Dexys Midnight Runners To Release New Album
Dexys Midnight Runners have announced their first album in 27 years but without the ‘midnight running’. Now known simply as Dexys, the band will release ‘One Day I'm Going to Soar’ on 4 June.
"In the past there was Dexys Midnight Runners, now there is Dexys," they announced on Facebook. As rumored last year, the English band have finished recording a fourth studio album – their first since 1985's ‘Don't Stand Me Down’.
Dexys have posted the first two minutes of the album, from a song called ‘Now’. It begins with plaintive piano, followed by cello and Kevin Rowland's unmistakable voice. Then everything changes at 1:16: "Attack the track, I said attack the track!" they yell, joined by drums, horns and a lazy groove. "Oh I know that I've been crazy/ and that can't be denied," Rowland sings. "But inside of me there's always been a secret urge to fly."
Formed in Birmingham in 1978, Dexys Midnight Runners were named after the drug Dexedrine, and the boundless late-night energy it gives users. Their debut album, ‘Searching for the Young Soul Rebels’, reached No 6 in 1980, and its follow-up did even better: ‘Too-Rye-Ay’ peaked at No 2 in 1982, while single and classic DJ favourite ‘Come on Eileen’ spent four weeks at No 1. The group disbanded in 1986, reuniting for a tour 17 years later. Aside from one 2007 demo, ‘Now’ is Dexys' first new material since the mid-80s.