Indie Pop Star Rebels of the 70s and 80s

Continuing the research on the indie pop star rebels of the 70s and 80s, in this post, you will learn more about some notable bands and singers and their work.

Kevin Rowland

kevin-rowlandThe second generation Irish song writers and composers of the British looked at Kevin Rowland as a beacon of hope. The pub bombings that occurred in the year 1974 had a great impact on the Irish community, and it was reflected in the songs of that decade. Rowland formed a group called Dexys Midnight Runners.

After some time, Rowland went to meet his brother and joined his band in the country ‘n’ Irish group. His first song was titled Dance Stance which reflected his views on Irish racism. It was an instant hit. Some critics considered him to be obsessive and passionate which was not far from the truth. Largely considered to be his greatest achievement, Don’t Stand Me Down was released in the year of 1985 which described his on and off feelings for the country he grew up in – Ireland. Rowland took a three year much needed break before he released this single.

The artists of that era did not had access to the Internet, and could not build websites hosted on platforms like, so they could not tap into the power of social media and online marketing in their free time. In their free time, they could instead go to casinos and other outlets to pass time.

The indie pop stars of the 60s, 70s and the 80s had deep roots in the Irish community, and their music reflected not only their love for their country, but also their passion and dreams. This deep connection that they felt was another reason why their songs were able to hit the right chords with the masses.