One of all time great albums. ”Searching For The Young Soul Rebels’ captures the original eight-piece group infusing passionate self-belief into songs based on 60s mentors Geno Washington and Jimmy James. Rowland’s expressive voice is perfectly matched by pumping horns and punchy rhythms, but the intensity of their performance ensures the set never falls into pastiche. Each song bears the stamp of a manifesto, one that was largely Rowland’s, a myopic vision that brought this line-up to an acrimonious, premature end.
Celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year, this is the debut album from new-wave band Dexy’s Midnight Runners. The album has a surprising history, with band members stealing the original tapes and only returning them once EMI raised their royalty rates. The album received widespread critical acclaim and is featured in The Guardian and NME’s 100 Best Albums lists.