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!
Dexy's Midnight Runners had a handful of hits between 1979 and 1986. Geno was the band's second single - the follow-up to Dance Stance which peaked at #40 in the UK - which reached #1 for two weeks in the UK singles chart from 3rd March 1980.
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.