Eligible Bachelors

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Eligible Bachelors
Monochrome Set Eligible.jpg
Studio album by The Monochrome Set
Released 1982
Recorded Quest Studios, Luton, England
Genre Post-punk, indie pop, jangle pop
Label Cherry Red
Producer Tim Hart
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Eligible Bachelors is the third studio album by English band The Monochrome Set. It was released in 1982, through record label Cherry Red.


Eligible Bachelors was produced by former Steeleye Span member Tim Hart. It was The Monochrome Set's first album since the departure of original drummer John Haney.

The original LP had a faux white leather sleeve designed by Tom Hardy, better known as guitarist Lester Square. The back cover's liner notes featured raves about the band from various critics from around the world, including London, New York, San Francisco, Japan and Kansas.

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Length
1. "The Jet Set Junta"  
2. "I'll Scry Instead"  
3. "On the 13th Day"  
4. "Cloud 10"  
5. "The Mating Game"  
6. "March of the Eligible Bachelors"  
Side B
No. Title Length
1. "The Devil Rides Out"  
2. "Fun for All the Family"  
3. "The Midas Touch"  
4. "The Ruling Class"  
5. "The Great Barrier Riff"  

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

AllMusic called it "one of the classic undiscovered albums of the early '80s, Eligible Bachelors is a tour de force of wit and musical imagination" and "an age-defining record".[1] Trouser Press praised the band's "witty intelligence" and said that the album "strips the music down to essential elements".[2]


  • Bid – lead vocals; guitar; sleeve design
  • Lester Square – lead guitar; keyboards; vocals
  • Lexington Crane – drums; vocals
  • Andrew Warren – bass guitar; vocals
  • Tim Hart – production
  • Dave Cook – engineering


  1. ^ a b Ogg, Alex. "Eligible Bachelors – The Monochrome Set : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards : AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 
  2. ^ Grant, Steven; Robbins, Ira. "trouserpress.com :: Monochrome Set". trouserpress.com. Retrieved 9 March 2013. 

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