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Nige Tassell

Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids? An indie adventure

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The C86 comp is a legendary document in indie history, more influential as a one-off than most of the featured bands individually.
Searching For Dexys Midnight Runners: The Last Gang In Town

Nige Tassell

Searching For Dexys Midnight Runners: The Last Gang In Town

Nine Eight Books
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After the success of the Penderyn Music Book Prize-shortlisted Whatever Happened to the C86 Kids?, Nige Tassell dons his detective deerstalker once again to track down members past and present of one of the sharpest, most unlikely, most beloved musical gangs of all time, Dexys Midnight Runners.

In the early 1980s, the pop charts were dominated by musicians tarted up in Day-Glo colours, who fought it out for coverage on our TV screens and magazine pages. Dexys Midnight Runners did things differently. They were surly. They were serious. They were ambitious, but success had to come on their terms. They were a disciplined outfit, a gang with a defined purpose: to make music so pure that it couldn't fail to elicit a deep emotional response from anyone within earshot. And they managed it. This motley crew - in woolly hats and donkey jackets for their first coming; all dungarees and copious body hair for the second - gate-crashed the charts, scoring number-one hits around the globe. But being in Dexys wasn't all sunshine and roses. Many members came, many members went. Some returned unexpectedly as being part of this particular gang was a way of life; it was everything. Esteemed journalist and author Nige Tassell employs his skills of detection to go off in search of the dozens of members who - for however brief a period, and to whatever level of success - have been a part of Dexys Midnight Runners. These are the people who gave the band its sound, its soul, its substance. But whatever happened to them?