The 1984 vinyl sleeve for Limping For A Generation
The Blow Monkeys formed in 1981 and could be best described as an obscure, glam jazz new wave band. Indeed, after signing to RCA in 1984 their unsuccessful debut album Living For A Generation is pretty hard to categorize, sounding like a collaboration between ABC, The Smiths and a handful of spaced-out, post-punk session musicians.
The band's very first single Like Today Love Tomorrow was an indie label release in 1982. Five more singles on the RCA label during 1984-85 also failed commercially and these were; Go Public, Man From Russia, Atomic Lullaby, Wildflower and Forbidden Fruit.
Digging Your Scene was The Blow Monkeys breakthrough single in both Great Britain (reached #12) and America (reached #14). By the time this song was released, however, the band had become less New Wave and more sophisti-pop, with a much more commercial sound.
Digging Your Scene was the first track on the album Animal Magic, which was released in April 1986 and went on to reach #21 in the UK album charts and #35 in the U.S. The band released 11 singles and 4 albums between 1986 and 1990 before they split, but reformed in 2007.
A good many of the band's singles failed to break into the Top 40 after the release of Digging Your Scene, but five did make it during the 80s, with the infectious It Doesn't Have To Be This Way being the highest-charting and most successful single for the band, peaking at #5 in the UK.
Following their reunion in 2007, The Blow Monkeys released a new album in 2008 entitiled Devils Tavern. The band's most recent studio album release (in April 2013) was the highly-rated Feels Like A New Morning.
Dr. Robert and Kym Mazelle
In 1989, the band's lead singer/songwriter Dr. Robert teamed up with American singer Kym Mazelle to release the single Wait. Reaching #7 in the UK charts the song became more successful than the majority of The Blow Monkeys releases. You can watch it in the playlist at the top of the page.
The song was included on the band's fourth album Whoops! There Goes The Neighbourhood which was released in February 1989, and this was their most dance-orientated album so far.