DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS "COME ON EILEEN" (1982)
by Mark Nobes, chief editor
"Come On Eileen" is probably 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.
At the local club I used to go to, 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 DJ's irritating voice!
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.