Digging Your Scene
Around the same time as the previous entry in this series, I became aware of a band called The Blow Monkeys. They were fronted by a stylish Scottish singer called Bruce Howard, who used the name Dr. Robert. He was unusual in appearance, and sang with a pronounced lisp. This affected style caught my attention, and I could not get their songs out of my head.
This was once again a very British sound, and accompanied by some strong saxophone solos, combined a funky vibe with something very different from the music coming from America at the time. The Blow Monkeys had a short-lived existence. They released five albums from 1984-1990, and then disappeared from the music scene. They later re-formed, and released more records after 2010, but never sounded the same; although they still perform to loyal fans. Collaboration with Curtis Mayfield in 1987 produced the anti-Thatcher hit ‘Celebrate (The day after you)’ but they never bettered this 1986 hit, which was their first major chart success in the UK. As you might suspect, I absolutely love this track. After all, that’s why it is here.