The Celtic Soul Brother
Johnnie chats to Kevin Rowland of Dexys Midnight Runners and celebrates classic British Grand Prix races from the 70s.
Dexys Midnight Runners are best known for their hit 80s singles Come on Eileen, Geno and The Celtic Soul Brothers. Frontman Kevin Rowland catches up with Johnnie to remember the decade when he formed the band and the influences that led to the unique blend of pop, soul and rock that became the band's calling card.
Hailing from Wolverhampton and born to Irish parents in 1953, Rowland was influenced by Roxy Music from an early age, and formed the punk rock band The Killjoys in 1976. Feeling alienated by the punk scene, he decided to form Dexys in 1978, and released their first single Dance Stance in 1979.
After reforming as Dexys in 2003, the band released One Day I'm Going To Soar in June, their first studio album in twenty-seven years. Kevin and the band will be touring the album in September.
Also on the show, Johnnie celebrates the British Grand Prix ahead of this year's race on 8 July. He plays some classic driving songs from the decade in anticipation of the event, which was dominated by racing legends such as James Hunt, Jackie Stewart and Niki Lauda in the 70s. He also plays some archive audio and commentary from the biggest race in the British calendar.