As a warm up for their Glasto slot Dexys play the Kasbah in Coventry tomorrow night...their first gig in the City for a mere 30 years. Dexys rebirth over the past few years has been nothing short of miraculous. Lead singer Kevin Rowland spent a decade or so mired in drug addiction and self doubt and the chances of any meaningful new releases or live shows were about as high as England winning the World Cup. Okay, maybe a little better than that but still, you get the idea. Their 80s albums were each pretty different, ranging from the soul punk of Searching For The New Soul Rebels to the more fiddly Irish folk feel of Too-Rye-Ay and then on to the polished adult pop of Don't Stand Me Down (dismissed at the time by pretty much everyone but now rightly hailed as a classic). Their most recent release, the confessional but ultimately redemptive One Day I'm Going To Soar, brings together strands of all three previous albums with the added maturity that no doubt comes with the chasm like 27 year gap that separates it from Don't Stand Me Down. In my humble opinion Dexys were and are are one of the most important British bands of the last 30 years or so and Rowland, for all his self confessed faults and foibles, is a true original. How long the 'new' Dexys will last is anyone's guess, for now though 'Let's Make This Precious' eh?