Conceived by the uncompromising Kevin Rowland (17 August 1953, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England; vocals/guitar), Dexys Midnight Runners proved one of the most original, eclectic and fascinating UK bands to achieve success in the 80s. Their career was marked by a series of broken contracts, band upheavals, total changes of image, diverse musical forays and an often bitter association with the music press.
Vocalist Rowland and rhythm guitarist Al Archer (b. Kevin Archer, 21 December 1958, England) were previously members of punk outfit the Killjoys, before rehearsing the soul-inspired Dexys Midnight Runners in July 1978. A further seven members were added to the first line-up: Pete Williams (bass/vocals), John Jay (drums), Pete Saunders (piano/organ), Geoff JB Blythe (tenor saxophone), Jeff Kent (trumpet), Steve Babyface Spooner (alto saxophone), and Big Jim Paterson (trombone). Kent left after a number of early...
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