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Kevin Rowland


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Born Wolverhampton, England. Rowland’s first group, Lucy & The Lovers, were influenced by Roxy Music and turned out to be short-lived. His next project, punk rock act The Killjoys, were slightly more successful, releasing the single “Johnny Won’t Go To Heaven” in 1977. Alienated by the punk scene, Rowland, together with Killjoys guitarist, Al Archer, decided to form a new soul influenced group, Dexys Midnight Runners.

When Dexys disbanded in 1987, Rowland recorded a solo album called The Wanderer which, together with its three singles, was a commercial failure. His next release was not until 1999 when he recorded a collection of interpretations of classic songs called My Beauty, the album cover of which depicted a heavily made-up Rowland in a dress. This album was also a commercial and artistic failure.

In 2003, Rowland reformed Dexys Midnight Runners and embarked on a successful comeback tour backed up with a greatest hits album including two newly recorded songs, “Manhood” and “My Life in England”. Both of these new songs were touted as new singles but, despite airplay on national radio, neither was commercially released.

Rowland recently launched his own MySpace site where he has promised a new Dexy’s album soon and regularly writes blogs. A new song “It’s OK Johanna” is already available on there. He also appeared as a DJ at the 2007 Big Chill festival.

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  • Shundrik

    странный чувак если честно

    2 Mar 2014 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":

    25 Feb 2014 Reply
  • Metalbeast7

    Probably one of my favorite singers ever. Very distinct voice that fits in well with the rhythms he plays with. Flowin'!

    24 Oct 2012 Reply
  • mixedresults

    Terribly underrated, heavily due in part to My Beauty.

    19 Jan 2012 Reply
  • jurijmlotman

    great strange album.

    12 Mar 2009 Reply
  • briofigaro

    ...I am of course talking of My Beauty.

    10 Sep 2007 Reply
  • briofigaro

    The most beautiful and strengthening album there is.

    10 Sep 2007 Reply
  • emmanuelnyberg

    That 'Thunder Road' cover is an abomination. Time to retire. you, sir, are an insensitive asshole, and with no taste whatsoever.

    19 Aug 2007 Reply
  • mikedutkewych

    That 'Thunder Road' cover is an abomination. Time to retire.

    29 Jun 2007 Reply
  • moonlightfish

    Haha, his picture is a far cry from the ol' Kevin on the My Beauty album cover (*shudder*)!

    4 Dec 2006 Reply

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