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The Blow Monkeys

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The Blow Monkeys is a British and group that is best known for its work, particularly the international top 20 pop hit “Digging Your Scene”. With their snappy dress sense and androgynous image, the band drew comparisons to and contemporaries such as The Style Council and Roxy Music. Fronted by lead singer and songwriter Dr. Robert (born Bruce Robert Howard, in Haddington, Scotland, on 2 May 1961), the group formed in 1981 upon Howard’s return to the U.K. after spending his teen years in Australia. The group gets its unusual name from an offensive term used in Australia, referring to Aboriginals playing the didgeridoo.

In 1984, they released their debut album, ‘Limping For A Generation’, which took on issues such as the Cold War and the AIDS epidemic, unusually for a pop band. Their first hit was in 1986 with “Digging Your Scene” from their second album, ‘Animal Magic’. The single peaked at number 14 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart listing and number 7 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. To the band’s delight, the parent album also hit number 35 on the Billboard 200,

In January 1987, ‘She Was Only A Grocer’s Daughter’ was released. The album’s biggest hit, “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way”, reached the top 10 in the U.K., although it never charted in the U.S. The band called it quits in late 1990 as the musical scene shifted away from them. Lead singer Dr. Robert then went solo. The band reformed in 2007 and has sporadically toured.

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  • bingbongbilly

    'Limping For A Generation' is a great album. It was pre 'Digging Your Scene' and has probably gone under the radar a wee bit.

    29 Apr 11:05am Reply
  • nigeyb

    "Feels Like A New Morning" (2013) is excellent.

    23 May 2013 Reply
  • matt_ingham

    new album next month on Cherry Red! Feels Like A New Morning. Animal Magic and Limping available as 2 disc deluxe sets as well!

    9 Mar 2013 Reply
  • chuckandgeorge

    I still love them.

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Septacle

    Teehee a little silly and a lot sweet

    14 Aug 2011 Reply
  • thor1966

    Me gustaria saber una pagina de descargas donde me pueda bajar la musica de the blow monkeys.Gracias

    17 Jun 2010 Reply
  • Chantzz5150

    Still listen to Animal Magic every week...

    20 Apr 2010 Reply
  • bigjaskemp

    You don't own me :-( I just got your message baby, I prefer to deceive

    17 Mar 2009 Reply
  • Nininsky

    The favourites of my youth - and still love them! It's great that they're back.

    1 Mar 2009 Reply
  • mpoewe

    dodododdo!!!!!

    22 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Ohrenweide

    He is back!

    19 Sep 2008 Reply
  • misterpeter

    Limping For A Generation now available from CD Japan!

    31 Aug 2008 Reply
  • arrell

    Note to self: must investigate this band. I've only heard "You Don't Own Me" from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, and it's a very awesome cover.

    31 Aug 2008 Reply
  • Big111gorilla

    top banana

    14 Aug 2008 Reply
  • bAzTNM

    Kinda underrated band.

    20 Feb 2008 Reply
  • misterpeter

    Anyone have a decent rip of Limping For A Generation? Mine's from the cassette... sob.

    5 Mar 2006 Reply

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