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* UsefulNotes/TheTroubles: The cover of ''Searching for the Young Soul Rebels'' features a photo of an Irish-Catholic boy in Belfast carrying his belongings after being forced out of his home in 1971.
27th Mar '16 11:27:49 PM aye_amber
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[[caption-width-right:350:The original lineup, with a moustachioed Kevin Rowland in front.]]

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--> -- '''Kevin Rowland's live show banter'''

A British [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] group founded in [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham]] in 1978, Dexys Midnight Runners are probably one of the best known [[OneHitWonder One Hit Wonders]] of all time, although to label them as such would be a misnomer. The band that brought us the [[EarWorm ridiculously catchy]] single "Come On Eileen" was created by Kevin Rowland and Kevin "Al" Archer, two guitarists who had previously been members of a a Birmingham [[PunkRock punk]] group called the Killjoys. Fans of soul music, this duo created Dexys Midnight Runners as a horn-driven NorthernSoul outfit which achieved success with its early singles "Geno" and "There, There, My Dear" and their seminal album ''Searching for the Young Soul Rebels''.

After several changes in their line-up, including the integration of strings into the group to create a fusion of Irish folk and soul music (heavily influenced by the work of Van Morrison) described by Rowland as "Celtic Soul", Dexys released a second album entitled ''Too-Rye-Aye'', which contained the enormously successful single "Come On Eileen", the group's only American hit.

This was followed up by several further singles, a whittling down of the band from LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters to a core quartet (Rowland, violinist Helen O'Hara, guitarist Billy Adams and long-time trombonist Jimmy Paterson[[note]]Paterson appears on the cover of ''Don't Stand Me Down'', but left before its recording[[/note]]) and a third album, ''Don't Stand Me Down''. Unfortunately for Rowland's vision, this album turned out to be a commercial failure, primarily due to his ardent perfectionism in the studio which saw the album (which he originally resolved to complete in three weeks) taking three ''years'' and at least as many producers to record, with costs running to ''half a million pounds''. This was compounded by his refusal to release a single before the album was released (and it didn't help that the song eventually issued as a single, "This Is What's She's Like", was ''twelve minutes long''). Nevertheless, it is considered to be the band's ultimate artistic triumph, and frequently appears on "best album" retrospective lists in the British music press. The band would break up a short time later.

After a few solo efforts (most infamously the ''[[ContemptibleCover My Beauty]]'' CoverAlbum) and years spent battling personal demons, Kevin Rowland got the band back together in 2003 under the abbreviated name "Dexys". A new studio album, ''One Day I'm Going To Soar'' was released in June 2012.

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--> -- '''Kevin -->--'''Kevin Rowland's live show banter'''

A British [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] group founded in [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham]] in 1978, Dexys Midnight Runners are probably one of the best known [[OneHitWonder One Hit Wonders]] of all time, although to label them as such would be a misnomer. The band that brought us the [[EarWorm ridiculously catchy]] single "Come On Eileen" was created by Kevin Rowland and Kevin "Al" Archer, two guitarists who had previously been members of a a Birmingham [[PunkRock punk]] group called the Killjoys. Fans of soul music, this duo created Dexys Midnight Runners as a horn-driven NorthernSoul ''Northern Soul'' outfit which achieved success with its early singles "Geno" and "There, There, My Dear" and their seminal album ''Searching for the Young Soul Rebels''.

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After a few solo efforts (most infamously the ''[[ContemptibleCover My Beauty]]'' CoverAlbum) and years spent battling personal demons, Kevin Rowland got the band back together in 2003 under the abbreviated name "Dexys". ''Dexys.'' A new studio album, album: ''One Day I'm Going To to Soar'' was released in June 2012.

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* ''Too-Rye-Ay'' (1982)

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* ''Too-Rye-Ay'' ''Too-Rye-Aye'' (1982)




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27th Mar '16 11:23:13 PM aye_amber
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* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-avJdGnHe0 This is What She's Like]]"[[note]]Remember when we said this song was 12 minutes long? Well, Rowland refused to even make a ''single edit'' for the song when he finally decided to make it a single, with this short 4 1/2 minute version only existing for this video. He eventually relented and split the song in two halves on the A and B side of the single.[[/note]]

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* "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-avJdGnHe0 This is What She's Like]]"[[note]]Remember Like]]" [[note]] Remember when we said this song was 12 minutes long? Well, Rowland refused to even make a ''single edit'' for the song when he finally decided to make it a single, with this short 4 1/2 minute version only existing for this video. He eventually relented and split the song in two halves on the A and B side of the single.[[/note]]
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* CoverVersion: Many of their early B-sides and live performances were covers of classic soul songs, including "Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache", "Hold On, I'm Comin'" and ''[[ArethaFranklin Respect]]'', and their last top ten single was a cover of Van Morrison's "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)".
* GratuitousItalian: Subverted in "This Is What She's Like": during their conversation about his new girlfriend, the singer knows there's a word in Italian that sums her up perfectly ... but can't actually remember what it is:
-->'''Singer:''' I think it means 'thunderbolt'.\\
'''Friend:''' You mean, the Italian word for 'thunderbolt'?\\

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* CoverVersion: Many of their early B-sides and live performances were covers of classic soul songs, including "Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache", "Hold On, I'm Comin'" and ''[[ArethaFranklin ''[[Music/ArethaFranklin Respect]]'', and their last top ten single was a cover of Van Morrison's "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In in Heaven When You Smile)".
Smile)."
* GratuitousItalian: Subverted in "This Is is What She's Like": during Like:" During their conversation about his new girlfriend, the singer knows there's a word in Italian that sums her up perfectly ... but perfectly... But can't actually remember what it is:
-->'''Singer:''' --> '''Singer:''' I think it means 'thunderbolt'.\\
"thunderbolt."\\
'''Friend:''' You mean, the Italian word for 'thunderbolt'?\\"thunderbolt"?\\



* InTheStyleOf: "Geno" is not only a tribute to Northern Soul legends Geno Washington's Ram Jam Band, it was also done in the Ram Jam Band's signature style. This style was used again in "Come On Eileen".

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* InTheStyleOf: "Geno" is not only a tribute to Northern Soul legends Geno Washington's Ram Jam Band, it was also done in the Ram Jam Band's signature style. This style was used again in "Come On Eileen".Eileen."



* NewSoundAlbum: ''Searching for the Young Soul Rebels'' featured horn-driven songs rooted in American soul music, accompanied by a mod-influenced image. The next album, ''Too-Rye-Aye'', saw the addition of strings and brought in influences from Irish folk music. It also generated the most recognised Dexys "hillbilly"/UsefulNotes/IrishTravellers image. ''Don't Stand Me Down'' turned them into a experimental soul/post-punk band that performed twelve minute songs laced with spoken dialog.

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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Searching for the Young Soul Rebels'' featured horn-driven songs rooted in American soul music, accompanied by a mod-influenced image. The next album, ''Too-Rye-Aye'', saw the addition of strings and brought in influences from Irish folk music. It also generated the most recognised Dexys "hillbilly"/UsefulNotes/IrishTravellers image. ''Don't Stand Me Down'' turned them into a experimental soul/post-punk band that performed twelve minute songs laced with spoken dialog.dialogue.



* OneHitWonder: "Come On Eileen" was their only American hit single, although they'd had a few top forty hits in Britain including the number one single "Geno", as well as one more song in the top ten after "Come On Eileen". Even so, even in Britain most people will only readily remember that they did "Come On Eileen".

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* OneHitWonder: "Come On Eileen" was their only American hit single, although they'd had a few top forty hits in Britain including the number one single "Geno", as well as one more song in the top ten after "Come On Eileen". Even so, even in Britain most people will only readily remember that they did "Come On Eileen".Eileen."



* TheRival: According to Horace Panter of Music/TheSpecials, they had a habit of booing when a demo tape by fellow Birmingham musicians Music/TheBeat were played on a tour bus.



* TheRival: According to Horace Panter of Music/TheSpecials, they had a habit of booing when a demo tape by fellow Birmingham musicians Music/TheBeat were played on a tour bus.
6th Jan '16 7:12:46 PM DoctorNemesis
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This was followed up by several further singles, a whittling down of the band from LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters to a core quartet (Rowland, violinist Helen O'Hara, guitarist Billy Adams and long-time trombonist Jimmy Paterson[[note]]Paterson appears on the cover of ''Don't Stand Me Down'', but left before its recording[[/note]]) and a third album, ''Don't Stand Me Down''. Unfortunately for Rowland's vision, this album turned out to be a commercial failure, primarily due to his ardent perfectionism in the studio which saw the album (which he originally resolved to complete in three weeks) taking three ''years'' and at least as many producers to record, with costs running to ''half a million pounds'', and compounded by his refusal to release a single before the album was released (the song eventually issued as a single, "This Is What's She's Like", was ''twelve minutes long''). Nevertheless, it is considered to be the band's ultimate artistic triumph, and frequently appears on "best album" retrospective lists in the British music press. The band would break up a short time later.

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This was followed up by several further singles, a whittling down of the band from LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters to a core quartet (Rowland, violinist Helen O'Hara, guitarist Billy Adams and long-time trombonist Jimmy Paterson[[note]]Paterson appears on the cover of ''Don't Stand Me Down'', but left before its recording[[/note]]) and a third album, ''Don't Stand Me Down''. Unfortunately for Rowland's vision, this album turned out to be a commercial failure, primarily due to his ardent perfectionism in the studio which saw the album (which he originally resolved to complete in three weeks) taking three ''years'' and at least as many producers to record, with costs running to ''half a million pounds'', and pounds''. This was compounded by his refusal to release a single before the album was released (the (and it didn't help that the song eventually issued as a single, "This Is What's She's Like", was ''twelve minutes long''). Nevertheless, it is considered to be the band's ultimate artistic triumph, and frequently appears on "best album" retrospective lists in the British music press. The band would break up a short time later.
6th Jan '16 3:59:37 PM DoctorFolly
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This was followed up by several further singles, a whiddling down of the band from LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters to a quartet (Rowlands, Helen O'Hara, Billy Adams and Jimmy Paterson[[note]]Paterson appears on the cover of ''Don't Stand Me Down'', but left before its recording[[/note]]) and a third album, ''Don't Stand Me Down'', which turned out to be a commercial failure, primarily due to Kevin Rowland's ardent perfectionism in the studio which saw the album - which he originally resolved to complete in three weeks - taking three ''years'' and as many producers to record, with costs running to ''half a million pounds'', and compounded by his refusal to release a single before the album was released and the song eventually issued as a single, "This Is What's She's Like", was ''twelve minutes long''). Nevertheless, it is considered to be the band's ultimate artistic triumph, and frequently appears on "best album" retrospective lists in the British music press. The band would break up a short time later.

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This was followed up by several further singles, a whiddling whittling down of the band from LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters to a core quartet (Rowlands, (Rowland, violinist Helen O'Hara, guitarist Billy Adams and long-time trombonist Jimmy Paterson[[note]]Paterson appears on the cover of ''Don't Stand Me Down'', but left before its recording[[/note]]) and a third album, ''Don't Stand Me Down'', which Down''. Unfortunately for Rowland's vision, this album turned out to be a commercial failure, primarily due to Kevin Rowland's his ardent perfectionism in the studio which saw the album - which (which he originally resolved to complete in three weeks - weeks) taking three ''years'' and at least as many producers to record, with costs running to ''half a million pounds'', and compounded by his refusal to release a single before the album was released and the (the song eventually issued as a single, "This Is What's She's Like", was ''twelve minutes long''). Nevertheless, it is considered to be the band's ultimate artistic triumph, and frequently appears on "best album" retrospective lists in the British music press. The band would break up a short time later.
6th Jan '16 3:56:46 PM DoctorFolly
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After several changes in their line-up, including the integration of strings into the group to create a fusion of Irish folk and soul music (heavily influenced by the work of Van Morrison) described by Rowland as "Celtic Soul", Dexys released a second album entitled ''Too-Rye-Aye'', which contained the enormously successful single "Come On Eileen", the group's only American hit. This was followed up by several further singles, a whiddling down of the band from LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters to a quartet (Rowlands, Helen O'Hara, Billy Adams and Jimmy Patterson[[note]]Patterson appears on the cover of ''Don't Stand Me Down'', but left before its recording[[/note]]) and a third album, ''Don't Stand Me Down'', which turned out to be a commercial failure (mostly due to Kevin Rowland's refusal to release a single before the album was released and the song eventually issued as a single, "This Is What's She's Like", was ''twelve minutes long''), but is considered to be the band's ultimate artistic triumph. The band eventually broke up a short time later.

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After several changes in their line-up, including the integration of strings into the group to create a fusion of Irish folk and soul music (heavily influenced by the work of Van Morrison) described by Rowland as "Celtic Soul", Dexys released a second album entitled ''Too-Rye-Aye'', which contained the enormously successful single "Come On Eileen", the group's only American hit.

This was followed up by several further singles, a whiddling down of the band from LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters to a quartet (Rowlands, Helen O'Hara, Billy Adams and Jimmy Patterson[[note]]Patterson Paterson[[note]]Paterson appears on the cover of ''Don't Stand Me Down'', but left before its recording[[/note]]) and a third album, ''Don't Stand Me Down'', which turned out to be a commercial failure (mostly failure, primarily due to Kevin Rowland's ardent perfectionism in the studio which saw the album - which he originally resolved to complete in three weeks - taking three ''years'' and as many producers to record, with costs running to ''half a million pounds'', and compounded by his refusal to release a single before the album was released and the song eventually issued as a single, "This Is What's She's Like", was ''twelve minutes long''), but long''). Nevertheless, it is considered to be the band's ultimate artistic triumph. triumph, and frequently appears on "best album" retrospective lists in the British music press. The band eventually broke would break up a short time later.
14th Jul '15 5:43:15 PM MarkLungo
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A British [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] group founded in [[SweetHomeMidlands Birmingham]] in 1978, Dexys Midnight Runners are probably one of the best known [[OneHitWonder One Hit Wonders]] of all time, although to label them as such would be a misnomer. The band that brought us the [[EarWorm ridiculously catchy]] single "Come On Eileen" was created by Kevin Rowland and Kevin "Al" Archer, two guitarists who had previously been members of a a Birmingham [[PunkRock punk]] group called the Killjoys. Fans of soul music, this duo created Dexys Midnight Runners as a horn-driven NorthernSoul outfit which achieved success with its early singles "Geno" and "There, There, My Dear" and their seminal album ''Searching for the Young Soul Rebels''.

After seveal changes in their line-up, including the integration of strings into the group to create a fusion of Irish folk and soul music (heavily influenced by the work of Van Morrison) described by Rowland as "Celtic Soul", Dexys released a second album entitled ''Too-Rye-Aye'', which contained the enormously successful single "Come On Eileen", the group's only American hit. This was followed up by several further singles, a whiddling down of the band from LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters to a quartet (Rowlands, Helen O'Hara, Billy Adams and Jimmy Patterson[[note]]Patterson appears on the cover of ''Don't Stand Me Down'', but left before its recording[[/note]]) and a third album, ''Don't Stand Me Down'', which turned out to be a commercial failure (mostly due to Kevin Rowland's refusal to release a single before the album was released and the song eventually issued as a single, "This Is What's She's Like", was ''twelve minutes long''), but is considered to be the band's ultimate artistic triumph. The band eventually broke up a short time later.

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A British [[NewWaveMusic New Wave]] group founded in [[SweetHomeMidlands [[UsefulNotes/TheWestMidlands Birmingham]] in 1978, Dexys Midnight Runners are probably one of the best known [[OneHitWonder One Hit Wonders]] of all time, although to label them as such would be a misnomer. The band that brought us the [[EarWorm ridiculously catchy]] single "Come On Eileen" was created by Kevin Rowland and Kevin "Al" Archer, two guitarists who had previously been members of a a Birmingham [[PunkRock punk]] group called the Killjoys. Fans of soul music, this duo created Dexys Midnight Runners as a horn-driven NorthernSoul outfit which achieved success with its early singles "Geno" and "There, There, My Dear" and their seminal album ''Searching for the Young Soul Rebels''.

After seveal several changes in their line-up, including the integration of strings into the group to create a fusion of Irish folk and soul music (heavily influenced by the work of Van Morrison) described by Rowland as "Celtic Soul", Dexys released a second album entitled ''Too-Rye-Aye'', which contained the enormously successful single "Come On Eileen", the group's only American hit. This was followed up by several further singles, a whiddling down of the band from LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters to a quartet (Rowlands, Helen O'Hara, Billy Adams and Jimmy Patterson[[note]]Patterson appears on the cover of ''Don't Stand Me Down'', but left before its recording[[/note]]) and a third album, ''Don't Stand Me Down'', which turned out to be a commercial failure (mostly due to Kevin Rowland's refusal to release a single before the album was released and the song eventually issued as a single, "This Is What's She's Like", was ''twelve minutes long''), but is considered to be the band's ultimate artistic triumph. The band eventually broke up a short time later.



19th May '15 4:40:44 PM MarkLungo
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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Searching for the Young Soul Rebels'' featured horn-driven songs rooted in American soul music, accompanied by a mod-influenced image. The next album, ''Too-Rye-Aye'', saw the addition of strings and brought in influences from Irish folk music. It also generated the most recognised Dexys "hillbilly" image. ''Don't Stand Me Down'' turned them into a experimental soul/post-punk band that performed twelve minute songs laced with spoken dialog.

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* NewSoundAlbum: ''Searching for the Young Soul Rebels'' featured horn-driven songs rooted in American soul music, accompanied by a mod-influenced image. The next album, ''Too-Rye-Aye'', saw the addition of strings and brought in influences from Irish folk music. It also generated the most recognised Dexys "hillbilly" "hillbilly"/UsefulNotes/IrishTravellers image. ''Don't Stand Me Down'' turned them into a experimental soul/post-punk band that performed twelve minute songs laced with spoken dialog.
19th May '15 4:40:04 PM MarkLungo
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[[caption-width-right:350:The original lineup, with a moustachioed Kevin Rowland in front.]]
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* InTheStyleOf: "Geno" is not only a tribute to Northern Soul legends Geno Washington's Ram Jam Band, it was also done in the Ram Jam Band's signature style. This style was used again in "Come On Eileen".
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