Magic (Reviewed by Flix):
The Blow Monkeys
Album: Animal Magic
Digging Your Scene 4:13
Animal Magic 3:07
Sweet Murder 6:31
Wicked Ways 4:14
Aeroplane City Lovesong 4:52
I Nearly Died Laughing 3:37
Dont Be Scared Of Me 3:29
Burn The Rich 3:05
I Backed A Winner (In You) 2:39
Forbidden Fruit 3:59
Heaven Is A Place Im Moving To 3:05
from UK quartet The Blow Monkeys. The Blow Monkeys were singer/songwriter/producer
Dr. Robert and Neville Henry, Mick Anker and Tony Kiley.
started one of the strangest cult followings of the 80s in the UK.
The single Digging Your Scene was the first in a long line
of single-hits from The Blow Monkeys. Dr. Robert understood how to mix
the melodic pop-song with the beats and brass from Ska, which was inspired
mainly by The Specials and Madness.
this is a very obscure album, it is worth checking out for real fans of
the 80s. It has everything from the sing-a-long karaoke friendly
Digging Your Scene to the more soulful ballad Heaven Is A Place Im
to this review by Recker:
What ever became of the Blow Monkeys anyway? They appeared
very breifly in NZ, had a couple of hits and were never heard from again.
Nice review Flix. You and Trixter should go into an partnership as Album
to this review by Flix:
Recker. Dr. Robert is still out there making music. His solo stuff should
be available in NZ. Obviously not with the same success as back in the
80's. Blow Monkeys still re-unites for single shows in England, Japan
and Australia. They are a interesting experience live.
to this review by xistenza:
Animal Magic is also a song by Belouis Some. "....it's...animal...it's
magic....the way you make me feel...animal....animal...." - just
thought I'd share that.
to this review by Iluvthe80s:
I have this album on vinyl. It is pretty good. I always
really liked "Digging Your Scene" the best off of the album.
to this review by SurlyOne:
This is one of my favorite albums of the 80's. However,
it's not really their debut - their first album is Limping For A Generation
from 1984 (never released in the USA) followed by the Forbidden Fruit
EP from 1985 (with some of the songs that ended up on Animal Magic). I
was very happy when the greatest hits CD Atomic Lullabies - The Very Best
Of was released in 1999, as it includes one of my favorite songs by them:
"Walking The Blue Beat." This song was the B-side for the American
single of "Wicked Ways," and was also a bonus track on the Animal
When I was
in London a few weeks ago, I found a copy of their greatest hits VHS at
a record show. It made me go out and buy a VCR that plays video tapes
from around the world! (OK, so I found a few other music videos there
I saw The
Blow Monkeys open for The Psychedelic Furs in 1987, it was amazing!
to this review by Flix:
I apologize for my lack of research. I do remember the
first album, but the EP is hardly an album. The first album was only released
in Australia/UK. Since there are a billion different Greatest Hits, I
can recommend the Japanese versions. They can be picked up fairly cheap
used and has all their singles. Some European versions doesn't include
It Doesn't Have To Be This Way for some strange reason.