Tuesday, 23 August 2011

DEXYS: New Album


After exchanging e-mails with Jamming! fanzine’s Tony Fletcher last week and possibly timed to coincide with a final disappearance into an early 80s vortex, I learned this week, somewhat behind the news, that Dexy’s Midnight Runners are back in the studio. The band, under the moniker Dexys, confirmed on Twitter.com/dexysofficial that they’re rehearsing and recording a new album – their first since 1985’s Don’t Stand Me Down.

The band posted a message which said: ‘Dexys new album. Can't really say why, because it's hard to put down to any one thing, but it's working – it's early days, but so far so good.’ They hope to have the album ready for release in 2012.
A snippet – the first minute of a sweet piece of Celtic soul titled ‘Now’ has recently been posted on youtube.
 
 
The current line-up includes singer Kevin Rowland and original bassist Pete Williams along with former Merton Parkas and Style Council keyboardist Mick Talbot and guitarist Neil Hubbard. Merton Mick is also co-producing and according to Kevin Rowland: ‘…working thru all the fine details, making sure the vision is realized’.
For some, Dexys Midnight Runners came and went with the two singles that topped the UK charts – Geno in 1980 and Come On Eileen in 1982. But for those of us of a certain vintage, the first Dexy’s album Searching For The Young Soul Rebels stood out as a rallying call. It still does. At the time it did for soul music what Two-Tone did for ska. An injection of punk energy and soul power. An entry into the world of Stax, raw soul and beyond.
 
And as if you needed a reminder.
 
 
And for the record, yes we did: donkey jackets, DMs and woolly hats. The works.

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