Dexys Midnight Runners ‎– Searching For The Young Soul Rebels VG+/VG+

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“Searching for the Young Soul Rebels” is the debut album by the British band Dexys Midnight Runners, released on July 11, 1980. This album marked a significant moment in the post-punk era, blending soul influences with a more aggressive punk energy. The band, led by the charismatic Kevin Rowland, presented a distinct sound that set them apart from their contemporaries.

The album’s style is a fusion of Northern Soul and new wave, a combination that was somewhat unique at the time. It is characterized by its brassy, soulful horn sections, impassioned vocals, and a sense of urgency and rebellion that resonates through the lyrics and musical arrangements. Kevin Rowland’s distinctive voice and emotional delivery are central to the album’s appeal, showcasing a range of themes from youthful defiance to more introspective reflections.

The most notable track on the album is “Geno,” which became a hit single in the UK, reaching number one on the charts. This song is a tribute to soul singer Geno Washington and is a prime example of the band’s ability to blend soulful melodies with a punk-like energy. Other significant tracks include “Tell Me When My Light Turns Green” and “There, There, My Dear,” both of which showcase the band’s unique sound and lyrical sharpness.

The album cover features a photograph of a young boy, a theme that aligns with the title “Searching for the Young Soul Rebels.” This imagery, along with the music, captures a sense of looking back to the past while simultaneously pushing forward with something new and vibrant. The title itself reflects a quest for authenticity and a deep connection to soul music’s roots, setting the tone for the entire album.

Critically acclaimed, “Searching for the Young Soul Rebels” is often regarded as a seminal album in the British post-punk and new wave movements.

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