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  • 13th Crime Alternative title of the song released as "Kevin Rowland's Band" and later retitled "Kevin Rowland's 13th Time".

  • Adams, Billy (Real name "Kevin Adams") Guitarist with Dexys Midnight Runners from January 1981 throughout "The Projected Passion Revue" tour (1981), "Too-Rye-Ay" album sessions (1982), "The Bridge" tour (1982-83), "Don't Stand Me Down" album sessions (1984-85) and "Coming To Town" tour (1985) to the break-up of the band in early 1987. Kevin Rowland's right-hand man during the "Don't Stand Me Down" era (1984-85) and co-writer of several Dexys songs including "Come On Eileen", "This Is What She's Like" and "I Love You (Listen To This)". Performed on "Saturday Zoo" in 1993 as part of the re-formed Dexys and later appeared in the video for Kevin Rowland's solo single "Concrete And Clay" (1999).

  • Age Can't Wither You (Rowland) Album track from Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" (1988).

  • Allen, Keith Comedian who performed as a support act on Dexy's "Intense Emotions Revue" tour in 1980. Father of pop star Lily Allen.

  • All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz) (Rowland/Paterson) Album track from Dexys Midnight Runners'"Too-Rye-Ay" (1982). Also recorded at Dexy's 1982 Radio One session. Live version released on "The Bridge" VHS/DVD (recorded 1982).

  • Altman, Sean Backing vocalist (as part of Rockapella) on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988).

  • ...And Another Thing Album released by The Bureau in 2008.

  • ...And Yes We Must Remain The Wildhearted Outsiders (Shelton/Paterson/Billingham) Instrumental B-side of Dexys Midnight Runners' single "Liars A To E" (1981).

  • (An Extract From) This Is What She's Like (See: This Is What She's Like)

  • Ant, Adam Lead singer of Adam & The Ants and long-time Dexys admirer whose Number 1 solo single "Goody Two Shoes" (1982) was largely inspired by Kevin Rowland ("when I saw you kneeling, crying words that you mean, opening the eyeballs, eyeballs, pretending that you're Al Green, Al Green"). Adam Ant's 1989 album track "If You Keep On" was co-written by Kevin Rowland.

  • Apples And Oranges Abum recorded by The Blue Ox Babes in 1988, produced by Pete Wingfield. Unreleased at the time, it was eventually released with additional tracks in 2009. Also the title of the group's second single.

  • Archer, Al Kevin Archer's name while in Dexys to avoid confusion with Kevin Rowland. (See below).

  • Archer, Kevin (AKA: "Al Archer") Original guitarist and co-founder of Dexys Midnight Runners (1978-81), co-writing the hit singles "Geno" and "There There My Dear". Previously in a band called The Negatives with Pete Williams before a brief stint with Kevin Rowland in The Killjoys (1978). Left Dexys in Jaunuary 1981 to form his own group, The Blue Ox Babes (1981-88).

  • At The Royal Court CD/DVD release of Dexys Midnight Runners' 2003 live appearance at Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre, previously released on the DVD "It Was Like This - Live". Released in 2012.
  • Backer, Matthew Guitarist on Helen O'Hara's "Southern Hearts" album (1990).

  • Ballard, J.G. British avant-garde authour (full name James Graham Ballard) referenced on Dexys Midnight Runners' single "There There My Dear" (1980) as somebody "Robin" keeps quoting. (See: Robin)

  • Bar-Kays, The American Stax Soul/Funk band who wrote and performed the original version of the instrumental, "Soul Finger" covered by Dexys Midnight Runners in 1980/81. Most of the original Bar-Kays died in the same 1967 plane crash which killed Otis Redding, with sole-survivor, trumpeter Ben Cauley subsequently putting together a new line-up.

  • Barrett, Pete Dexys Midnight Runners' long-time designer responsible for most of their record covers and other artwork.

  • Basehart Pete Williams' post-These Tender Virtues band featuring Fred Skidmore, Danny McCormack, Al Gare, Dean Beresford and Paul Taylor. Named after the actor, Richard Basehart.

  • Beauvior, Simone de French Existentialist philosopher referenced on Dexys Midnight Runners' single "There There My Dear" (1980) as somebody "Robin" keeps quoting. (See: Robin).

  • Because Of You [A] (Rowland/Adams/O'Hara) Dexys Midnight Runners' last single (1986) before Kevin Rowland embarked on his solo career. Used as the theme tune to BBC TV sit-com, "Brush Strokes" (1986-92). The song was originally recorded in a very different form as part of the "Don't Stand Me Down" sessions during 1984.

  • Because Of You [B] Dexys budget compilation CD released on Spectrum Music (1993) featuring a selection of recordings from the "Too-Rye-Ay" and "Don't Stand Me Down" eras.

  • Beckett, Samuel Irish playwight and novelist name-checked in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Burn It Down" (aka "Dance Stance"). Published the play "Waiting For Godot" in 1952.

  • Behan, Brendan Irish author and political activist name-checked in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Burn It Down" (aka "Dance Stance") and also in "Reminisce Part One" ("...I was searching for the spirit of Brendan Behan in the bars of Dublin"). Wrote the autobiographical novel "Borstal Boy" in 1958.

  • Bennett, Cliff (& The Rebel Rousers) British R&B/Soul artist cited as an influence by the early Dexys Midnight Runners. Recorded a 1964 version of "One Way Love" (later covered by Dexys) and enjoyed a big hit with Lennon and McCartney's "Got To Get You Into My Life" (1966). Rebel Rousers bass player, Chas Hodges later found fame as part of Chas & Dave.

  • Beresford, Dean Drummer with Pete Williams/Basehart.

  • Berlin, Isaiah English philosopher and social historian referenced on Dexys Midnight Runners' single "There There My Dear" (1980) as somebody "Robin" keeps quoting. (See: Robin).

  • Berliner, Jay Spanish guitar player on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988).

  • Bevington, Helen (See: O'Hara, Helen).

  • Big Jimmy (See: Paterson, Jim).

  • Big Time Operator (Colton/Smith) Regular part of the early Dexys Midnight Runners live shows. Cover version of the 1966 hit for Zoot Money & The Big Roll Band.

  • Billingham, Micky Keyboard player with Dexys Midnight Runners from December 1980 through to late-1982. Co-wrote the tracks "...And Yes We Must Remain The Wildhearted Outsiders", "The Celtic Soul Brothers" and "Love Part Two" and is sometimes included on the writing credits for "Come On Eileen" and "Let's Make This Precious". Joined General Public after leaving Dexys and later performed briefly with The Blue Ox Babes. In recent years he has toured with The Beat.

  • Bingham, Bing Backing vocalist on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988).

  • Birmingham City in England's West Midlands where Dexys Midnight Runners were formed. Mentioned in live performances of the Dexys songs "Until I Believe In My Soul" and "The Occasional Flicker" as well as on Kevin Rowland's solo single "Tonight".

  • Bishop, Dave Saxophonist on The Blue Ox Babes "Apples And Oranges" album (1988).

  • Black 47 Irish-American group featuring ex-Dexys Midnight Runners saxophonist, Geoff Blythe.

  • Black Arabs, The British soul band who supported Dexys Midnight Runners on their "Intense Emotions Revue" tour in 1980. Also appeared in the 1980 film "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle", performing a funky medley of Sex Pistols songs.

  • Blaize, Tommy Backing vocalist on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Bliss Mid-80s Channel 4 programme which featured a legendary 1985 Dexys interview by Muriel Gray in which she described the group's "Ivy League" clothing as a "double-glazing salesmen" look.

  • Blue Ox Babes, The Group formed by Kevin Archer after he left Dexys Midnight Runners in 1981. The group's recordings (made between 1981 and 1988) featured no less than twelve musicians with Dexys connections (Kevin Archer; Andy Leek; Helen O'Hara; Pete Williams; Steve Shaw; Steve Wynne; Geoff Blythe; Jim Paterson; Mick Woodmansey; Vincent Crane; Micky Billingham and Pete Wingfield) alongside Yasmin Saleh, Pete Wain, Nick Smith and These Tender Virtues drummer Ian Pettitt. Released the singles "There's No Deceiving You", "Apples And Oranges (The International Hope Campaign)" and "Walking On The Line" (all 1988) and recorded the 1988 album "Apples And Oranges", belatedly released in 2009. (Read more).

  • Blythe, Geoff (Nickname: "J.B.") Original tenor saxophonist with Dexys Midnight Runners' (1978-80), co-writing the songs "I'm Just Looking" and "Keep It". Previously performed with Geno Washington. After leaving Dexys became a founder member of The Bureau (1981); Later performed with The TKO Horns, These Tender Virtues, The Blue Ox Babes and The Neighbourhood. A member of Irish-American band Black 47 since 1989, he returned to perform with The Bureau on their 2008 album "...And Another Thing".

  • Bobby Jnr. (See: Ward, Bobby).

  • Bolton, Mick (AKA: Mick Boulton) Dexys Midnight Runners' keyboard player on the "Don't Stand Me Down"-era tracks "The Waltz" and "The Way You Look Tonight" and on the subsequent "Coming To Town" tour (1985) and single "Because Of You" (1986). Rejoined Kevin Rowland again in 1988 for a performance of "The More I See You" on Channel 4 show "The Last Resort". His surname was miss-spelled as "Boulton" on the credits for "Don't Stand Me Down". Previously performed with Mott The Hoople.

  • Boom Boom, Out Go The Lights BBC2 Comedy show (starring Nigel Planer who performed as part of The Outer Limits at Dexy's 1981 "Projected Passion Revue" shows) which featured a 1981 appearance by Dexys performing "Plan B" and "Soul Finger".

  • Boulton, Mick (See: Bolton, Mick)

  • Breakin' Down The Walls Of Heartache (Linzer/Randell) B-side of Dexys Midnight Runners' first number 1 single, "Geno" (1980). Also recorded at Dexy's 1980 Radio One Session and live in concert on "The Projected Passion Revue" (recorded 1981). Cover version of 1968 Soul classic by Johhny Johnson & The Bandwagon. Songwriters Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell's other credits include "Working My Way Back To You" (also covered in 1980 by The Detroit Spinners) and the Odyssey classic, "Native New Yorker".

  • Brennan, Steve (See: Shaw, Steve).

  • Bridge, The [A] 1982/83 Dexys Midnight Runners' tour to promote the album "Too-Rye-Ay".

  • Bridge, The [B] Video of 1982 Dexys show released on VHS (1983) and DVD (2006).

  • Brooks Brothers American clothes store responsible for the "Ivy League" clothing worn by Kevin Rowland around the time of 1985's "Don't Stand Me Down" album.

  • Broom, Gavin Trumpeter on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the track "Free". Previously performed with The Guillemots.

  • Brothers Just, The Collective name given to the backing vocalists (Jimmy Thomas, Simon Solace and George Chandler) who performed with Dexys Midnight Runners from late 1982 to early 1983, most notably on the single "Let's Get This Straight (From The Start)".

  • Brown, Archie Singer/saxophonist with The Young Bucks (1976), The Upset (1980), The Bureau (1981), Flag (1985) and Archie Brown & The Young Bucks (1986-present day). Rejoined The Bureau in 2005 for two live shows and again in 2008 for the album "...And Another Thing".

  • Brown, Mark Saxophonist on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the tracks "Now", "I'm Thinking Of You", "I'm Always Going To Love You" and "Incapable Of Love".

  • Brown, Sam Backing vocalist (as one of "The Sisters of Scarlet") on Dexys Midnight Runners' "Too-Rye-Ay" album (1982). Enjoyed a successful solo career from the late Eighties to early Nineties most notably with the single "Stop". Her father, Joe, found fame and fortune in the early Sixties with British Rock 'n' Roll act Joe Brown & The Bruvvers.
  • Brummitt, Brian (See: Brian Maurice).

  • Brush Strokes BBC TV sit-com (broadcast from 1986-91) starring Karl Howman which featured the Dexys Midnight Runners track "Because Of You" as its theme tune.

  • Bureau, The Group formed by ex-members of Dexys Midnight Runners in late 1980, featuring Geoff Blythe, Pete Williams, Steve Spooner, Mick Talbot and Stoker alongside Paul Taylor and ex-Upset members Archie Brown and Rob Jones. Released the singles "Only For Sheep" and "Let Him Have It" and album, "The Bureau" (all 1981). Reformed in 2008 with Crispin Taylor replacing Stoker on drums to release the album "...And Another Thing". (Read more).

  • Burn It Down (Rowland) Album version (and proper title) of Dexys Midnight Runners' first single, "Dance Stance", from "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels". Live versions released on "The Projected Passion Revue" (recorded 1981) and "Radio One Live In Concert" (recorded 1982 with completely different 'Celtic' arrangement). The song is an angry attack on people telling anti-Irish jokes, listing the literary greats who disprove the comedic premise that the Irish are stupid (Oscar Wilde and Brendan Behan, Sean O'Casey, George Bernard Shaw... etc.).

  • Burns, Hugh Spanish guitar player on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Burroughs, William S. American "beat generation" novelist referenced on Dexys Midnight Runners' single "There There My Dear" (1980) as somebody "Robin" keeps quoting. (See: Robin).

  • Burton, Lee Drummer with The Killjoys.

  • Burton, Paul Dexys Midnight Runners' manager from 1981-86.

  • Burton, Trevor Bass player on Dexy's track "The Way You Look Tonight" (1984) and other (mostly unreleased) sessions for the album "Don't Stand Me Down". Previously performed with The Move and Steve Gibbons Band.

  • Bynoe, Vic Backing vocalist on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the tracks "Now", "I'm Thinking Of You" and "It's O.K. John Joe".

  • Byrne, Chris Uilean pipes/tin whistle player with Black 47.

  • Cairns, Dave Guitarist with Secret Affair (1978-82) and Flag (1985).

  • Cansfield, Tim Guitarist on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the tracks "Me", "I'm Always Going To Love You", "Incapable Of Love", "Nowhere Is Home", "Free" and "It's O.K. John Joe". Has subsequently become a part of Dexys' live line-up. Has previously enjoyed a very successful career as a session musician, performing with many major artists including Terence Trent D'Arby, Steve Winwood and The Bee Gees.

  • Can't Help Falling In Love (Peretti/Creatore/Weiss) Dexys Midnight Runners' opening number throughout their "Coming To Town" tour (1985). Cover version of Elvis Presley's 1962 hit.

  • Celticana String quartet featuring long-term Dexys violin player Lucy Morgan as well as Sali-Wyn Ryan who performed on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar". Other Celticana members include Kathryn James and Nerys Richards.
  • Celtic Soul Brothers, The (Rowland/Paterson/Billingham) First Dexys Midnight Runners single to feature fiddles in place of brass and the opening track from their "Too-Rye-Ay" album (1982). Remixed and re-released as "The Celtic Soul Brothers (More Please, Thank You)" in 1983, reaching number 20 in the British charts. Live versions (featuring additional trombone) released on "Radio One Live In Concert" and "The Bridge" VHS/DVD (both recorded 1982).

  • Chakraverty, Arun Producer of the 1986 Dexys Midnight Runners single "Because Of You"/"Kathleen Mavourneen". Previously mastered all three Dexys albums.

  • Chandler, George Backing vocalist with Dexys Midnight Runners as part of "The Brothers Just" vocal group (1982-83).

  • Chandler, Kim Backing vocalist on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the tracks "Now" and "It's O.K. John Joe".

  • Cleveland, Duane Drummer with Dexys Midnight Runners during rehearsals for their "Coming To Town" tour (1985). Featured on the promotional videos made to accompany "Don't Stand Me Down", the B-side recordings of "Marguerita Time" and "Kathleen Mavourneen" and also TV appearances on "The Tube" and "Wogan" to promote the album's release. Replaced by Tim Dancy before the tour commenced.

  • Club Killers House band of Stockholm's Debaser club who provided the instrumental backing for Kevin Rowland's live performances in Sweden during 2005 and 2006.
  • C.N.D. Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (formed in 1958) whose supporters were slated in the 1985 Dexys Midnight Runners song "This Is What She's Like" ("You've seen the scum from Notting Hill and Moseley; they're called the C.N.D."). Kevin Rowland explained in interviews at the time that his objection was towards the "champagne socialists" who jumped on the band-wagon of worthy causes without really understanding or caring about the serious political issues of the day. Fifteen years later Kevin Rowland performed the song "You'll Never Walk Alone" at a C.N.D. rally.

  • Cole, B.J. Steel guitar player on Helen O'Hara's "Southern Hearts" album (1990).

  • Collins, Quentin Trumpeter on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the track "Now". Has also performed with soul singer Omar as well as making regular appearnces with his own QC/BA Quartet.

  • Come On Eileen (Rowland/Paterson/Adams) Dexys Midnight Runners' second British number 1 single (1982) and most famous song as well as the closing track on their "Too-Rye-Ay" album. Became their first and only U.S. number 1 in 1983, earning Dexys the misnomer, "one-hit wonders". The intro of the single version incorporates a solo violin rendition of traditional Irish tune "Oh Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms" (which also features as a vocal tag on "Too-Rye-Ay"). Live versions have been released on "Radio One Live In Concert" and "The Bridge" VHS/DVD (both recorded 1982) and on "It Was Like This - Live" DVD (recorded 2003).

  • Coming To Town 1985 Dexys Midnight Runners tour to promote the album "Don't Stand Me Down".

  • Concrete And Clay (Parker/Moeller) Kevin Rowland's fourth solo single (1999) and featured on his album "My Beauty". Cover version of 1965 British number 1 hit by Unit Four Plus Two which also inspired the distinctive rhythm of Dexys Midnight Runners' hit "Come On Eileen".

  • Conrad, David Bass player with Black 47.
  • Corke, Dave (AKA: "Corkey") Birmingham-based musical impresario (and sometime second-hand car salesman) who had stints at managing The Killjoys, Dexys Midnight Runners and The Bureau. Was replaced by Bernie Rhodes as Dexys manager in July 1979 and subsequently began promoting gigs under the banner of "The Bureau" - a name which appealed to the next group he went on to manage.
  • Coussee, Pol Saxophonist with Dexys Midnight Runners during the "Coming To Town" tour in 1985.

  • Crampton, Julian Bass player with Dexys during the "To Stop The Burning" tour in 2003. Previously played with Incognito, Pasadenas and Terry Callier.

  • Crane, Vincent Piano player with Dexys Midnight Runners for most of the "Don't Stand Me Down" sessions (1984-85) and the subsequent "Coming To Town" tour. Previously with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (playing the famous organ parts on "Fire") and Atomic Rooster. Briefly performed with The Blue Ox Babes in 1986. Commited suicide in 1989 following depression.

  • Cunningham, Blair Drummer on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999). Previously played with Haircut 100.

  • Dance Stance (Rowland) Dexys Midnight Runners' debut single (1979) later retitled and re-recorded as "Burn It Down".

  • Dancy, Tim Drummer with Dexys Midnight Runners during the "Don't Stand Me Down" era and subsequent "Coming To Town" tour (1985). Previously played with Al Green.

  • Dave Working title of the song released on "Don't Stand Me Down" in 1985 as "Knowledge Of Beauty" and later re-titled "My National Pride". The lyrics of the original version were more overtly political than the released song, featuring lines about Irish prisoners rotting in their cells.
  • Daydream Believer (Stewart) Album track from Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" (1999). Cover version of The Monkees 1967 classic.

  • Debaser Club Club in Stockholm, Sweden where Kevin Rowland made live appearances in 2005 and 2006.

  • Definitely Down On The Farm (AKA: Never Never) Unreleased early Dexys Midnight Runners demo of a compostion dating back to the latter days of The Killjoys. The lyrics ("I will never think like you, never, never, I will never look like you...") seem to have been a starting point for the chorus of the later Dexys song "Liars A To E". [Sometimes incorrectly listed as "Definitely Not Down On The Farm".]

  • Deodato, Eumir Producer of Kevin Rowland's debut solo album "The Wanderer" (1988). Also provided keyboards and drum programming for the album. Previously enjoyed success as a recording artist with the 1973 hit single "Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001)".

  • Dexedrine Brand name for Dextrorotatory Amphetamines (AKA: Dextroamphetamines), popular as a stimulant at Northern Soul "all-nighters". The drug's nickname, "Dexys" (together with its ability to keep users active throughout the night) was the inspiration for the name Dexys Midnight Runners.

  • Dexys  Group name chosen by Kevin Rowland for the release of the 2012 album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" following his decision to drop the "Midnight Runners" appendage from the group's title. Group members Pete Williams, Mick Talbot, Jim Paterson, Neil Hubbard and Lucy Morgan had all featured previously in various incarnations of Dexys Midnight Runners. The name "Dexys" has also been used frequently as an abbreviation of Dexys Midnight Runners throughout the group's history.
  • Dexys Midnight Runners (AKA: Dexy's Midnight Runners; Dexys) Group formed in 1978 by Kevin Rowland and Kevin "Al" Archer. (Read more!)

  • Dine, Simon Producer and former Paul Weller collaborator who co-wrote the Dexys song "Me" which featured on the 2012 album "One Day I'm Going To Soar".
  • Ditcham, Martin Percussionist on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Dodd, Rory Backing vocalist on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988).

  • Don't Stand Me Down Dexys Midnight Runners' third album, released in 1985 on Mercury/Phonogram. Track listing: The Occasional Flicker; This Is What She's Like; Knowledge Of Beauty; One Of Those Things; Reminisce Part Two; Listen To This; The Waltz. Reissued on Creation in 1996 (featuring the additional tracks "Reminisce Part One" and "The Way You Look Tonight" and with the songs "Knowledge Of Beauty" and "Listen To This" retitled as "My National Pride" and "I Love You (Listen To This)". Reissued again in 2002 on EMI (see below).

  • Don't Stand Me Down - The Director's Cut 2002 CD reissue of Dexys Midnight Runners' third album, featuring the additional track "Kevin Rowland's 13th Time" (reinstated as an opening track in keeping with the original vision for the album) and a limited edition bonus DVD of the videos for "This Is What She's Like", "My National Pride" and "I Love You (Listen To This)".

  • Doog, The Nickname of Belfast-born footballing legend Derek Dougan who from 1967 to 1973 played for Kevin Rowland's favourite team, Wolverhampton Wanderers (AKA: Wolves) and is mentioned in the Dexys song "My Life In England Part One" ("I learned to talk more Cockney but I thought about the Wolves and the sound of Wolverhampton and it's toughness and the Doog").

  • Dr. D. Piano player on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988).

  • Dubious (AKA: Spiritual Passion; AKA: Outlook) (Rowland/Paterson) Instrumental B-side of Dexys Midnight Runners' number 1 single "Come On Eileen" (1982). Usually performed as the opening number of the 1981 live shows, a live version was released on "The Projected Passion Revue" and the track was also recorded at Dexys' 1981 Radio One Session.

  • Duchamp, Marcel French avant-garde artist referenced on Dexys Midnight Runners' single "There There My Dear" (1980) as somebody "Robin" keeps quoting. (See: Robin).

  • Dunn, Geoff Drummer on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the tracks "I'm Always Going To Love You" and "Incapable Of Love".

  • Earl, Angelo Electric guitar player on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988).

  • Edney, Spike Trombonist and occasional keyboard player with Dexys Midnight Runners throughout "The Bridge" tour (1982-83). Has also played with Queen, Manic Street Preachers, Peter Green Splinter Group and Joe Cocker.

  • Edwards, Johnny (AKA: "Rhino" Edwards) Bass player with Dexys Midnight Runners from the start of "The Bridge" tour in 1982 through to the "Don't Stand Me Down" album sessions in 1984/85. Previously with Climax Blues Band. Following Dexys departure he has enjoyed a long career with Status Quo.

  • Edwards, Karlos Percussionist on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the tracks "Now", "She Got A Wiggle" and "I'm Thinking Of You".

  • Elizabeth Wimpole & Kathleen Ni Houlihan Working title of Dexys Midnight Runners song "The Waltz", released on the album "Don't Stand Me Down" (1985).
  • Ellington, Lance Backing vocalist on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Elston, Matthew Violin player on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the tracks "Lost" and "You".

  • Essays Dexys Midnight Runners' news releases published in the advertising space of music magazines (1980-81) after the group decided to stop doing interviews with "the dishonest hippy press."

  • Euston Major railway station in London mentioned in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Until I Believe In My Soul" (1982) which is the destination for London-bound trains from Birmingham.

  • Evans, Tommy Pedal Steel guitarist with Dexys Midnight Runners during the "Don't Stand Me Down" album sessions (1984-85).

  • Even When I Hold You (Rowland) B-side of Kevin Rowland's debut solo single "Walk Away" (1988).

  • Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On) (Toussaint) New Orleans R&B classic adapted into a brief vocal tag on Dexy's "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" album (sung unaccompanied by Kevin Rowland after the closing notes of "There There My Dear"). Originally recorded by Lee Dorsey in 1969.

  • Everything I Own (Gates) 1974 Reggae classic by Ken Boothe (originally recorded by Bread ), covered by Kevin Rowland in 2006 during his live performances in Sweden where he dedicated it to the memory of his brother Pete Rowland.

  • Evett, Charlie Backing vocalist (as part of Rockapella) on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988).

  • Fahey, Maire Sister of Bananarama's Siobhan Fahey, she played the part of 'Eileen' in the video for "Come On Eileen" and featured on the single's art-work.
  • Fairley, Colin Producer who who worked with General Public, Elvis Costello and The Bluebells and was also responsible for mixing the Kevin Rowland-produced Dexys Midnight Runners B-side "Reminisce Part One".
  • Famous Dixons, The Nickname for Dexys Midnight Runners used by the original line-up of the band.
  • Fantastics, The 70s Soul group which recorded the original version of "Something Old, Something New" covered by Dexys Midnight Runners on their 1985 tour.
  • Farrel, Ian Backing vocalist on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).
  • Feltham, Mark Harmonica player on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album in (1999). Previously performed on The Blue Ox Babes album "Apples And Oranges" (1988).
  • Flag Mid-80's group formed by ex-Bureau singer Archie Brown and ex-Secret Affair guitarist Dave Cairns.
  • Foote & Mouth Production credits on Dexys Midnight Runners' debut single "Dance Stance", actually produced by Mickey Foote and Bernie Rhodes.
  • Forest & Heller mixes Title given to the 12" version of Kevin Rowland's "Tonight" single (1988) featuring dance mixes ("Midnight Mix" and "3 A.M. Mix") created by Bruce Forest and Frank Heller.

  • Forest, Bruce D.J. at New York's "Better Days" night club until its closure in 1988. Created the "Forest & Heller Mixes" of Kevin Rowland's "Tonight" single (1988) together with Frank Heller.
  • Free (Rowland/McCluney/Talbot) Dexys track from the album  "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), originally recorded as duet "Lovin'" with co-writer Tasha McCluney in the mid-90s, featuring completely different lyrics. 
  • Furlonger, Suzie Vocalist on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the track "She Got A Wiggle". Former "X Factor" contestant who has provided backing vocals for numerous artists including Candi Staton.

  • Galic, Mick (See: Kilkenny, Giorgio)
  • Gare, Al Bass player with Pete Williams/Basehart.
  • Gatfield, Nicky Saxophonist with Dexys Midnight Runners from the middle of 1982 through to the "Don't Stand Me Down" album sessions (1984-85), featuring on the album cover as part of the smartly-suited 'gang of four'. Went on to become head of A&R at EMI (where he is credited with discovering Radiohead) and then Managing Director of Polydor.

  • Gaye, Marvin  Motown soul legend whose 1973 recording "If I Should Die Tonight" was quoted on the Dexys song "It's O.K. John Joe". Also the subject - along with Jackie Wilson - of the song "Nightshift" covered by Dexys Midnight Runners on their 2003 tour, "To Stop The Burning". Highlights of a career cut short tragically in 1984 when he was shot by his father include "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", "Let's Get It On" and "Sexual Healing".
  • General Public Mid 80's 'super-group' featuring ex-Beat members Dave Wakeling and Ranking Roger, together with Micky Billingham and Stoker from Dexys Midnight Runners and Horace Panter (formerly of The Specials). Steve Shaw also performed on the group's second album.
  • Geno (Rowland/Archer) Dexys Midnight Runners' first British number 1 single (1980) and "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" album track also recorded as part of their 1980 Radio One Session. Live versions released on "Radio One Live In Concert" (recorded 1982) and "It Was Like This - Live" DVD (recorded 2003). Tribute to soul singer Geno Washington.
  • Gilson, Kevin Saxophonist with Dexys Midnight Runners during "The Bridge" tour (1982/83).
  • Gorman, Paul Author of "The Look" which featured Kevin Rowland's memories of Mod fashions. Wrote an official biography of Dexys Midnight Runners in 2003 which remains unpublished.
  • Greatest Love Of All, The (Masser/Creed) Opening track from Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album. Cover version of song originally recorded by George Benson and made famous by Whitney Houston. Included in Kevin Rowland's short set at the 1999 Reading Festival, his performance caused such a lively reaction from the drunken crowd that it was widely (though inaccurately) reported by the press that he was 'bottled off' the stage. 

  • Green, Al Soul legend often referenced in Kevin Rowland's monologues during live performances of "Respect" ("I find myself looking in the mirror and pretending I'm Al Green when he sings 'So Tired Of Being Alone'...")  - a routine which inspired the lyrics of Adam Ant's 1982 hit "Goody Two Shoes". Drummer Tim Dancy and guitarist Jerod Minnies were both a part of Al Green's band before joining Dexys Midnight Runners in 1985.

  • Green, Crusher Drummer on the Dexys Midnight Runners songs "I Love You (Listen To This)" and "Reminisce Part Two" as well as other (unreleased) early sessions for the Dexys album "Don't Stand Me Down" (1984) . Performed with soul legend Wilson Pickett for many years.

  • Growcott, Andy (See: Stoker)

  • Guardian British newspaper famous for its Liberal views mentioned in the Kevin Rowland single "Tonight" ("she compiles her views from The Guardian and with that kind of info there's no way that she could turn me on")

  • Hamilton, Andy Tenor saxophonist with Dexys Midnight Runners during "The Bridge" tour (1982/83). Long and successful career has included work with Kokomo, Duran Duran and George Michael.

  • Hamlin, Thomas Drummer with Black 47.

  • Hanson, Dick Trumpeter who replaced Dave Plews on The T.K.O. Horns sessions in 1986. Previously performed with The Blues Band.

  • Harada, Kuma Bass player on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Harrow Town in Middlesex where Kevin Rowland spent his formative years. Mentioned in the Dexys Midnight Runners songs "Until I Believe In My Soul" and "My Life In England Part One".

  • Hazan, Jack Film-maker who directed the videos for "This Is What She's Like", "Knowledge Of Beauty" and "Listen To This" in 1985. 

  • Heartaches By The Number (Howard) Album track from Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" (1988). Cover version of Country standard previously recorded by Ray Price and Guy Mitchell.

  • Hedges, Mike Producer of the 2003 Dexys recordings, "Manhood" and "My Life In England Part One" who has also worked with U2, Travis and Manic Street Preachers.

  • Heller, Frank American musician and producer who has worked with Madonna, TLC and New Edition. Created the "Forest & Heller Mixes" of Kevin Rowland's "Tonight" single (1988) together with Bruce Forest, also providing additional keyboards.

  • Hession, Eddie Accordion player on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999). Also performed on Helen O'Hara's "A Night In Ireland" album (1998).

  • Hey, Where You Going With That Suitcase? Working title for Dexys Midnight Runners' 1982 album "Too Rye Ay". (Read more/see artwork)

  • Hibbert, Fiona Celtic harp player on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Higher Ground Song recorded by Stevie Wonder in 1973 mentioned in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Reminisce Part One" ("...I didn't like the song you understand... but I did know what he meant about the higher ground").

  • Hiney, Jimmy Irish author listed in the Dexys song "Burn It Down" (aka "Dance Stance").

  • Hold On, I'm Coming (Hayes/Porter) Stax Soul classic performed by Dexys Midnight Runners in their early live shows (see Music). Cover version of Isaac Hayes and Dave Porter's 1966 composition recorded by Sam & DaveCliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers (both name-checked on the sleeve-notes of "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels") and Geno Washington.

  • Hopkin, Dave Trumpeter on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the tracks "I'm Always Going To Love You" and "Incapable Of Love". 

  • Hopkins, Nicky Pianist on Helen O'Hara's "Southern Hearts" album (1990). Previously performed with The Rolling Stones.

  • Horse, The (James) Instrumental B-side of Dexys Midnight Runners' single "There There My Dear" (1980) and also recorded at Dexy's 1980 Radio One Session (see Home page). Used as a regular show-opener by Dexys (1979-80) and later by The Bureau (who also recorded a studio version). Cover version of 1968 "Philly Soul" classic by Cliff Nobles & Co who also recorded the same track with vocals as "Love Is Alright".

  • Howard's Not At Home Title of ficticious Dexys Midnight Runners B-side, listed on the label of some copies of the 1982 single "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)". The recording featured on the B-side was in fact "Let's Make This Precious". (Read more/see artwork)

  • Hubbard, Neil Guitarist on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999) and also with Dexys throughout their "To Stop The Burning" tour (2003) and on the album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012). Previously performed with Kokomo and Roxy Music.

  • Huckle, Roger (See: MacDuff, Roger).

  • Hutton, Tim Singer with The Neighbourhood.

  • Hyland, Madeleine Vocalist on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the songs "I'm Always Going To Love You" and "Incapable Of Love". Appeared on the tour to promote the album, playing the part of Kevin's "love interest" in the very theatrical live shows. Born in New Zealand, she has enjoyed a successful career as an actress prior to her involvement with Dexys.
  • I Am A Wanderer (Rowland) Album track from Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" (1988).

  • I Can't Tell The Bottom From The Top (Fletcher/Flett) Album track from Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" (1999). Cover version of The Hollies' 1969 single.

  • I Couldn't Help If I Tried (AKA: I Couldn't Help It If I Tried) (Rowland/Paterson) Album track from Dexy's "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" (1980). Live version released on  "It Was Like This - Live" DVD (recorded 2003).

  • I Had To Go Title of new Dexys song mentioned by Kevin Rowland in a 2006 interview ("It's about growing up"). Expected at the time to feature on the subsequent Dexys album, it may have been a working title for one of the tracks released on "One Day I'm Going To Soar".

  • If I Ever Unreleased Dexys Midnight Runners demo dating back to 1992/93. Performed live on Channel 4 show "Saturday Zoo" in March 1993. Reworked and rerecorded to become the track "You", featured on the Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" in 2012.

  • If I  Should Die Tonight Marvin Gaye classic from his 1973 album "Let's Get It On" mentioned in (and incorporated into) the Dexys demo "It's O.K. Johanna" (2006) and the re-titled track "It's O.K. John Joe" eventually released on "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012).

  • If You Keep On (Ant/Rowland) Album track on Adam Ant's "Manners & Phisique" (1989) co-written by Kevin Rowland.

  • I'll Put It Right With Thirst Working title of the Dexys Midnight Runners track "The Occasional Flicker".

  • I'll Say Forever, My Love Motown soul classic recorded by Jimmy Ruffin mentioned in (and incorporated into) the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Reminisce Part Two".

  • I'll Show You (Rowland/Paterson) Album track from Dexys Midnight Runners' "Too-Rye-Ay" (1982), first performed on the "Projected Passion Revue" shows in late 1981. Answer record to Dexys single "Show Me", returning to the subject of "those boys from those days". A live version (recorded at the "Radio One Live In Concert" in 1982) was released as part of "Too-Rye-Ay - Deluxe Edition" in 2007 .
  • I Love You (Listen To This) (AKA: Listen To This) (Rowland/Adams) Album track from Dexys Midnight Runners' "Don't Stand Me Down" (1985). A promotional video of the song (featuring a live vocal) was filmed and later released on "Don't Stand Me Down - The Director's Cut". A live version was released on "It Was Like This - Live" DVD (recorded in 2003). Originally released as "Listen To This", the song was given its new title on the 1996 reissue of "Don't Stand Me Down".

  • I'm Always Going To Love You (Rowland/Talbot) Dexys' album track on "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012) performed as a duet between Kevin Rowland and Madeleine Hyland. 
  • I'm Coming Home Unreleased Dexys demo dating back to 1992/93. One of the few songs from this era not to gain a release on "One Day I'm Going To Soar" .

  • I'm Just Looking (Rowland/Blythe/Saunders) B-side of Dexys Midnight Runners' debut single "Dance Stance" (1979) and rerecorded for the album "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" (1980). One of the earliest Dexys compositions, originally recorded as a demo in December 1978.

  • I'm Thinking Of You (Rowland/Paterson/Talbot) Track from the Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012).
  • Incapable Of Love (Rowland/Paterson/Talbot) Title of new Dexys song demoed in 2005. Released as a duet between Kevin Rowland and Madeleine Hyland on "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012).

  • Inferiority Part One Sub-title of "Keep It Part Two"

  • Intense Emotions Circle The name given to Dexys official fan club in 1981/82.

  • Intense Emotions Revue 1980 Dexys Midnight Runners tour to promote the album "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels".

  • It's Been Hurting All The Way With You Joanna Song by Swedish act Moneybrother which Kevin Rowland performed live in 2005 and 2006.

  • It's Getting Better (Mann/Weil) Album track from Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" (1999). Cover version of 1969 single by Mama Cass.

  • It's  O.K. Johanna Dexys demo (2006) featured on the Kevin Rowland My Space webpage. Released as "It's O.K. John Joe" (see below). 

  • It's  O.K. John Joe (Brierley/Rowland/Talbot) Closing track from the Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), originally entitled "It's O.K. Johanna".
  • It's Too Late To Stop Now Live album recorded by Van Morrison and hailed by Kevin Rowland as the best album ever recorded.

  • It's Up To You (Archer) Unreleased Dexys Midnight Runners demo from 1978 featuring lead vocals by Kevin "Al" Archer.

  • It Was Like This Compilation CD released in 1996 featuring Dexys Midnight Runners' 1980-81 recordings for E.M.I.

  • It Was Like This - Live DVD of Dexy's 2003 "To Stop The Burning" tour.

  • Ivy League Term given to the traditional clothing style popular amongst American college students and adopted by Dexys Midnight Runners as the image to accompany the release of "Don't Stand Me Down" in 1985.

  • I Want (Rowland) Album track from Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" (1988).

  • J.B. (See: Blythe, Geoff)

  • Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile) (Van Morrison) Dexys Midnight Runners' follow-up single to "Come On Eileen" (1982) and featured (with a brassier arrangement) on their album "Too-Rye-Ay". Also recorded at Dexy's 1982 Radio One Session. Live versions released on "Radio One Live In Concert" and "The Bridge" VHS/DVD (both recorded 1982).

  • Jackson, Julian Harmonica player on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Jackson, Tony Backing vocalist on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • James, Alex Guitarist with Brit-pop outfit, Blur who co-wrote the Dexys song "Lost" which was released on the 2012 album "One Day I'm Going To Soar". Has combined his career as a musician with cheese-making in recent years.
  • Janssen, Volker Keyboard player with Dexys throughout their "To Stop The Burning" tour (2003). Previously performed with Spear Of Destiny.

  • Jay, John Original Dexys Midnight Runners drummer (1978-79).

  • Jenkins, Sid (See: Jensen, Kid)

  • Jensen, Kid (Real name: David Jensen) Radio One DJ immortalised as "Sid Jenkins" in the 1985 Dexys Midnight Runners song "One Of Those Things". Dexy's 1982 Radio One Session was recorded for his show. Also rumoured to be the inspiration behind The Pretenders' 1979 single "Kid".

  • Johnny Won't Get To Heaven (Rowland) The Killjoys' debut (and only) single (1977) becoming the first Kevin Rowland composition to gain release. A lyrical condemnation of Johnny Rotten's "bullshit anarchy" and the music press ("I don't read 'Sounds' or 'N.M.E.', I know what I like that's good enough for me").

  • Jones, Rob Guitarist and trumpeter with The Bureau. Previously with The Upset.

  • Kanga, Skaila Celtic harp player on Helen O'Hara's "A Night In Ireland" album (1998). 
  • Kathleen Mavourneen (Traditional) B-side to Dexys Midnight Runners' final single "Because Of You" (1986) having been performed regularly on their "Coming To Town" tour (1985). Cover version of a traditional Irish ballad (previously recorded by John McCormack in 1927) arranged by Kevin Rowland.

  • Kavanagh, Sean Irish author name-checked in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Burn It Down" (aka "Dance Stance").

  • Keep It (Blythe/Archer) Album track from Dexys Midnight Runners' "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" (1980) later reworked and rerecorded as "Keep It Part Two (Inferiority Part One)" with new lyrics by Kevin Rowland. Kevin Rowland's original lyrics for this song apparently formed the basis of the 'poem' "Love Part One".

  • Keep It - Part Two (Inferiority Part One) (Blythe/Archer/Rowland) Dexys Midnight Runners' fourth single (1980), the decision to release it as a single is regarded as one of the major reasons for the split-up of the original band in November 1980. Often performed as an encore during "The Projected Passion Revue" (1981) and "The Bridge" tour (1982-83).

  • Keep On Running Dexys Midnight Runners fanzine produced for several years by Neil Warburton.

  • Keilly, Benedict Irish author listed in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Burn It Down" (aka "Dance Stance").

  • Kennedy, Charles Bass player on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988).

  • Kent, Jeff Original Dexys Midnight Runners trumpeter (1978-79), when he left the group they switched to a three-piece brass section of trombone, tenor and alto sax. 

  • Kenyon, Carol Backing vocalist (as one of "The Sisters of Scarlet") on Dexys Midnight Runners' "Too-Rye-Ay" album (1982). Also provided backing vocals on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999). Most famous for her lead vocals on Heaven 17's hit single "Temptation" (1983).

  • Kerman, Elliot Backing vocalist (as part of Rockapella) on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988).

  • Kernon, Neil Producer of the Dexys Midnight Runners single "Liars A To E"/"...And Yes We Must Remain The Wildhearted Outsiders" (1981). Has also worked with Daryl Hall & John Oates.

  • Kerouac, Jack American 'beat generation' author referenced on Dexys Midnight Runners' single "There There My Dear" (1980) as somebody "Robin" keeps quoting. (See: Robin).

  • Keyes, Stephen Backing vocalist (as part of Rockapella) on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988).

  • Kevin Rowland's Band (AKA: Kevin Rowland's 13th Time; AKA: 13th Crime) (Rowland/Adams/O'Hara) Dexys Midnight Runners song written and regularly performed live in 1982. Live version released on "The Bridge" VHS/DVD (recorded in 1982). A studio version recorded (in a substantially different form) during Dexy's "Don't Stand Me Down" album sessions (1984-85) and left off the released album (though subsequently included on the "Director's Cut" re-issue) was eventually released as a B-side to Kevin Rowland's solo single "Tonight" (1988). The alternate titles ("13th Crime" and "13th Time") are a reference to Kevin Rowland's numerous brushes with the law.

  • Kierkegaard, Søren Danish philosopher and forefather of Existentialism referenced on Dexys Midnight Runners' single "There There My Dear" (1980) as somebody "Robin" keeps quoting. (See: Robin).

  • Kilkenny, Giorgio (Real name: Mick Galic) Dexys Midnight Runners bass player from October 1981 (making his debut on the "Liars A To E" single) through to the "Too-Rye-Ay" album sessions (1982).

  • Killjoys, The Kevin Rowland's pre-Dexys punk band which also briefly featured Kevin Archer in 1978. Released the single "Johnny Won't Get To Heaven" (1977) and also recorded two Radio One Sessions for John Peel. (Read more).

  • Kirwan, Larry Singer and guitarist with Black 47.

  • Kissoon, Katie Backing vocalist (as one of "The Sisters of Scarlet") on Dexys Midnight Runners' "Too-Rye-Ay" album (1982). Previously enjoyed chart success with her brother as part of duo Mac & Katie Kissoon in the Seventies and has also performed with Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder and Tina Turner.

  • Knott, Kim Photographer whose pictures featured in the art-work for several Dexys Midnight Runners releases including "Too-Rye-Aye" and "Don't Stand Me Down".

  • Knowledge Of Beauty (See: My National Pride)

  • Kokomo British 70s soul band whose line-up inluded guitarist Neil Hubbard, percussionist Jody Linscott and saxohonist Andy Hamilton all of whom subsequently performed with Dexys. Hubbard and Linscott also appeared on Kevin Rowland's solo album "My Beauty".
  • Labelled With Love (I'll Stay With My Dreams) (Difford/Tilbrook) Album track from Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" (1999). Cover version (with additional subtitle) of Squeeze's 1981 single featuring rewritten (and very 'personalised') lyrics.

  • Langer, Clive Producer, together with Alan Winstanley (and Kevin Rowland) of Dexys Midnight Runners' "Too-Rye-Ay" album (1982). Also produced Elvis Costello, Madness, Morrissey and Teardrop Explodes. Previously guitarist with highly-influential 70s Art Rock band Deaf School. 

  • Langford, Oli Violinist on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the track "She Got A Wiggle".

  • Langford, Darren (see: Tommy)

  • Last Resort, The Late 80's Channel 4 programme presented by Jonathan Ross which featured a 1988 appearance by Kevin Rowland performing "The More I See You".

  • Late Night Feelings Label created for the release of Dexys Midnight Runners' singles and album on EMI in 1980.

  • Leavin' On A Jet Plane Song written by John Denver which was a number 2 hit for Peter, Paul & Mary in 1970. Mentioned in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Reminisce Part Two".

  • Leek, Andy Keyboard player with Dexys Midnight Runners (1979-80). Went on to become a founding member of  The Blue Ox Babes in 1981 before enjoying a relatively successful solo career as a singer.

  • Lemarr, Toby Bass player with The Neighbourhood.

  • Let's Get This Straight (From The Start) (Rowland/Adams/O'Hara) Dexys Midnight Runners' twelfth single (1982), featuring backing vocals from The Brothers Just. Regularly perfomed live during "The Bridge" tour (1982-83) and also during the "Coming To Town" shows (1985).

  • Let's Make This Precious [A] (Rowland/Paterson) Album track from Dexys Midnight Runners' "Too-Rye-Ay" (1982), previously performed on their "Projected Passion Revue" tour (1981) and also recorded at their 1981 and 1982 Radio One Sessions. A studio version recorded as a potential single in 1981 (at the same sessions as the "Liars A To E" single version) was eventually released in 2007 as part of the 2-CD reissue of "Too-Rye-Ay". Live versions have been released on "Radio One Live In Concert", "The Bridge" VHS/DVD (both recorded 1982) and "It Was Like This - Live" (recorded 2003).

  • Let's Make This Precious [B] Dexys Greatest Hits CD released in 2003 to coincide with their "To Stop The Burning" tour.

  • Liars A To E (AKA: Your Own) (Rowland/Paterson/Torch) Dexys Midnight Runners' first single to feature strings (viola and cello) originally released in 1981 but substantially reworked as an album track for "Too-Rye-Ay" (1982), featuring additional vocals from The Sisters Of Scarlet. A live recording of the song's previous brassy version (entitled "Your Own"), was subsequently released on "The Projected Passion Revue" (recorded 1981) together with a studio version from their 1981 Radio One Session. The song was originally adapted from a 1978 Killjoys track entitled "Smoke Your Own" and a 2003 live performance incorporating elements of all the song's versions was released on "It Was Like This - Live" DVD.

  • Linscott, Jody Percussionist on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999) and also on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012),  performing on the tracks "Me", "I'm Always Going To Love You", "Incapable Of Love" and "Free". Hugely successful career as a session musician started with the group Kokomo in 1973 and has included work with such major artists as Elton John, Paul McCartney, Bryan Ferry and The Who.

  • Listen To This (See: I Love You (Listen To This))

  • Little Nibble, The Cafe in Bearwood Road, Smethwick in which the Dexys Midnight Runners team used to meet up for tea-drinking sessions. Immortalised in the opening dialogue of Dexys classic "This Is What She's Like".

  • Littman, Julian Mandolin player on Dexys Midnight Runners' "Don't Stand Me Down" album (1984-85). Long-time musical partner of Charlie Dore and currently a member of Folk-Rock stalwarts, Steeleye Span. Previously performed on childrens' TV show "Rainbow".

  • Live Respect (See: Respect).

  • Livingstone, Ken Politician and former leader of the G.L.C. (Greater London Council) described as a "folk hero" in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Reminisce Part One". Mayor of London from 2000 to 2008.

  • Lola Number 1 hit for The Kinks in 1970 which is mentioned in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Reminisce Part Two".

  • Long And Winding Road, The (Lennon/McCartney) Album track from Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" (1999). Cover version of The Beatles 1970 album track.

  • Look, The Book written by Paul Gorman which includes a contribution by Kevin Rowland about Mod fashions. The book's launch at London pub Filthy McNasty's in 2001 featured book readings and performances of "This Guy's In Love With You" and "I Love You (Listen To This)"  from Kevin Rowland.

  • Lost (Rowland/James/Williams) Album track from Dexys' "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), co-written by Blur guitarist Alex James.
  • Love - Part One (Rowland) Album track from Dexys Midnight Runners' "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" (1980) featuring a Kevin Rowland monologue set to a sparse sax solo performed by Geoff Blythe. The lyrics were originally intended for the track "Keep It"

  • Love - Part Two (Rowland/Billingham) B-side to the original release of Dexy's single "The Celtic Soul Brothers" (1982) featuring a Kevin Rowland monolgue set to Micky Billingham's piano-playing.

  • Love Is The Drug Book first published in 1994 which features John Aizlewood's memories of being a Dexys Midnight Runners fan (and meeting the band) in 1981.

  • Lovin' Unreleased 90s duet by Kevin Rowland and Tasha Lee McCluney. Substantially reworked and rerecorded as "Free" on Dexys' 2012 album "One Day I'm Going To Soar", the original song's lyrical themes seem to have been a starting point for the song "I'm Always Going To Love You" featured on the same album.

  • Lucy & The Lovers Kevin Rowland's pre-Killjoys Art Rock band.

  • MacDuff, Roger (Real name: Roger Huckle) Violin player (as part of "The Emerald Express") on Dexys Midnight Runners' "Too-Rye-Ay" album (1982).
  • Made To Measure Motown compilation released in 2007 featuring track selections hand-picked by Kevin Rowland, including the Jimmy Ruffin classic "I'll Say Forever My Love" which was incorporated into the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Reminisce Part Two".
  • Magpie Long-running ITV childrens' programme which Dexys Midnight Runners appeared on in April 1980 performing "Geno", followed by a memorable Jenny Hanley interview with Kevin Rowland.
  • Malach, Bob Saxophonist on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album 1988. Has also performed with Robben Ford and Mike Stern.
  • Manhood (Rowland/Paterson/Ditchfield) Album track from Dexys Midnight Runners' Greatest Hits collection "Let's Make This Precious" (2003) intended as a single but never given a full release. Previously recorded as a demo (1992/93) and performed live on Channel 4 show "Saturday Zoo" in March 1993 and also on "TOTP2" in September 2003. Live version released on "It Was Like This - Live" (recorded 2003).
  • Marguerita Time (Rossi/Frost) B-side to Dexys Midnight Runners' single "(An Extract From) This Is What She's Like" (1985), and regularly performed as an encore during their "Coming To Town" tour. Included as an anachronistic bonus track on the 1996 CD release of "Too-Rye-Ay". Cover version of Satus Quo's 1983 hit.

  • Master Series CD released in 1996 compiling material from Dexys Midnight Runners' "Too-Rye-Ay" and "Don't Stand Me Down" eras. Notable for including the only CD release (so far) of "Kathleen Mavourneen".
  • Matlock, Glenn Former bass player with The Sex Pistols who co-wrote the song "Nowhere Is Home" which featured on the 2012 Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar"
  • Maurice, Brian (Real name: Brian Maurice Brummitt) Alto saxophonist with Dexys Midnight Runners from December 1980, through the "Projected Passion Revue" era (1981) to the "Too-Rye-Ay" album sessions (1982). Was briefly part of The T.K.O. Horns after leaving Dexys, performing with Elvis Costello and John Watts in 1982/83.
  • McCann, Sean Irish author listed in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Burn It Down" (aka "Dance Stance").
  • McCluney, Tasha Lee Singer who dueted with Kevin Rowland on the unreleased 90s recording "Lovin" which she co-wrote. Has also worked with Beth Orton and Echoboy.
  • McCormack, Danny Piano player with Pete Williams/Basehart.
  • McKenzie, John Bass player on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Me (Rowland/Dine/Talbot)  Dexys' album track from "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012).
  • Merry Christmas, Everybody (Lea/Holder) Festive favourite performed by Dexys Midnight Runners on the 1982 ITV programme "Pop Goes Christmas". Cover version of the ever-popular Slade classic.

  • M.F.S.B. Philadelphia Soul orchestra which recorded the original version of "T.S.O.P." covered by Dexys Midnight Runners in 1982. Previously recorded with soul singer Cliff Nobles as Cliff Nobles & Co.
  • Michaelis, Emma J. Backing vocalist on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).
  • Michael (The Lover) 1967 hit for Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band, referenced on the Dexys Midnight Runners single "Geno" ("Academic inspiration, you gave me none, You were Michael the lover, the fighter that won").
  • Miller, Troy Drummer on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the tracks "Lost", "Me", "You", "Nowhere Is Home", "Free" and "It's O.K. John Joe".  
  • Minardi, Giani Guitarist with General Public.
  • Minardi, Mario Drummer with General Public following Stoker's departure.
  • Minnies, Jerod Guitarist with Dexys Midnight Runners throughout their "Coming To Town" tour (1985) and also on the B-side recordings of "Kathleen Mavourneen" and "Marguerita Time", supplying the latter track's guitar solo. Previously performed with Al Green.
  • Money, Zoot (& The Big Roll Band) British R&B legend and inspiration to the early Dexys Midnight Runners who regularly covered his 1966 single "Big Time Operator" in their live shows and gave him a name-check on the "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" sleeve-notes. It has also been suggested that Zoot Money's cover of Otis Redding's "One And Only Man" may have inspired some of the brass riffs on "Geno". Big Roll Band guitarist, Andy Summers eventually found fame and fortune with The Police.
  • Moneybrother Swedish artist inspired by Dexys who wrote and performed the original of the song "It's Been Hurting All The Way With You Joanna" which Kevin Rowland performed live in 2005 and 2006.
  • Monks, Jonathan Backing vocalist on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).
  • More I See You, The (Hatch) Performed by Kevin Rowland with Jim Paterson, Mick Bolton and Steve Nieve & The Playboys on Channel 4 programme, "The Last Resort". Cover version of 1966 hit by Chris Montez.
  • Morgan, Lucy Violin player with Dexys from 2003 to the present day. Made her debut on the recordings of "Manhood" and "My Life In England Part One" and appeared throughout Dexys' "To Stop The Burning" tour (2003). Returned to perform on the album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" and accompanying live shows in 2012. Previously a member of string section Celticana.
  • Morrison, Van Popular Irish singer who wrote and recorded the original version of the Dexys Midnight Runners cover "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)" and has been a big influence on Kevin Rowland's music.
  • Moseley District of Birmingham mentioned (together with Notting Hill) in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "This Is What She's Like" (1985) as a place populated by C.N.D. supporters.
  • Mueller, Marc Acoustic guitar player on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988).
  • My Beauty Kevin Rowland's much-maligned second solo album (featuring reinterpretations of classic songs) released in 1999 on Creation. Tracklisting: The Greatest Love Of All; Rag Doll; Concrete And Clay; Daydream Believer; This Guy's In Love With You; The Long And Winding Road; It's Getting Better; I Can't Tell The Bottom From The Top; Labelled With Love (I'll Stay With My Dreams; Reflections Of My Life; (Thunder Road); You'll Never Walk Alone. Thunder Road was removed from the released album after Bruce Springsteen's lawyers objected the lyrical changes. Kevin Rowland's infamous choice of image for the album cover  (semi-clad in dress and stockings) may have contributed to the album's poor sales.
  • My Life In England - Part One (Rowland/Paterson/Ditchfield) Album track from Dexys Midnight Runners' Greatest Hits collection "Let's Make This Precious" (2003) planned as a single but never given a full release. Live version released on "It Was Like This - Live" (recorded 2003). Previously recorded as a demo (1992/93) under the title "My Life In England, Margaret" with lyrics urging British troops to get out of Ireland.
  • My National Pride (AKA: Knowledge Of Beauty) (Rowland/O'Hara) Album track from Dexys Midnight Runners' "Don't Stand Me Down" (1985). A promotional video of the song (featuring beautiful Irish scenery) was filmed and later released on "Don't Stand Me Down - The Director's Cut".
  • My Rose (See: You're The Rose).
  • Negatives, The Late-70s Birmingham-based group featuring Kevin Archer and Pete Williams.
  • Neighbourhood, The Late-80s pop-soul-funk band formed by Tim Hutton and Toby Lemarr, featuring ex-Dexys brass men, Geoff Blythe and Jimmy Paterson. 
  • New Blood Mid-70s social club band featuring Pete Rowland as singer and Kevin Rowland (in his first experience of being in a band) on guitar. Their repertoire included a cover of "The Way You Look Tonight", later recorded by Kevin Rowland with Dexys Midnight Runners.
  • New Street Railway station in Birmingham mentioned in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Until I Believe In My Soul" (1982) which is on the main-line to Euston station in London. ("...I'm on the train from New Street to Euston and I'm back in Harrow again")
  • Newmark, Andy Drummer on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999). Previously performed with Roxy Music.
  • Night In Ireland, A Solo album released by Helen O'Hara in 1998 featuring instrumental interpretations of popular Irish songs.
  • Nightshift (Orange/Lambert/Golde) hit single from 1985 by Motown group The Commodores, covered by Dexys Midnight Runners on their 2003 "To Stop The Burning" tour and subsequently released on the 2004 DVD "It Was Like This - Live" and the 2012 CD/DVD "At The Royal Court". The song, which was written as a tribute to deceased soul singers Jackie Wilson and Marvin Gaye, was performed by Dexys as a duet between Pete Williams and Kevin Rowland.
  • Noble, Robert  (AKA: Bob Noble) Keyboard player with Dexys Midnight Runners from the final shows of "The Bridge" tour in 1983 through to the "Don't Stand Me Down" album sessions in 1984-85. Later performed on Helen O'Hara's "Southern Hearts" album (1990).
  • Nobles, Cliff & Co. Philadelphia Soul orchestra which recorded the original version of instrumental, "The Horse" covered by Dexys Midnight Runners. They later performed as M.F.S.B. whose hit single "T.S.O.P." Dexys also covered.
  • Northern Soul Term given to the retro-soul scene popular in the north of England (especially Wigan) during the 1970s. In the early 80s Dexys Midnight Runners were often regarded as being part of the Northern Soul scene by the press as a result of their choice of Soul covers but the band firmly denied this.
  • Notting Hill District of West London mentioned (together with Moseley) in the Dexys song "This Is What She's Like" (1985) as a place populated by C.N.D. supporters.
  • Now (Rowland/Paterson/Talbot) Dexys album track from "One Day I'm Going to Soar" (2012), the original version of which was recorded as a demo in 1992/93 under the title "You're The Rose". 
  • Nowhere Is Home (Rowland/Matlock/Talbot) Dexys album track from "One Day I'm Going to Soar" (2012), co-written by former Sex Pistols bassist, Glen Matlock.
  • O'Brien, Edna Irish author responsible for the novels "The Country Girls" and "Girl With The Green Eyes". Name-checked in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Burn It Down" (aka "Dance Stance").
  • O'Brien, Pauline Hair-dresser in Dexys manager Paul Burton's sallon, credited with suggesting the 'dungaree look' worn by Dexys Midnight Runners during their highly-successful "Too-Rye-Ay" era (1982-83). Worked alongside Yasmin Saleh from The Blue Ox Babes' in the early 80s.
  • O'Casey, Sean Irish playwright (of "Juno & The Paycock" amongst others) and founding member of the Irish Labour party. Name-checked in the Dexys song "Burn It Down" (aka "Dance Stance").

  • Occasional Flicker, The (Rowland) Opening track on the original release of Dexys Midnight Runners' "Don't Stand Me Down" album (1985). Performed on the subsequent "Coming To Town" tour as a 13-minute epic featuring a policeman interviewing Kevin Rowland about his 'burning'.

  • O'Connor, Frank Irish author listed in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Burn It Down" (aka "Dance Stance").

  • O'Hara, Helen (Real name: Helen Bevington) Violin player (initially as part of "The Emerald Express") with Dexys Midnight Runners from the "Too-Rye-Ay" album sessions (1982) through to the release of the single "Because Of You" (1986). Previously performed with The Blue Ox Babes (1981) before joining Dexys. After leaving Dexys, performed with Tanita Tikaram and released two solo albums of instrumental music, "Southern Hearts" (1990) and "A Night In Ireland" (1998). (Read more).

  • Oh, Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms Popular Irish song (written by Lord Byron's friend and biographer, Thomas Moore in the early 1800s) incorporated into the introduction of Dexy's single "Come On Eileen" and also used as a vocal tag to their "Too-Rye-Ay" album (both 1982).

  • Oh, Darling Working title of "Age Can't Wither You".

  • Old (Rowland/Paterson) Album track from Dexys Midnight Runners "Too-Rye-Ay" (1982), rerecorded as the double A-side to "Let's Get This Straight (From The Start)" and also at their 1982 Radio One Session. Live versions have been released on the 12" version of the above single, "Radio One Live In Concert", "The Bridge" VHS/DVD (all 1982) and "It Was Like This - Live" (Recorded 2003).

  • Old Vic Famous London theatre where Dexys Midnight Runners performed three now-legendary shows as a climax to their "Projected Passion Revue" tour in 1981.

  • One Day I'm Going To Soar  Album released by Dexys in 2012 featuring reworkings of material first demoed in the early 90s alongside newer compositions. Track listing: Now; Lost; Me; She Got A Wiggle; You; I'm Thinking Of You; I'm Always Going To Love You; Incapable Of Love; Nowhere Is Home; Free; It's O.K. John Joe.
  • One Of Those Things (Rowland/Zevon/Marinell/Watchell) Album track from Dexys Midnight Runners' "Don't Stand Me Down" (1985) which borrowed so heavily from Warren Zevon's "Werewolves Of London" that the writing credits were subsequently changed to include the composers of that song.

  • One Way Love (Russell/Meade) B-side to Dexys Midnight Runners' fourth single, "Keep It Part Two (Inferiority Part One)" (1980) featuring a rare lead vocal by guitarist, Kevin "Al" Archer. Cover version of a song originally recorded by The Drifters in 1964 but also a British hit for Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers whose recording was clearly the inspiration for Dexys' version. Song-writer Bert "Russell" Berns other credits included writing "Twist And Shout", "Piece Of My Heart" and "Here Comes The Night" as well as producing the Van Morrison classic "Brown Eyed Girl".

  • One Way Ticket To Palookaville (Rowland) B-side to Kevin Rowland's solo single "Young Man" (1988), featuring Jimmy Paterson  on trombone.

  • O'Neill, Eugene Irish author listed in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Burn It Down" (aka "Dance Stance").

  • O'Shaughnessey, Anthony Belfast boy whose picture was featured on the cover of Dexys Midnight Runners' "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" album (1980). The photo, taken in 1971, showed Anthony and other Belfast residents fleeing their homes following the British government's announcement that suspects could be held without trial. 

  • Outer Limits, The Comedy duo Nigel Planer and Peter Richardson who performed their routines as part of Dexys Midnight Runners' "Projected Passion Revue" shows in 1981.

  • Outlaw Studios Recording studios in Birmingham run by Phil Savage, used by Dexys Midnight Runners (and also The Blue Ox Babes) to record most of their demos.
  • Outlook Alternative title for Dexys Midnight Runners instrumental "Dubious" (AKA: "Spiritual Passion").

  • Out Of Nowhere Birmingham-based band formed in 1978 by ex-members of The Killjoys, featuring a pre-Dexys Micky Billingham.

  • Page, Ian Vocalist and trumpeter with Secret Affair (1978-82).

  • Panter, Horace Bass player with General Public. Previously with The Specials.

  • Parcells, Fred Trombonist with Black 47.

  • Park, Ben Saxophonist with The Neighbourhood.

  • Park Street South Original title of Dexys Midnight Runners' 1985 tour when it was first announced in the press. Later renamed "Coming To Town".

  • Parker, Cat Violin player on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the tracks "Lost", "You", "Nowhere Is Home" and "It's O.K. John Joe".

  • Paterson, Jim (AKA: Big Jimmy Paterson) Original trombonist with Dexys Midnight Runners (1978) who stayed following the split-up of the first band to become Kevin Rowland's right-hand man and songwriting partner during the "Projected Passion Revue" era (1981), before leaving in 1982 (following completion of the "Too-Rye-Ay" album for which he co-wrote all the original material including "Come On Eileen"). Formed The T.K.O. Horns after leaving Dexys but returned to perform on their "Don't Stand Me Down" album. Also played on recordings by These Tender Virtues, The Blue Ox Babes and The Neighbourhood. Worked with Kevin Rowland again in the late 80s and early 90s (helping to mastermind the short-lived Dexys come-back in 1993) and as co-producer on Kevin Rowland's album "My Beauty" (1999). Returned to Dexys in 2012 to perform on "One Day I'm Going To Soar" and on the accompanying live shows.

  • Pay, Camilla Harpist on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the track "Lost".

  • Peach, Bob Drummer with The Killjoys (1977-78) following the departure of original drummer, Lee Burton.

  • Pennington, Penn Pedal steel guitar and mandolin player with Dexys Midnight Runners throughout their "Coming To Town" tour (1985).

  • Pettitt, Ian Drummer with The Blue Ox Babes (1981-82 and 1987-88) and also with These Tender Virtues.

  • Phillips, Mark Guitarist with The Killjoys. Previously with Lucy & The Lovers.

  • Plan B (Rowland/Paterson) Dexys Midnight Runners' final single for EMI (1981) and the first to feature the new Dexys line-up. Rerecorded for the "Too-Rye-Ay" album (1982) with "Soon" forming an (uncredited) introduction. Live versions have been released on "The Projected Passion Revue" (recorded 1981) and "Radio One Live In Concert" (recorded 1982).

  • Pleeth, Anthony Cello player on Helen O'Hara's album "Southern Hearts" (1990).

  • Plews, Dave Trumpeter with The T.K.O. Horns. Also performed with The Eurythmics.

  • Pop Goes Christmas ITV festive music programme broadcast in December 1982 featuring Dexys Midnight Runners performing "Merry Christmas, Everybody" and "Let's Get This Straight (From The Start)".

  • Povey, Gavin Accordion player on Helen O'Hara's album "Southern Hearts" (1990).

  • Pratley, Alice Violin player on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the tracks "Now", "She Got A Wiggle", "I'm Thinking Of You", "I'm Always Going To Love You", "Incapable Of Love", "Nowhere Is Home", "Free" and "It's O.K. John Joe".

  • Preston, Jerry Bass player with Dexys Midnight Runners throughout their "Coming To Town" tour (1985).

  • Projected Passion Revue, The [A] 1981 Dexys Midnight Runners tour which culminated in three legendary nights at London's Old Vic theatre. In addition to Dexy's musical performances, the shows featured comedy from The Outer Limits and the dance troupe, Torque.

  • Projected Passion Revue, The [B] CD released in 2007 compiling Dexys Midnight Runners live and studio recordings from 1981.

  • Radio One Live In Concert [A] Regular series of concerts broadcast by  BBC Radio One which featured live shows by Dexys Midnight Runners on three occasions between 1981 and 1983. The first broadcast was subsequently released on "The Projected Passion Revue" in 2007 and the second broadcast (from 1982) was released on the aptly-named "Radio One Live In Concert" CD in 1993 and reissued as part of the "Too-Rye-Ay - Deluxe Edition" in 2007. The third recording (from May 1983) remains unreleased.
  • Radio One Live In Concert [B] CD released in 1993 of Dexys Midnight Runners live broadcast recorded in Newcastle for Radio One in June 1982 at which the songs from their "Too-Rye-Ay" album (including the single "Come On Eileen") were given a first public airing. Reissued as part of the "Too-Rye-Ay - Deluxe Edition" in 2007 featuring a performance of "I'll Show You" missing from the original release.
  • Radio One Sessions [A] Regular series of studio sessions recorded exclusively for BBC Radio One shows. Dexys Midnight Runners recorded sessions in 1980 (The Horse; Tell Me When My Light Turns Green; Geno; Breakin' Down The Walls Of Heartache and, at a separate session, Geno; Burn It Down; The Teams That Meet In Caffs; Respect); 1981 (Spiritual Passion; Let's Make This Precious; Your Own; Until I Believe In My Soul) and 1982 (Let's Make This Precious; Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile); All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz); Old). Many of the recordings were later released on a 1995 CD (See below) and on the 2010 re-issue of "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels". The Killjoys also recorded two Radio One Sessions for John Peel.
  • Radio One Sessions [B] CD released in 1995 compiling a selection of tracks from Dexys Midnight Runners sessions for BBC Radio One. Tracklisting: Tell Me When My Light Turns Green; "Dubious"; Let's Make This Precious; "Liars A To E"; Until I Believe In My Soul; Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile); All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz); Old.
  • Ranking Roger Singer with General Public. Previously with The Beat.
  • Ray, Johnnie American Fifties Pop idol whose melodramatic singing style was the inspiration for the opening line of Dexys Midnight Runners song "Come On Eileen". ("Poor old Johnnie Ray sounded sad upon the radio, moved a million hearts in mono").
  • Redding, Otis American Stax Soul legend who wrote and recorded the original version of Dexys Midnight Runners most regularly performed cover, "Respect". Name-checked on the sleeve-notes of Dexy's "Too-Rye-Ay" album ("...full of Redding's kind words, they could have changed anything").
  • Reflections Of My Life (Campbell) Album track from Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" (1999). Cover version of 1969 single by Marmalade.
  • Remember Me (Rowland/O'Hara) Closing track from Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988).
  • Reminisce - Part One (Rowland) B-side to the re-issue of Dexys Midnight Runners' single "The Celtic Soul Brothers" (1983) which pointed the way to the style of Dexy's next album "Don't Stand Me Down" with it's rambling conversations and obscure sense of humour.
  • Reminisce - Part Two (Rowland/Weatherspoon/Dean/Bowden) Album track from Dexys Midnight Runners' "Don't Stand Me Down" (1985) incorporating strains of the Jimmy Ruffin soul classic, "I'll Say Forever, My Love" written by William Weatherspoon, James Dean and Stephen Bowden.
  • Rennie, Michael British actor (star of the film "The Day The Earth Stood Still") referenced on Dexys Midnight Runners' single "There There My Dear" (1980) as somebody "Robin" keeps quoting. (See: Robin).
  • Respect (Redding) Performed live by Dexys Midnight Runners from their earliest shows right through to the "Coming To Town" tour (1985). A studio version was recorded at a Radio One Session (c. 1979/80) and live versions have been released on "The Projected Passion Revue" (recorded 1981), "Radio One Live In Concert", "The Bridge" VHS/DVD (both recorded 1982) and on the 12" version of the 1982 single "Let's Get This Straight (From The Start)"/"Old" under the title "Live Respect". Cover version of the 1965 Otis Redding soul classic famously recorded by Aretha Franklin in 1967.
  •  Rhine, Catherine Irish author listed in the Dexys song "Burn It Down" (aka "Dance Stance").
  • Rhodes, Bernie Dexys Midnight Runners manager from 1979-80 who had previously managed The Sex Pistols, The Clash and The Specials who immortalised him in the opening line of their 1979 single "Gangsters" ("Bernie Rhodes knows, don't argue.")

  • Ricotti, Frank Timpani player on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Rigani, Bob Backing vocalist on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988).

  • Rimmel, Keith Guitarist with The Killjoys.

  • Robin Subject of Dexys Midnight Runners' single "There There My Dear" (1980), written in the style of an open letter ("Dear Robin hope you don't mind me writing it's just there's more than one thing I need to ask you..."). The song was later explained as an attack on the type of Indie bands championed by N.M.E. who used to reel off the names of philosophers and radical thinkers (Søren Kierkegaard, Jack Kerouac, etc) in interviews in order to make their music seem more intellectually worthy.

  • Rockapella Group of vocalisits (consisting of Sean Altman, Stephen Keyes, Elliot Kerman and Charlie Evett) who provided 'additional background vocals' on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988). 
  • Rockpalast German TV music programme which featured live performances by Dexys in 1983.

  • Rolan, Carlo Pseudonym used by Kevin Rowland on the cover of Dexys Midnight Runners' “Dance Stance” single (1979) (See: Rowland, Kevin)

  • Romanza (See: Southern Hearts)

  • Ross-Scott, Nigel Bass player on Dexys Midnight Runners' single "Because Of You" (1986). Later performed on Helen O'Hara's "Southern Hearts" album (1990).

  • Rowland, Kevin (AKA: Carlo Rolan) Co-founder and lead singer of Dexys Midnight Runners (1978-86). Previously performed with his brother Pete Rowland's band, New Blood (c. 1975) and art-rockers Lucy & The Lovers (1976-77) which became punk band The Killjoys (1977-78). Started solo career with "The Wanderer" album (1988) before attempting to resurrect Dexys in the early 90s. Released second solo album "My Beauty" (1999) before engineering successful Dexys returns in 2003 and 2012, including the album "One Day I'm Going To Soar".

  • Rowland, Pete Kevin Rowland's older brother and a major influence on his life and career, mentioned in the Dexys song "My Life In England - Part One" ("My brother Pete he was the leader..."). Performed in 1970s social club bands White Satin and New Blood which featured Kevin Rowland on guitar. Became manager of The Blue Ox Babes in the late-80s. Sadly died of cancer in 2005.

  • Rowley, Sean Co-producer (with Kevin Rowland) of Dexys Midnight Runners' fourth single, "Keep It Part Two (Inferiority Part One)"/"One Way Love" (1980).

  • Roxy Music British Art Rock group of the 70s and 80s led by Bryan Ferry who were an enormous influence on Kevin Rowland's music and sense of fashion. Drummer Andy Newmark (who featured on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album) and Dexys guitarist Neil Hubbard (who also appeared on "My Beauty") both previously performed with Roxy Music.

  • Ruffin, Jimmy American Motown Soul legend whose song "I'll Say Forever My Love" features in the Dexys recording "Reminisce Part Two". Best remembered for his classic, "What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted".

  • Ryan, Sali-Wyn Violin player on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the tracks "I'm Always Going To Love You", "Incapable Of Love" and "It's O.K. John Joe". A founder member of string quartet Celticana which also features Dexys regular violinist, Lucy Morgan.

  • Saleh, Yasmin Backing vocalist with (and co-founder of) The Blue Ox Babes (1981-88). Responsible for creating the band's 'gypsy' style image in 1981. Worked in a hair-dressing salon (together with Pauline O'Brien) owned by Dexys manager Paul Burton. Was also Kevin Archer's girlfriend in the early 80s.

  • Salmins, Ralph Drummer on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the tracks "Now" and "I'm Thinking Of You".

  • Sam & Dave American Stax Soul duo who performed the original version of "Hold On, I'm Coming" which Dexys Midnight Runners covered in their early live shows. Also mentioned in the sleeve-notes to "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels".

  • Saturday Zoo Early 90's Channel 4 programme presented by Jonathan Ross which featured a March 1993 appearance by Dexys Midnight Runners performing "Manhood" and "If I Ever".

  • Saunders, Pete Original keyboard player with Dexys (1978-79) who returned to the group (1980) for the recording of the album "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" (for which he co-wrote the tracks "I'm Just Looking" and "Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire It Doesn't Apply"). After working on his own projects for many years he returned to Dexys in 2003 to perform on the tracks "Manhood" and "My Life In England Part One".

  • Savage, Phil Owner of Outlaw Studios in Birmingham. Also worked as sound engineer on The Blue Ox Babes' tour (1988).

  • Saxa Saxophonist with General Public. Previously with The Beat.

  • Schwartz, Peter Additional keyboard player on the "Forest & Heller Mixes" of Kevin Rowland's "Tonight" single (1988).

  • Schwier, Pete Co-producer (with Kevin Rowland and Jim Paterson) of Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999). Previously created the final mixes of Dexy's "Don't Stand Me Down" album (1985).

  • Searching For The Young Soul Rebels Dexys Midnight Runners' debut album released in 1980 on EMI. Tracklisting: Burn It Down; Tell Me When My Light Turns Green; The Teams That Meet In Caffs; I'm Just Looking; Geno; Seven Days Too Long; I Couldn't Help If I Tried; Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire It Doesn't Apply; Keep It; Love Part One; There There My Dear. Reissued in 2000 (as "20th anniversary edition") featuring the videos of "Geno" and "There My Dear" along with other multi-media content. A second re-issue was released in 2010, featuring additional B-sides, Radio One session recordings and live demos from the group's early days.

  • Secret Affair Mod band formed in 1978 by Ian Page and Dave Cairns, featuring a pre-Dexys Seb Shelton on drums.

  • Seven Days Too Long (Harrell/Bailey) Album track from Dexys Midnight Runners' "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" (1980) also released as a single in Canada. Cover version of Chuck Woods' 1966 Northern Soul classic.

  • Shacklock, Alan Producer of Dexys Midnight Runners' single "Plan B"/"Soul Finger" (1981). Also worked with Jo Boxers and The Alarm.

  • Shaw, George Bernard Irish playwright (responsible for "Pygmalion" which was adapted into the musical "My Fair Lady") and leading Socialist. Name-checked in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Burn It Down" (aka "Dance Stance").

  • Shaw, Ian Backing vocalist on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Shaw, Steve Violin player (as part of "The Emerald Express") and occasional accordion player with Dexys Midnight Runners from the "Too-Rye-Ay" album sessions (1982) through to the end of "The Bridge" tour (1983). Later joined The Blue Ox Babes (1986-88) for whom he co-wrote several songs (including the single "There's No Deceiving You") and has also performed with General Public, The Proclaimers and Deacon Blue.

  • Shelton, Seb Drummer with Dexys Midnight Runners from December 1980 through the "Projected Passion Revue" era and "Too-Rye-Ay" album sessions to the end of "The Bridge" tour (1983). Previously performed with The Young Bucks (1977) and Secret Affair (1978-80).

  • She Got A Wiggle  (Rowland/Paterson/Talbot) Album track on "One Day I'm Going To Soar" previously demoed under the title "She's Got A Giggle" (see below).
  • She's Got A Giggle (AKA: She's Got A Giggle That Melts My Heart). Unreleased Dexys demo from 1992 also demoed in 2005. Reworked and rerecorded as "She Got A Wiggle" on "One Day I'm Going To Soar".

  • Show Me (Rowland/Paterson) Dexys Midnight Runners first single for Mercury/Polygram (1981) which took them back into the top-20 of the British charts for the first time in almost a year. A live recording featured on "Radio One Live In Concert" (1982) and was also released as a B-side to the 12" re-issue of "The Celtic Soul Brothers" (1983).

  • Sidwell, Neil Trombonist on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Sidwell, Steve Trumpeter on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Sinatra, Frank One of the 20th Century's most successful recording artists, referenced on Dexys Midnight Runners single "There There My Dear" (1980) as somebody "Robin" apparently claims to like ("...and I don't believe you really like Frank Sinatra"). (See: Robin)

  • Sisters of Scarlet Female vocal group consisting of Carol Kenyon, Sam Brown and Katie Kissoon who provided backing vocals for the "Too-Rye-Ay" tracks "All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz)", "Liars A To E" and "Until I Believe In My Soul".

  • Skidmore, Fred Hammond organ player with Pete Williams/Basehart. Previously with These Tender Virtues.

  • Smiling Hard Early-70s Portsmouth-based band which featured among its ranks, Kevin Gilson, Andy Hamilton and Spike Edney all of whom later performed on "The Bridge" tour with Dexys Midnight Runners.
  • Smith, Nick Saxophonist with The Blue Ox Babes (1987-88).

  • Smoke Your Own (Rowland) Killjoys recording from 1978 which contained elements of the song that later became "Liars A To E". The lyrics, "This game's not for you (you pseudo), So easily seen through (you pseudo)..." were eventually reused in the live performances of "Liars A To E" on 2003's "To Stop The Burning" tour. 

  • Soame, Ash Drummer on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the track "She Got A Wiggle".

  • Solace, Simon Backing vocalist (as part of "The Brothers Just") with Dexys (1982-83).

  • Something Else BBC2 TV programme which featured a November 1980 appearance by Dexys Midnight Runners performing "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green" and "I Couldn't Help If I Tried".

  • Something Old, Something New Cook/Greenaway/Macaulay) Song performed by Dexys Midnight Runners during their "Coming To Town" tour (1985). Cover version of the 1971 hit single by The Fantastics.

  • Sometime Theme (Rowland/Adams/O'Hara) Instrumental B-side to the 12" version of the Dexys Midnight Runners single "Because Of You" (1986). The track is an instrumental version of "Because Of You" featuring alternative melodies and additional violin parts by Helen O'Hara.

  • Soon (Rowland/Paterson) Hymn-like B-side to Dexy's single "Show Me" (1981) which was latered rerecorded as an uncredited intro to "Plan B" on the "Too-Rye-Ay" album (1982). Live versions have been released on "The Projected Passion Review" (recorded 1981), "Radio One Live In Concert" (recorded 1982) and "It Was This - Live" (recorded 2003).

  • Soul Finger (King/Jones/Alexander/Caldwell/Cunningham/Cauley) Instrumental B-side to Dexy's final single for EMI, "Plan B" (1981). Cover version of 1967 Stax soul classic by The Bar-Kays.

  • Sound Of Silence, The 60s classic by Simon & Garfunkel covered by Kevin Rowland in 2006 during his live performances in Sweden.

  • Southern Hearts (Original title: "Romanza") Helen O'Hara's debut solo album (1990) featuring her own instrumental compositions. 

  • Speare, Paul Tenor saxophonist (and occasional flautist/penny whistle player) with Dexys from December 1980 through the "Projected Passion Revue" era to the "Too-Rye-Ay" album sessions (1982). After leaving Dexys became part of The T.K.O. Horns and also performed on the Special AKA single "Free Nelson Mandela".

  • Spiritual Passion (See: Dubious).

  • Spooner, Steve (AKA: Steve "Babyface" Spooner) Original alto saxophonist with Dexys (1978-80). After leaving Dexys he became a member of The Bureau (1981) who he rejoined for two live shows in 2005.

  • Stainton, Chris Keyboard player on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Status Quo Enduring British band whose 1983 hit "Marguerita Time" was covered by Dexys in 1985. Johnny Edwards, Quo's bass player since 1986, was with Dexys from 1982 to 1985.

  • Stax Memphis-based Soul label of the 60s and 70s often cited as an influence for Dexys brassy New-wave Soul sound. Home of such artists as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Booker T & The MGs and Eddie Floyd.

  • Stern, Lawrence Irish author of "The Life & Opinions Of Tristram Shandy". Name-checked in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Burn It Down" (aka "Dance Stance").

  • Stoker Drummer with Dexys from December 1979 through to the break-up of the first band in November 1980. Became part of The Bureau (1981) before working with Steven "Tin Tin" Duffy (1982) and then joining General Public (1983). Later embarked on a successful career as a producer (with production credits including Pato Banton's hit single "Baby Come Back").

  • Straight To The Heart 1979/80 Dexys Midnight Runners tour.

  • Strong About It '83 Alternate title given to the Dexys B-side "Reminisce Part One" on Irish pressings of "The Celtic Soul Brothers" in 1983. (Read more/see art-work).

  • Sullivan, Vince Trombonist on The Blue Ox Babes' "Apples And Oranges" album (1988).

  • Talbot, Jamie Saxophonist on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Talbot, Mick Keyboard player with Dexys Midnight Runners from mid-1980 to the break-up of the first band in December 1980. Previously with Mod band, The Merton Parkas. After leaving Dexys, went on to become part of The Bureau, The Style Council, Talbot & White and The Players before rejoining Dexys for their "To Stop The Burning" tour (2003) and the album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012). Left Dexys again in 2013.

  • Taylor, Crispin Drummer with Dexys on their "To Stop The Burning" tour (2003). Has also performed with Galliano, Eve Abraham and The Bureau (filling in for Stoker at their reunion shows in 2005 and on the 2008 album "...And Another Thing").

  • Taylor, Paul Trombonist with Dexys on their "To Stop The Burning" tour (2003). Previously performed with The Bureau (1981) and Basehart.

  • Taylor, Randy (AKA "Randy Hope Taylor") Bass player on Dexys Midnight Runners track "My National Pride" (AKA: "Knowlege Of Beauty"). Subsequently enjoyed a successful career with Jazz-Funk band, Incognito as well as performing with numerous other artists including Mica Paris, Jeff Beck and Jamiroquai.

  • Teams That Meet In Caffs, The (Archer) Instrumental album track from Dexy's "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" (1980).

  • Tell Me When My Light Turns Green (Rowland) Album track from Dexy's "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" which is regarded as the earliest Dexys composition, dating back to the days of The Killjoys. First recorded as a demo by Dexys in December 1978 and also at their Radio One Session in 1980. A regular part of Dexys shows throughout  their history (and undergoing several stylistic changes along the way) live versions have been released on "The Projected Passion Revue" (recorded 1981) and "It Was Like This - Live" (recorded 2003).

  • Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire, It Doesn't Apply (Rowland/Saunders) Album track from Dexy's "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" (1980) also released as a single in France.

  • There There My Dear (Rowland/Archer) Dexys Midnight Runners' follow-up single to "Geno" (1980) and the closing track on their "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" album. Written in the form of an open letter to "Robin" (See: Robin). Live versions have been released on "The Projected Passion Revue" (recorded 1981) and "Radio One Live In Concert" (recorded 1982). Completely reworked and slowed down for "The Bridge" tour (1982-83) in a version which was also performed on Channel 4 show "The Tube".

  • These Tender Virtues Mid-80s group formed by Pete Williams after his stints with Dexys Midnight Runners, The Bureau and The Blue Ox Babes. Featured Williams as lead singer and gutarist. Released the E.P. "The Continuing Saga" (1985). (Read more)

  • Thinking Of You Title of new Dexys song demoed in 2005. (See "I'm Thinking Of You").

  • This Guy's In Love With You (Bacharach/David) Album track from Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" (1999). Cover version of Herb Alpert hit from 1968.

  • This Is What She's Like (Rowland/Adams/O'Hara) Dexys Midnight Runners' 12-minute masterpiece from their "Don't Stand Me Down" album (1985) belatedly released as the edited-down single "(An Extract From) This Is What She's Like". A promotional video of the song was filmed (mostly in New York) and later released on "Don't Stand Me Down - The Director's Cut". Live version released on "It Was Like This - Live" (recorded 2003).

  • Thomas, Jimmy Backing vocalist (as part of "The Brothers Just") with Dexys (1982-83), notable for supplying the American voice on "Reminisce Part One". Also provided a spoken-word part on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album.

  • Thunder Road (Springsteen) Cover version of the Bruce Springsteen song, recorded for Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999) but removed from the released album after Springsteen's lawyers objected to the lyrical changes.

  • Tiswas Long-running ITV Saturday morning childrens' programme which in May 1980 featured a famous Sally James interview with Kevin Rowland and Kevin "Al" Archer. (Listen to audio clip)

  • T.K.O. Horns The Brass section formed in 1982 by ex-Dexys trombonist Jim Paterson, sax players Paul Speare and Brian Maurice (later replaced by Geoff Blythe) and trumpeter Dave Plews. Best remembered for their work on Elvis Costello's 1983 album "Punch The Clock". (Read more).

  • Todd, Phil Saxophonist on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Tommy (Real name: Darren Langford) Dexys fan who ended up posing as a band member in several early publicity shots and as a trumpeter in the video for "Geno" (1980) and is also reported to have helped Dexys 'kidnap' the master tapes of "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" in 1980. He briefly managed The Blue Ox Babes in 1987 before forming Babylon Zoo with singer Jas Mann in 1992. (Read more).

  • Tonge, Heather Backing vocalist with The Killjoys.
  • Tonight (Rowland) Album track from Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" (1988) and later released in a remixed version as his second solo single. Several dance remixes were also issued on 12" single.
  • Too-Ra-Loo-Ra-Loo-Ral (That's An Irish Lullabye) Song recorded by Bing Crosby (amongst others) which was often incorporated into the extended live versions of "Come On Eileen" in 1982/83. Probable inspiration for the Dexys album title "Too-Rye-Ay".
  • Too-Rye-Ay Dexy's second album released in 1982 on Mercury/Phonogram. Track-listing: The Celtic Soul Brothers; Let's Make This Precious; All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz); Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile); Old; Plan B; I'll Show You; Liars A To E; Until I Believe In My Soul; Come On Eileen. The song "Soon" features as an uncredited introduction to "Plan B". The album has been reissued on CD several times with various bonus tracks or videos, most recently in September 2007 in a "Deluxe Edition" featuring B-sides, live recordings and radio sessions.
  • Top Of The Pops BBC TV chart-based music programme on which Dexys performed regularly between 1980 and 1983, making their final appearance in 1986 performing "Because Of You". (See also: Jockie Wilson).
  • Top Ten of 1980 Channel 4 documentary about the music of 1980 including interviews with Kevin Rowland, Kevin Archer and Jim Paterson about "Geno" and "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels".

  • Torch, Steve Singer/songwriter who co-wrote the Dexys Midnight Runners songs "Liars A To E" and "The Waltz". Enjoyed chart success as part of 80s pop duo "White & Torch".
  • Torque Dance troupe which performed an expressive dance routine as part of Dexys' "Projected Passion Revue" shows in 1981.
  • To Stop The Burning 2003 Dexys tour timed to coincide with the release of the Greatest Hits album "Let's Make This Precious". A recording of the tour's Liverpool show was later released on DVD as "It Was Like This - Live".
  • TOTP (See: Top Of The Pops) 
  • TOTP2 BBC2 TV programme featuring classic Top Of The Pops footage and performances by adult-orientated artists. Dexys made their TV return on this show in 2003, performing "Manhood".
  • Trigg, Ben Cellist on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the tracks "Now", "Lost", "You", "I'm Thinking Of You", "I'm Always Going To Love You", "Incapable Of Love", "Nowhere Is Home", "Free" and "It's O.K. John Joe".
  • Troyer, Eric Backing vocalist on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988).
  • T.S.O.P. (AKA: The Sound Of Philadelphia) (Gamble/Huff) B-side to the 12" version of "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)" (1982). A live version was released on "Radio One Live In Concert" (recorded 1982). Cover version of 1974 hit by M.F.S.B. featuring The Three Degrees.
  •  Tube, The British TV live music programme shown on Channel 4. Dexys appeared on the show twice: in December 1982 (playing "Let's Get This Straight (From The Start)", "The Celtic Soul Brothers" and a now-legendary, slowed-down performance of "There There My Dear") and in September 1985 (performing "I Love You (Listen To This)" and "Kathleen Mavourneen").

  • Tucker, Mardyah Violin player on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the tracks "Now" and "I'm Thinking Of You".
  • Tunstall, Helen Harp player on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Until I Believe In My Soul (Rowland/Paterson) Album track from Dexy's "Too-Rye-Ay" (1982) previously recorded at their 1981 Radio One Session. Live versions have been released on "The Projected Passion Revue" (recorded 1981), "The Bridge" VHS/DVD (recorded 1982 in a very different 'Celtic' version) and "It Was Like This - Live" (recorded 2003, incorporating elements of both previous versions).

  • Upset, The Band which supported Dexys on their "Intense Emotions Revue" tour (1980) featuring future Bureau members Archie Brown and Rob Jones.

  • Very Best Of Dexys Midnight Runners Dexys Midnight Runners Greatest Hits compilation released in 1991. (See also: "Let's Make This Precious" [B]).

  • Virji, Fayyaz Trombonist with Dexys on their "Coming To Town" tour (1985).

  • Visconti, Tony Producer of Dexy's single "Show Me"/"Soon" (1981). Previously produced T-Rex, David Bowie and Thin Lizzy.

  • Wain, Pete Keyboard player with The Blue Ox Babes (1987-88).

  • Wakeling, Dave Singer with General Public. Previously with The Beat.

  • Walk Away (Rowland) Kevin Rowland's debut solo single (1988) also featured on "The Wanderer". Originally planned as Dexy's follow-up single to "Because Of You".

  • Walker, Simon Volin player with Dexys during "The Bridge" tour (1982-83)
  • Walters, Mark  Trombone player on the Dexys Midnight Runners Radio One Sessions recorded in 1982. Also performed for many years with the Grimethorpe Colliery Band.
  • Waltz, The (AKA: Elizabeth Wimpole & Kathleen Ni Houlihan) (Rowland/Torch) Closing track on Dexy's "Don't Stand Me Down" album (1985). It was later used as the opening song of Dexy's 2003 tour "To Stop The Burning", subsequently released on "It Was Like This - Live".

  • Wanderer, The Kevin Rowland's debut solo album released in 1988 on Mercury/Phonogram. Track-listing: Young Man; Walk Away; You'll Be The One For Me; Heartaches By The Number; I Am A Wanderer; Tonight; When You Walk Alone; Age Can't Wither You; I Want; Remember Me.

  • Ward, Bobby (AKA: Bobby Jnr.) Drummer with Dexys in 1979 (following the departure of original drummer John Jay), performing on their debut single "Dance Stance". Previously with Subway Sect.

  • Washington, Geno (& The Ram Jam Band) American soul singer based in Britain during the 1960s and subject of Dexys Midnight Runners' first number one single, "Geno". Geoff Blythe perfomed with The Ram Jam Band before joining Dexys.

  • Way You Look Tonight, The (Kern) Recorded during Dexys Midnight Runners' "Don't Stand Me Down" sessions (1984) and left off the released album (though subsequently included on a 1996 re-issue) it was eventually released as a B-side to the 12" version of Kevin Rowland's solo single "Walk Away" (1988). Cover version of a Jerome Kern show-tune original featured in the 1936 musical "Spring Time".

  • Wedding Bell Blues 1970 hit single by Fifth Dimension mentioned in the Dexys Midnight Runners song "Reminisce Part Two" (1985).

  • Weisberg, Eric Steel guitar player on Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988).

  • Weston, Gil (AKA: Gem) Bass player with The Killjoys. Went on to play with Girlschool.

  • What's She Like (See: This Is What She's Like)

  • When You Walk Alone (Rowland) Album track from Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" (1988).

  • Whetton, Alan Saxophonist with The T.K.O. Horns on their sessions with Howard Jones (1985). Also believed to have performed on Dexys single "Because Of You" (1986).

  • White & Torch Early-80s duo featuring occasional Dexys song-writer Steve Torch.

  • Wilde, Oscar 19th Century Irish author of such works as "The Importance Of Being Earnest" and "The Picture Of Dorian Gray". Name-checked in the Dexys song "Burn It Down" (aka "Dance Stance").

  • Wildhearted Waltz, The Working title of Dexys song "All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz)".

  • Wilkinson, Kate Backing vocalist on Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999).

  • Williams, Carrie Keyboard player with The Neighbourhood.

  • Williams, Pete Original bass player with Dexys (1978-80). Previously in The Negatives with Kevin Archer. After leaving Dexys, went on to perform with The Bureau (1981) and The Blue Ox Babes (c. 1983) before forming his own bands, These Tender Virtues (1984) and later, Basehart. Returned to Dexys as a joint lead singer on their "To Stop The Burning" tour (2003).

  • Williamson, Robin Celtic harp and penny whistle player on Helen O'Hara's "Southern Hearts" album (1990).

  • Wilson, Jackie American Soul legend, subject of Dexys covers "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)" and "Night Shift".

  • Wilson, Jockie Scottish Darts player whose picture was famously featured on "Top Of The Pops" when Dexys performed "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)". Assumed by many to be a mistake on the part of the show's production team, this was later revealed as a Kevin Rowland joke. 

  • Wingfield, Pete Producer of Dexys Midnight Runners album "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" (1980). Went on to produce albums by The Bureau, The Blue Ox Babes and The Proclaimers. Worked with Kevin Rowland again in 1999 playing piano on his solo album "My Beauty".

  • Winstanley, Alan Co-producer of Dexy's albums "Too-Rye-Ay" (1982) and "Don't Stand Me Down" (1985). Dispute with Dexys over his initial credit as "engineer" on "Don't Stand Me Down" led to delays in the album's release. Together with long-time partner Clive Langer also produced Madness, Elvis Costello and Teardrop Explodes.

  • Withers, Bill American Soul legend responsible for the 1972 classic "Lean On Me" mentioned on the Dexys song "Plan B". ("Bill Withers was good for me, pretend I'm Bill and lean on me").

  • Wogan BBC TV programme hosted by Irish presenter and Disc Jockey, Terry Wogan which featured Dexys' first public appearance (performing "Listen To This") to promote the release of "Don't Stand Me Down" in 1985.

  • Wolverhampton City in England's West Midlands where Kevin Rowland lived as a child. Mentioned in the Dexys song "My Life In England Part One" (2003) and also the home of Kevin Rowland's favourite football team "Wolverhampton Wanderers" (rumoured to be the inspiration for the title of his first solo album, "The Wanderer").

  • Wood, Lee Producer of The Killjoys' single "Johnny Won't Get To Heaven" (1977) and owner of their record label Raw Records..

  • Woodmansey, Mick (AKA: Woody Woodmansey) Drummer with Dexys during the "Don't Stand Me Down" sessions, performing on "The Waltz", "Kevin Rowland's 13th Crime" and "The Way You Look Tonight" (1984). Later appeared on Helen O'Hara's "Southern Hearts" album (1990) and has also performed with The Blue Ox Babes and David Bowie.

  • Worsey, Chris Cellist on Dexys album "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), performing on the track "She Got A Wiggle". 
  • Wynne, Steve Bass player with Dexys Midnight Runners from December 1980 through most of the "Projected Passion Revue" era to October 1981 when he was replaced by Giorgio Kilkenny. Later became a member of The Blue Ox Babes (1986-88) and co-wrote the song "Gregory Right". Was given a belated co-writing credit for the Dexys song "My National Pride" (AKA: "Knowledge Of Beauty"). Previously a member of Ska band The Swinging Cats.

  • Yes Let's (Rowland/Paterson) Very early version of the song which eventually became "Come On Eileen" performed during the final "Projected Passion Revue" shows at The Old Vic (1981). The opening lyrics "Poor Johnny Ray sounded so sad upon the radio," were adapted for the released song while the line "And though spiritual seduction might seem more my aim, right now I just want to take off all your clothes and do something dirty to you." which featured on the cover of the "Too-Rye-Ay" album is a quote lifted directly from this song. Never officially released and only known to exist on live bootleg recordings.

  • You (Rowland/Paterson/Talbot) Dexys album track from "One Day I'm Going To Soar" (2012), which was a re-working of the early-90s composition "If I Ever", performed in 1993 on Channel 4's "Saturday Zoo".
  • You'll Be The One For Me (Rowland) Album track from Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" (1988).

  • You'll Never Walk Alone (Rodgers/Hammerstein) Closing track of Kevin Rowland's "My Beauty" album (1999). Performed live by Kevin Rowland at a C.N.D. rally in 2000. Cover version of 1945 show-tune from "Carousel", most famously recorded in 1963 by Gerry & The Pacemakers.

  • Young Bucks The Newcastle-based band formed in 1975 featuring at various points Pat Rafferty, Tony Wadsworth, Glynn John, a pre-Bureau Archie Brown and future Midnight Runner, Seb Shelton. Reformed in 1986 as Archie Brown & The Young Bucks.

  • Young Guns Go For It BBC2 music documentary series which in 2000 featured a 50-minute programme on the Dexys Midnight Runners story.

  • Young Man (Rowland) Opening track of Kevin Rowland's "The Wanderer" album (1988) also released as his third solo single.

  • Young Ones, The BBC comedy show (starring Nigel Planer who performed as part of The Outer Limits at Dexy's 1981 "Projected Passion Revue" shows) which featured Dexys performing "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)" in 1982.

  • Young Soul Rebels Dexys book written by Richard White, first published in 2005.

  • Your Own (See: Liars A To E).

  • You're The Rose (AKA: My Rose) Unreleased Dexys demo (1992/93) of song written about Kevin Rowland's mother. Substantially reworked and rerecorded as "One Day I'm Going To Soar" track "Now".

  • Zevon, Warren American singer/songwriter whose 1978 single "Werewolves Of London" provided the inspiration for the Dexys song "One Of Those Things" (1985), for which he received a belated co-writer credit. 

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