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I Ain't Gonna Work On Dexy's Farm No More

Toby Goldstein, Creem, June 1983

THE FIRST impressions begin here. Dexy's Midnight Runners, with a great first album and little popular awareness of it within the U.S., came to New York's late, great Hurrah club one night in 1980 for their American debut. Disharmonious, weak, a pale shadow of a ripping record, the group compensated for its inability to sound good with overt hostility. Lead singer Kevin Rowland glared at the small but dedicated audience and snarled something like, "There are 10 people with soul here tonight and eight of them are on this stage."

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