Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby The Modernist » 17 Mar 2015, 18:59

Dexys top three:

1. There There My Dear



2, All in All (This One Last Wild Waltz)



3. I'm Just Looking


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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby Copehead » 17 Mar 2015, 19:00

The Modernist wrote:
Copehead wrote: but you get the feeling they were critically buried by Come on Eileen, it is a novelty song when all is said and done.


Why is it a novelty song? It's consistent musically with the rest of the album.


OK it is a novelty album.

And the idea was nicked anyway.
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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby Jeemo » 17 Mar 2015, 19:34

Copehead wrote:
The Modernist wrote:
Copehead wrote: but you get the feeling they were critically buried by Come on Eileen, it is a novelty song when all is said and done.


Why is it a novelty song? It's consistent musically with the rest of the album.


OK it is a novelty album.

And the idea was nicked anyway.


The music wasn't
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Postby gash’s trollish obsession » 17 Mar 2015, 20:36

It is in no way a novelty album, it's fucking serious, heart-felt stuff - knocked this 13 yr old's block off.
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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby Copehead » 17 Mar 2015, 22:13

Jeemo wrote:
Copehead wrote:
The Modernist wrote:Why is it a novelty song? It's consistent musically with the rest of the album.


OK it is a novelty album.

And the idea was nicked anyway.


The music wasn't


Nope, I just found the whole thing a bit of a let down after their first run of singles and Peel sessions etc.

It seemed like a cynical grab for mainstream acceptance. although with Rowland at the helm I doubt it was in retrospect.

I just disliked the whole schtick I am afraid, I'm with the Yanks on this one.

Too Rae up your fucking clunge, fiddle de dee nonsense, I have always had a very low level of acceptance for Irish fiddling in pop music
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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby The Modernist » 17 Mar 2015, 22:16

The songwriting retained its mark from the first album. It was just basically fiddles replacing horns in the arrangements. I don't think the change was as radical as you're suggesting -which is why most of their fans liked the second album as much as the first.

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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby bigstar » 17 Mar 2015, 22:22

Dexy's are my lifeblood, was too young first time round but lucky enough to see them on the last tour in a very small venue which was very special. Can't remember who said it but they remarked if Otis had sang this it would be considered a soul standard.

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Postby gash’s trollish obsession » 17 Mar 2015, 22:23

It came off the back of several top 40 singles (including a number 1). Isn't that mainstream acceptance enough?

Mind you, in the modern Popworld of 1982/3 nothing pleaded "buy me" like a bunch of Brummies dressed in dungarees and brandishing tin whistles.
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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby bigstar » 17 Mar 2015, 22:24

Nowhere is home is one BBC four on Friday evening.
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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby der nister » 17 Mar 2015, 23:04

His pneumatic cartoonish voice was consistent with other 80s vocalists: fatBob(Cure), KBush, etc.,
which comes across more as caricature, and which may undermine serious artistic intent. Which Kate handily overcame, but the others...
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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby Jeemo » 17 Mar 2015, 23:32

neville harp wrote:It came off the back of several top 40 singles (including a number 1). Isn't that mainstream acceptance enough?

Mind you, in the modern Popworld of 1982/3 nothing pleaded "buy me" like a bunch of Brummies dressed in dungarees and brandishing tin whistles.


actually came off a run of poor selling singles.

Keep It - didnt chart
Plan B - 58
Show Me - 16
Liars A to E - didnt chart
Celtic Soul Brothers - 45

but i agree with your general point. ;)
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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby gash’s trollish obsession » 17 Mar 2015, 23:53

Top 60, I said top 60 :lol:
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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby Earl E. Eel » 20 Mar 2015, 22:39

Anyone watching?

I'm impressed by this soul revue thing. It really works - all the corny, showy stuff. Good man Rowland.
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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby jimboo » 20 Mar 2015, 22:49

I cannot help but like the man. The new stuff took awhile to sink in , it works on the stage though John.
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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby Short Bald Bloke » 20 Mar 2015, 22:52

I'm watching. Excellent stuff. Theatrical without being over the top. It helps that I really like the last Dexys album One Day I'm Going to Soar.
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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby Earl E. Eel » 20 Mar 2015, 22:55

It really does. It's beautiful. Respect.
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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby Short Bald Bloke » 20 Mar 2015, 22:55

Kevin Rowland comes across very well in the interviews also. Determined to do things his way and follow his vision of the type of show that he would want to see. "I didn't want to come back after all this time and fuck it up"
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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby jimboo » 20 Mar 2015, 23:19

A novelty act , jeez!! Tell me , what are they like ?
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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby slightbreeze » 21 Mar 2015, 00:07

Fabulous band. Own and love everything they've done, although some albums were immediate, others growers. One complaint, and I hope I don't wish to sound like a parent from the 60's ....I can't understand a word Kevin is singing. Articulate, dear boy, articulate. You obviously spent a lot of time and effort on the lyrics, but, unless you read them, you haven't got a clue what he's on about ....or do I need my ears syringed again?

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Re: Beyond the 130 - Dexy's Midnight Runners

Postby Jeemo » 21 Mar 2015, 00:42

Kevin's a national treasure. I understand his voice can be a deal breaker, but it's obvious from his passion for what he is trying to do, is genuine. If he was a novelty act he would have been touring as Dexys Midnight Runnerslsying all the hits, dressed in ripped jeans and not turning down prime time TV spots if they sing Eileen.
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