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Monochrome Set, The

When Adam Ant left The B-Sides to start Adam & The Ants, The Monochrome Set formed from the remnants.

They released their debut single, Alphaville, on Rough Trade in 1979. The song had a powerful propulsive jangle that anticipated Felt and their ilk.

Like early Human League and Devo, the band pioneered a visual edge to live performances helmed by non-playing non-member Tony Potts.

Three mighty early 80s LPs established the band as a Luis Buñuel remix of Cliff Richard and The Shadows before they buckled in the wake of a near-hit single, Jacob’s Ladder (1984).


Lester Square, Andy Warren and Bid recorded five further 1990s Monochrome Set LPs with their ghoulish cutie-pop finding a typically perverse following in Japan.

The trio then reformed the band briefly in 2008 and more permanently again in 2010. Also in 2010, singer Bid (real name Ganesh Seshadri) suffered a subarachnoid haemorrhage and underwent surgery to his brain.

The Monochrome Set released a new studio album, Platinum Coils, in 2012 – their first since 1995’s Trinity Road.

Bid (Ganesh Seshadri)
Guitar, vocals
Lester Square (Thomas W.B. Hardy)
Simon Croft
Bass, vocals
Andy Warren
John Hanley
Orson Presence
Trevor Ready