Strange Boutique (album)

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This article is about the album. For the band, see Strange Boutique.
Strange Boutique
Studio album by The Monochrome Set
Released 1980
Recorded Sound Suite, Camden, England
Genre Post-punk
Label Dindisc
Producer Bob Sargeant
The Monochrome Set chronology
Strange Boutique
Love Zombies

Strange Boutique is the debut studio album by English band The Monochrome Set. It was released in 1980, through record label Dindisc.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Monochrome Set (I Presume)"   Bid 5:12
2. "The Lighter Side of Dating"   Bid, Lester Square 2:42
3. "Espresso"   Bid 3:11
4. "The Puerto Rican Fence Climber"   Square 2:59
5. "Tomorrow Will Be Too Long"   J.D. Haney, Bid 2:59
6. "Martians Go Home"   Bid, Square 2:01
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love Goes Down the Drain"   Bid 2:27
2. "Ici Les Enfants"   Haney, Bid 3:06
3. "The Etcetera Stroll"   Square 4:42
4. "Goodbye Joe"   Bid 2:42
5. "The Strange Boutique"   Bid, Square 3:09


The album reached number 62 on the UK Albums Chart.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Smash Hits 6/10[3]

Writing for Smash Hits in 1980, Red Starr, in a mixed review, described Strange Boutique as "virtually impossible to pigeonhole. Starr described the lyrics as an "odd mixture of amusing fantasy and sudden seriousness". Starr finished by saying the album was "light, modern and attractive, but difficult to take too seriously".[3]

AllMusic gave the album a mildly favourable review, writing "amid the austerity of post-punk England, and before we became awash with irony and archness, we needed a band who could raise their eyebrows and smirk at it all without ever being condescending (or maybe only a little bit condescending)."[2]


  • Bid – lead vocals, guitar
  • Lester Squarelead guitar, vocals
  • Andy Warren – bass guitar, vocals
  • J.D. Haney – drums, percussion, vocals
  • Bob Sargeant – keyboards, vocals, production


  1. ^ "Monochrome Set | Artist | Official Charts Company". Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Ogg, Alex. "Strange Boutique – The Monochrome Set : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Starr, Red. "Albums". Smash Hits (May 15–28, 1980): 31. 

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