Monsoon

Sheila Chandra, Steve Coe, Dari Mankoo, Martin Smith

Also known as Moonsoon
Members of Monsoon: Martin Smith (9), Sheila Chandra, Steve Coe

Discography of Monsoon:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Ever So Lonely 2 Audio 1982 The Mobile Suit Corporation
2 Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 2 Audio 1982 The Mobile Suit Corporation
3 Third Eye 10 Audio 1983
4 Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 3 Audio 1982 The Mobile Suit Corporation
5 Ever So Lonely 4 Audio 1981 Indipop
6 Ever So Lonely 2 Audio 1982-03-00 The Mobile Suit Corporation
7 Ever So Lonely (Remixed By Ben Chapman) 2 Audio 1990
8 Ever So Lonely 2 Audio 1982
9 Monsoon 16 Audio 1995 Mercury
10 Ever So Lonely 2 Audio 1982-03-00 Mercury
11 Third Eye 10 Audio 1983 Great Expectations
12 Tomorrow Never Knows 2 Audio 1982 The Mobile Suit Corporation
13 Ever So Lonely (Remix) 2 Audio Mercury
14 Third Eye 10 Audio 1988 Great Expectations
15 Wings Of The Dawn (Prem Kavita) 4 Audio 1982
16 Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 2 Audio 1982 The Mobile Suit Corporation
17 Ever So Lonely (Remixed By Ben Chapman) 3 Audio 1990
18 Third Eye 10 Audio 1983 Mercury
19 Ever So Lonely 2 Audio 1982 Vertigo
20 Ever So Lonely 2 Audio 1982
21 Ever So Lonely 2 Audio 1982 Mercury
22 Ever So Lonely 2 Audio 1982 Mercury
23 Ever So Lonely 2 Audio 1982 Mercury
24 Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 3 Audio 1982 Mercury
25 Wings Of The Dawn (Prem Kavita) 2 Audio 1982
26 Ever So Lonely 2 Audio 1982 Mercury
27 Monsoon 16 Audio 1995
28 Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 3 Audio 1982 Mercury
29 Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 2 Audio 1982 Mercury
30 Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 3 Audio 1982 Mercury
31 Tomorrow Never Knows 2 Audio 1982 Mercury
32 Ever So Lonely (Me Siento Sola) 2 Audio 1982 Mercury
33 Shakti (The Meaning Of Within) 2 Audio 1982 The Mobile Suit Corporation
34 Ever So Lonely 4 Audio 1981 Mercury
35 Tomorrow Never Knows 2 Audio 1982 Mercury


Monsoon was a brave and pioneering attempt to blend traditional music from the Indian sub-continent with '80s British rock. Led by Sheila Chandra, best know for her role in the BBC production Grange Hill, Monsoon originated late in 1980 when keyboard player and producer Steve Coe developed an interest in Indian music through an Asian girlfriend. Hoping to form a band to pursue this direction, he discovered Sheila via some demo tapes which she had forwarded to Hansa Records when she was 14. She joined Monsoon in March 1981, three months before she left school. The Eastern music basis was reinforced by Dari Mankoo and his mastery of sitar and tabla. Rooting for the West was guitarist Martin Smith. The textured combination attracted the attention of would-be record mogul David Claridge, who signed the outfit to his Mobile Suit Corporation after a great many major labels had turned them down. Monsoon's first single, distributed through Rough Trade was 'Ever So Lonely/Sunset Over The Ganges'. Ignored upon original release, it was reissued as a 12 inch disco remix, with the extra tracks 'Shout' and 'Mirror Of Your Mind'. Second time round, 'Ever So Lonely' was heavily supported by John Peel on the BBC. Two subsequent singles 'Shakti' and a cover of The Beatles 'Tomorrow Never Knows', were issued in 7 and 12 inch formats. However, sales and attention were only moderate and the group called it a day at the end of 1982.


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