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Dexys Midnight Runners

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Birmingham (UK) (1978 – present)

Dexys Midnight Runners - the name consistently spelled without an apostrophe - were a British and band who achieved their major success in the early to mid 1980s. The word “Dexys” in this case, comes from a colloquialism of “dextroamphetamine” or “purple hearts,” a type of amphetamine diet pill that was a popular “upper” drug with England’s Northern Soul scene in the 1960s.

Founded by former singer of The Killjoys, Kevin Rowland and guitarist Kevin “Al” Archer, in Birmingham (UK) 1978. The band name was taken from a colloquialism for dextroamphetamine (ie, “dexies” or “dexys”), a drug commonly abused by the UK’s Mod/Northern Soul scenes of the 1960s.

The band, especially at its beginnings, was unique in that musically, they seemed best suited to the budding /Skinhead Revival scene in the United Kingdom, but in many ways, especially fashion, they came off as rather hard to “sell” to any particular scene. Musically, they’ve always been a sort of “.”

An early single, “Geno” (written as an ode to American Northern Soul singer, Geno Washington), was immensely popular, despite being repeatedly bad-mouthed by the NME. In fact, “Geno” remains their biggest-selling single in the UK, thanks in part to at least one re-issue.

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  • hotfox63

    No impact of my enthusiasm for Kevin Roland & Dexys Mignight Runners!

    15 Apr 2:50pm Reply
  • SoraNelly4Eva

    Great tunes, great vibes &a great band!

    29 Mar 10:28pm Reply
  • songfactslastfm

    "I remember thinking, 'We're really onto something here.'" - "Come On Eileen" was a colossal '80s hit, but Dexys Midnight Runners released just three albums before their split. Now, Dexys is back. Frontman Kevin Rowland and trombonist Jim Paterson chatted with us about their long-in-the-making fourth album, One Day I'm Going to Soar, and how they came up with "Eileen": http://www.songfacts.com/blog/interviews/dexys_kevin_rowland_and_jim_paterson_/

    25 Feb 12:53am Reply
  • szmaterlok

    Good music brought me here

    20 Feb 10:47am Reply
  • LeavingMyself

    An absolutely great band, The Carrie Diaries brought me here <3

    13 Jan 8:43pm Reply
  • Fodderstompf_

    Who cares about "Perks of whatever bla bla" when ya got "The Young Ones"?

    4 Jan 11:59pm Reply
  • gabbs_r

    HOLY SHIT! THEY'RE PLAYING GOOD MUSIC! "The Perks of being a Wallflower" brought me here" [42]

    29 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Rivergull

    Does anyone know the name of the song played in a video that I just saw (featured as a 'fill' at Other Voices festival 'live' streaming from Dingle) where Kevin Rowland is wearing hat, sang with very pretty woman doing almost a drama/song about a guy named Kevin who jilted her. Loved it, and need to know the title of song.

    8 Dec 2013 Reply
  • MachineOfaDream

    I didn't know this group was more than a one-hit wonder until recently when I saw a couple of their albums on a "best albums" list. I was like, "Wait, you mean they have other good songs? Why didn't I know this sooner?" Stupid, I know. There's so much music out there. It's hard to find the time to sample it all. I'm glad I made the time to look into their full library because they absolutely have other songs as good as Eileen.

    31 Oct 2013 Reply
  • MysteryWhisper

    I'd known Come on Eileen before I watched "Perks..." but the movie reminded me of it. It's also a bit strange for me that lots of people heard it in this movie for the first time ever but it's good they did at all.

    4 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Lusiever

    Seriously, you never heard of them before Perks?! *sigh*

    24 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Muzycunt

    The perks of being a wallflower... boring movie, THE YOUNG ONES!!!!!!

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • doginthemanger

    HOLY SHIT! THEY'RE PLAYING GOOD MUSIC! "The Perks of being a Wallflower" brought me here" [41]

    16 Aug 2013 Reply
  • g013

    HOLY SHIT! THEY'RE PLAYING GOOD MUSIC! "The Perks of being a Wallflower" brought me here" [40]

    7 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Tango1986

    Inside voices brought me here and I listened to them.

    29 Jul 2013 Reply
  • tomduarte

    HOLY SHIT! THEY'RE PLAYING GOOD MUSIC! "The Perks of being a Wallflower" brought me here" [39]

    27 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Avialy

    "Come On Eileen" is easily my favourite 80's song.

    18 Jul 2013 Reply
  • MatheusDrew

    "The Perks of being a Wallflower" brought me here // Come on Eileen is the best song I've ever heard

    10 Jul 2013 Reply
  • jaquelinebp

    "They're playing good music!!!"

    9 Jul 2013 Reply
  • DanisSV

    The perks of being a wallflower" brought me here

    1 Jul 2013 Reply
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