The name was inspired by various R&B song titles (eg:The Queen Bees, the Monas) and was finalised as The Del Monas after Bruce Brand (The Milkshakes) saw a record by the Del Capris in a shop window. On all of their recordings, the Delmonas mixed cover versions from the ’50s and ’60s with original compositions that sounded as if they came from that era — upbeat ravers in the spirit of the Shangri-Las, Lesley Gore, Nancy Sinatra, and other tough-but-tender girl acts. If they didn’t quite have the vocal range of those artists, they made up for it in attitude and enthusiasm. The musical accompaniment is provided by fellow Medway scene-makers The Milkshakes.
On their second album, Delmonas 5! they cranked out a louder, harder-hitting sound (originally released on Empire records in 1986).
Songs: 1 Dr. Goldfoot And His Bikini Machine 2 Heard About Him 3 Why Don't You Smile Now 4 Black Elk Speaks 5 Hound Dog 6 Delmona (The Temptress Of Love) 7 I Feel Like Giving In 8 Keep Your Big Mouth Shut 9 When I Want You 10 Black Ludella 11 Your Love 12 Don't Fall In Love (Every Single Time) 13 Jealousy
Girlsville, The Story of The Delmonas & Thee Headcoatees book