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 which featured the timeless singles "Atomic Lullaby", "Wildflower" & "The Man from Russia".
It wasn’t until 1986, however, that the band achieved the commercial success that matched their critical acclaim, the song "Digging Your Scene" becoming a massive worldwide hit from the "Animal Magic" LP.
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 a quarter of a century 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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