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Searching For The Young Soul Rebels

Dexys Midnight Runners

1980

Searching For The Young Soul Rebels
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Searching for the Young Soul Rebels is the debut studio album by English pop group Dexys Midnight Runners, released on 11 July 1980, through Parlophone and EMI Records. Led by Kevin Rowland, the group formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England, and formed a strong live reputation before recording their first material. Recorded during April 1980, the album combines the aggressiveness of punk rock with soul music, particularly influenced by the Northern soul movement. The album was preceded by and contains the hit-single "Geno", which topped the UK Singles Chart. It also contains two other charting singles: "Dance Stance" (re-recorded as "Burn It Down") and "There, There, My Dear" (which included the lyrics "I've been searching for the young soul rebels" that inspired the album's title). The album reached number 6 on the UK Albums Chart and is certified Silver by the British Phonographic Industry. It has been widely acclaimed by music critics since its release and is included in 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Fri Aug 06 2021
4

“Searching for the Young Soul Rebels” by Dexys Midnight Runners (1980) “Dexys” is a term that apparently refers to kids in northern England who were recreational users of dextroamphetamine in the late 70s and early 80s. They wanted to stay awake all night to dance energetically, I suppose. I recently read somewhere that during the WWII Battle of Britain (July-October 1940) the British RAF aircrews used dextroamphetamine (Benzedrine), while German Luftwaffe aircrews used methamphetamine (Pervitin). Everybody stayed high during the flights and the fights. But since dextroamphetamine leaves the system faster than methamphetamine, RAF crews could sleep the next day, but Luftwaffe crews could not. The result was long term German fatigue. If it had been the other way around, the title of this album might have been “Auf der Suche nach den jungen Seelenrebellen”. The photo on the cover art depicts an Irish Roman Catholic boy being forced from his Belfast home in 1971. These bits of background have significant explanatory power for one seeking to understand the creative impetus behind “Searching for the Young Soul Rebels”. You don’t have to search very far for the rebels. They’re the ones making the music, along with all serious listeners. And the music is a call for the hesitant fence-sitting warrior to get his ass back in the fight for the long term. The best poetry in these Kevin Rowland lyrics comes to the listener in the imperative mood—anger on uppers. In “Keep It”, he scolds: “You give credit for might, inspiration and sight But you miss the point You won't join the fight . . . You hear the sounds, miss all the hooks Your best is what you least understand You hate the graft, won't join the race You're scared to scar your pretty face Safe now cause your head is in the sand”. Okay, Kevin, you’ve got my attention. Now what? Your best is what I least understand. Help me, here, dude. Well, on “There There My Dear”, we get “You're always so happy, how the hell? You're like a dumb dumb patriot . . . You're supposed to be so angry, why not fight?” Alright, then give me a weapon and point me in the right direction. Crickets. I personally wish he had been more explicit and less obscurely referential about what the hell we’re supposed to be fighting for, or even who the enemy is. But he apparently wasn’t writing for boomers raised in the Midwest U.S. (like me). This does not, however, diminish the art. It appeals to rebellious old guys with young souls. I can attest. Spoken poetry on “Love Part One” is angrily potent, demanding a second listen. And a third . . . It’s good. The sound throughout most of this album is refreshingly dominated by trombone of all things, ably performed by “Big” Jim Patterson (with significant use of dubbing, to good effect) and saxophones by Jeff Blythe and Babyface Spooner (Love that handle!). Added to this are the very musical bass lines by Pete Williams, resulting in a very attractive mix. Vocals are uniformly bad. Don’t even get me started. This album isn’t for everyone, which is fine by me. But it’s very good. I am so pissed, and I don’t even know why. And finally, don’t do drugs, kids (unless you’re hurtling through home skies at 350 mph in a single engine Spitfire defending western civilization from the horrors of fascism—then we might make an exception). 4/5

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Mon Jan 25 2021
3

One I've not listened to before. Always heard praise for them but just thought of them as one hit wonders with "Come on Eileen" and kind of dismissed them. Love the way it starts with dialing through the radio. I'd bet this was a real fun live show to catch back around when this record came out. Ambitious punks trying to get soulful. Walking a fine line between earnestness and irony but it sure sounds like they are having a good time doing it. I think my favorite thing on the record is the verses on "thankfully not living in yorkshire..." (But not necessarily the choruses). Probably my favorite whole track is "tell me when my light turns green." I'd bet if I was really fucking drunk I'd love this.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
1

God awful vocal style shits all over a clearly talented band. Why you'd throw a microphone at a guy having a stroke rather than ring 999 is beyond me.

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Fri Jan 29 2021
5

Love the little nudge to the specials at the start. Definitely a very good album with a nice touch with all the horns. Love the ska vibes it gives off

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Fri May 20 2022
5

There is something simply uplifting and joyous about Dexys - the exuberance, the horns, a bit of ska, a bit of northern soul, a bit of blues, a bit of chanting, a bit of foot stomping - and a charming sincerity from Rowlands. Imaging them in their pomp, 14 band members prowling the stage, smashing out the tunes, playing soul covers… I bet their gigs were legendary. Geno is an absolute monster (and as a side note, I listened to Geno Washington for the first time and boy let me tell you that cleared out the cobwebs!). Fast, furious, infectious.

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Sat Oct 21 2023
2

I don’t really care for this radio station very much.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
5

I was not expecting long songs for this punkish album, but it's not bad. I must say that I love it much more than I tough and I'll surely listen to it many more times in the future. A great point to this list. I like it very much when I discover new things around here!

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

I can't pin point what it is, but there's just something special in this album. The ska and Talking Heads vibes, the talent of these young musicians, the general "mood". I don't know why, but this whole album filled me up with overwhelming joy.

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Sun Apr 09 2023
5

The BRASS. Gotta love brass in a band. Most of the lyrics sailed right past my ears, but I enjoyed every song on the album with brass

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

Totally melodramatic but sort of leaning into it, I like it??? The crooning vocals are so hamfisted but it sounds fun. I love the punk element. It's like punk D'Sievers. Like, this live would be a fun time with friends. I didn't know these guys were the ones who did "Come on Eileen" which is a banger. I agree with Jon that "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green" might be my fav, along with Geno. I'd prob give it a 3.5 but I'll round up to 4.

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Sun Mar 21 2021
4

This was a grower. I guess you have to be in the right mood, as Kevin Rowland can be quite annoying. But it's very catchy, soulful, lots of horns.

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Sun Feb 26 2023
4

4.3 - An intoxicating energy that seems to jump off the wax. For me, Dexys is no longer the "Come on Eileen band." I love the husky brass fills coupled with Kevin Rowland's idiosyncratic vocals. I'm also fascinated by its milieu within the northern soul scene. Lots of bops on here, including "Geno", "Seven Days Too Long" and "I Couldn't Help It If I Tried."

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Sun Jul 25 2021
3

L'album est bon mais une fois de plus la voix dégueulasse de Kevin Rowland à mi-chemin entre une poule en panique et un Jeff Buckley constipé vient gâcher la fête.

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Tue Apr 06 2021
2

I'm on record as being morally opposed to any "rock" band with a horn section. That comes into play here as every damn song is horn driven. I'm so sick of saxophones. Also, blue-eyed soul is just the worst. The. Worst. In short, this album was a trial to listen to and I didn't enjoy my time.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
5

Love this - a real classic album, both timeless and completely of its time.

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Fri Dec 16 2022
5

I was surprised that I enjoyed this so much. I knew their one hit, 'Good night, Irene', when it first came out, but knew nothing else about the band. This album has a lot to offer.

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Tue Aug 29 2023
5

Any album - well, there's probably only one - that contains the lyric "You're supposed to be so angry, why not fight? Let me benefit from your rage" is going to get five stars from me. Dexys are a strange act. Kevin Rowland drove the band relentlessly, mercilessly. Finding out about it makes it seem cultish and worrying. One cannot argue that the result isn't some of the tightest band work it's possible to imagine. The legacy of Come on Eileen makes Dexy's seem like less than they are. Geno is a superior song in almost every way, but There There My Dear is just sublime. The uniform incomprehensibility of the lyrics notwithstanding, the lyricism is unbelievably strong. It's hard not to nod toward Feargal Sharkey, especially "It's going to happen" - released a year after this album, the horns are clearly drawing inspiration. Talking of inspiration - Quantic's Sol Clap - released 30 years after this album - is one of the only times I can point to horns with such macho pomp. Such confident, balls out joy of strutting around. What fun! Anyway - Dexys. The album is a hoot. High energy, high talent, and with more than a few absolutely stand out tracks. Not to mention that Come on Eileen is central to the opening of the best episode of Spaced. It has to be one of the best albums of the past 50 years.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

Okay. I know Geno, and that this is a band which had a very loyal following. A strong couple of openers to start. I'm not sure I love the strained singing voice, but it does make Dexys sound unique beyond their brass led music. Bold to then have a four minute instrumental, The Teams That Meet In Caffs. It had to be good not to lose me, and thankfully it is. The run from Geno (an all timer) to Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire..." (an odd falsetto Northern Soul stomper) is bloody good! Even a poem being read out doesn't offend me. Have I mellowed in my old age, or is this band just dead charming?!

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Sat Jan 30 2021
3

Groovy tunes, pretty catchy at parts but even 39 min is long for it 3.3

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Tue May 21 2024
3

p451. 1980. 3 stars. The good: fabulous brass section and a handful of good songs. The bad: Kevin Rowland's vocals. He can't sing and he has the worst articulation ever. It speaks volumes (unlike Kevin Rowland) that Spotify doesn't know most of the lyrics to the songs, probably because no-one can understand WTF he is saying.

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Fri May 31 2024
2

Can dig some of the horns here and the soul influences, but honestly, just give me The Clash.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
1

The only thing special about these guys is that in 1982 they were somehow able to chart the most vile and disgusting song in pop music (Cum on Eileen). This album was absolutely wretched. The album title indicates there'd be soul on this one. I didn't hear any soul, but I did hear calamitous horns. Lot's of brass, actually. Saxophones(?), trombones(?), trumpets(?)... I'm not sure, all I know is that horns blow and so did this album.

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Thu May 09 2024
1

This is pretty insufferable. When I started to think they might have something musically, the whiny vocals would kick in and ruin it.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
5

Que pieza tan maravillosa de la música, bonito rock steady, bonito ska, bonito blue eyes Sin duda un gran aporte al New wave

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

I really dug this album with its punk sound meets some classical/jazz instrumental ensemble. It gave me some pep in my step and swing in my jive Top Tracks: Tell Me Why My Light Turns Green, Geno, Burn it Down, There There My Dear

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Una especie de The Cure animado y trompetero. Les compro el vinilo, va.

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Sun Apr 10 2022
5

The first side of this is just astonishing - six, even seven stars. A fully formed sound from nowhere. If the second half can't quite sustain the extra-ordinary first five tracks (of which Geno is perhaps the weakest. Think about that.) then its just by comparison. An album so in love with a form of music it seems entirely natural to have a cover from that genre that fits perfectly. ps fun fact Burn It Down was called Dance Stance on original release, as I have the 45.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

This is a fab album- love the sound!

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Fri Aug 05 2022
5

biggest surprise so far - loved the sound

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Thu Sep 15 2022
5

the more I listen to this bands stuff, the more amazing it all sounds no complaints - easily a 10/10

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Sun Oct 23 2022
5

One of th greatest albums ever made. In my all time top 5

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Yes, another pearl from the 1001 catalogue. Great songs performed by intense vocals and swinging brass instruments.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
5

Classic album from one of the best UK bands from the 80s - does not contain a single weak song. Ome of these like-it-or-not albums and this factor is more or less determined by whether or not you like the first song: Burn It Down / Dance Stance, one of their best singles. The bonus edition contains the Plan B single which is very different from the version on the follow-up album when they (that is, Kevin Rowland) changed style. I do appreciate that album as well and although concerts from that lineup must have been great to attend, a concert by the original Dexys lineup, with horn section, must have been more special.

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Fri Nov 18 2022
5

Early ska/punk, this is my jam, shame it wasn't the right weather for it but still great stuff

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

Thankfully not living in Yorkshire is so good but so random

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Sun Feb 19 2023
5

Unexpectedly fun! Not a fan of punk normally but this blend of styles did it for me.

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Sun Feb 26 2023
5

One of the best blue-eyed soul albums out there. You could really feel the combination of new elements and the tradition of soul. England is the best country for modern music, hands down.

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Wed Apr 12 2023
5

I wasn't sure I needed another album from Dexy's Midnight Runners. Isn't there just "Come On Eileen"? Turns out there is a lot more. I love the horn section and the organ with the punky attitude. It's a surprisingly effective combination that would see revisited later in groups like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. A trombone with attitude is always welcome in my house. Glad to experience this album!

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Wed Jun 14 2023
5

Tuota en ole varma okno tietoisuuden tilaa ollut heh tarpeeksi kun jokanen kappale kuullosti uskomattomalta häh paskaahan tämä on..

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Wed Jul 05 2023
5

Una especie de The Cure animado y trompetero. Les compro el vinilo, va.

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Thu Oct 05 2023
5

What a fun album to listen to. The pacing of the entire thing was perfect. You can hear how the mix of punk, reggae, and disco that this album explores would influence ska music that would rise in popularity a decade later.

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Mon Jan 15 2024
5

Such fantastic energy - I bet their live shows were amazing! I was introduced to Dexys way back when (along with the Waterboys, who I haven't had yet in this project, but I'm pretty sure there's at least one of theirs on the list) so have a certain amount of nostalgia for them, but I gotta think I'd be super into this even if I was hearing it for the first time. I guess Kevin Rowland's vocals can be a bit divisive, but I think they work. Love the radio dial intro - here's some hard rock, punk, ska, and brass band music, and while that's not what's coming next..... it kinda has elements of all of those! Fave tracks - "Burn it Down", "Geno", "Seven Days Too Long". "There There My Dear".... I mean "Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire It Doesn't Apply" could make the list too, it's a laugh!

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Wed Jan 17 2024
5

Whole album felt kinda sloppy and uninspiring

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Thu Feb 08 2024
5

Wow what a wild album. Great horn section - and just felt like a precursor or early ska album. I would definitely listen again.

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Fri Mar 01 2024
5

Great poppy funky jazzy 80s stuff

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Thu Apr 18 2024
5

This was a really fun album and enjoyed it.

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Wed Apr 24 2024
5

I dunno. Would rather listen to their soul and reggae influences.

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Sun Jun 09 2024
5

This was great. I was one of these who had only heard Come on Eileen and didn't really get why this group has multiple albums on the list. This one at least I'm glad was here.

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Fri Jun 14 2024
5

### **In-Depth Review of "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" by Dexys Midnight Runners** Released in 1980, "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" marks the debut of Dexys Midnight Runners, a band led by the enigmatic Kevin Rowland. This album captures the zeitgeist of the post-punk era with a unique blend of soul, punk, and brass-driven pop, establishing Dexys as a distinctive force in the music scene. In this review, we will delve into the album's lyrics, music, production, themes, and influence, highlighting its strengths and weaknesses. #### **Lyrics** Kevin Rowland's lyrics are a cornerstone of the album, brimming with passion, introspection, and a sense of defiance. The songs tackle themes of youth, identity, and social issues with a raw and unfiltered intensity. **Key Tracks and Lyric Analysis:** 1. **"Burn It Down"**: This opening track sets the tone with its urgent plea for authenticity and rejection of superficiality. The lyrics "I don't care if you're young or old, let's burn it down" encapsulate the rebellious spirit of the album. 2. **"Tell Me When My Light Turns Green"**: Rowland's introspective side shines through in this song, reflecting on personal struggle and the search for direction. The repeated line "I'm so confused and full of fear" conveys vulnerability and a yearning for clarity. 3. **"Geno"**: A tribute to soul singer Geno Washington, this track celebrates musical inspiration and the impact of role models. The lyrics "You were my torch / Now I wanna be like you" highlight the admiration and aspiration that drive young musicians. 4. **"There, There, My Dear"**: This song is a scathing critique of the music industry and phoniness. Rowland's sharp wit is evident in lines like "You must be joking, oh man, you must be joking." The album's lyrical content is a mix of personal reflection and social commentary, delivered with a poetic yet direct approach. Rowland's emotive delivery adds an additional layer of sincerity and urgency to the words. #### **Music** Musically, "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" is a vibrant fusion of genres, primarily characterized by its brass arrangements, soul influences, and punk energy. The band employs a variety of instruments, creating a rich and dynamic sound. **Instrumentation and Arrangements:** 1. **Brass Section**: The prominent use of brass instruments, including saxophones and trombones, gives the album its distinctive sound. Tracks like "Burn It Down" and "Geno" showcase the brass section's ability to drive the melody and add a punchy, rhythmic element. 2. **Rhythm Section**: The bass and drums provide a solid foundation, propelling the songs with infectious grooves. The rhythm section's tight, energetic performance is crucial in maintaining the album's momentum. 3. **Melodic Hooks**: The album is filled with catchy hooks and memorable melodies. Songs like "Seven Days Too Long" and "Thankfully Not Living in Yorkshire It Doesn't Apply" demonstrate the band's knack for crafting sing-along choruses. 4. **Vocal Delivery**: Kevin Rowland's vocal style is impassioned and raw, often teetering on the edge of control. His delivery adds an element of emotional intensity, making each song feel deeply personal. The music on this album stands out for its eclecticism and the seamless blending of different influences, creating a sound that is both nostalgic and forward-thinking. #### **Production** Produced by Pete Wingfield, the album's production is both polished and gritty, capturing the band's energetic performance while allowing the rawness of the music to shine through. The production choices reflect the era's DIY ethic, with a focus on authenticity and immediacy. **Production Highlights:** 1. **Live Feel**: The production captures the feel of a live performance, with an emphasis on the interplay between the instruments. This approach lends the album a sense of spontaneity and vibrancy. 2. **Balanced Mix**: The mix is well-balanced, ensuring that each instrument is clearly audible without overpowering the others. The brass section, in particular, is given prominence without overshadowing the vocals or rhythm section. 3. **Sound Quality**: While the sound quality reflects the limitations of the time, it also adds to the album's charm. The slight roughness and imperfections contribute to the overall authenticity and character of the music. 4. **Use of Dynamics**: The production effectively uses dynamics to enhance the emotional impact of the songs. Quiet introspective moments are juxtaposed with explosive choruses, creating a sense of drama and intensity. #### **Themes** The themes explored in "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" are deeply rooted in the experiences and struggles of youth. The album delves into topics such as identity, rebellion, social consciousness, and the power of music as a form of expression and escape. **Core Themes:** 1. **Rebellion and Authenticity**: The album's title itself hints at a quest for genuine expression and a rejection of conformity. This theme is prevalent in songs like "Burn It Down" and "There, There, My Dear." 2. **Youthful Idealism**: Many of the tracks reflect a sense of youthful idealism and the search for meaning. This is evident in "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green," where the protagonist grapples with uncertainty and the desire for direction. 3. **Social Commentary**: Rowland's lyrics often touch on social issues and critique the status quo. "There, There, My Dear" is a prime example, with its pointed criticism of the music industry and societal expectations. 4. **Musical Inspiration**: The influence of soul music is a recurring theme, particularly in "Geno," which pays homage to the impact of musical idols. This theme underscores the idea of music as a transformative and inspirational force. #### **Influence** "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" left a significant mark on the music landscape, influencing both contemporaries and future generations of musicians. Its fusion of genres and innovative use of brass instruments set it apart from other releases of the time. **Impact and Legacy:** 1. **Genre Fusion**: The album's blend of soul, punk, and pop elements paved the way for other bands to explore cross-genre experimentation. This approach influenced the development of new wave and alternative rock in the 1980s. 2. **Brass Revival**: Dexys Midnight Runners' prominent use of brass instruments helped revive interest in brass-driven music, influencing bands like The Specials and Madness. 3. **Lyricism**: Kevin Rowland's candid and introspective lyricism set a new standard for emotional honesty in music. His style has been cited as an influence by artists who value lyrical depth and personal storytelling. 4. **Cultural Impact**: The album's themes of rebellion and authenticity resonated with a generation of listeners who were seeking their own identities in a rapidly changing world. This cultural impact extends beyond music, reflecting broader social and political movements of the time. #### **Pros and Cons** **Pros:** 1. **Innovative Sound**: The unique fusion of soul, punk, and pop elements creates a fresh and dynamic listening experience. 2. **Emotional Intensity**: Kevin Rowland's passionate vocal delivery and introspective lyrics add depth and sincerity to the album. 3. **Strong Musicianship**: The band's tight performance and skillful use of brass instruments set a high standard for musical excellence. 4. **Cultural Relevance**: The themes of rebellion, authenticity, and social consciousness resonate with listeners and reflect the spirit of the era. **Cons:** 1. **Production Roughness**: While the raw production adds to the album's charm, it may be perceived as unpolished by some listeners accustomed to modern production standards. 2. **Niche Appeal**: The distinctive style and eclectic influences may not appeal to all listeners, particularly those who prefer more conventional genres. 3. **Intense Vocal Delivery**: Kevin Rowland's vocal style, characterized by its intensity and occasional unpredictability, might be polarizing for some audiences. 4. **Inconsistent Pacing**: The album's pacing can feel uneven at times, with some tracks significantly more compelling than others. ### **Conclusion** "Searching For The Young Soul Rebels" by Dexys Midnight Runners is a landmark album that combines lyrical depth, musical innovation, and thematic relevance. Its strengths lie in its passionate delivery, eclectic sound, and poignant social commentary. While it has some rough edges and may not cater to all tastes, its impact on the music landscape and its enduring cultural significance are undeniable. This album remains a testament to the power of music as a vehicle for personal expression and social change.

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Fri Jul 05 2024
5

Joyful, like all Dexys albums. But these three in particular. Tempted to take a point off for the verses for Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire... I mean what But then. The brass!

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Fri Feb 12 2021
4

7/10 FT: tell me when my light turns green

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Tue Jun 22 2021
4

Goeie chille en toch swingende muziek. Mooi aangevuld met blazers.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
4

4.5 Very ska like, but almost sounds like the precursor to it

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Wed Jan 27 2021
4

De Dexys Midnight Runners solo conocía Come On Eileen, que no está en este disco. Me gustó especialmente notar como estos sonidos son enrome influencia a todo el rock latinoamericano que vino unos años después. De pronto la voz se pasa de chillona, pero me gustaron mucho Geno y Seven Days Too Long (que leí que está basada en otra rola)

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Sat Apr 03 2021
4

Another band where I'm familiar with the name and one song. But I thought it was very good, if a little outside my genre tastes.

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Tue Jan 26 2021
4

Really cool that this was made in 1980. Brass instruments in rock music is fun.

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Sun Jun 27 2021
4

This one surprised me a little. I wasn’t really sure I would like it, but it’s pleasant with some surprising instrumental pieces that I enjoyed.

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Mon Feb 22 2021
4

La voz se parece a la del de The Cure. Son divertidos. Mucha trompeta.

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Thu Apr 08 2021
4

Really good fun. Listened with the kids and they really enjoyed it too.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
4

This was quite an enjoyable album from an important time and music scene. I found it to be a fusion of punk and ska. The vocals are a punk growl that is Johnny Rotten like while the horns remind me of The Skatalites.

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Thu Mar 11 2021
4

Listens a lot like ska. I really liked it.

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Sat Jul 03 2021
4

This is a fantastic debut album. Fun music, kind of a punk-ish ska-ish pop, great trumpets or trombones or whatever, and a pretty cool voice. This band had a fine personality from the start, and I'll sure be coming back to them some other time

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Sun Jun 20 2021
4

All 3 Dexy's LPs are justifiably highly rated and on the 1001 list. Great driving soul, youthful modern lyricism and attitude. Great bass and brass. Those unmoved by Geno and There there my Dear must have ice in their veins!

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Mon Mar 29 2021
4

Had tried to get into Dexys before with no success but I really enjoyed this. Tell Me When My Light Turns Green my favourite track.

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Sun Apr 25 2021
4

Excellent album. Extremely fun instrumentation with unique vocals. The opener really catches your attention instantly.

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Fri Jul 30 2021
4

A fun, high-energy record. Feel like if the Clash brought in a horn section. Theatrical, though not in a crazy, unbearable way. Favorite tracks: "Seven Days Too Long", "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green"

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Tue Aug 10 2021
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Seven days too long, I couldn’t help it if I tried

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Sat Aug 28 2021
4

4/5 Pretty fun album to listen to

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Mon Sep 06 2021
4

Pretty enjoyable album this one

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Fri Sep 10 2021
4

Have tried this before and not got into it. But growing on me. Shame he can’t sing.

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Sun Oct 10 2021
4

So everyone knows 1 Dexy's song (I know 3!) - and this features Geno one of the greatest get up and dance songs ever. So happy to listen to an entire album, might feel 'samey', but an absolute joy.

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Wed Nov 10 2021
4

I do like the sound, never been that keen on the vocals mind

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Wat een lekker album, een dansje in de keuken gedaan!

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Mon Dec 06 2021
4

Really surprised by this. I think I know where the Kooks were born.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Even in remaster, the timbre of the instruments is often a bit harsh. Nonetheless, I dig the brass and its contrast with the vocal affect. It's not what I expected, but I think the combination takes the band a long way. The jazzier tunes and instrumental sections are also points in favor.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

It turns out there's a lot more to Dexys than that one song. I'd heard their other hit single "Geno" before but the rest of the album was new to me. It's a lively collection, with a surprising (for the early 80s) amount of hard swearing.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
4

Great 80s pop album. More than a one-hit-wonder.

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

didn't finish the album but I liked the stuff I heard

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Fri Jan 14 2022
4

I didn't think I'd like this, but I do. Poppy, but not over much. Far more than "Come On Eileen"

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Hadn’t heard of these guys and really enjoyed the ska punk type vibe

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