Win tickets to see The Blow Monkeys at Eric's

By Jade Wright on Jul 3, 13 06:19 PM in Get involved

We've got two pairs of tickets to give away free to two lucky readers to see The Blow Monkeys perform at Eric's on Mathew Street on Sunday July 7 at 8pm.

With hits like Digging Your Scene and It Doesn't Have To Be This Way The Blow Monkeys epitomised the glamour of mid-80s pop and were often called the thinking person's pop group. The band's frontman Robert Howard, is known by his Beatles-inspired stage name Dr. Robert.

Formed in July 1981, The Blow Monkeys recorded their debut on the tiny independent imprint, Parasol, in January 1982. The band's idiosyncratic pop songs secured a record deal with RCA in 1983 and their debut album Limping For A Generation was released the following year.

In January 1987, the band released their third album, She Was Only a Grocer's Daughter (named in reference to the then prime minister, Margaret Thatcher) which reached number 20 in the UK charts, due in part to the band's most successful single, It Doesn't Have To Be This Way, which reached number 5, being featured in the fourth Police Academy film.

Some of the titles and lyrics from the album reflected the dissatisfaction the band had with the UK political system, in particular, "(Celebrate) The Day After You" which was banned by the BBC for being 'too political' as it was released during a general election.

The band split in late 1990, following their fifth album Springtime for the World, but reformed 17 years later with a new album, Devil's Tavern being funded by pre-orders placed by fans.
Staring at the Sea followed in 2011 and in April this year, the band released their latest album Feels Like A New Morning.

To enter our competition, retweet the link to this story by midnight on July 4 and make sure you're following @JadeWright so I can direct message you your prize details. Normal ECHO competition rules apply.

The Blow Monkeys
Sunday 7 July
Eric's , 9 Mathew Street, Liverpool, Liverpool, L2 6RE
Eric's box office 0151-236 9994 £16.50 adv

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