The Blue Ox Babes

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The Blue Ox Babes
Origin The Midlands, England
Genres Pop, pop rock
Years active 1981–1988
Labels Go! Discs
Associated acts Dexys Midnight Runners
Past members Kevin Archer
Yasmin Saleh
Andy Leek
Helen O'Hara
Pete Wain
Nick Smith
Ian Pettitt
Steve 'Brennan' Shaw
Steve Wynne

The Blue Ox Babes were an English pop group, formed in early 1981 by the former Dexys Midnight Runners guitarist Kevin 'Al' Archer, together with his girlfriend Yasmin Saleh, guitarist Nick Bache and former Dexys keyboard player Andy Leek. [1] Archer was keen to mix the soul sounds of his previous group with folk styles. To this end he recruited fiddle player Helen O'Hara to play on demo tapes of the new songs he had written. When former colleague Kevin Rowland heard these demo tapes, he invited O'Hara to join Dexys, and adopted a similarly folk-influenced sound for his own group. [2]

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Dexys Midnight Runners band

Dexys Midnight Runners are an English pop band with soul influences, who achieved their major success in the early to mid-1980s. They are best known in the UK for their songs "Come On Eileen" and "Geno", both of which peaked at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as six other top-20 singles.

Kevin "Al" Archer is an English guitarist and songwriter.

Contents

By the time The Blue Ox Babes finally released their debut single "There's No Deceiving You" on Go! Discs in 1988, the line-up consisted of Archer (guitar and vocals), Saleh (backing vocals), Pete Wain (piano), Nick Smith (saxophone), Ian Pettitt (drums), former Dexys members Steve 'Brennan' Shaw (fiddle), and Steve Wynne (bass).

"There's No Deceiving You" was only a minor chart entry, peaking at No. 92 in the UK. Two other singles, "Apples and Oranges" and "Walking On The Line", were released, but sales were disappointing and these singles did not chart. A planned album Apples & Oranges was recorded by the group but shelved, and the Blue Ox Babes broke up shortly thereafter.

In 2009, a CD of Apples & Oranges was finally released, containing all their recordings for Go! Discs, through Cherry Red Records. The package included all their singles plus many unreleased songs, and several additional demos were also made available as downloads.

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Members

Andy Leek is a singer/songwriter, poet and musician, known for his work with Sir George Martin. He is an original member of Dexys Midnight Runners and played on the number one single "Geno". He has also written the single "Twist in the Dark" for Anni-Frid Lyngstad of Abba. His solo single "Say Something" reached the number 1 position in Lebanon during the civil war.

Helen O'Hara is a British musician, formerly a member and violinist of the band Dexys Midnight Runners between 1982 and 1987, including performing on songs such as "Come on Eileen" from the Too-Rye-Ay album.

Discography

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References

  1. "Interview on Dexys Website". dexys.org. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  2. Moyes, Jojo (January 21, 1997). "Rock star admits stealing song". The Independent. Retrieved 11 May 2017.