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One Hit Wonders - DEXY'S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS (1983) (Edited 03/04/13 06:05PM by )
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"Come on Eileen" by Dexys Midnight Runners -


In the US, this was the only hit for Dexys Midnight Runners, but they were very popular in their home country of England and had several hits there.
 
Eileen was a girl that songwriter and band member Kevin Rowland grew up with. Their relationship became romantic when the pair were 13. The song describes the thin line between love and lust.
 
The band's name was inspired by the amphetamine drug Dexedrine, which is commonly known as "Dexys" (Contrary to popular belief, the band's name does not have an apostrophe). The band itself steered away from drinking and drugs, saying nothing should interfere with their dedication to music. (thanks, Beau - Phoenix, AZ)
 
When this hit #1 in the US, it knocked Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" off the top spot.
 
When Dexys Midnight Runners recorded this, they had recently changed some of their members and altered their sound and image. They were previously a Soul band and very popular with critics in the UK. For this album, they added fiddles and switched to more of an Irish Folk sound. They also took on a ragged, unkempt look. It became their best-selling album and their only one that did well in the US.
 
After this album, group leader Kevin Rowland kept the band going, but they continued to lose members and never came near the success of this album again. Rowland started recording as a solo artist in 1988, but his career went nowhere.
 
This was the biggest-selling song of 1982 in the United Kingdom. (thanks, Martin - London, United Kingdom)
 
The girl representing Eileen in the video was played by Maire Fahey. The actress' sister Siobhan Fahey was a member of Bananarama ("Cruel Summer") and Shakespear's Sister ("Stay").
 
Kevin "Al" Archer was a guitarist in the early days of Dexys Midnight Runners. He left the group after their first album. Archer explained why to Mojo magazine July 2009: "Kevin (Rowland) ruled the group with a rod of iron - he wouldn't speak to us personally. After shows we'd be in a room on our own, it became 'hate Kevin Rowland time.' We were in Switzerland, we'd played to 2,000 people, and Kevin and I got on a plane to Luxembourg and the rest got in a van and went to England. That was it. Kevin got me to help form a new group, rehearsing in a freezing industrial unit in Birmingham. He was irritable, treating everyone like they were nobody. I did the (1981 single) "Plan B" demo, Kevin wasn't happy with it. It got too much. We met in the little Nibble caff in Bearwood and I said I was leaving. He never showed any emotion. He got me to go round to Billy (Adams) the new guitarist's house to teach him the new chords. I formed The Blue Ox Babes, and I lent Kevin a tape with three of our songs on including 'What Does Anybody Ever Think About.'"

Shortly afterwards this song became an international hit. Archer was not impressed as Rowland had stolen the build-up of "What Does Anybody Ever Think About" for it and Too-Rye-Aye's whole style and sound was that of The Blue Ox Babes. Rowland later admitted that the sound of Too-Rye-Aye did indeed come from Archer and paid him royalties from the album.

http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=2401

Billboard Top 10 Songs of 1983 - Year End Charts

1 Police Every Breath You Take
2 Michael Jackson Billie Jean
3 Irene Cara Flashdance... What A Feeling
4 Men At Work Down Under
5 Michael Jackson Beat It
6 Bonnie Tyler Total Eclipse Of The Heart
7 Daryl Hall and John Oates Maneater
8 Patti Austin and James Ingram Baby Come To Me
9 Michael Sembello Maniac
10 Eurythmics Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)

13 Dexy's Midnight Runners Come On Eileen

| Closed on 04/03/13 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
10 Fans 
30%a. 10 (GREAT SONG)
10%b. 7-9 (Good Stuff)
20%c. 5-6 (OK SONG)
20%d. WHO? WHAT? HUH?
20%e. EILEEN WAS A TOTAL BITCH!

 &nbp;
TOP COMMENT * * * * * * * * * * * *
#2 | 575 days ago

My friend and I decided this was Gen X's Lummineers... Then she asked why the eff I brought them up? I just replied "Nick" and haven't DM'd her back in 15 mins.

Who, what? ???? Are you still online?

lol im an ass
5-6 (OK SONG)  
  
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#1 | 575 days ago
Nick__ (+)

Fun times when this song came out!
7-9 (Good Stuff)  
#2 | 575 days ago

My friend and I decided this was Gen X's Lummineers... Then she asked why the eff I brought them up? I just replied "Nick" and haven't DM'd her back in 15 mins.

Who, what? ???? Are you still online?

lol im an ass
5-6 (OK SONG)  
#3 | 575 days ago
Nick__ (+)

marcus_nyce wrote:
My friend and I decided this was Gen X's Lummineers... Then she asked why the eff I brought them up? I just replied "Nick" and haven't DM'd her back in 15 mins.

Who, what? ???? Are you still online?

lol im an ass
hahahahaha   ROTFL!

Yep, that'll do it!  Just mention Nick and you will be ignored!    hahahahahaha!  cheeky
7-9 (Good Stuff)  
#4 | 575 days ago

Nick__ wrote:
hahahahaha   ROTFL!

Yep, that'll do it!  Just mention Nick and you will be ignored!    hahahahahaha!  cheeky
She has no idea what faniq is, yet alone who you are. Adds to the WTF-erry imo.
5-6 (OK SONG)  
#5 | 575 days ago
Nick__ (+)

(Edited by Nick__)
marcus_nyce wrote:
She has no idea what faniq is, yet alone who you are. Adds to the WTF-erry imo.
hmmmmmm............maybe she knows a Nick and was freaked when you said that name?!?!

Maybe she knows who I am?  surprisecheeky

I do know some peeps in GAW-GA!
7-9 (Good Stuff)  
#6 | 575 days ago

I like that top 10. I have no idea what this song is.

travel the world, and the seven seas....
WHO? WHAT? HUH?  
#7 | 575 days ago
Nick__ (+)

kobe_lova wrote:
I like that top 10. I have no idea what this song is.

travel the world, and the seven seas....
Come on!!   Really?!?! You've never heard of this song?! surprise

Did you ever see the movie Tommy Boy?
7-9 (Good Stuff)  
#8 | 575 days ago

I loved the intro to this song, btw.
#9 | 575 days ago

kobe_lova wrote:
I like that top 10. I have no idea what this song is.

travel the world, and the seven seas....
Just noticed #9 and shouted out a "HA!" for some reason?







As you were.
5-6 (OK SONG)  
#10 | 575 days ago

Last year I asked online question 'What 80s one hit wonder group had the dumb luck success? You guess it.

Can't believe its been 30 years when this song was released 2-26-83.
I absolutely recall every radio station playing this tune constantly-    I'll stick to my classic rock!
WHO? WHAT? HUH?  
#11 | 575 days ago

marcus_nyce wrote:
Just noticed #9 and shouted out a "HA!" for some reason?







As you were.
Cause you quietly loved it!
WHO? WHAT? HUH?  
#12 | 575 days ago

Liked the song, and the joke that went along with it...

"What's more gross than Olivia Newton John in Grease?"

(Dexys Midnight Runners One Hit Song)  (Not sure if CofC will let me say "Come On Eileen)
10 (GREAT SONG)  
#13 | 574 days ago

This was one of my favorite songs from the '80s. Maybe because it didn't sound like everything else...
10 (GREAT SONG)  
#14 | 574 days ago

That  was  my  brother's  girlfriend's  name  and  the  song  was  popular  at  the  same  time.  It  just  seemed  like  they  played  it  to  death,  probably  because  when  they  weren't  playing  it  he  had  it  as  a  joke  to  nudge  people  on  a  cassette  in  his  car, or his room.  When   I  hear  it  today  it  still  makes  me  think  of  good  times,  and  when  MTV  had  real  videos. 
Great  top  ten  list!

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