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June 1, 2016

Dexy's Wear It Well

Exciting version of Rod's classic released this week

posted by Mike Walton

Dexys have covered Rod's 1972 hit 'You Wear It Well'on the bands new album ‘Let The Record Show Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul’ released this week on June 3rd on 100% / Warner Music. The album will be the band’s fifth studio set and the first release since 2012’s critically acclaimed ‘One Day I’m Going To Soar’.

The album is a body of work which sees Dexys putting their heart and soul into every track that Kevin Rowland has wanted to do since the mid-1980s. Drawing on Rowland and co-producer/core band member Sean Read’s Irish roots, the album is a combination of their interpretations of Irish songs and other select compositions.

Sean Read from Dexys told SMILER 'Thanks for posting some info about our record, it was Kevin who chose the track 'You wear It Well' but it's a favourite of both of ours. I think Rod's output from the sixties and early seventies is up there with the best in the world'.

John who runs the fan site Also told SMILER

I have to say I thought the idea of Dexys covering "You Wear It Well" was both one of the most interesting yet least surprising of the songs chosen for this album. It has often been observed that the "sound" on Dexys' 1985 album "Don't Stand Me Down" was heavily influenced by Early-Seventies Rod Stewart - Play'You Wear It Well" and "Maggie May" alongside the Dexys song "This Is What She's Like" And I think you'll agree rather proves the point!

Regarding the decision to record a Rod Stewart song, the Guardian website featured an interview with Kevin Rowland on 8th May which "covered" that subject.

"...Which raises the question, why did he not do an entire album of Irish songs? “Well, that was the idea back around 1983, when I originally wanted to do it,” he says of the album’s long gestation. “I was going to [County] Mayo a lot back then, getting into roots a lot. I was exploring Irish culture and going to Derry and Belfast to try to understand what was going on there, too. My idea then was to do a whole album called ‘Irish’, but, as time went on, I just thought I’d really like to do You Wear It Well and Both Sides Now.”

He explains that the Rod Stewart song soundtracked the end of a magical summer in the early 1970s when Rowland worked at Butlins, in his late teens. “It just captured the romance of that time for me and that feeling of melancholy when you are leaving something beautiful behind.” Joni Mitchell’s song was just powerful. “I first heard Both Sides Now when I was 13 and it touched me in a very deep way. Still does. It has just so much beauty to it. I’m an intuitive guy and I can’t often articulate why I do the things I do, nor am I even interested in doing that unless someone like you asks me to. For me it’s about finding the
beauty and expressing it, whether it’s an Irish ballad or a soul song or one of my own songs.”

To order a copy of 'Dexys Do Irish and Country Soul' go to|B01D2D74FK&linkCode=ur2&rh=n:229816,k:B01D29J3QC|B01D2D74FK&tag=rhinocouk-21&url=search-alias=popular

"You Wear It Well" was written by Rod Stewart and Martin Quittenton, And recorded by Rod for the album Never a Dull Moment, it was released as a single on 12 August 1972. The song became an international hit, reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart. In the US, "You Wear It Well" peaked at number thirteen on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Previous covers include Ali Campbell who covered the song on his 2010 album Great British Songs

Frank Bango who recorded a version for a fundraising album titled Super Hits Of The Seventies for radio station WFMU

The Mekons also recorded a version in 1999 on the album I Have Been To Heaven And Back: Hen's Teeth and Other Lost Fragments of Unpopular Culture Vol. 1

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