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Animal Magic

The Blow Monkeys

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Album Review

Another British band that incorporated R&B influences into its pop/rock sound, the Blow Monkeys (led by Bruce Robert Howard, aka Dr. Robert) scored a Top 20 single in the U.S. with the engaging "Digging Your Scene," which featured nasal lead vocals and a swirling mixture of keyboards, guitar, and female background cooing. Like Scritti Politti, the Blow Monkeys possessed a quirkiness that set them apart from other bands of their ilk, which may have limited further success in the States. The band's 1986 album Animal Magic surrounds the hit with similar pop frivolities like the catchy "Wicked Ways" and the upbeat "Don't Be Scared of Me." Though the band overreaches a bit with the ballad "Heaven Is a Place I'm Moving To" and the title track's silly attempt at exotica, most of Animal Magic is pleasant and intelligent enough to make it a better-than-usual release from a 1980s one-hit wonder.

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one classic album

I loaded this album on to my I-Pod I forgot what a great album this was start to finish perfectly polished.If you like pop albums buy this one!! Just like the USA

Awesome

Truly great 80s pop- whole album is well written, dr Roberts voice is unique and singular! Love it!!!

Biography

Formed: England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '00s, '10s

British pop/rock quartet the Blow Monkeys, led by singer/guitarist "Dr. Robert" (b. Bruce Robert Howard, May 2, 1961, Norfolk, England) and featuring drummer Tony Kiley (b. February 16, 1962), bassist Mick Anger (b. July 2, 1957), and saxophonist Neville Henry, broke through with the U.K. and U.S. Top 40 hit "Digging Your Scene" in 1986 and went on to place ten singles and four albums in the U.K. charts between 1986 and 1990. In the U.S., they are perhaps best known for the track "You Don't Own Me,"...
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