Dexy's Midnight Runners: Classic Or Dud

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It just gets stranger and stranger.

In G2 today, a confused piece by Barney Hoskyns about Southern rock (i.e. Allmans, Skynyrd) which basically says that Southern rock is great but actually it's not because of the area's history of racism. Great logical thinking there.

I don't get either why the Grauniad has suddenly decided to have a downer on Amazon. Lots of drivel both in print and on the website about poor benighted booksellers being put out of business by Amazon, it stops new writers coming through EXCUSE ME! Haven't I had a book out for the best part of a year? And who is stocking it in their shops? Precisely one in central London and it's not just me either - all you see when you go into Waterstones is the same old bullshit, celebrity kitchen nightmares and lots of loss-leader discounts. Take away the discounts and you have Daunt Books. Whereas Amazon actually stocks my book and that's where nearly all my sales have come from. If places like Waterstones were serious they'd tell their Finance & Marketing departments to go take a hike and actually take chances on stocking books by new or unknown writers. Rave reviews in The Wire and Mojo, called the best music book of 2011 in the Telegraph of all places - but none of that means anything to the chains - finance say shit, Waterstones jump on the shovel.

So I don't actually give a toss about how much tax Amazon are or aren't paying; they sell new writers, and bookshops do not, and until that changes bookshops have no right to have a go because they should be doing a hell of a lot more for the likes of us.

Tim, Saturday, 5 May 2012 22:48 (five years ago) Permalink

Wurgh? I don't know what happened there, some strangeness with my phone - It seems to have quoted some text by Marcello on a thread from a while back. Sorry about that.

ANYWAY I've lived with "One Day I'll Soar" for a week or two now and it has grown on me as much as - more than - I'd hoped. It sounds like Dexys, which is a great start. It's closest in feel to "Don't Stand Me Down" but there are some delicious flavours of classy '70s soul: some WIllie Mitchell feeling here, some Philly business there. Like DSMD it doesn't have anything as hooky as "Come On Eileen" or "Geno" but the songs insinuate themselves very nicely. As ever with Dexys, you wind up feeling you have learned quite a lot about Kevin, sometimes maybe too much, but I find there are quite a number of laugh-out-loud moments on here too.

I adore the thing he does with the in-song conversations, and I don't know of anyone who does anything even vaguely similar. Do you?

I am now extremely excited about seeing them play the whole thing on Tuesday, especially with Nate's positive report here.

Tim, Sunday, 6 May 2012 07:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Sorry I didn't reply. The new songs really were great, although the un-song conversations were a bit strange to see live - KR leaning on the other guy's shoulder and whispering in his ear; singing to pictures of a girl projected onto a screen, and then acting out scenes with the same girl later on.

Also, seeing them play an extended version of Come On Eileen made me appreciate what a great song it really is. Overplayed to death, but actually a brilliant song.

nate woolls, Sunday, 6 May 2012 08:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Blatant self-promotion post but my 7000 word, 12-page interview/feature on Dexys is the cover story in the new Uncut.

Still only £4.80!

Stevie T, Sunday, 6 May 2012 09:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Tim, so glad to hear the new album is strong. Really can't think of anyone else that does the conversations in the same way, it's what makes Don't Stand Me Down such an incredible album. Is the new album out there now or do you have a promo copy?

Nate, I saw them on the 2003 tour and they did lots of strange skits and lots of banter during the songs. It was without doubt the strangest and best gig I've ever been to. I won't be able to catch them this time unfortunately but would love to see them again. I totally agree with your thoughts on Come On Eileen, it's so overplayed and not one of my favourite Dexys songs at all but when they played it, it was so great and seeing the reaction it got was really something. I think I've appreciated the song a lot more since.

Steve, I just bought Uncut yesterday (saving it for a long flight next week) It's the first music magazine I've bought in ages. Really looking forward to reading the article.

Kitchen Person, Sunday, 6 May 2012 10:44 (five years ago) Permalink

I got lucky with a promo - it's out at the start of June I believe.

Tim, Monday, 7 May 2012 10:01 (five years ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

I really enjoyed it

it looks like something rupert the bear would wear (Algerian Goalkeeper), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 18:32 (five years ago) Permalink

This is brilliant. I'm so relieved.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 21:23 (five years ago) Permalink

im listening to it again right now funnily enough

it looks like something rupert the bear would wear (Algerian Goalkeeper), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 21:28 (five years ago) Permalink

five months pass...

This tour came to Australia for two theatre shows last week. It was ridiculously, heart-swellingly great.

( ͡° ͜ʖ͡°) (sic), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 02:08 (five years ago) Permalink

People of a certain age will connect as deeply to this as I did to the records-over-the-phone sequence in The Virgin Suicides.

clemenza, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 03:35 (five years ago) Permalink

This tour came to Australia for two theatre shows last week. It was ridiculously, heart-swellingly great.

This. I don't think I've ever had so much *fun* at any type of show/concert ever.

After Cease To Exist Button (King Boy Pato), Tuesday, 20 November 2012 10:01 (five years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I have just:

a) bought my tickets for the Duke of York's residency

b) Listened to Projected Passion Revue & thumped a wall in excitement harder than I intended at moment where Soon goes into Plan B.

Excited, knuckles hurt slightly, can't wait till April.

woof, Tuesday, 19 March 2013 21:38 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Going in I was a bit unsure about the new album & wondering whether my head was in the right place for latest part of the journey of K Rowland, but that was spectacular, an amazing evening. Really really fun, charming & the band are in great shape. Cathartic.

obvs highlight was This is What's She's Like, but Old – 'I'm getting old! What can I do? Absolutely nothing!' - was immense.

woof, Thursday, 25 April 2013 10:23 (four years ago) Permalink

Sounds great, wish I could have gone to see them this time round. The show I saw them do in 2003 was maybe the best gig I've ever seen.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 25 April 2013 11:06 (four years ago) Permalink

I saw them in 2003 too - I don't think it was quite up there with that, but haha yeah that's a v high bar, those shows were something else.

woof, Thursday, 25 April 2013 11:31 (four years ago) Permalink

I went there not really knowing what to expect, just thought they would be doing a straight forward hits set I guess. I did not expect all the sketches and little details they added to those songs. It was funny, moving and just ridiculous at times. This Is What She's Like (like you said) was the big highlight for me but really the setlist was perfect. Love this band so much.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 25 April 2013 11:37 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah, this has a lot of those same elements - drama, intensity, self-mockery - & carried some bits over - like the 'how can I stop the burning?' Kev/Pete-as-Policeman routine (which was amazing again).

woof, Thursday, 25 April 2013 11:48 (four years ago) Permalink

Haha, yeah that bit was amazing! I really love the album and would have liked to see it performed live but sadly I'm travelling in New Zealand and think by the time I get back to the UK the tour might be over.

Kitchen Person, Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:01 (four years ago) Permalink

& something I only saw recently - 9 minute Too-Rye-Ay era rework of There, There My Dear, w/ press-ups. So good:

woof, Thursday, 25 April 2013 13:13 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

just didn't realise they were playing the roundhouse on Friday, think I might go again. Interested to see:

Sadly, Madeleine Hyland is unable to do the shows, but we are delighted that Siobhan Fahey will step in to play the female role. We’re sad that Maddy isn’t with us, but really feel good about Siobhan’s involvement.

woof, Monday, 23 June 2014 15:19 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

This 1980 live recording shows a British "soul" band. The singer, Kevin Rowland, cries out his frustration being an Irishman living in England

woof, Sunday, 22 May 2016 01:16 (one year ago) Permalink

whoa that there there my dear video is awesome!

new noise, Sunday, 22 May 2016 01:47 (one year ago) Permalink

YES it is

woof, Sunday, 22 May 2016 02:02 (one year ago) Permalink

at this point, I'll do some press-ups

woof, Sunday, 22 May 2016 02:12 (one year ago) Permalink



woof, Sunday, 22 May 2016 02:12 (one year ago) Permalink

Taken from the album Let The Record Show: DEXYS DO IRISH AND COUNTRY SOUL

small doug yule carnival club (unregistered), Monday, 23 May 2016 02:49 (one year ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

Rowland DJing at How Does It Feel again in April:
I missed the last one, but (as per me above) have been a couple of times and it is great fun.

woof, Tuesday, 7 March 2017 13:31 (ten months ago) Permalink

spanning from Toots And The Maytals and David Bowie to T Rex and the Stooges, Kevin also sang along with some of the songs, making the night more like an intimate gig than a regular club.

I'm guessing he might get a bit more obscure in his choices than that, but sounds like fun anyway

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 19:16 (ten months ago) Permalink

That's a draft lyric for the first verse of "Come On Eileen"

Mark G, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 22:34 (ten months ago) Permalink

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