DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS "COME ON EILEEN" (1982)
Dexy's Midnight Runners are best-remembered for a couple of things. 1. Come On Eileen and 2. Kevin Rowland's donkey jacket.
Come On Eileen is best-remembered for managing to leave everyone feeling
awkward at the disco when the tempo change kicks in. There we all were,
standing on the dance floor just not quite knowing what to do with
ourselves while waiting for the tempo to get back up to speed. Also, an
annoying DJ also used to sing his dirty, alternative version of the lyrics every
week; "lift up your dress, oh my God what a mess.." - what was amusing in the first week soon became an annoyance, as we
all just wanted to hear the song, not the stupid DJ's voice!
Come On Eileen was Dexy's Midnight Runner's second No.1 of the 80s and was the band's biggest-seller, also topping the Billboard Hot 100. This was one of only two songs to enter the American charts, the other being a re-release of The Celtic Soul Brothers which reached #86, and #20 in the UK.
Released on 29th June 1982, the track was lifted from the band's second studio album Too-Rye-Ay, and won a Brit award for Best British Single in 1983. The follow-up single, Jackie Wilson Said, reached #5, and during one Top Of The Pops appearance an image of the darts player Jocky Wilson appeared in the background, much to the amusement of everyone watching. However, this was actually the idea of the band's frontman Kevin Rowland, and not a mistake by the TOTP producer's as initially thought.
Geno was taken from the album Searching For The Young Soul Rebels and was a tribute to the soul singer Geno Washington. The band's next single was entitled There, There My Dear which reached #7 and was their last hit from this particular album.
Two years later, the band achieved another #1 with their most well-known single Come On Eileen, which I've already written about so I'll end it there.