The Blow Monkeys

Digging Your Scene

Composed by Dr. Robert

Song Review by

The Blow Monkeys' sole US hit, "Digging Your Scene" is an atypically suave and commercial piece of blue-eyed soul pop, not that different from hits by Paul Young or Culture Club. The production is ornate and unapologetically smooth, with prominent Philly-soul sax and strings, Temptations-style backing vocals and even a good old-fashioned soul-chick chorus underneath Doctor Robert's reedy but appealing lead vocal. If it weren't for his unmistakable British accent and the typically mid-'80s gated snare drum sound that whomps along dead center throughout the entire song, one could almost mistake this for a circa-1975 ballad on the Philadelphia International label.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Animal Magic 1986 Cherry Red
Choices: The Singles Collection 1989 BMG International 4:08
No Image 1992
Various Artists
Oldgold/Im 4:06
Pop & Wave, Vol. 2 1993
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:03
Supergroups 1994
Various Artists
Stardust Records
Living in Oblivion: The 80's Greatest Hits, Vol. 4 1994
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution
Flashback Cafe, Vol. 2 1995
Various Artists
Oglio Records 4:03
Best of 1980-1990, Vol. 11 1995
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 4:04
Modern Rock 1986: Hang the DJ 1996
Various Artists
Rhino 4:08
Best of Rock [BMG] 1996
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:14
For the Record... 1996 BMG International 4:08
Hits of the 80's [Columbia River] 1998
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:05
Sexy '80s 1998
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:06
Club Mix: The 80's 1998
Various Artists
Cold Front Records / K-Tel Distribution 4:36
No Image 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Extended Eighties 1999
Various Artists
BMG International 6:13
Relax!: The Ultimate 80's Mix, Vol. 2 1999
Various Artists
Polygram 3:33
Modern Rock: 1986-1987 1999
Various Artists
Time/Life Music 4:44
Rare & Unreleased 2000 BMG International 6:28
The Eighties Collection 2000
Various Artists
Delta Distribution 4:29
Digging Your Scene 2000 Armoury Records 4:07
Top Groups of the Eighties 2001
Various Artists
Columbia River Entertainment Group 4:05
Atomic Lullabies: Very Best of the Blow Monkeys 2001 BMG International 4:05
Eighties Flashback 2001
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Atomic 80's: The Definitive Eighties Album 2001
Various Artists
Universal Distribution 4:02
Soul Classics, Vol. 2 [Irma] 2002
Various Artists
Irma Records 4:06
No Image 2002
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution
No Image 2004
Various Artists
BMG
The Real '80s 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products 4:14
No Image 2004
Various Artists
BMG Special Products
80's Extended 12" Mix 2005
Various Artists
Disky / Disky Communications
Fantastic 80's: Extended 2006
Various Artists
BMG International 6:27
No Image 2006
Various Artists
Barking Mad
100 Hits: 80s 2007
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Music Group 4:05
Panama Jack: Dance Party 2007
Various Artists
Sony Music Distribution 4:07
No Image 2008
Various Artists
Farol
Top of the Pops 1986 2008
Various Artists
EMI 4:05
Digging Your Scene: The Best of the Blow Monkeys 2008 Music Club Deluxe 4:06
Top of the Pops Collection [43 CD] 2008
Various Artists
EMI
The Pop Years: 1986-1987 2009
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:57
Ultimate 80's [Music Club] 2009
Various Artists
Music Club International Records 4:05
The Best Year of My Life: 1986 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music
No Image 2009
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:06
Travelin' Souls: Live! at the Legendary 100 Club 2010 Nyquest Productions
The Pop Years: The 80s 2010
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 3:57
No Image 2011
Various Artists
Sony Music Entertainment 3:57
Feels Like a New Morning 2013 Cherry Red 4:00
100 Hits: 80s Essentials 2013
Various Artists
100 Hits 4:05
Top 40: '80s Essentials 2014
Various Artists
Crimson
100 Hits: 80s [2015]
Various Artists
100 Hits
100 Hits: Pure '80s
Various Artists
100 Hits / Demon Records / Edsel 4:06
1986: A Time To Remember the Classic Years
Various Artists
The CD Card Company / Sony BMG 4:06
No Image
Various Artists
Mixed Repertoire 4:03
Anthems Alternative 80s
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:05
Chilled Electronic '80s
Various Artists
Ministry of Sound 4:03
Pure... Alternative 80s
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:05
Simply Eighties
Various Artists
Simply
Ultimate... 80s
Various Artists
Sony Music 4:07
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