|Dexys Midnight Runners|
|Genre(s)||Pop, Soul, New Wave|
|Years active||1978-1986, 2003-present|
|Label(s)||EMI, Windsong, Mercury|
|Associated acts||The Killjoys|
Andy "Stoker" Growcott
Dexys Midnight Runners are a British pop group with soul influences, who achieved their major success in the early to mid 1980s. Birmingham ( ˈbɜːmɪŋəm Ber -ming-um England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure Soul music is a Music genre that combines Rhythm and blues and Gospel music, originating in the United States. In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music The EMI Group is a British music company comprising the major record company EMI Music – which operates several labels and is based in Kensington in Mercury Records is a Record label operating as a standalone company in the UK and as part of the Island Def Jam Music Group in the US and are both subsidiaries of Kevin "Al" Archer is an English guitarist He played with Kevin Rowland in the Punk rock group The Killjoys and in 1978 Rowland and Mickey Billingham (also credited Micky Billingham) is an English keyboardist. Andy Leek ( 1964 -) is an English musician noted for his beautiful voice and intelligent inspiring songs Robert Laing Noble (1910 &ndash December 11, 1990) was a Canadian physician who was involved in the discovery of Vinblastine. Helen O'Hara (born Helen Bevington 3 January 1955) is a British Musician, formerly a member of the band Dexys Midnight Runners Kevin Rowland (born 17 August 1953, Wolverhampton) is an English Singer - Songwriter and Frontman for Seb Shelton was a Drummer for the bands The Young Bucks ( 1978-79) Secret Affair ( 1979 - 1980) and Dexys Midnight Paul George Speare (born December 10 1955) is a former member of Dexys Midnight Runners, The TKO Horns and The Expresso Bongo Orchestra Michael 'Mick' Talbot (born 11 September 1958, Wimbledon, South West, London) is a Keyboardist. Pop music as a genre features a noticeable rhythmic element catchy melodies and hooks, a mainstream style and conventional structure Soul music is a Music genre that combines Rhythm and blues and Gospel music, originating in the United States. The 1980s was the decade spanning from January 1 1980 to December 31 1989. They are best known for their hits "Come on Eileen" and "Geno". " Come On Eileen " by Dexys Midnight Runners was a British single released in 1982 Geno is a song by Dexys Midnight Runners which reached #1 on the UK singles chart for two weeks in April 1980
Kevin Rowland (vocals, guitar) and Kevin "Al" Archer (vocals, guitar) founded the band in 1978 in Birmingham, England, naming the band after Dexedrine, a brand of dextroamphetamine popularly used as a recreational drug among Northern Soul fans at the time. Kevin Rowland (born 17 August 1953, Wolverhampton) is an English Singer - Songwriter and Frontman for Kevin "Al" Archer is an English guitarist He played with Kevin Rowland in the Punk rock group The Killjoys and in 1978 Rowland and Year 1978 ( MCMLXXVIII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar) Birmingham ( ˈbɜːmɪŋəm Ber -ming-um England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland Dextroamphetamine is a Psychostimulant which produces increased wakefulness energy and self-confidence in association with decreased fatigue and appetite Recreational drug use is the use of Psychoactive drugs for Recreational purposes rather than for work, medical or spiritual purposes Northern soul is a type of mid-tempo and uptempo heavy-beat Soul music (of mainly African American origin that was popularized in Northern England from The midnight runners referred to the energy the Dexedrine gave, enabling one to dance all night. "Big" Jim Paterson (trombone), Geoff "JB" Blythe (saxophone), Steve "Babyface" Spooner (alto saxophone), Pete Saunders (keyboard), Pete Williams (bass) and Bobby "Jnr" Ward (drums) formed the first line-up of the band to record a single, "Dance Stance" (1979). Year 1979 ( MCMLXXIX) was a Common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1979 Gregorian calendar) The song was released on the independent Oddball Records, and reached only number 40 in the British charts, but the next single, "Geno" – about Geno Washington, and released on EMI – was a British Number One in 1980. Geno is a song by Dexys Midnight Runners which reached #1 on the UK singles chart for two weeks in April 1980 Geno Washington (born William Francis Washington December 1943) is an American R&B singer born in Evansville Indiana, who released five albums with The The EMI Group is a British music company comprising the major record company EMI Music – which operates several labels and is based in Kensington in Year 1980 ( MCMLXXX) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar) It featured the band's newest recruits, Andy Leek (keyboards) and Andy "Stoker" Growcott (drums). Andy Leek ( 1964 -) is an English musician noted for his beautiful voice and intelligent inspiring songs
The band members were disappointed with their share of the profits, and soon stole the master tapes of Searching for the Young Soul Rebels, their debut LP, in order to renegotiate the deal. Searching for the Young Soul Rebels is the first Album by Dexys Midnight Runners, released in July 1980 (see 1980 in music) The album was released later in 1980 and became a massive success. After the next single, "There, There, My Dear", was a hit, Rowland insisted on choosing the uncommercial "Keep It Part Two (Inferiority Part One)" for the following single. It was a failure, and most of the band members quit, angered over continual personality problems with Rowland. Archer eventually formed The Blue Ox Babes, while Blythe, Spooner, Williams, Stoker and Mick Talbot (ex-Merton Parkas, who had recently joined on keyboards) left to form The Bureau. The Blue Ox Babes were a pop group formed in 1981 by former Dexys Midnight Runners guitarist Kevin Archer together with his girlfriend Yasmin Saleh and former Dexy's Michael 'Mick' Talbot (born 11 September 1958, Wimbledon, South West, London) is a Keyboardist. The Merton Parkas were a Mod revival band, formed in the Merton area of South London in the mid 1970s by Danny Talbot ( vocals and The Bureau were a New Wave Soul group formed in late 1980 in Birmingham, England when the original lineup of Dexy's Midnight Runners Paterson stayed with Rowland, who added Billy Adams (guitar/banjo), Seb Shelton (drums, formerly of Secret Affair), Micky Billingham (keyboard), Brian Maurice (alto saxophone), Paul Speare (tenor saxophone) and Steve Wynne (bass), releasing "Plan B", "Show Me" (this line-up's only Top 40 hit) and "Liars A to E" in 1981 without much success. Seb Shelton was a Drummer for the bands The Young Bucks ( 1978-79) Secret Affair ( 1979 - 1980) and Dexys Midnight Secret Affair was a Mod revival band, formed in 1978 and disbanding in 1982 reforming to perform and record in the 2000s Paul George Speare (born December 10 1955) is a former member of Dexys Midnight Runners, The TKO Horns and The Expresso Bongo Orchestra
Rowland then recruited fiddle players Helen O'Hara (from Archer's new group, the Blue Ox Babes), Steve Brennan and Roger MacDuff, known collectively as "The Emerald Express". Helen O'Hara (born Helen Bevington 3 January 1955) is a British Musician, formerly a member of the band Dexys Midnight Runners With the addition of new bass player, Giorgio Kilkenny, this line-up recorded Too-Rye-Ay in 1982, a hybrid of soul and Celtic folk, with strong influences from the music of Van Morrison. Too-Rye-Ay is the second Album by Dexys Midnight Runners, released in August 1982 (see 1982 in music) Year 1982 ( MCMLXXXII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar) George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born 31 August 1945 is a Grammy Award -winning Northern Irish Singer,  The first single, "The Celtic Soul Brothers", was mildly successful but "Come on Eileen" soon followed, and became a Number One hit in both the UK and the United States (and, in the former, the biggest-selling single of 1982). " Come On Eileen " by Dexys Midnight Runners was a British single released in 1982 The United States of America —commonly referred to as the The follow-up "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)", a cover of a Van Morrison tune, also reached the top 5 in the UK singles chart. " Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile " is the opening tune on Northern Irish Singer-songwriter Van Morrison 's 1972 album George Ivan Morrison OBE (generally known as Van Morrison) (born 31 August 1945 is a Grammy Award -winning Northern Irish Singer, The band sang this song on the UK comedy The Young Ones. The Young Ones was a popular British sitcom, first seen in 1982, on BBC2. When the band performed this single on the BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops, which was broadcast live, there was an infamous mix-up (or deliberate prank) by the BBC engineers in charge of the background graphics. Instead of a picture of Jackie Wilson, the American soul singer, the band performed in front of a photo of Jocky Wilson, the Scottish darts player. Jack Leroy "Jackie" Wilson Jr ( June 9, 1934 &ndash January 21, 1984) was an American singer John Thomas Wilson, (born 22 March 1950) better known as "Jocky" Wilson, is a former Scottish Darts champion
Feeling that their role in the group had diminished following the arrival of the fiddles, the brass section of Paterson, Speare and Maurice left to form The TKO Horns and recorded an album in 1985 with Howard Jones, while Kilkenny was replaced by Johnny Edwards on bass and Billingham left to join General Public. The TKO Horns were Horn section formed in 1982 when Big Jim Paterson ( Trombone) Paul Speare (tenor saxophone and Brian Maurice (alto saxophone Year 1985 ( MCMLXXXV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link displays 1985 Gregorian calendar) Howard Jones (born John Howard Jones, 23 February 1955) is an English Singer and Songwriter who gained acclaim in The band General Public formed after the 1983 break-up of The Beat (known as The English Beat in North America The group continued to tour until 1983 with a nucleus of Rowland, Adams, O'Hara and Shelton augmented by other musicians.
After a two-year break, Dexys returned in 1985 with the critically panned album, Don't Stand Me Down, featuring Rowland, Adams, O'Hara and Nicky Gatfield together with various seasoned performers including Vincent Crane (ex-Atomic Rooster), Julian Littman and Tim Dancy (who had been Al Green's drummer). Don't Stand Me Down is the third and currently final studio Album by Dexys Midnight Runners, released in September 1985 (see 1985 in music) Vincent Crane ( 21 May 1943 &ndash 14 February 1989) was a self-taught Pianist, who studied theory and composition at Trinity Atomic Rooster were an English Progressive rock band, formed by ex- Crazy World of Arthur Brown members Vincent Crane and Albert Greene (born April 13 1946 better known as Al Green, is an American gospel and Soul music singer who received great acclaim in Rowland at first refused to issue any singles from the defiantly uncommercial album, and by the time "This Is What She's Like" was released, it was too late to save the album from commercial failure. The group disbanded the following year after a brief return to the charts with the single "Because Of You" (which was used as the theme tune to a British sitcom, Brush Strokes), and Rowland became a solo singer with the release of 1988's poorly-received album, The Wanderer. A British sitcom is a Situation comedy (sitcom produced in the United Kingdom. Brush Strokes was an Esmonde and Larbey sitcom set in South London and depicting the (mostly amorous adventures of a good-looking wisecracking house painter Year 1988 ( MCMLXXXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar) Despite spending much of the 1990s suffering from financial problems and drug addiction, Rowland made plans to reform Dexys together with Big Jim Paterson, although these resulted in no more than a solitary TV performance in 1993. The 1990s collectively refers to the years between and including 1990 and 1999 Year 1993 ( MCMXCIII) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar) Returning once more as a solo performer, Rowland signed to Creation Records, releasing an album of cover versions called My Beauty in 1999, which sold poorly; some sources quote a figure of fewer than 500 copies sold. Creation Records was a British Independent record label headed by Alan McGee. My Beauty is Kevin Rowland 's second album released in 1999 eleven years after his solo debut The Wanderer. Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar)  This was followed by a disastrous appearance at the Reading festival where Rowland was bottled off by a hostile crowd after introducing two strippers who had accompanied him.  The demise of Creation Records meant that the planned follow-up album, which would have featured Dexys, was never made.
In April 2003, the group announced that they would be reuniting for a tour. A greatest hits album, Let's Make This Precious, was released in September 2003, and a successful tour took place in October and November. Two newly recorded songs, "Manhood" and "My Life in England," appeared on the album and were touted as new singles. Despite airplay on national radio, neither was officially released as a commercial single. During a June 2005 interview on BBC Radio 2, Kevin Rowland announced that Dexys were "back in the studio" and seeking a record deal for a new album.