Monkey House

Album: Bridge of Spies (1987)
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Songfacts®:

  • A track from T'Pau's first album, "Monkey House" was written by lead singer Carol Decker and guitarist Ronnie Rogers, who were a couple at the time. The song is a jab at censorship and institutional control. It was inspired by Frances Farmer, a famous American actress who was institutionalized and rumored to have undergone a forced lobotomy. Nirvana would later release a song about Farmer.

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