Category Archives: Rock GPA

Wherein we examine a complete canon of an artist, and rate it, album by album, on a 4.0 G.P.A. scale.

Rock G.P.A.: The Blow Monkeys [part 30]

[…continued from last post] Following a burst of glorious backing vocals singing the refrain “now the sun is in the sky again” I think I heard, yes!… a mellotron! This was immediately shaping up to be a stunner of a … Continue reading

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Rock G.P.A.: The Blow Monkeys [part 29]

[…continued from last post] I missed this album in its three month crowdfunding phase in 2014. “No problem,” I thought to myself. I’ll just grab it later. Later became seven long years where copies of this for sale even in … Continue reading

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Rock G.P.A.: The Blow Monkeys [part 28]

[…continued from last post] “Feels Like A New Morning” was barely cooled off from manufacturing when one of the most thorough Blow Monkeys compilations ever was the first one to be issued now that the band was back in the … Continue reading

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Rock G.P.A.: The Blow Monkeys [part 27]

[…continued from last post] Surprisingly critical to the band’s path in 2012-2013 was Cherry Red‘s decision to release DLX RMs of the band’s first two albums. The 2xCDs jammed with B-sides and demos were strong enough sellers for the label … Continue reading

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Rock G.P.A.: The Blow Monkeys [part 26]

[…continued from last post] The band took another left turn with the gospel-tinged march that was “Praying For Rain.” Tony Kiley’s gentle snares and the dobro of Dr. Robert got a powerful boost from the horns and great backing vocals … Continue reading

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Rock G.P.A.: The Blow Monkeys [part 25]

[…continued from this post] So now The Blow Monkeys had reformed. They had self-released an album through crowdsourcing. The thing to do was to obviously tour, since that was the way that bands earned a crust in the ‘noughts. Dr. … Continue reading

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Rock G.P.A.: The Blow Monkeys [part 23]

The Blow Monkeys Devil’s Tavern | 2008 4/4 The best possible way to engage this Monk is to emphasize in-your-face bass playing. What better way to signal the triumphant return of The Blow Monkeys than to give the spotlight to … Continue reading

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