17 August 2023
KEVIN ROWLAND was born in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, UK. Happy 70 to the magnificent voice/songsmith of Dexys Midnight Runners, later shortened to Dexys.
They formed in 1978 and got their first triumph with the 1980 soul-infused
debut LP Searching For The Soul Rebels featuring No 1 hit Geno.
Two years later they gained massive attention with their 2nd longplayer Too Rye Ay
with million-seller single Come On Eileen which topped the US and UK charts. More than
553 million streams on Spotify so far.
Now, after 45 (!) years, several line-ups and several hiatuses Dexys released (only)
their 6th album, the highly entertaining and feel-good full-length The Feminine Divine.
To celebrate Rowland‘s 70 birthday, I’m not going to play one of the golden oldies.
Instead, I’ll spin (for the umpteenth time) the new goosebumps masterstroke balled
off the new LP, named MY SUBMISSION. I listened to it at least once a day since it came
out as a single at the end of last month. Here we go for the 6th spin of this festive day.
DEXYS: Bio – Discography – Instagram
16 May 2023
JONATHAN MICHAEL RICHMAN was born on 16 May, 1951 in Boston, MA.
Happy 72 to the tunesmith who fronted Modern Lovers (1970-1974, 1976-1988).
A proto-punk rock band, that featured Jerry Harrison (who became the keyboardist
of Talking Heads in 1975) and drummer David Robinson, who later joined The Cars.
He released 3 LPs with the Modern Lovers, 7LPs as Jonathan Richman
and The Modern Lovers and multiple solo albums. He’s still active.
Richman: “I don’t write, really. I just make up songs.”
Two of his famous crackers.
– ROADRUNNER –
– EGYPTIAN REGGAE –
JONATHAN RICHMAN: Bio – Discography