POO/OPO Dexys Midnight Runner's

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I go for "lets make this precious"

(incidently has anyone seen the Big Train cover - very funny and better even than there version of Virginia Plain"

james (james), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 13:31 (nineteen years ago) link

Plan B - single version, not the Too-Rye-Aye one.

Dr. C (Dr. C), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 13:39 (nineteen years ago) link

i gotta go for 'dance stance'.

stirmonster, Wednesday, 22 January 2003 13:39 (nineteen years ago) link

Could go for any of the 3 mentioned above, but I think I'll agree with the stirmonster and 'Dance Stance'/'Burn it down' (cos I think the radio bit at the start is essential. Not sure if that's on the single.)

James Ball (James Ball), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 14:17 (nineteen years ago) link

"Come On Eileen"

(second - "The Occasional Flicker"; 3rd - "Keep It")

Tom (Groke), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 14:30 (nineteen years ago) link

"This Is What She's Like", of course (with full video attached, if you need additional stimulation). Otherwise, "Plan B" is a particular DJ favourite right now.

Jerry (Jerry), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 14:47 (nineteen years ago) link

Geno.

William Bloody Swygart (mrswygart), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 17:26 (nineteen years ago) link

"Kevin Rowland's Thirteenth Time."

No, really. What's so funny? Stop laughing at me!

TMFTML
http://intonation.blogspot.com

TMFTML (TMFTML), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 18:21 (nineteen years ago) link

"Come On Eileen" sounds like the Cure. Nobody believes me.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 18:35 (nineteen years ago) link

Y'damn right Plan B.

Ferg (Ferg), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 18:37 (nineteen years ago) link

wots that song - "in time, in ti-ime"?

naked as sin (naked as sin), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 19:03 (nineteen years ago) link

That's "This is what she's like"

Tom (Groke), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 19:09 (nineteen years ago) link

Jerry - "This Is What She's Like", of course (with full video attached, if you need additional stimulation).

Is that the video when they walk on the green fields?
I saw the other day on TV

I say "There there my dear"
or their covers of
Seven days too long & Breaking down the walls of heartache

Jens (brighter), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 19:21 (nineteen years ago) link

No, it's the one shot on the streets of New York at the height of their cocaine frenzy. Kevin dances on corners and roofs, and walks on air. Amazing.

The green fields one is for "The Occasional Flicker", I believe.

Jerry (Jerry), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 19:38 (nineteen years ago) link

This coincides eerily with my decision that Dexy's = best band evah. "Come On Eileen" IS the greatest single ever, so I'll pick that one, but "Plan B" is just as good a testament to their greatness.

Adam A. (Keiko), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 20:37 (nineteen years ago) link

"There There My Dear"

T. Weiss (Timmy), Wednesday, 22 January 2003 22:13 (nineteen years ago) link

I second There There My Dear, and the fact that its about someone called Robin is only 50% of my choice. Another 25% is a result of the 'if your so anti-fashion / then wear flares' line

I saw the Big Train thing too - superb!

Robin Goad (rgoad), Thursday, 23 January 2003 11:56 (nineteen years ago) link

Geno, tied w/ Til I believe in my soul (oh, that trumpet solo!) as good childhood memories they are to me.

JP Almeida (JP Almeida), Thursday, 23 January 2003 12:52 (nineteen years ago) link

another vote for "This Is What She's Like"

felicity (felicity), Thursday, 23 January 2003 14:06 (nineteen years ago) link

'This is What She's Like' definitely... from a fine, fine album. That track, the way it goes from an almost Pinteresque duologue to Rowland's accapella vocal, then the majesty of the music bursting in... a stunning epic track.

Tom May, Thursday, 23 January 2003 20:14 (nineteen years ago) link

Until I Believe in My Soul

g (graysonlane), Thursday, 23 January 2003 21:00 (nineteen years ago) link

one month passes...
there there my dear. no question.
i mean : 'i've been searching for the young soul rebels
i've been lookin everywhere i cant find them anywhere -
where've you hidden them ?' and then
'maybe you should welcome a new soul vision, welcome
a new soul vision..' and also
' i don't belee-heeve you really like frank sinatraaaa'

come on you can't argue with that !

piscesboy, Monday, 17 March 2003 13:06 (nineteen years ago) link

'Geno'.

rex jr., Monday, 17 March 2003 13:51 (nineteen years ago) link

'Geno' all the way

stevem (blueski), Monday, 17 March 2003 14:05 (nineteen years ago) link

in truth i could never POO dexys

g (graysonlane), Monday, 17 March 2003 21:59 (nineteen years ago) link

'lets make it precious' for their own stuff and a toss up between 'breaking down the walls of heartache' or '7 days too long' for their Northern Soul covers

i've tried and tried with that third album but it's never done anything for me. a couple of his early solo songs are top enough though ('tonight')

Ian SPACK (Ian SPACK), Monday, 17 March 2003 22:49 (nineteen years ago) link

actually, can anyone direct me toward some gushing prose about 'don't stand me down' that'll open my crusty lids?

Ian SPACK (Ian SPACK), Monday, 17 March 2003 22:54 (nineteen years ago) link

i luv Crass, yeah they were Punk and Hardcore but they were arty, it's somehow different.

rex jr., Monday, 17 March 2003 23:07 (nineteen years ago) link

oops. wrong thread sorry.

rex jr., Monday, 17 March 2003 23:08 (nineteen years ago) link

three years pass...
Dexys enthusiasts may be interested the hear Kevin's first new song for a bit, "It's OK Johanna", as currently on his Myspace site. It sounds pretty marvellous to me.

http://www.myspace.com/kevinrowlandanddexys

Tim (Tim), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 11:16 (fifteen years ago) link

actually, can anyone direct me toward some gushing prose about 'don't stand me down' that'll open my crusty lids?

Happy to oblige.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 13:23 (fifteen years ago) link

I'm an American, so Dexy's Midnight Runners are that "Come On Eileen" band. Catchy and even kinda timeless, but maddening if you had to live through it. They dress up like railyard hobos for some reason.

Certain folks esteem them highly, though, so once upon a time, I bought a $3 used copy of Searching for the Young Soul Rebels. It was ... not bad. Not great. A blurry appropriation of the idea of soul. Without much actual soul (whatever that means, and no, I don't wanna talk about it).

The song "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green", however, is/was great. Loved it the first time I heard it, and I love it still. The only song on the album with hooks, grit and fire.

Adam Beales (Pye Poudre), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 15:23 (fifteen years ago) link

P.S. Maybe this is one of those bands where backstory/context is an important part of the narrative. 'Cuz they're held dear by many, and the music doesn't seem to justify it (not entirely, anyway). I mean, better bands than this have been make eternal laughingstocks for tunes with far less novelty appeal than "Come On Eileen".

But, as an American, I wouldn't know anything about that.

Adam Beales (Pye Poudre), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 15:36 (fifteen years ago) link

I have a tape promo of "It was like this.." the out-of-print "Best of EMI" Cd. That's pretty darn definitive!

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 15:38 (fifteen years ago) link

Adam, since Marcello started the "link to yr own writing" on this thread, I will join in:

http://freakytrigger.co.uk/old-ft/essays/2002/01/eileen/

Tom (Groke), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 16:00 (fifteen years ago) link

oh, for God's sake, "Burn It Down"...

(I'll only ask you one time)

hank (hank s), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 16:25 (fifteen years ago) link

my vote goes to "tell me when my light turns green"

M@tt He1geson: Sassy and I Don't Care Who Knows It (Matt Helgeson), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 16:30 (fifteen years ago) link

That one that goes "oo oo ah ah".

Though what it has to do with Yorkshire, I don't know.

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 16:33 (fifteen years ago) link

They swapped titles with "I'll Keep Looking." One of Kev's many Jocky Wilson Said-style pranks.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 16:46 (fifteen years ago) link

"Howard's not at home" right?

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 16:50 (fifteen years ago) link

Oh, and "Johnny won't get to Heaven" which should have been called "It should be meeeeeuuhhhhhh"

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 16:51 (fifteen years ago) link

"There There My Dear", obv.!!

SAVE IT FOR THE CAKE LIST YOU CRAZY BROAD (patog27), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 16:55 (fifteen years ago) link

"Dance Stance" too.

god he must have gone through agonies of denial to allow "Geno" to emerge unchanged!

mark grout (mark grout), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 16:58 (fifteen years ago) link

I found Kevin Rowland in a dress and lingerie oddly sexy, didn't you?

Thomas Inskeep (submeat), Tuesday, 9 January 2007 17:36 (fifteen years ago) link

Those sideburns, though.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 08:26 (fifteen years ago) link

I saw his 'infamous' Reading appearance.

It wasn't as 'bottle frenzy' as reports would have it. I wouldn't go as far as "he won them over", but he did call out some of the bottle throwers to reasonable effect, and by the end there was a lot of the crowd singing "You'll never walk alone"..

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 09:30 (fifteen years ago) link

Didn't they cover Van's "Jackie Wilson Says" on an episode of the 'Young Ones'? I remember being confused by that as a teen.

I'm sure it's not their finest moment, but I'd like to see that again, so I'm sticking those 3 dvds of the 'Young oOnes' in my netflix list. OK!

Michael J McGonigal (mike mcgonigal), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 09:39 (fifteen years ago) link

Yes you are correct.

mark grout (mark grout), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 09:43 (fifteen years ago) link

Geno. By the way, I'm an American who discovered "Searching for the Young Soul Rebels" ten years after the fact and Adam Beales, you are just wrong.

J (Jay), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 18:41 (fifteen years ago) link

Liars A to E

wwweb (jbweb), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 19:05 (fifteen years ago) link

"The Occasional Flicker"

Clothing the Gotterdammerung Doors (noodle vague), Wednesday, 10 January 2007 19:39 (fifteen years ago) link

two years pass...

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 keyboard player Andy Leek. Archer was keen to mix the soul sounds of his previous group with folk styles. To this end he recruited fiddle player Helen O'Hara to play on demo tapes of the new songs he had written. When former colleague Kevin Rowland heard these demo tapes he invited O'Hara to join Dexy's, and adopted a similarly folk-influenced sound for his own group.

By the time The Blue Ox Babes finally released their debut single "There's No Deceiving You" in 1988, the lineup was Archer (guitar and vocals), Saleh (backing vocals), Pete Wain (piano), Nick Smith (saxophone), Ian Pettitt (drums), former Dexy's members Steve 'Brennan' Shaw (fiddle), and Steve Wynne (bass). Two other singles, "Apples and Oranges" and "Walking On The Line" were released, but sales were disappointing and a planned album was shelved.

In 2009, their songs were released through Cherry Red Records including all their singles and additional unreleased songs.

http://www.play.com/Music/CD/4-/9606578/Apples-And-Oranges/Product.html
http://images.play.com/covers/9606578x.jpg
1. It Could Have Been Love
2. Walking On The Line
3. Apples & Oranges (The International Hope Campaign)
4. Bedlam
5. East To West
6. She's So Strong
7. Gregory Right
8. There's No Deceiving You
9. Thought As Much
10. Ballad Of The Blue Ox Babes
11. The Last Detail (Bonus Track)
12. Take Me To The River (Bonus Track)
13. Pray Lucky (Bonus Track)
14. Yes Let's (Bonus Track)
15. Four Golden Tongues Talk (Bonus Track)
16. What Does Anybody Ever Think About (Bonus Track)
17. Where Do We Go From Here (Bonus Track)
18. Thought As Much (Demo) (Bonus Track)
19. Russia In Winter (Bonus Track)

Anyone heard this?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 20 June 2009 18:40 (thirteen years ago) link

My mate got the cd. Some of it's pretty good. The 1st song doesn't soun d like dexys but some of the other stuff does. The album is from 88 but there's early demos added on at the end which are the ones Rowland heard and formed Dexys part 2.
Obviously not as good as Dexys but well worth checking out.

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Sunday, 28 June 2009 18:10 (thirteen years ago) link

Article up here http://www.recordcollectormag.com/articles/article-detail/559

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Sunday, 28 June 2009 18:12 (thirteen years ago) link

well part of an article, if anyone subscribes to record collector could they paste the whole article?

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Sunday, 28 June 2009 18:14 (thirteen years ago) link

Certain folks esteem them highly, though, so once upon a time, I bought a $3 used copy of Searching for the Young Soul Rebels. It was ... not bad. Not great. A blurry appropriation of the idea of soul. Without much actual soul (whatever that means, and no, I don't wanna talk about it).

The song "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green", however, is/was great. Loved it the first time I heard it, and I love it still. The only song on the album with hooks, grit and fire.

Don't agree with the overall assessment of SftYSR which I like throughout, but I agree that "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green" is the standout track here. Most gloriously giddy falsetto to appear outside a Housemartins record (and equalled by the HMs only in "The World's On Fire," I think) But gloriously giddy falsetto is locked in by the perfect horns here and thus doesn't sound frivolous, just uplifting. (For the Housemartins I think the rigidity of the rhythm guitar plays the same kind of role, and equally successfully.)

Guayaquil (eephus!), Monday, 29 June 2009 01:14 (thirteen years ago) link

four years pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8m7m3WGwNI4

Tim, Friday, 14 February 2014 14:35 (eight years ago) link

Which thread to put that on? I choose this one because, although it has the traditional incorrect apostrophe, at least it is in an original position.

Anyway, I look forward to the film very much.

Tim, Friday, 14 February 2014 14:37 (eight years ago) link

lol Tim

my collages, let me show you them (bernard snowy), Friday, 14 February 2014 14:41 (eight years ago) link

two years pass...

Hey the Dexys Irish/Country Soul thing is fantastic btw

Neptune Bingo (Michael B), Thursday, 23 June 2016 09:07 (six years ago) link

six years pass...

Is the remixed Too-Rye-Ay an improvement?

with hidden noise, Wednesday, 23 November 2022 11:35 (one week ago) link


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