Tuesday 17 October 2017

Blow Monkeys: We always got on

The Blow Monkeys first got together in 1981
The Blow Monkeys first got together in 1981

The Blow Monkeys were determined not to get into the "nostalgia circuit" when they reformed, frontman Dr Robert has said.

The British rockers got together in 1981, then split in 2000, but five years ago decided to get back together.

Dr Robert, aka Bruce Robert Howard, explained they felt it was important to make new music to make their comeback work.

He said: "When we got back together five years ago, I really didn't want to get into doing the nostalgia circuit; I said to the guys, 'We're the four original members; we've got to make new records and make it viable for ourselves'.

"But you have to bow to your own history up to a point when you're a band like us, so we had to get on a roll and start making records and prove to people that we were serious about that, and in the process I think we got our mojo back a bit."

Dr Robert also revealed it was "very easy" for the group - which also includes Neville Henry, Mick Anker and Tony Kiley - to reunite.

"We always got on," he said. "We split up in 1990, and we'd been together 10 years at that point already, and we all had young families. I was moving out of London; musical things were changing.

"We were still doing well, but I didn't want it to dip, and sensed it was time to move on. I was on a different musical journey anyway. I went on to start recording solo albums, and did 10 of those; produced Beth Orton, worked with Paul Weller and stuff, so I was working hard, but going in a different direction.

"But when we got back together it was great. We were friends. There were no court cases. There was no acrimony, no nastiness."

:: Halfway To Heaven: The Best Of The Blow Monkeys and Dr Robert is out now on Sony Music.

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