POP soul stars of the 1980s The Blow Monkeys are reinvigorated and on a roll, making their way to Carlisle early next year.

The band responsible for hit singles Digging Your Scene and It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way will be visiting the Old Fire Station on Thursday April 25, 2019.

The Blow Monkeys epitomised the glamour of mid-80s pop at its most graceful and sophisticated.

In the band’s frontman Robert Howard, aka Dr. Robert, they possessed a tall, charismatic singer, known for penning witty, incisive songs.

While some of the Smash Hits generation avoided politics, The Blow Monkeys openly criticised the policies of the Conservative government, railing against social injustices and adopting an openly left-of-centre stance on issues of the day.

Though quite clearly Robert’s band, the Blow Monkeys were also gifted three immensely talented musicians in bassist Mick Anker, saxophonist Neville Henry and drummer Tony Kiley.

The group formed in 1981 upon Howard's return to the UK after spending his teen years in Australia.

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The Blow Monkeys’ debut album, 1984’s Limping For A Generation, was an edgy mix of sinister post-punk, sensual glam rock and dramatic late 60s pop, melding Robert’s teenage obsession with Marc Bolan and T Rex with a love of Australian band the Laughing Clowns.

Their next album, Animal Magic, proved to be their breakthrough courtesy of the hit single Digging Your Scene - a beguiling blend of R&B, pop and jazz that proved to be popular across the globe – and might remain their calling card to this day.

They had four albums and eleven singles in the UK charts from 1986 and 1990, before splitting up later that year.

In late 2007, the original band members reunited and have subsequently released five albums, the most recent being 2017's The Wild River.

The Blow Monkeys appear at the Old Fire Station on April 25, 2019, and tickets are available now from the venue, Carlisle Old Town Hall, and via www.skiddle.com