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THE BLOW MONKEYS
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The Blow Monkeys formed in 1981, releasing a single "Live Today, Love Tomorrow" on the tiny Parasol label the following year and signing to RCA and releasing a debut album "Limping For A Generation" in 1982. It wasn’t until 1986, however, that the band achieved the commercial success that matched their nascent critical acclaim, the song "Digging Your Scene" becoming a massive worldwide hit. A year later the band released "It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way" which hit the No. 5 slot in the UK before the follow up album "She Was Only A Grocer’s Daughter" left controversy in its wake: if some remained unaware that erstwhile UK PM Margaret Thatcher was the daughter of a grocer then the subsequent duet with Chicago soul/funk legend Curtis Mayfield; "Celebrate (The Day After You)" left no doubt where the Blow Monkeys stood on the subject. Interestingly, the Blow Monkeys took a Thatcher aphorism – namely, “there’s no such thing as society” – as a starting point for their next album, "Whoops! There Goes The Neighbourhood" a politically-motivated record that featured "Wait", a collaboration with soul diva Kym Mazelle.
The latter proved an epiphany of sorts (although RCA released a greatest hits compilation, "Choices", that immediately achieved gold status in 1989) and featured the Balearic classic "La Passionara" and "Be Not Afraid", a duet with the original and legendary Algerian Rai rebel Cheb Khaled.
Fast forward twenty years and the Blow Monkeys are back together and remain "Dr." Robert Howard (vocals, guitar), Neville Henry (saxophone), Mick Anker (bass) and Tony Kiley (drums).
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