Space Monkeys

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This article is about the rock band. For the remixers of the Gorillaz album, see Spacemonkeyz. For the British band with a similar name, see Space Monkey (band). For the experiments of sending monkeys into space to study the biological effects of space travel, see Monkeys in space. For the cartoon series, see Captain Simian & the Space Monkeys.
For other uses, see Space monkey.
The Space Monkeys
Origin Middleton, Greater Manchester, England
Genres Alternative rock, Madchester
Years active 1995-2000, 2015
Labels Factory Too, Interscope Records
Past members Richard James McNevin-Duff
Tony Pipes
Dom Morrison
Chas Morrison
Neil Walsh

The Space Monkeys were an English alternative band, formed in Middleton, Greater Manchester in 1995. The band consisted of Richard McNevin-Duff,[1] Tony Pipes, Dom Morrison and Chas Morrison. After working with the band for a number years, Neil Walsh (guitar and keyboards) later joined the band.

The band were signed to Factory Too in the UK[2] and Interscope Records in the US.[3] They were often compared to baggy and acid house music. They split up in 2000.


They released their top 100 album, The Daddy of Them All, on 4 November 1997. The single "Sugar Cane" from this album reached 58 on the Billboard chart. The single edit remix of the song was frequently played on American radio in place of the LP version and is available as a separate CD single. The music video for this single was the second video from famed photographer David LaChapelle and featured hip hop legends Rock Steady Crew. The band toured the US and Europe with Smash Mouth and Third Eye Blind. The song "Drug Soup" was recorded especially for and features in the soundtrack of the Gwyneth Paltrow movie Sliding Doors.

The band went on to record a second album, Escape from the 20th Century, which included tracks produced by legendary hip hop producer Prince Paul. However, due to the collapse of Factory Records and other problems, the album was shelved and remained unreleased until 2013.[4] The band disbanded shortly after this in 2000.[5] McNevin-Duff, Pipes and Walsh went on to release an EP under the guise of "Munki", and Chas Morrison joined avant-garde drum and bass group RSL.

Recent Activity[edit]

Tony Pipes is now a multi award winning Creative Director, working in Advertising, Broadcasting and Design. He is responsible for designing the current incarnation of the Doctor Who logo with colleague Matt Rhodes. He created the Original British Drama strand for the BBC, was a key member of the Cannes Lion Winning ITV Rebrand and the branding and launch of ITV Encore and ITVBe. He is now Executive Creative Director for ITV Creative.

Richard McNevin-Duff has recently returned to music with his band "Giant Star" which alongside full-time members John Whittaker and James Ritchie also features guest appearances from friends from the Manchester music scene such as Denise Johnson, Robbie Maddix and Barrington Stewart. "Giant Star" release debut album "Year Of The Snake" in 2013.[6] He is also scheduled to appear at FC United of Manchester's much lauded 'club night in the afternoon' Course You Can Malcom on Saturday 25 January 2014, where he will be performing an acoustic Space Monkeys set.

Dom Morrison made headlines in the tabloids in 2010 following his involvement in a bare knuckle boxing match with ex-Happy Mondays dancer Bez.[7]


The band reformed in 2015 to play a series of shows. The sets consisted of songs from The Daddy Of Them All.[8] This was the original line up, excluding Tony Pipes, who chose not to participate.


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