionary leap”.
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.
A compilation of Monsoon recordings including several previously unreleased tracks were released in 1995 on CD by Phonogram's partner label Mercury Records.
- Third Eye (1983)
- "Ever So Lonely" (1982) - UK No. 12
- "Shakti (The Meaning of Within)" (1982) - UK No. 41
- "Tomorrow Never Knows" (1982)
- "Wings of the Dawn (Prem Kavita)" (1982)
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