Kevin Rowland was born in 1953 in Wolverhampton and is best known as front man of Dexys Midnight Runners. The first group of Rowland's was Lucy & The Lovers but that failed to survive for more than a short period. His next project the punk rock act The Killjoys were able to attain some recognition with the release of the single "Johnny Won’t Go To Heaven" in 1977. He separated from the band because of disillusionment with the punk scene and formed a new soul influenced band named Dexys Midnight Runners in 1978 with the guitarist, Al Archer.
Dexys disbanded in 1987. In the same year Rowland recorded a solo album named "The Wanderer" but the album was a commercial failure along with its three singles. His next album appeared in 1999, interpretations of classic songs named "My Beauty".
Dexys Midnight Runners was reformed by Rowland in 2003 with only one original member in the line-up of the band other than him, this was bassist Pete Williams.
The reformed band had a successful tour supporting their greatest hits album along with two newly recorded songs "Manhood" and "My Life in England". Even though these songs were boasted as new singles, they only appeared as airplay on national radio and were never released commercially.
Click here for an extremely rare interview with Kevin Rowland. This interview is totally raw and uncut. What that means is as it was recorded at the time without edits, so it contains everything from screw-ups, intro’s to tracks with no subsequent music, strange background noises, pregnant pauses and idle chatter but that is what makes it so unique. This interview has not seen the light of day in this format since it was recorded nearly 30 years ago.
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