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.
Over this past Bank Holiday weekend the City of Nottingham held it’s brand-spanking new free music festival entitled, ‘City Pulse’. Over the three days duration, a wide variety of acts featured on a stage in the city’s Old Market Square and at various other outdoor venues around Nottingham.
I’m personally always keen to support these types of initiatives and similarly happy to attend a little live music anywhere. A couple of years ago I was sad to witness the demise of a not dissimilar music festival on the banks of the River Trent at nearby Newark and so looked forward to City Pulse’s first outing.
There were a few interesting names on the bill for the three days but one stood out head and shoulders for me above all others – that of Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band. I’ve been a long-time follower of the soulster from Indiana USA but by some miracle have been thwarted time after time over the years in attempting to see him live, regular and dedicated live performer that he has always been. Not this time though I determined.
First of all you gotta get up offa that thaang with Soul Brother James Brown. Follow James’ detailed instructions below on how to get down and you can’t go too far wrong. Feeling loose brothers and sisters? Let’s go!
Read on to learn how to perform: