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Release date: 
January 1, 1980

January 19: Dance Stance enters the UK singles chart where it spends six weeks and peaks at number 40. Dexys embark on 38 date Straight To The Heart nationwide tour.

February 9: Dexys appear on Top Of The Pops for the first time, performing Dance Stance.

February 26: Dexys record a session for BBC Radio One.

March 22: Geno/Breakin’ Down The Walls Of Heartache on EMI backed imprint late Night Feelings enters the chart where it spends 14 weeks and peaks at number 1. Rowland’s tribute to his early experiences of witnessing North West London “Peanuts” and a live performance by US soul singer Geno Washington is also acclaimed in the music press.

April: Pete Saunders returns to replace the departed Andy Leek and the group record tracks for their debut album.

June: Dexys embark on their sell-out UK tour, under the Intense Emotions Review banner, support includes comedian Keith Allen.

July 12: There There My Dear/The Horse enters the chart where it spends nine weeks and peaks at number 7. On release, the album is positively received and reaches number 6 in the UK album chart. Searching For The Young Soul Rebels starts with Burn It Down, a re-recording of debut single Dance Stance.

August: Dexys appear in the US for the first time with performance at NYC downtown club Hurrah. Later in the month, with Mick Talbot on keyboards, they start a lengthy tour of continental Europe.

October: Keep It Part Two/One Way Love released despite complaints from EMI that the A-side is uncommercial.

November: The line-up splinters with the majority of members forming new group The Bureau. Initially working with Archer, who decides after a few weeks to follow his own musical path and forms The Blue Ox Babes, Rowland and Paterson recruit new members to Dexys: Billy Adams (guitar), Micky Billingham (keyboards), Brian Maurice (alto sax), Seb Shelton (drums), Paul Speare (tenor sax) and Steve Wynne (bass).

The new line-up performs Geno on Top Of The Pops Christmas special.

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