Kevin Rowland

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Kevin Rowland (born 17 August 1953) is a British-born Irish musician and was the songwriter and lead singer for Dexys Midnight Runners from 1978 to 1987. He has released two solo albums, 1988's The Wanderer and 1999's My Beauty.


  • Old clothes do not make a tortured artist.
    • liner notes to Searching For the Young Soul Rebels (1980)
  • The only way to change things is to shoot men who arrange things.
    • lyric to "There There My Dear" (1980)
  • I went to an art exhibition recently, and the guy had a quote of mine from that song there — "The only way to change things is to shoot men who arrange things." I wouldn't agree with shooting people at all. I was just anti-love. I feel differently now. But, you know. It's OK. That's how it was then, and it's good.
    • Tangents 2001 interview
  • I had someone come up to me at "Top Of The Pops" and say they thought our records were excellent. "Yeah," I replied. "I think yours are fucking shit." It was awful really.
    • Tangents 2001 interview
  • I never did feel like a star. I was always uptight about something and uncomfortable and not very good. I felt weighed down by it, the pressure. It's terrible I should have enjoyed it but I didn't; I was thinking about what we should do all the time, I wasn't able to run with it.
    • Interview - March 2010
  • I did loads of stupid things, like the way I used to argue with EMI Records. I just look back to the time now and wonder how I would have reacted to some prick coming into my office shouting and kicking things.
    • NME - July 1982

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