1. Dance Stance - I'm Just Looking
label - EMI/Oddball Productions catalogue no. - R6028
released - December 1979. UK chart position - 40 (6 weeks in chart)Known variations - none.
2. Geno - Breaking Down The Walls Of Heartache
label - EMI/Late Night Feelings catalogue no. - R6033
- March 1980 UK chart position - 1 (14 weeks in chart)known variations
a. In February 1983 Geno was re-released in its original picture bag with Breaking
Down The Walls Of Heartache as the b-side. As I didn't buy it I don't know if there were any differences in this release
to the original. Anyone know?
What the UK music press said
- 'A dire tribute to Geno Washington, and doubtless one that will sell and sell. How long must we subject our kids
to this filth? Weedy, beatless and pathetic.' - Record Mirror, 15 March 1980
3. There There My Dear - The Horse
label - EMI/Late Night Feelings catalogue
no. - R6038
released - July 1980 UK chart position
- 7 (9 weeks in chart)Known variations - none
What the UK music press said - "I wonder what you all think about the new single by Dexy's
Midnight Runners, 'There, There My Dear'? Musically it seems to us great, in the same mould as the amazing 'Geno',
but I wonder what you make of the lyrics - not exactly singalong stuff, are they? Now the other side of the record, 'The
Horse' is much closer to what I'd rather like Dexy's to be playing all the time. It's a brilliant revival
of a '60s hit by an obscure group called Cliff Nobles & Co., who seemed to disappear after just one hit" Chart
Songwords, August 1980.
4. Thankfully Not Living In Yorkshire It Doesn't Apply - The Horse
label - Parlophone catalogue no. - 2C 008-07.402
- 1980 (France only) UK chart position - not applicableKnown variations - none
5. Seven Days Too Long - Geno
label - EMI America catalogue no. - 77011
1980 (Canada only) UK chart position - not applicableMany thanks to Bazza for his persistence in tracking down a copy of
this rarity and sending us a scan.
Read more about this rarity.
6. Keep It Part Two (Inferiority Part One) - One Way Love
Label - EMI/Late Night Feelings catalogue no. - R6042
released - November 1980? UK chart position - not applicable
Known variations - none
What the UK music press said - 'Now
this really is a pain in the butt. A good band that seem to be a mite confused about this, ahem, new soul vision business.
(Stop sniggering at the back there!) They blow their horns in fine style yet this Kevin Rowland chap blows the whole song
when he opens his mouth. His voice, in short, is out of order. Soul is about communicating drama, passion and a whole spectrum
of emotions but Rowland is content to wallow in his own self pity and sounds as if he is in urgent need of medical attention.
The split in the ranks is probably for the best.' - Smash Hits, 11 December 1980.
7. Plan B - Soul Finger
label - EMI catalogue no. - R6046
March 1981 UK chart position - 58 (2 weeks in chart)Known variations - none
What the UK music press
said - 'Although this does have its moments, like when Kevin Rowland introduces us to what sounds like an elephant
in distress but eventually turns out to be a trombone solo, I have to say that it's nothing like as funny as they can
be. The tubercular horn section and gargling vocals are steps in the right direction but the song just isn't 'painful'
enough. Oh, and their rendition of the Bar Kay's ''Soul Finger'' on the flip is a complete embarrassment.
Personally, I've heard more fibre from Sky. Smash Hits - 19 March 1981
8. Show Me - Soon
label - phonogram catalogue no. - DEXYS6
- July 1981 UK chart position - 16 (9 weeks in chart)Known variations
a. Initial quantities of this single came with an insert
containing an essay and the lyrics of the songs on the rear of the picture sleeve in the form of a photo of two picture frame
. Subsequent pressings of the single featured the essay and lyrics printed on the rear of the picture sleeve.
b. The first pressing of the single had a green painted label with black indented print, there
are little pictures of Kevin and Big Jimmy also on the label. Subsequent pressing were different.
c. A German 7" promo features an insert with details of credits and a short blurb about Dexys.
The rear of the sleeve is the essay version but the text is lilac against a blue background were as the British version is
green text against a yellow background.
d. A european version pressed in Holland
but probably sold in other countries (our copy was bought from Italy) features a black and white version of the cover photo
which is repeated on both sides of the sleeve. The song titles Show Me and Soon as well as Dexys Midnight Runners appear in
What the UK music press said - 'How can
anyone take these pontificating nitwits seriously? Q-tips with pretensions is what they sound like from here, bashing through
a fairly acceptable brassy stomp overlaid with Kevin Rowland's fake soul whine. All that 'Intense Emotion' stuff
is enough to make me puke, if I could stop laughing long enough. Hear the anguish in his voice! Real pain! Real tears! Anyone
remember Vikki Carr?' - Record Mirror 11 July 1981.
9. Liars A To E - And Yes We Must Remain The Wildhearted Outsiders
label - Phonogram catalogue no. - DEXYS7
released - November 1981 UK chart position - not applicableKnow variations -
a. Some pressings
of the single had a silver painted label with black indented print. There are also little pictures of Kevin and Big Jimmy
on the label. Others were different.
What the UK music press
said - 'Thoughtful music that deserves your attention, consideration and time. Acapella opening gives way to rasping strings
and uniquely Dexoid production. With patience it will grow, but the mass audience has very little patience. P.S. I've
got my pen and notebook ready, Kev. That's my job.' - Smash Hits 12 November 1981
10. Celtic Soul Brothers - Love Part Two
Label - Phonogram catalogue number - DEXYS8
- March 1982 UK chart position - 45 (4 weeks in chart)Known variations
- a. A "Special DJ Edit" of the single exists featuring Celtic Soul Brothers
- Radio Edit (without the spoken introduction) on side 1 and Celtic Soul Brothers - Commercial Version on side 2. The picture
sleeve cover is the same as the standard version but features a red "Special DJ Edit" sticker on the front.
What the UK music press said - 'Soul rebels with
fiddles, yet, and the result of this curious blend is surprisingly acceptable. Jaunty, but still essentially soulish, with
rather less hammy vocals than usual, which certainly helps. There is evidence, within and without, of a sort of humour at
play, which is almost as uncomfortable as those self-righteous essays. Undeniably interesting, though.' - Record
Mirror 18 March 1982.
11. Come On Eileen - Dubious
Label - Mercury/Phonogram catalogue no. - DEXYS9
June 1982 UK chart position - 1 (17 weeks in chart)Known variations -
a. 12" single release DEXYS912 contained the extra track Liars A To E (new version), this
track was to eventually appear on the album Too Rye Ay. The 12" version of Come On Eileen has the additional fiddle introduction
(from Oh Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms) which is missing from the 7" and LP version.
b. There are numerous different versions of the sleeves from international releases, some that
contained different b-sides, which will eventually be listed here.
UK music press said - 'Trading in his track suit for a pair of dungarees, our Kevin has re-discovered his Irish roots,
and there's no escaping the fact. The number kickstarts on a sprightly Irish fiddle and then builds in their usual breathless
and burley way. If Kev could only inject a mite more humour into his delivery, this would be a great song.' - Smash
Hits 8 June 1982.
13. Jackie Wilson Said - Let's Make This Precious
Label - Mercury/Phonogram Catalogue no. - DEXYS 10
Released - September 1982 UK chart position - 5 (7 weeks
What the UK music press said - 'Much as I've tried to resist it, my long-standing hatred
for Dexys is now virtually disappearing. I didn't expect it to happen and it certainly didn't happen by choice. Having
been trapped in a room with somone continuously sounding out 'Too Rye Ay' I found myself admitting it was good, even
enjoyable. Kevin Rowland may be an egocentric, beyond all hope of salvation, but what he does isn't half bad. Dexys, I've
- Record Mirror
Known varaitions -
a. The 12" release Dexys 1012 has the extra
b. Initial quantities of the 7" had the b-side Howard's Not At Home
credited to K. Rowland/B.Adams which actually played as Let's Make This Precious.
c. A German 7"
promo features an insert with details of credits and a short blurb about Dexys.
14. Let's Get This Straight From The Start - Old
Label - Mercury/Phonogram catalogue no. - DEXYS11
released - November
1982 UK chart position - 17 (9 weeks in chart)Known variations -
a. The 12" release DEXYS1112 contained the extra tracks Old and Respect recorded live. It is worth noting
that the version of Old that appears on the b-side of the 7" is a different studio recording from that which appears
on Too Rye Ay.
What the UK press said - 'Side One is mediocre - the usual Dexys
thump without much tune or spark; side two is pleasant - an old-fashioned rock ballad, nicely played, but not a single. Has
the Dexys revival bubble burst?' - Smash Hits 4 December 1982
15. The Celtic Soul Brothers (More, Please, Thank You) - Reminisce Part
Label - Mercury/Phonogram Catalogue no. - DEXYS12
- March 1983 UK chart position - 20 (6 weeks in chart)Known variations
- a. The 12" release DEXYS1212 contains the extra track Show Me recorded live
immeadiately after Reminisce Part One. The audience applause from the second track fades into the end of Remnisce Part One
making it sound like a live performance!
b. A special edition of the 7"
was available with a poster
c. The Irish release listed the b-side as Strong About It '83 but the track plays as Reminisce Part One.
What the UK press said - 'Kevin's rural
vision of pop seems to have passed me by. This re-issue (by public demand I assume) does nothing to stir the Celtic fire in
my loins. The usual mixture of fiddles and strained vocals.' - Record Mirror 2 April 1983
16. Dance Stance - There There My Dear
Label - EMI/Late Night Feelings catalogue number - G45 5
1984 as part of EMI's 'Golden 45s' series
16. One Of Those Things - The Occasional Flicker
Label - Mercury Catalogue
no. - DMR1
Released 1985 (presumably around September/October)This was a promo to coincide with the release of the album Don't Stand Me Down.
The version of One Of Those Those things is a much shorter 'radio edit'.
Known variations -
a. We believe there to be a 12"
version but can't get our hands on it. Anyone got the details?
17. This Is What She's Like - Marguerita Time
Label - Mercury/Phonogram Catalogue no. - DEXYS13
Released - 8th November 1985
UK chart position - not applicable (to our eternal shame!)Known variations -
a. The scan above comes from a double pack 7" version which contained An Extract From This Is What She's
Like and This Is What She's Like Finale on the first disc and Marguerita Time and Reminisce Part One on the second. The
double pack has a gatefold sleeve with a great full band picture in the middle which is taken from the, then unseen, single
video. On the discs to the 7" double pack the catalogue no. is DEXYS13 while on the sleeve it is DEXYD13. You sometimes
see the 2nd disc from this set advertised as a single on the internet. It has recently emerged that there was also a single
disc version of this release (containing the "Extract From" and "Finale" versions of This Is What She's
Like) which had the catalogue no. DEXYS13 on the sleeve. (Thanks to John O'Connor for the info).
b. The 12" release DEXYS1213 contains This Is What She's Like (Full length version) on side one with This
Is What She's Like (instrumental) and Reminisce Part One on side two.
c. There is also
an ultra-rare 10" single DEXYS1310 with This Is What She's Like (Full length version) (which despite its description
is actually over a minute shorter than the album version) on side one and Marguerita Time on side two.
d. A 12" radio only promo was issued with One Of Those Things and The Occasional Flicker as the extra tracks.
This was issued as a Don't Stand Me Down promo but is most often listed for sale as This Is What She's Like 12".
A second white label version (Cataogue No. DMR2) features One Of Those Things and Knowledge Of Beauty. The sleeve to this
version features the words 'For Broadcasting Purposes Only' and 'Not For Sale' in a band across the top and
the track listing in a band down the side. A black and white picture similar to the album cover is featured but two thirds
of it is obscured in translucent white. An American version of the promo (catalogue no. PRO 387-1) features This Is What She's
Like (Edit) 4.25, This Is What She's Like (6.10) and One Of Those Things. The sleeve is the same as the British promo
but with the words 'For Promotional Use Only' and the different track listing.
A single 7" DJ promo exists, catalogue no. - DEXDJ 13. Not sure of the tracks, anyone know?
the UK music press said - 'Kevin Rowland's in the pub with this bloke called Bill who keeps saying 'Tell me
what she's like' to him, right? 'I'm trying, Bill, I'm trying,' Kevin replies - trouble is there's
this half-baked Irish showband with a doddery old fiddle player blaring away in the corner so Kevin can hardly hear himself
think. And anyway, he's getting quite drunk and so keeps losing himslef in the middle of sentences and howling along with
the showband but not quite getting the words quite right or the tune for that matter. Bill never does find out what she's
like (whoever 'she' might be) and Kevin wakes up next morning with a massive hangover and the awful, dawning realisation
that last night he made this simply LUDICROUS pop disc... ' - Smash Hits 6 November 1985.
18. Because Of You
- Kathleen Mavourneen
Label - Mercury/Phonogram Catalogue no. - BRUSH1
Released - November 1986
UK chart position - 13 (10 weeks in chart)Known variations - a.
The 12" release BRUSH112 contains the rather nice instrumental Sometime Theme
UK music press said - 'Against all odds I really like this, because it's so naive. Long forgotten by the ones
who made them a big name, Dexys carry on making music regardless. This can be heard each week as the theme to BBC TV's
'Brush Strokes'. C&W for hipsters.' Record Mirror 15 November 1986
19. Walk Away
Label - Mercury/Phonogram catalogue no. - DEXCD14
(from this point CDs are treated as the main single release rather than 7" vinyl)
- 1988 UK chart position - not applicable
Known variations -
The CD single contains the extra tracks Even When I Hold You, The Way You Look Tonight and Because Of You.
b. The standard 12" release DEXYS1412 replaced Because Of You with Walk Away (instrumental). The sleeve
features the lyrics to Walk Away on the rear.
c. A special edition of the 12" had a
gatefold sleeve which housed the standard 12" with a biography of Kevin Rowland featuring new photos. The front cover
has a different picture to the standard 12".
d. A promo 12" was issued without
a picture sleeve, catalogue no. - DEXYSDJ1412.
e. A German 7" promo, Walk Away/Even
When I Hold You, has an insert with details of credits and a short blurb about Kev.
the UK music press said -
Label - Mercury/Phonogram Catalogue no. - ROWCD1
Released - 1988 UK chart
position - not applicableKnown variations - a. The CD single
contains the extra tracks Celtic Soul Brothers, Come On Eileen and Kevin Rowland's Band.
b. The standard 12" vinyl release, ROW1122, contained Tonight ( 12" dance mix), Tonight (New York dub mix), Come
On Eileen and Kevin Rowland's Band.
c. A limited edition dance remix 12" entitled
'Kevin Rowland/Tonight The Forest & Heller Mixes' was also released. The catalogue no. was ROW112. Track listing
was Tonight (midnight mix), Tonight (3am mix) and Kevin Rowland's Band.
d. The 7"
single has the catalogue no. - ROW 1 and Kevin Rowland's Band as the b-side.
e. A German
7" promo has an insert featuring details of credits and a reprint of the single review from NME.
What the UK music press said - 'I like this a lot. Despite NME's recent savaging of Rowland's The Wanderer
LP and Rowland bashing in general, this sounds like a man in mighty fine form. Very classy pop with a cunning lyric. Deceptively
simple and quite wonderful. It made me want to go out and shop-lift Rowland's entire back-catalogue. I don't want
to read another word against him, but doubtless will. Like poor Johnny Thunders, Rowland is a much punctured music press dartboard.'
- NME (Single Of The Week)
21. Young Man
Label - Mercury/Phonogram Catalogue no. - ROWCD2
Released - 1988 UK chart position
- not applicableKnown variations -
a. The CD single contains
the tracks Young Man, A One Way Ticket To Palookaville, Show Me and Jackie Wilson Said.
The 12" vinyl release contained the tracks Young Man, A One Way Ticket To Palookaville and Jackie Wilson Said.
What the UK music press said -
22. Come On Eileen - Jackie Wilson Said
Label - Old Gold Catalogue no. - OG 9900 Released - 1989
Notes - This re-release is part of the Old Gold series.
22. Come On Eileen - Because Of You
Label - Mercury/Phonogram Catalogue no. - MER 347
Released - 1991 UK chart position - not applicable.Come On Eileen was re-released to publicise the Best Of... CD released around the
Known variations -
What the UK music press said -
23. Geno - There There My Dear - Dance Stance
Label - Old Gold Records Catalogue no. - OG6176
Released 1992Known variations
24. Concrete And Clay
Label - Creation Catalogue no. - CRESCD 322
Released - 1999 UK chart position - not applicableKnown variations -
a. Creation issued a
3 track CD promo of the single which is the same as the main issue CD except for the catalogue no - CRESCD 322P and that it
was a promo not for resale etc.
b. The single version of
Concrete And Clay is substantially shorter than the one included on My Beauty as it only features one instrumental break.
What the UK music press said - "If only Elastica
could compete on headfuck terms with Kevin Rowland. The last Dexys Midnight Runners album, back in 1985, opened with Rowland
singing, "Compromise is the devil talking - and he spoke to me", then proceeded to be one of the most uncompromising
- and greatest - records ever made. Now after years of chronic drug abuse, penury and profound mental instability, his extraordinary
single mindedness and purity of vision remain. But focused on this? On the cover of 'Concrete And Clay', the already-infamous
shot of Kevin in velvet dress, hitched up to show his pants. On the song, a cheesy '60s love song (by one-hit wonders
Unit Four Plus Two) crooned over an orchestral backing, which one suspects may be too anodyne even for trendy old Radio 2.
Sentiment over Rowland's past glories, over the staggering fearlessness of this late, troubled reinvention, make it hard
to be objective here, especially when he starts whooping, "You are everything to me", with the old passion and fury
right at the fade. But... alright: not very good. Sorry." - NME 28 August 1999.
Label - EMI Catalogue No. - PRODEXYS 2003
Released - Oct 2003
Tracks - 1. Manhood 2. Manhood (radio edit)
Notes - This single was a promo only release and came in a plain cardboard
sleeve as above. The tracks actually appear in the reverse order from the listing with the radio edit first!
Known variations -
1. A full release for this single was prepared
to include an extra track 'Reminisce Part Two'. It is not known, as yet, if any copies of this release were pressed.
26. My Life In England - Part One
Notes - This was a promo 'CD-R Single' only produced in the hope of generating sufficient
interest from radio stations to make an official single release viable.
27. She Got A Wiggle
Notes - A digital download only single, featuring a different mix from the album version was released
on 25/02/2013 .
28. Nowhere Is Home / I Love You (Listen To This)
Catalogue No. - 7DEXY1
Released - 21st July 2014
Limited Edition 7 inch vinyl single available to customers who booked tickets in advance for the showing of
the Dexys film "Nowhere Is Home" at Vue Cinemas. The songs featured were recorded at London's Duke of York Theatre
To be continued...