It’s been one of those weeks where you’ve had to go from the AC to the furnace in a matter of a few days. That must mean Fall is nearly upon us! But there’s one last Monday in summer, and as usual, The Nest is going to rock it by scraping the frost off another fallen classic from that burning leaf pile of lost songs we like to call the Dusty Vinyl Archive! As the leader of the cool table, DJ Scratchy knows how to put some chill in the air, while the Sponkies are busy digging their light jackets out of the closet. Here’s one you won’t be able to keep a straight face for…
The band that performed today’s DVA selection is known as The Blow Monkeys. I just figured I’d get that introduction out of the way as quickly as possible so you can get all of the adolescent gigglesnorts out of your system before we go on…
Done? Good, let’s move on!
The Blow Monkeys were a British band who bungled in the jungle that was 80’s new wave., but with a touch of classiness and jazz that almost made them sound like a late 80’s lounge act that would make music to ride elevators by. Still, it was good music….. but apparently not good enough for America, where by our charts, they are a legitimate one hit wonder. That one hit… this 1986 #14 song “Digging Your Scene.”
Yeah, don’t forget to tip your waiter…
Saxophones had a huge part in 80’s music, but usually just for instrumental break solos. “Digging Your Scene” incorporates the smooth sounding sax quite well between verses.
In checking their UK chart activity, I noticed that the Monkeys had only one other song on that side of The Pond that was as big of a hit as this one, and that was “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way.” Never heard of it…… but I noticed it appeared in the fourth installment of the Police Academy series Citizens on Patrol. While I loved the Police Academy movies growing up, CoP is the one I know best because it was the only one we had taped to watch on our old school VCR over and over again. In playing “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way,” I still don’t recognize the song…. but I definitely know that music from somewhere, and I’m sure it isn’t a Police Academy movie. After all, there’s only one legitimate earworm from that series…
Come back next Monday for another song that doesn’t blow…….. monkeys!
ha the hairstyles!! I liked this song it was like life should be… we thought it is life really is, but we were wrong with our penny loafers and our sweaters around the shoulders LOL
Enjoyed the video…..sax was good and the video theatrics. I don’t recall the song but it is definitely “The Sound” from that era. Thanks for the ear worm!
This is the sound if the 80’s took place in a elevator…
Good way to put it…………… LOL
Oh the facial expressions! It sounds familiar but I just can’t place it. A little generic but fun. There were so many bands, so many shoulder pads, so much hair product. Seriously though, I love music from the 80’s. I checked out the youtube video you linked to and saw one of their other album covers. The photo looked like a Patrick Nagel wanna-bee. Fun stuff.
I don’t recall hearing this song at all from back in the 80’s, but for some reason, you reminded me of another song from the same year that’s kinda the same sound and ALSO a one hit wonder that I do actually remember from the first time around… “Captain of Her Heart.” Maybe I’ll have to add that one to the DVA and sneak it in sometime even though I never cared for it.
OMG Captain of Her Heart. I remember that one. Such a sappy romantic song.
Beevus and Butthead! I can’t forget them! However, I was thinking The Monkees monkeys!
I pity anyone who didn’t think of The Monkees based on my title!
Hmm, nope…never heard the song or heard of them either. But I liked that classic 80’s sound and always up for some non Kenny G sax sound. Now if only the lead singer would get some Vitamin D and not look so peek-ed. The ghost look is not particularly cool.
Pasty white makeup was just as much the 80’s rage as big hair and shoulder pads. Blame Boy George…
Well, that song was awful 🙂 We are once again in perfect anti-sync, hooray!
So you say that the Blow Monkeys blow, is that correct?
Ah, those New Romantic hairstyles and suits!