Dr Robert, the singer-songwriter of the band 'The Blow Monkeys'. Born
in Scotland in 1962, he spent most of his childhood in Australia.
There, he had his first musical experience playing as a busker, a
street musician in Sydney. When he came back to Britain in 1981, he
formed 'The Blow Monkeys' whose breakthrough came with their second
album 'Animal Magic'. Today's song, Digging
Your Scene, is taken from that album. Find out here what the
song is all about.
'Digging Your Scene'... A bit of a strange title, isn't it? What's
the song actually about?
'Digging Your Scene' was me tipping my
hat to the club scene, and then specifically the gay
scene within the club scene that… in the early 80's, that were to
me the most exciting thing that was happening at that point in my
life. 'Cos I'd kind of broken up with my first wife and I was in-between,
and I was kind of enjoying myself. And it was a great scene for
me to be involved in. Although I wasn't gay. You know, 50% of the
people in there weren't. it was just a really refreshing kind of
attitude there. And the song was written basically about AIDS and
the way that it was beginning to kind of happen to people that I
knew within that scene. Still, it's not exactly clear how you can 'dig' a scene...
'A scene' - you could define the 'scene' as a group of people that
felt the same way about music and clothes and fashion, and got together
and celebrated that. 'Digging'... 'digging' in the sense of the
American slang. The sense of, you know, liking, loving, appreciating. What do you mean when you're talking about 'God's revenge'?
There was a little bit of hysteria
about AIDS, I think, in the early days here in the tabloids and
stuff, you know. It was a bit dodgy, and people were kind of using
it in order to kind of slag off
the gay scene and the gay culture, you know. And what I wanted to
do was kind of say… you know, redress the
balance in my own way. Generally, what sort of songs do you like writing?
I like writing songs and albums about what I'm doing, where I am
and trying to make them appealing. Obviously, without being… going
too kind of self-indulgent on it.
you get all that? Well, here's a chance for you to check if you know
exactly what some of the words and expressions Dr Robert used mean.
say you are tipping your hat to someone, you mean
your hat off
them extra cash for doing a good job
Dr Robert used the word 'hysteria' to mean...
a state of
uncontollable panic among a lot of people
3: If you
it in an unpleasant way
extremely immoral and rude
To redress the balance means...
to fix your
to make things
equal when you believe their inequality is unfair