Personalities | Dexy’s Midnight Runners | Eighties | Rock

(Vocal/instrumental group, 1978–86)

The brainchild of Kevin Rowland, Dexy’s bagged a UK No. 1 with the punky, singalong soul of ‘Geno’ (1980). The manifesto album Searching For The Young Soul Rebels (1980) backed it up. After internal disruptions, a Celtic element was added, and the stomping anthem ‘Come On Eileen’ from the 1982 album Too-Rye-Ay became a global No. 1. ‘Jackie Wilson Said’ charted in 1982, but a disappointing 1985 album, Don’t Stand Me Down preceded Rowland’s patchy solo career.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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