Dr Robert & The Blow Monkeys
With hits like ‘Digging Your Scene’ and ‘It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way’, one could be forgiven for writing off The Blow Monkeys as a sophisticated, glamour group who epitomised the 80s. Soulful and political in equal measure - but there was and IS so much more…
At the forefront of everything, is depth. Real music, passion and care taken over the writing and playing. Moving relentlessly forwards.
Hence even today, Dr Robert will be heard uttering the line everyone at an 80s festival dreads: "Here's a new one.…" – but what a new one it will be.
The songs keep coming, the playing gets tighter, the accompaniments less, and the soul seeps through. An unstoppable force.
That artists like this aren't more revered for refusing to rely on a stunning back catalogue, but to keep digging for the gold, is beyond me – I'm just glad they do, and honoured to be part of it.
As Robert once remarked to me in the Andalusian sunshine, "The best is in front of me, not behind me, I genuinely believe that"… nuff said.
Ladies and Gentlemen I give you one of Britain's finest. The Blow Monkeys.