Monaco (band)

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Origin Greater Manchester
Genres Alternative rock, post-punk, indie rock, alternative dance, house
Years active 19952000
Labels Polydor (1996–1999)
Papillon (2000)
Associated acts Joy Division, New Order, Revenge
Past members Peter Hook
David Potts

Monaco was a side project of New Order bassist Peter Hook. Together with David Potts, the only remaining member of Revenge, the band was formed in 1995. The group is best known for the 1997 single "What Do You Want From Me?" and the album from which it was taken, Music for Pleasure, which sold over half a million copies.[citation needed] Hook and Potts currently perform together in Peter Hook and The Light.

Debut album[edit]

Potts initially met Hook while working as a tape operator in his studio.[1] He was later recruited to play guitar on Revenge's EP, Gun World Porn in 1992. After the breakup of Revenge, Hook and Potts reunited to form a more dance-oriented alternative group. Their first album, Music for Pleasure, was released in 1997.[2] Some critics remarked on the similarities to New Order's sound, owing to Hook's recognizable bass style and the resemblance between Potts' vocal style and Bernard Sumner's.[3][4] Three singles were released from the album: "What Do You Want From Me?", "Sweet Lips", and "Shine (Someone Who Needs Me)".[5]

Follow-up album[edit]

In 1999, Polydor Records rejected Monaco's follow up album, the self-titled Monaco, due to changing trends in music at the time. In a money saving move, the label opted to focus on more commercially-successful artists.[6] Papillon Records agreed to release the album,[7] though the planned single release of "I've Got A Feeling" was recalled in the UK due to sample clearance issues.[citation needed] "See-Saw" was later released as a limited run 12" single.[8] Despite favorable reviews,[citation needed] the album was released with little to no promotion, and has become a collectible item.

Break-up, live reunions and The Light[edit]

In 2000, tensions mounted in the studio, partly due to Potts' dissatisfaction with the band's failure to depart from a New Order-like sound, and partly due to Potts' workload.[citation needed] Following what Potts called "a disastrous gig" at the Eclipse festival, Hook and Potts had a major argument. They both took a break, and after letting things cool down, they met and decided it was best to split up Monaco.[citation needed] Potts eventually went on to form RAM and released a solo album, Coming Up For Air.[9] Meanwhile Hook reunited with New Order, playing with them until 2007, and formed Freebass in 2007.[10]

After the success of the Revenge reissues in 2005, Hook announced that he and Potts were working on similar Monaco reissues for release some time in 2007;[citation needed] however, the reissues did not eventuate.

In March 2007, Hook and Potts performed Monaco songs together at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manchester under the name "Hooky & Pottsy".[9] Original Monaco drummer Paul Kehoe also played along with Hook's son Jack. In October 2007, the same line up performed again as Monaco at the Ritz in Manchester which raised money for Oxfam.[11]

In July 2013 it was announced that David Potts would be the new guitarist for The Light, Hook's new band, formed in 2009.[12][13]

At a book signing in Bath, promoting Hook's New Order biography "Substance", Hook revealed that Potts and himself intended to reunite as Monaco in January 2017.[citation needed]


Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Chart positions
1997 Music for Pleasure
  • Released: 9 June 1997
  • Label: Polydor
11 127 33
2000 Monaco
  • Released: 21 August 2000
  • Label: Papillion/Chrysalis:EMI


Title Release date UK
Mod. Rock
"What Do You Want From Me?" March 1997 11 75 24 61 Music for Pleasure
"Sweet Lips" May 1997 18 131
"Shine (Someone Who Needs Me)" September 1997 55 230
"I’ve Got a Feeling" (withdrawn in the UK) July 2000 Monaco
"See-Saw" (limited vinyl 12" only release) March 2001


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  3. ^ "New Order's Hook Forms New Band Monaco". Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  4. ^ "Peter Hook side project, Monaco, sells out Metro". Metro Chicago. Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  5. ^ "Shine (Someone Who Needs Me) | Monaco | Cerysmatic Factory". Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  6. ^ "Monaco | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  7. ^ "Music: Monaco (CD) by Monaco". Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  8. ^ "Monaco". Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  9. ^ a b "Pottsy and Hooky back together". Bury Times. Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  10. ^ "New Order's Hook Drafts Stars For New Project". Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  11. ^ NME.COM. "Peter Hook to reform Monaco | NME.COM". NME.COM. Retrieved 2016-08-27. 
  12. ^ "Peter Hook and The Light featuring Rowetta". 24hourservicestation. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  13. ^ "Peter Hook the Salford Studio and Hac Records Launch". Salford Star. 2011-05-21. Retrieved 2013-04-29. 
  14. ^ a b "Official Charts > Monaco". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-06-03. 
  15. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 374. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  16. ^ a b Australian (ARIA Chart) peaks:
  17. ^ " - Discography Monaco". © 2006-2010 Hung Medien. Retrieved 2010-06-13. 

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