Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Monkey House - Big Money: Singles, Remasters, Rarities, 1992-2005 (2005)

Canadian Import

Monkey House is a Canadian group that is the brainchild of Don Breithaupt, who writes, sings, produces, arranges, and plays keyboards.  There's a definite West Coast/AOR sound here; Breithaupt literally wrote the book on Steely Dan and has said "I've been a Steely Dan freak since I was 12 years old. That stuff is my religion."  That influence is clearly evident here. Still, it's hardly derivative - what we've got here is a fantastic, highly melodic pop music played by real musicians.  Many of the songs are taken from Monkey House's two previous albums:  Welcome To The Club (1992) and True Winter (2000) which haven't yet made their way to my collection, but I'm efforting.  Highly recommended.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks:  I started to list my favorite tracks and found myself just copying down the titles of all 17 tracks.  16 of the tracks were written or co-written by Breithaupt, the other tune is a Donald Fagen tune from The Nightfly era titled Lazy Nina.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  After seeing this album advertised on a random Facebook ad in 2008, I wisely took a chance and purchased this disc in December of that year.  Since that time, it has never been far from one of my CD players while the ripped files have taken up permanent residence in my phone.  The CD quickly went out of print, so like I always say: buy 'em when you see 'em cause you just never know how long they'll be available.


  1. This is some good stuff indeed. Thanks for clueing me in to the sounds of this band. One day they weren't on Spotify and the next day they were and to borrow your sentiment, stream 'em when you see 'em cause you just never know how long they'll be available because copyright is often a tangeled web. Or something like that.

    True Winter [1999]

    Headquarters [2012]

  2. Hey,
    I am trying to find this. Any chance you would share it with us? thanks


    1. I think the CD is out of print, so you'll have to find it on the secondary market (eBay, Amazon, etc). However, the cheaper alternative is to download this compilation:

      In related news, a new Monkey House CD is expected later this year.