Dexys Midnight Runners have revealed that they are working on their first new album since 1985.
It’s been over 25 years since the release of their last studio LP ‘Don’t Stand Me Down’, but the band – who are now known simply as Dexys – confirmed on Twitter.com/dexysofficial that they had been rehearsing in the studio and hoped to release the new album in 2012.
As well as sharing three pictures of themselves working in the studio, they posted a message which said: “Dexys new album. Can’t really say why, because it’s hard to put down to any one thing, but it’s working – it’s early days, but so far so good.”
The band’s Twitter account, which was set up in June, also reveals their current line-up. As well as singer Kevin Rowland and original Dexys Midnight Runners bassist Pete Williams, former Style Council keyboardist Mick Talbot – who briefly played with the band in the 1980s and joined them for their 2003 reunion and live shows – is part of the group, as is guitarist Neil Hubbard.
Dexys Midnight Runners had two UK Number One singles – ‘Geno’ in 1980 and ‘Come On Eileen’ in 1982 – before they split up following the release of ‘Don’t Stand Me Down’ in 1985.
In 2003, they reformed for a tour and released the compilation album ‘Let’s Make This Precious: The Best Of Dexys Midnight Runners’. In 2007, Rowland posted a demo called ‘It’s OK Joanna’ on his official MySpace page, which was the first track made available by the band for 22 years.