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The Monolators' Top Ten of 2008

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December is list-making season. And for us music journalists, it is a time to look back on scores of albums, reflect upon the music and recapitulate our favorites. But this year, just like the last, we took this opportunity to flip that tradition upside down, asking the artists that influenced us what influenced them. The prompt was not limited to albums that came out in 2008.

Eli of the Monolators

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1. "With Luv'" by, natch, Luv'. Luv' was a manufactured girl group from the Netherlands circa late 1970's, basically an attempt to cash in on ABBA's success. There's three of them, all girls, and they all have different personas: there's the one who can sing, there's the "exotic" one, and there's the blonde one. Like Charlie's Angels. The thing is, though, the this record is REALLY REALLY GOOD. I highly recommend watching their videos on youtube. For example:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHllh7J-g2o

or this one, with bagpipes and marching smurfs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XUd0XKUigW4

We love their "Shoes Off, Boots On" song (which sadly was a single and is not on this album, as good as it is) so much that we cover it in our other band, Cobra Lilies.

The Monolators - "I Must Be Dreaming"

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