6246-1-R She Was Only A Grocer's Daughter
Produced by Michael Baker
Released on April 1987
UK CHART POSITION #20 . . . US CHART POSITION #134
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6246-1-R cover
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K ronomyth 3.0: GROCERLY UNDERRATED. Beginning with the ultraslick “It Doesn’t Have To Be This Way,” the Monkeys’ followup to their breakthrough Animal Magic cemented their status among England’s new wave of soul/R&B forgerers (The Style Council, ABC, Spandau Ballet, etc.). Often sounding like a cross between The Style Council and The The, She Was Only A Grocer’s Daughter (a title lifted from the earlier Style Council song “She Was Only A Shopkeeper’s Daughter”) is very smartly done, with slick production from Michael Baker (think Langer & Winstanley or Hugh Jones, whose All Fools Day by The Saints comes to mind). Unlike Paul Weller or Matt Johnson, however, Doctor Robert doesn’t take himself so seriously all the time, even indulging in a few T. Rex fantasies (“Rise Above,” “Beautiful Child,” “Cash”) that could be considered the album’s high points (presuming you like T. Rex, and what horrible ogre doesn’t?). Robert does share the pair’s flair for controversy, from a politically charged collaboration with Curtis Mayfield (The Day After You) to the politically incorrect (Don’t Give It Up). Fortunately, you may not notice you’re being lectured, since the music never takes a backseat to the message. As someone who felt the whole new wave/soul movement was poop, this album makes a pretty convincing case to the contrary (although Scritti Politti still has the final word where that’s concerned). There are those who will completely dismiss the new wave/soul as poseurism, and I wouldn’t argue the point so much as point out that an open mind encounters more interesting characters than a closed one. Striking a pose between Bryan Ferry and Stephen Morrissey, Doctor Robert is as interesting as they come.

TRACK LISTING

  1. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY    4:00
  2. SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL    3:33
  3. OUT WITH HER    4:40
  4. HOW LONG CAN A BAD THING LAST    4:07
  5. MAN AT THE END OF HIS TETHER    4:00
  6. RISE ABOVE    4:53
  7. THE DAY AFTER YOU    5:00
  8. CHECKING OUT    4:58
  9. DON'T GIVE IT UP    5:46
  10. CASH    6:01
  11. BEAUTIFUL CHILD    3:50

    CD reissue bonus tracks
  12. THIS IS THE WAY IT HAS TO BE
  13. THE GRANTHAM GRIZZLER
  14. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE THIS WAY (VIDEO)

    Words & music by Dr. Robert

CREDITS

DR. ROBERT --
MICK ANKER --
NEVILLE HENRY --
TONY KILEY --
The Axeman -- production assistance
Brian "Chuck" New -- engineer
Doug Gramma -- engineer
Nick KNight -- photography
Mainartery, London -- sleeve design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK April 1987 RCA LP PL-71245 lyrics sleeve
US 1987 RCA LP 6246-1-R  
JPN 1987 RCA LP RPL-8372 lyrics sleeve
JPN 2008 BMG CDX BVCM-35411 digital remaster w. bonus tracks

 

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