The return of Dexys

Kevin Rowland, frontman of the legendary 80s band Dexys Midnight Runners, has promised that the band’s return is not an exercise in nostalgia. Dexys release a new album in the summer and will preview it with live shows.

Speaking on BBC Radio 6, Rowland explained why the album One Day I’m Going To Soar took 27 years to arrive. "I wanted to have material that I felt confident enough about," he said. "I’ve got high standards, and that’s a blessing and a curse. The perfectionism hasn’t gone, although these days I won’t storm out of a room swearing and shouting at people."

The band first came to attention in 1980 with the number 1 single Geno and album Searching For The Young Soul Rebels. The follow-up classic albums Too Rye-Ay and Don’t Stand Me Down each changed the band’s image and sound with no loss of quality. In 1982 Come On Eileen was a million-selling number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic.

The new album is released on June 4, although before the release date the band will play it in full at shows in Glasgow on May 6 and London on May 8. They are now known simply as Dexys. "We dropped the Midnight Runners bit, we are a bit old for that," Rowland said.

Rowland said that the band were in extensive rehearsals, overseen by keyboardist Mick Talbot. "I feel blessed that it’s finally happened," he said. "It’s like what Alex Ferguson says, if you put the preparation in, you’ll get the results."

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