Kevin Archer

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Kevin Archer
Also known asAl Archer
Born (1958-12-21) 21 December 1958 (age 60)
Birmingham (UK)
Years active1970s – 1980s
Associated actsThe Killjoys, Dexys Midnight Runners, The Blue Ox Babes

Kevin "Al" Archer (born 21 December 1958) is an English guitarist and songwriter.


Archer played with Kevin Rowland in the punk rock group The Killjoys, and in 1978 Rowland and Archer formed Dexys Midnight Runners, and co-wrote some of the songs on the group's debut album Searching for the Young Soul Rebels.[1] He used the name "Al" because Kevin Rowland decided that the group was not big enough to accommodate two Kevins. After the first album Archer, exhausted by Dexys' touring schedule, left the group in early 1981 and formed The Blue Ox Babes. Archer was subsequently diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.[2] The Blue Ox Babes finally signed to Go! Discs Records for three singles and an aborted album, Apples & Oranges, which belatedly saw release in 2009.[2]


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "Biography: Dexys Midnight Runners". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 April 2010.
  2. ^ a b Troussé, Stephen (2012) "Let's Make This Precious!", UNCUT, June 2012, p. 30