Too-Rye-Ay, as it should have sounded

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Too-Rye-Ay, as it should have sounded

Too-Rye-Ay, as it should have sounded

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He came to the studio and the plan was for us to sing it together, but he listened to what was only meant to be my guide vocal and said, “You’ve already got it, there’s nothing I can add.” Clive told me later that when I’d nipped to the toilet Van was mumbling [affects Irish accent], “It’s an interpretation, it’s an interpretation.” If we’d got that on tape we would have used it as the intro! Rowley 2018-08-22T11:58:18Z, Scott (22 August 2018). "New wave: A guide to the best albums". LouderSound. Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (illustrateded.). St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p.88. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. And of course, the irony was, it was by far our most successful Dexys album, because of the worldwide success of ‘Come On Eileen’. Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th conciseed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0-85712-595-8.

There is no way on earth I would be doing this tour or even promoting a normal 40th anniversary re-issue, if it wasn’t for the opportunity to remix it and present it how it could have sounded. Staunton, Terry (November 2007). "Dexys Midnight Runners – Too Rye Ay". Record Collector (342) . Retrieved 15 June 2016. I even felt fraudulent promoting the album, because I knew it didn’t sound as good as it should have. What hasn’t changed a jot is the album’s ability to floor the listener with its passion, its articulacy and its wealth of ideas. Rowland’s blend of the confessional and the keenly observed is couched in a musical palette of striking ambition, a work where every note earns its place in the bigger picture. I didn’t mind so much when we played live, because I was in complete charge of the music and I knew we could give people a good show; when it came to performance I would just focus on what audiences were about to hear, not what they’d heard already. But I felt bad promoting it in the press, and even years later when talking to friends. They’d say, “Oh, I listened to Too-Rye-Ay again last night,” and my heart would sink a bit.Dutchcharts.nl – Kevin Rowland & Dexys Midnight Runners – Too-Rye-Ay" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 1 February 2022. The album’s cover has also been re-modelled, using the preferred image from the “Come On Eileen” single sleeve. She was really good when it came to correcting the balance of the strings on stuff like Liars A To E, turning the organ down so that the violins came to life more. Basically, she helped rectify my mistakes.

You’ve cancelled the tour to promote the new version of the album, due to your motorcycle accident. How’s the recovery going? Before ‘Come On Eileen,’ we’d had a couple of singles that didn’t do so well, so their opinion held sway. If I said I really didn’t like the sound of something, I’d be told not to worry, it was fine. I could never pinpoint exactly what the problem was with the way [the album] sounded, but I was never happy with it. Then, when it was finished, I was told the budget was spent, so I’ve had to live with it – until now!” The new version I never want to repeat the same thing, because ultimately, you’ve got to be true to the music and the inspiration behind it,” Rowland says today. “It’s your job to honor the music, wherever it comes from. It’s not something where you should put it before a committee, and they decide how it should sound, though if you don’t do that, you probably won’t enjoy sustained success.” Raggett, Ned. "Too-Rye-Ay – Kevin Rowland / Dexys Midnight Runners". AllMusic . Retrieved 15 June 2016.Platinum and Gold Singles 1982". Kent Music Report. 28 February 1983 . Retrieved 10 November 2021– via Imgur.



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