Dr. Robert, he of the Jonathan Ross school of speech and debonair lead singer of The Blow Monkeys, is back with his bandmates for their seventh studio album.
They are in deepest Brussels fine tuning the hi hat sounds and fiddling with the reverb. The cover art and tracklisting has been released, and we proudly present both of them here for your perusal.
1. Steppin' Down
2. Hanging On To The Hurt
3. The Killing Breeze
4. Seventh Day
5. Staring At The Sea
6. What It Takes
7. Prayin' For Rain
8. One Of Us Is Lying
9. Face In The Rock
10. All Blown Down
11. A Lasting Joy
I've been a huge fan of ver Monkeys out of the gate with "Digging Your Scene" way back in 1986. Each of their albums is packed to the teeth with funky sounds, fabulously sophisticated arrangements and clever lyrics. Right up my alley! So to speak.
They went from indie upstarts to posh pop stars and seamlessly blended into the house music scene by the time the 90s rolled in. What a ride!
I was thrilled when they announced they were returning with "Devil's Tavern" in 2008. Unfortunately, I didn't warm up to that album after repeated listens. Here's hoping "Staring At The Sea", which shares its title with a CD retrospective by The Cure from 1986, is more my cup of tea.
Here is "Choice", my favorite, funky Monkey moment.
Dr. Robert was quite the looker! Nice quiff.