The eternal fire and passion of Dexys Midnight Runners.
There was something about this band that I could never quite put my finger on why I liked them so much. For a relatively short period of time around the early eighties they were absolutely immense. I also followed them through their chameleon-like changes which for me worked at times but not others but it’s always the original soul band that I think of when I think of Dexys.
The soul band incarnation saw the band in the guise of New York stevedore look. Basic and without frills. Dexys when asked about alcohol consumption famously claimed they ‘preferred tea’! Many were the tales about them at that time, never popular with the press whom they often rejected, they blazed their own individual trail – even to the tune of breaking into their recording studios headquarters and seizing back a master recording which they didn’t favour.