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The Celtic Soul Brother

1 hour, 56 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 01 July 2012

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.

Music Played

23 items
  • Hour 1

    • Image for Status Quo

      Status Quo Rockin' All Over The World

      Whatever You Want - V.Best Of Status, Polygram Tv

  • Image for Blondie

    Blondie Dreaming

    Atomic: The Very Best Of Blondie, EMI

  • Image for Cliff Richard

    Cliff Richard Power To All Our Friends

    Cliff Richard - 40 Golden Greats, EMI

  • Image for KC and The Sunshine Band

    KC and The Sunshine Band Get Down Tonight

    Billboard Top Hits 1975, Rhino

  • Featured Event: The British Grand Prix in the seventies

    • Image for Meat Loaf

      Meat Loaf Bat Out Of Hell

      The All Time Greatest Rock Songs ..., Columbia

  • Image for Tom Petty

    Tom Petty and Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers American Girl

    Greatest Hits, MCA

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out

    Born To Run, CBS

  • Image for The Miracles

    The Miracles and Smokey Robinson The Tears Of A Clown

    Dancing In The Street (Various Artis, Universal Music Tv

  • Image for Elvis Presley

    Elvis Presley Suspicious Minds

    (CD Single), RCA

  • Image for Ian Hunter

    Ian Hunter Once Bitten Twice Shy

    (CD Single), Columbia, 4

  • Image for The Clash

    The Clash London Calling

    Billy Elliot O.S.T. - Various Artists, Polydor

  • Featured Event: The British Grand Prix in the seventies

  • Hour 2

    • Image for Slade

      Slade Coz I Luv You

      The Greatest Hits Of 1971 (Various), Premier

  • Image for Golden Earring

    Golden Earring Radar Love

    Hot Love - Sounds Of The 70's, Part 1, Old Gold

  • Image for Eagles

    Eagles Life In The Fast Lane

    The Best Of Eagles, Asylum

  • In conversation with Kevin Rowland

  • Image for Sex Pistols

    Sex Pistols Anarchy In The UK

  • Image for Van Morrison

    Van Morrison Into The Mystic

  • Image for Jonathan Richman

    Jonathan Richman Roadrunner

    Jonathan Richman: The Beserkley Years, Rhino

  • Image for Tom Robinson Band

    Tom Robinson Band Grey Cortina

  • Image for Simon & Garfunkel

    Simon & Garfunkel Baby Driver

    Top Of The Morning With Terry Wogan, Sony Music TV

  • Image for Eagles

    Eagles Desperado

    The Best Of Eagles, Asylum

  • Image for Fleetwood Mac

    Fleetwood Mac The Chain

    The Very Best Of Fleetwood Mac, Warner Strategic Marketi, 1

  • Featured Event: The British Grand Prix in the 70s

    Featured Event: The British Grand Prix in the 70s

  • Coming Up: 8 July

    Johnnie catches up with Glenn Frey of the Eagle, one of the architects of the American west coast sunshine sound. Plus, Richard Hawley gives his memories of how Sheffield did disco in the seventies.


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