The Blow Monkeys: A poet, a hooligan and a saxophone

By Jade Wright on May 27, 13 03:22 PM in Previews

WITH hits like Digging Your Scene and It Doesn't Have To Be This Way The Blow Monkeys earned themselves the nickname 'the thinking person's pop group'. They are playing Liverpool in July so I caught up with singer Dr Robert for this week's ECHO music Q&A...

Are you looking forward to playing Liverpool?Yes. We always love playing Liverpool. Proper music city and emotive. Kind folk. Funny too.
Do you have any happy memories of the city?We were always made to feel very welcome and some fine nights have been had at The Adelphi afterwards!
Which song is stuck in your head today?Video Games by Lana Del Rey
What's on your iPod/stereo today?Blunderbuss by Jack White
What was the first album you bought?The Slider. T Rex
Which musician do you most admire, and why?Tom Waits for his imagination and courage and sheer commitment to his vision. Bob Dylan for the genius of his songwriting and Fela Kuti for his bravery.
Tell us about a great band we might not have heard of...The Britsh Knghts. I love their new single
Have you ever been told you look like anyone famous?Yes. On our Animal Magic album they made me look like the geezer from Ah Ha Morten whatshisname. Some of the teenage girls were a bit disappointed when they saw me!
What song would you like played at your funeral?To be Invisible by Curtis Mayfield
What is your most treasured possession?My fender Coronado 1968 bass guitar - the one I used on Paul Weller's Stanley Rd album.
What's the funniest thing you've ever heard said or written about you?That I was like a cross between a poet and a hooligan. Nev our sax player said that!
Coffee or tea?Both Vicar.
Facebook or Twitter?Twitter. It's more immediate and less censored
John, Paul, George or Ringo?George
Liverpool or Everton?Tranmere Rovers
Close your eyes. If I was your fairy godmother, what would your three wishes be?Peace in Syria, a visionary leader for the Labour Party and to be able to grow sideboards like Alan Hudson circa 1972.
The Blow Monkeys play Eric's on Sunday July 7. Tickets £16.50 from 0151-236 9994 or

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