Kevin Rowland told us
how the Dexys approach their song-writing: "What we normally do is start with a good chord sequence and a good rhythm," he explained. "Let's find a really good rhythm, a drum beat, and let's find a really good chord sequence. We'll put those two things together that are working, and then we start singing melodies over the top. Then we listen back and see what we got."
"I always write the lyrics separately," Rowland added. "I'll go away and write them around what I'm hearing in the track. Something might inspire me, might evoke a certain feeling in me and I'll go away and write the lyric. Or quite often, as I did with a song I've written recently, I just go through my lyric book. I've got a lyric book with a few lyrics in it, and I'll think, 'Oh, this ought to fit.' That's how we do it."