They Were Collaborators #185

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Dexy's Midnight Runners

4 comments:

swac said...

I remember my friend Bruce bringing Searching for the Young Soul Rebels home from England, months before it found a release in North America. It was a pretty powerful record at the time, and my favourite of theirs. I should see if there's a CD out there...and there is, for about $10. Hmmm....

Richard Gibson said...

It remains an awesome debut that's for sure.

Did you know that rather than take part in group drinking they use to jog cross country together?

Tom Sutpen said...

Jog cross country??

That has to be a first of some kind.

(what would the Rat Pack think?)

Richard Gibson said...

"...We wouldn't get bombed even after a show because we'd be thinking of the next night." - Geoff 'JB' Blythe.

"No, we stay in guest houses. There's too many temptations around in those big hotels late at night. Bars open to all hours. You'd never get to sleep. We have to go out on stage and know it's us playing, not alcohol and drugs." - Kevin (not sure if it's Rowland or Archer) but probably Rowland.

Quotes from NME circa 1980, when 'Searching for the Young Soul Rebels' was released.

When asked how he felt about the others particating in a little 'herbal infusion' after the gigs, later Rowland answered the interviewer:

"Left out, I suppose. I was afraid to take drugs. I'd messed about with them and just about avoided hard drugs in the 70's and seen a lot of friends get fucked up and learned about my own addictive tendancies. I learned that I couldn't have a drink before I went on stage and I was also afraid of destroying this group thing we'd got."

Mojo Interview, when 'Searching for the Young Soul Rebels' was re-released on CD.

Funny you make a comparison to the Rat Pack, there is a dreat line in 'There, there, my dear' where Rowland snipes "...I don't believe you really like Frank Sinatra."

This band couldn't be further from the typical pop music band. I'm not sure that the running wasn't an early tactic to distance themselves from the rest of the new wave crop at the time. Their music, what they wore, how they behaved did all that too.

There is a clip of them running together, I've seen it in the last 10 years but sadly I couldn't see it on You Tube.

When I read these interviews (to dig up photo's for this week's mini-series) I am struck how honest Rowland seems.