GIG REVIEW: The Blow Monkeys at 229

WORTH A LOOK?: *****

WHEN?: Friday 9 October, touring until 27 August 2022

SETLIST: Celebrate (The Day After You); OK Have It Your Way; One More Time; Crying For The Moon; More Than A Miracle; It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way; Choice; It Pays To Belong; Out With Her; Dust At Her Feet; Said Too Much; Time Storm; Digging Your Scene; Wait; The Wild River; Earthbound; Touching Distance; Superfly; Man From Russia; You Don’t Own Me

‘It doesn’t mean a thing if you can’t make it sing,’ observed the dearly departed Curtis Mayfield on tonight’s opening song and, while we’re massively missing his input, as well as Sylvia Tella’s vocals on her hit duet with the band and some of the sharpest backing vocals of the 80s, this is still a joy of a gig to behold.

  • Read on for reasons including how we would have loved the band’s iconic saxophone to have been louder tonight
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SONG OF THE WEEK: Dust At Her Feet by The Blow Monkeys (week beginning Friday 25 June 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****1/2

RELEASED: 25 June 2021

We’ve had a listen of The Blow Monkeys’ new album Journey To You released in September and this 3rd single from it is the 10-track collection’s opener as well as a brilliant introduction.

  • Read on for reasons including our thoughts on the band’s most recent singles More Than A Miracle and Time Storm
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SONG OF THE MONTH: More Than A Miracle by The Blow Monkeys (April 2021)

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: Friday 16 April 2021

Think classic Blow Monkeys and there’s probably a funky saxophone bossing the groove and coincidentally there’s 1 at the heart of More Than A Miracle, the 2nd single from the band’s new album Journey To You.

  • Read on for reasons including where The Blow Monkeys will tour in the UK in October
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SONG OF THE WEEK: Get Yourself Together by Dr Robert and Youth

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

OUT: now

‘I’ve known Youth for 20 years or so. We live up in the same mountain here in southern Spain in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. I’m not mad on industrial, metal dub and trance so it seemed only right and proper that, at weird times like this, I would do something unthinkable, like work together with Youth’, says Blow Monkeys frontman Dr Robert.

  • Read on for reasons including why you should seek out this lockdown collaboration

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