AGMP Presents The Blow Monkeys
Saturday 8th December 2018
Early Bird £20 + £2 booking fee
Full Price £25 + £2.50 booking fee
THE BLOW MONKEYS
+ Matt Deighton Electric
The Blow Monkeys announce a headline Central London concert celebrating their highly acclaimed new single “Crying for the Moon” and accompanying album “The Wild River”.
The Blow Monkeys formed in 1981, releasing a single “Live Today, Love Tomorrow” on the tiny Parasol label the following year and signing to RCA and releasing a debut album “Limping For A Generation” in 1982 which featured the timeless singles “Atomic Lullaby”, “Wildflower” & “The Man from Russia”.
It wasn’t until 1986, however, that the band achieved the commercial success that matched their critical acclaim, the song “Digging Your Scene” becoming a massive worldwide hit from the “Animal Magic” LP.
A year later the band released “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way” which hit the No. 5 slot in the UK before the follow up album “She Was Only A Grocer’s Daughter” left controversy in its wake: if some remained unaware that erstwhile UK PM Margaret Thatcher was the daughter of a grocer then the subsequent duet with Chicago soul/funk legend Curtis Mayfield; “Celebrate (The Day After You)” left no doubt where The Blow Monkeys stood on the subject. Interestingly, The Blow Monkeys took a Thatcher aphorism – namely, “there’s no such thing as society” – as a starting point for their next album, “Whoops! There Goes The Neighbourhood” a politically-motivated record that featured “Wait“, a collaboration with soul diva Kym Mazelle.
The latter proved an epiphany of sorts (although RCA released a greatest hits compilation, “Choices“, that immediately achieved gold status in 1989) and featured the Balearic classic “La Passionara” and “Be Not Afraid“, a duet with the original and legendary Algerian Rai rebel Cheb Khaled.
Fast forward a quarter of a century and The Blow Monkeys are back together and remain “Dr.” Robert Howard (vocals, guitar), Neville Henry (saxophone), Mick Anker (bass) and Tony Kiley (drums).
Matt Deighton & The Morning Sticks
You might know him from “Mother Earth”. A band that masterfully mixed soul, funk and rock. After three studio albums on Acid Jazz Records and one live album, they split in 1996.
You might know him from his solo albums – A treasure trove of pastoral beauty. They reveal a master craftsman at work.
You might know him from his work with Weller & Oasis..
But the truth is those who know his music all plead with you to listen to his solo albums – the best songwriter you never heard of…