Dexy's Midnight Runners
Dexy's Midnight Runnersis a British pop band was formed in 1978 by Kevin Rowland (vocals and guitar player), and Kevin (Al) Archer (vocals and guitar player), in Birmingham, England. The group achieved their major success in the mid 1980's. The other members of the group Jim Paterson (trombone), Jeff Blythe (saxophone), Steve Spooner alto Saxophone), Pete Saunders (keyboard player), Pete Williams 9bass), and Bobby Ward ( drummer). This was the first lineup of the band. It would change some throughout the life of the band. Their first single was released in 1979 and was called, Dance Stance. The record was released on the Oddball records label and reached number 40 on the British charts. Their next single released was called, Geno, and it was released on the EMI label and the record reached number 1, on the British charts, in 1980. The song featured the new members, Andy Leek (keyboard player), and Andy Growcott (drummer). The band was very disappointed with their share of the profits from the record so they stole the master tapes of their debut album called, Searching For the Young Soul Rebels, so they could negotiate a deal. When the album was released in 1980 it became a great success. Their next single was also a hit. It was called, There There My Dear. After that hit, Rowland insisted on releasing, Keep It Part Two, for the following single and it was a flop. Most of the band members quit because they were upset over the personality problems with Rowland. Archer formed another band called The Blue Ox Babes. The others left and formed the group called The Bureau.
Patterson was the only one to stay with Rowland and they recruited Billy Adams, Seb Shelton, and Steve Wynne. They released Plan B, Show Me, and Liars A To E, in 1981 Plan B, Show Me was the only song to reach the Top 40 charts with this lineup. After this song was released some of the members left to form another band. The group that was left continued to tour until 1983.
The group took a two year break then released the album, This Is What She’s Like, but it was a failure. The group split up the following year just after they released the single, Because of You. Rowland became a solo artist and released the album, The wanderer, but it did not meet with success. Rowland spent much of the 1990's suffering from drug abuse and financial problems. He still made plans to reform Dexy’s Midnight Runners with Jim Paterson but it didn’t get very far. The reformation of the group resulted in one tv performance. Rowland again went solo and signed with Creation Records and released the album called, My Beauty in 1999. There were less than 500 copies sold so it too was a flop. In 2003 the group announced that they were reuniting again and going on tour. The band released a total of 134 singles and 6 albums.
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