Thursday, 26 April 2018

The First Time With... Series 9 - 6. Kevin Rowland

THE FIRST TIME WITH... SERIES 9 - 6. KEVIN ROWLAND (320kbs-m4a/130mb/57mins)
BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 3rd February 2018

Kevin Rowland, frontman of Dexys Midnight Runners, shares his musical milestones with Matt Everitt in a programme first broadcast in 2015.

There have been few singers more passionate about their band and art than Kevin Rowland. As the leader and driving force behind Dexys, he led the group to success with classic singles such as Geno and Come On Eileen. He was so single-minded that Dexys imploded in 1986, under the weight of his refusal to compromise.

In a revealing interview, Kevin looks back over his life and his triumphs and failures. This in itself is remarkable, as he frequently refuses to discuss Dexys and his past. He also talks about how a passion for music provided an escape from his difficult upbringing in Wolverhampton, falling for Elvis, Bowie, Dylan, Van Morrison and The Sex Pistols, and his deep, almost spiritual, connection with music.

Proving that sticking to your guns and never backing down can see you right in the end, Kevin also details how he revived the Dexys name in 2012 for an album and series of live shows that were greeted with an almost religious fervour by fans and critics alike.

Dexys Midnight Runners - There, There My Dear [Mercury]
Dexys Midnight Runners - Because Of You
The Clancy Brothers And Tommy Makem - The Moonshiner
Karl Denver - Wimoweh
Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love [RCA]
Bob Dylan - Sad-Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands
Sex Pistols - Anarchy In The U.K. [Virgin]
Van Morrison - Slim Slow Slider [Warner Bros]
Dexys Midnight Runners - Dance Stance [Mercury]
Dexys Midnight Runners - Geno [Mercury]
David Bowie - Young Americans [EMI]
Dexys Midnight Runners - I Love You (Listen To This) [Mercury]
Sinéad O’Connor - Danny Boy (Live)

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