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.
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)
Lester Square (Thomas W.B. Hardy)