Blow Monkeys (The) - Animal Magic (Music CD)

Release Date: 26 November 2012
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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. ~ William Cooper

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1. Digging Your Scene
2. Animal Magic
3. Wicked Ways
4. Sweet Murder
5. Aeroplane City Lovesong
6. I Nearly Died Laughing
7. Don't Be Scared of Me
8. Burn the Rich
9. I Backed a Winner (In You)
10. Forbidden Fruit
11. Heaven Is a Place I'm Moving To
12. My America (B-Side)
13. Walking the Blue Beat (B-Side)
14. Sweet Murder (Eek-A-Mix B-Side/Remix)
15. Kill the Pig (Pig Mix B-Side/Remix)
16. Digging Your Scene (Scat Mix B-Side/Remix)
17. Superfly
18. Digging Your Scene (Original Version - Pete Wilson Mix/Remix)
19. Aeroplane City Lovesong (Pete Wilson Remix)
20. Guess I Love Her Now (Demo)
21. Forbidden Fruit (Demo)
22. Animal Magic (Demo)
23. Wicked Ways (Demo)
24. I Nearly Died Laughing (Demo)
25. Sweet Murder (Demo)
26. Digging Your Scene (Long Version)
27. Wicked Ways (Long Version)
28. Don't Be Scared of Me (Extended Version)
29. Sweet Murder (The Smile on Her Face) (Extended Version)
30. Digging Your Scene (Instrumental/Version)
31. Sweet Murder (The Smile on Her Face) (Murderess Dub Version)
32. Wicked Ways (Instrumental/Version)
33. Digging Your Scene (Re-Mix - Phil Harding/Remix)

Release Date: 26 November 2012
Catalogue No: CDBRED543