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Ten Cool Ones

  • 1. Kick Out the Jams
    2. 54-40 or Fight
    3. You're Gonna Miss Me
    4. Way, The (You Touch My Hand)
    5. Gypsy Women
    6. Run Chicken Run
    7. Hey Little Bird
    8. Already Gone
    9. As for Tomorrow
    10. Return of the Rat
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 54

  • Credits

    TEN COOL ONES is an album of covers.
    Personnel: John Mortensen, Dave Crider (vocals, guitar); Aaron Roeder (drums).
    Photographer: Charles Peterson .
    Unknown Contributor Roles: The Dog; The Ledge.
    In the liner notes to the 100-percent cover song release Ten Cool Ones, the listener is told to just "shut up and have fun," and that's a pretty good description of the Mono Men and their approach to music. Lots of distortion, power chords, shouted/sung vocals; in other words, undistilled punk power. The group's main influence is the legendary proto-punk rockers the MC5, as evidenced in a barnstorming cover of the MC5's "Kick Out the Jams" that launches the album. Whereas it's unclear if fellow drink-rock labelmates Prisonshake actually do consume, the Mono Men confirm their vice on the back cover of Ten Cool Ones (all members are seen happily clutching their bottles of brew). "Hey Little Bird" would have sounded right at home on the Dead Boys' classic debut Young, Loud, and Snotty, as singer/guitarist John Mortensen sounds almost exactly like Dead Boys singer Stiv Bators. The group also pulls out a fun cover of Link Wray's squawking instrumental "Run Chicken Run," and hits you down low with the repetitive, bass-heavy riffing of "As for Tomorrow." In many ways, the Mono Men's Ten Cool Ones is the ultimate punk rock party. For fans of the raucous sound and approach of the MC5, Mudhoney, and other punkers, this release is highly recommended. ~ Greg Prato

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (2/97, p.65) - 4 (out of 5) - "...the Mono Men...attack the cover-album concept smartly: Go for unknown songs--but if you do go for the known, aim for spirit rather than for details....they aim to capture the original songs' natural fire, and they largely succeed..."
    Option (1-2/97, p.96) - "...a garage rock band that doesn't give a damn about sounding like their garage rock forefathers....they don't try to recreate 1966....The Mono Men also don't pray at the altar of amateurism like some of their pals; their guitars are tuned, they know how to use them..."
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