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Dexys Midnight Runners

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Dexy's Midnight Runners: Don't Stand Me Down (Mercury)

Review by Sean O'Hagan, New Musical Express, 7 September 1985

YOU'D THINK three years silence might have dimmed the man's burning rage, but no, Kevin Rowland is back with a resharpened axe to grind. Chapter ...

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Specials, Selecter, Dexy's Midnight Runners: Lewisham Odeon, London

Live Review by Garry Bushell, Sounds, 8 December 1979

Top skanking inna Lewisham ...

The Dexedrine Gang: Dexy's Midnight Runners

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 19 January 1980

BY THE TIME I'd reached the counter, I'd forgotten it. "What was it again?" I called over to the Dexy's tables. They said "Five teas ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Music Machine, London

Live Review by Paolo Hewitt, Melody Maker, 2 February 1980

THREE GUITARS, three brass, one keyboard and drums and we have the... Next Big Thing. At present Dexys Runners may not have the repertoire that such an ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Newcastle

Live Review by Ian Ravendale, Sounds, 5 April 1980

From the vaults ...

Hearts Full Of Soul: Dexy’s Midnight Runners

Interview by Mike Stand, The Face, May 1980

Dexy's Midnight Runners are working towards (cue fanfare) The End Of Rock As We Know It. Punk, heavy metal, ska, country & western, reggae, everything ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Mayfair, Newcastle

Live Review by Ian Ravendale, Sounds, 5 July 1980

Ram Jam repercussions ...

Dexy's Midnight Runners: Searching For The Young Soul Rebels

Review by Mitchell Cohen, Creem, May 1981

WHAT A GASEOUS hoot this album is. Such a conglomeration of goofy pretentions, cornball horn charts and blowsy singing hasn't been heard since the pre-War ...

Kevin Rowland: A Folk Hero Of The '80s

Interview by Gavin Martin, New Musical Express, 3 July 1982

THE RAIN POURS down and the traffic piles up along London's Notting Hill Gate as Kevin Rowland and myself make our way through the grey ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: This one will run and run

Interview by Dave McCullough, Sounds, 24 July 1982


Dexys Midnight Runners: Fact And Fiction

Interview by Lesley White, The Face, September 1982

THE FACE turned down an offer to interview Kevin Rowland earlier in the summer because of unacceptable preconditions which were later withdrawn. Last in line ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Straight Talking

Report and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Smash Hits, 9 December 1982

"Dexys is my work, my life", claims Kevin Rowland. Much more than that he's not saying. Dave Rimmer waits with bated breath. ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Rambler in the Rye

Profile and Interview by Betsy Sherman, Boston Rock, 30 March 1983

AT LAST, a foot in the door! Dexys Midnight Runners: the name is finally getting around because of their brilliant, buoyant single 'Come On Eileen', ...

Dexy's Midnight Runners: Too-Rye-Ay

Review by Roy Trakin, Creem, April 1983

WHEN WE LAST left Dexy's pugnacious leader Kevin Rowland, he wore a knit stocking cap, a navy peacoat, a pencil-thin mustache and the leering mug ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: This Man Believes

Interview by Jim Green, Trouser Press, May 1983

The back of Dexys Midnight Runners' 'Liars A to E' single sleeve bears a message to the world. In general terms it explains the Dexys ...

I Ain't Gonna Work On Dexy's Farm No More

Interview by Toby Goldstein, Creem, June 1983

THE FIRST impressions begin here. Dexy's Midnight Runners, with a great first album and little popular awareness of it within the U.S., came to New ...

Dexy's Midnight Runners: Don't Stand Me Down

Review by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, 7 September 1985

COMPROMISE, as Kevin Rowland so sharply observes on the opening verse of this remarkable album, is the devil talking. ...

Dexy's Midnight Runners: The Midnight's Hour

Interview by Chris Roberts, Sounds, 12 October 1985

Kevin Rowland and co change their image and sharpen up their act. CHRIS ROBERTS puts on a tie to discover whether DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS have ...

Who The Hell Does KEVIN ROWLAND Think He Is?

Profile and Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, April 1988

It's that time again, when the curmudgeonly chairman of Dexys Midnight Runners rejoins the giddy carousel of pop to peddle more intense ideology in a ...

Kevin Rowland & Dexy’s Midnight Runners: This Is My Confession

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1993

Meet Kevin Rowland, famously difficult leader of Dexy’s Midnight Runners, where the protestant work ethic collided with catholic guilt and violins combined with brass to ...

Regrets? I’ve Had A Few: Dexys Midnight Runners

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, 1999

This is the full version of an interview with Kevins Rowland and Archer published in MOJO in 1999. ...

Lost Boys and Fallen Angels: Kevin Rowland

Profile by Gavin Martin, Uncut, August 2000

With Dexy's Midnight Runners, he got to Number One twice, but his self-esteem was minus zero ...

Dexy's Midnight Runners: Anarchic In The UK

Retrospective by Gavin Martin, Uncut, October 2000

Gavin Martin celebrates the 20th anniversary of Dexys Midnight Runners' ground-breaking Searching For The Young Soul Rebels ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: An in-depth interview with Kevin Rowland and Kevin Archer

Interview by Everett True, Tangents, 2001

ET: What have you been doing? ...

Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood: Dexys Midnight Runners and Don’t Stand Me Down

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, 2002

In 1985 an album was released that sold little and contributed to the demise of one of the most venerated groups of the 80s. With ...

Dexy's Midnight Runners: Grand Stand

Retrospective and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, May 2002

SPRING 2002, and in a swanky London hotel bar men in suits still do a double take when Kevin Rowland walks past. They do that ...

Dexy's Midnight Runners: Let's Make This Precious – The Very Best Of

Review and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, October 2003

KEVIN ROWLAND'S vision remains one of the most unique and soul-bearing of any pop star, ever. Building on the templates of the extended raps of ...

Kevin Rowland: Return of the Soul Rebel

Interview by Nick Hasted, The Independent, 17 October 2003

IN A REHEARSAL room in south London, Kevin Rowland steps from behind a pillar and stalks to the front of Dexys Midnight Runners. He is ...

Vincent Crane

Retrospective and Interview by Colin Harper, unpublished, 2004

Author's Note: This was commissioned for Mojo but for reasons unclear to me never ran. It was during a period where a lot of writers ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, January 2004

HEARTS IN MOUTHS as the lights dim, shouts of, "C'mon Kev! Testify!" relieve the tangible tension. Dexys supporters are passionately loyal: we are rooting for ...

The Rock Snob's Dictionary: An Introduction

Book Excerpt by David Kamp, Broadway Books, February 2006

2021 AUTHOR'S NOTE: This was written in 2005 and does not entirely hold up today. (But most of it does.) ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: The Projected Passion Revue (Mercury) ***

Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, December 2006

NOBODY CRIED in 1981. Public displays of emotion weren't fashionable. The times demanded detachment, cynicism, or utter peacockery. ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Searching For The Young Soul Rebels

Review by Daryl Easlea,, 11 January 2008

Fierce, raging and passionate – one of the greatest debut albums of all time. ...

Dexys: One Day I'm Going To Soar

Review by Stuart Maconie, The Word, June 2012

The rebooted Dexys' soulful and stirring despatches are hobbled by stiff arrangements that never really take flight. ...

Dexys: Duke of York's Theatre, London    

Live Review by David Bennun, Event Magazine, 20 April 2013

IT CAN'T BE pointed out too often that the entertainment industry is lying to us about what constitutes soul music. The clue is in the ...

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