Yesterday marked the 11th anniversary of the death of Johnny Morrow, vocalist and frontman of Iron Monkey. His death from heart failure aged just 28 years old shocked the entire UK metal scene. Iron Monkey were arguably one of the most influential underground bands to come out of the UK, and it’s for that reason that this week’s Slaylist is dedicated to Johnny and the works of Iron Monkey.
Rather than write a trite missive here, we asked formed Labrat vocalist and current Thrash Hits writer, Rob McAuslan, to write a few words about Johnny and Iron Monkey. Labrat not only played shows alongside Iron Monkey as contemporaries, but in fact played their last ever show at Morrowfest, a fundraiser all-dayer last year to raise money for charity in Johnny’s memory. Take it away, Rob:
If you ever saw Iron Monkey play live, you’ll know what a huge loss to the scene it was when 11 years ago yesterday, my friend John Paul Morrow passed away. Those of you that never experienced a Monkey gig – you properly missed out. Their blend of Sabbath swing, punk-as-fuck confrontationalism and sludged-out savagery inspired legions of UK bands to try their hand at a similar sound with varying degrees of success, but all of those bands missed one vital ingredient – Jonny himself. THAT voice allied to his psychotic stage presence helped make Iron Monkey one of the best bands ever to stalk a venue of any size, and I’m eternally honoured to have ever shared a stage, a beer and a laugh with him. RIP JPM.
There’s no curation in our Slaylist this week – we’ve simply put every song by Iron Monkey that’s on Spotify in. Quite frankly, there isn’t one song of their discography that you should skip, anyway.
Spotify is available to most of Europe, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, and a load of other countries for free – though obviously you’re better off shelling out either £5 or £10 a month for one of Spotify’s premium packages, as then you can listen to our Slaylists without having them interrupted by adverts. For our readers in countries not currently serviced by Spotify….go and buy some Iron Monkey records. You really need them in your life.