Waking Up With… EILEEN

7 August 2022

This day 40 years ago, on 7 August 1982, Birmingham‘s DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS
led by flamboyant frontman Kevin Rowland topped the UK Singles Chart with their international hit ‘COME ON EILEEN‘ (the song was actually credited to Dexys Midnight Runners and the Emerald Express).

The famous music video was shot in the inner south London suburb of Kennington.
The ‘Eileen‘ character in the clip was played by Máire Fahey, sister of Siobhan Fahey
from Bananarama.

C’mon Eileen…

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DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS Released ‘TOO-RYE-AY’ Album 40 Years Ago Today

Back in time

22 July 2022

Band: DEXY MIDNIGHT RUNNERS (Birmingham, UK)
Active: 1978–1986, 2003–present / 5 LPs

Anniversary LP: TOO-RYE-AY – 2nd album
Released: 11 July1980  – 40 years ago
Score: #2 in the UK, #14 in the US

AllMusic: “Throughout the album, Rowland’s distinct, unique voice takes the fore, but the revamped Dexy’s lineup proves it was the original version’s equal, if not better. Excellently produced by Rowland and the legendary Clive Langer/Alan Winstanley production team, Too-Rye-Ay sounds like an old soul revue recorded on-stage, no doubt an intentional goal.”

TUTV: Dexys giant hit album even seduced the US. C’mon Kevin Rowland, you did it.
Btw: their debut LP Searching For The Young Soul Rebels (1980) and Don’t Stand Me
Down
(1986) were high-quality albums too, although less successful than this one
(thanks to triumphant single ‘Come Eileen‘)

Singles/clips: Celtic Soul Brothers / Come On Eileen / Jackie Wilson Said

– CELTIC SOUL BROTHERS –

– COME EILEEN –

– JACKIE WILSON SAID –
(Van Morrison cover)

The full longplayer

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DMR: Bio – Discography

DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS Scored No 1 Hit In UK With ‘GENO’ This Day In 1980

Top singles from the past…

3 May 2021

Band: Dexys Midnight Runners
Single: Geno  – the band’s second 7″
B-side: Breakin’ Down the Walls of Heartache

Released: 15 March 1980

Note: The song was an ode to American
soul singer Geno Washington

Album: Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
Debut LP – peaked at #6 in the UK

Score: #1 in the UK on 3 May 1980 – 41 years ago

Top Of The Pops performance…

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Highly Acclaimed Third LP ‘DON’T STAND ME DOWN’ By DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS Turns 35 Today

22 September 2020

Band: Dexys Midnight Runners
Active: 1978–1986, 2003–present
Album: Don’t Stand Me Down – third LP
Released: 22 September 1985 – 35 years ago

AllMusic wrote: “Freed (in his own mind at least) from the tiresome dictates
of the band’s hitmaking past, Rowland conceived an album that drifts past in
a blur of haunting and sometimes haunted melodies, with the vocal lines floating
almost conversationally over them. Play the album once, then think back on it later,
and all you remember is the sheer casual joy of it all, the sense that Dexy’s gathered
in the studio for fun as much as profit, and if nobody liked what they did, which they
didn’t, then so be it.”
Score: 4/5.

White soul frontman Kevin Rowland: “I own records that have
the power to make me cry. Records to be by or with – truly precious
possessions. It is the ambition of the Midnight Runners to make
records of this value.”

1. The Occasional Flicker
2. This Is What She’s Like
3. Knowledge of Beauty
4. One of Those Things
5. Reminisce Part Two
6. Listen to This
7. The Waltz

Album

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DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS – Debut LP ‘Searching For The Young Soul Rebels’ Released 40 Years Ago

12 July 2020

Band: Dexys Midnight Runners (Birmingham, UK)
Active: 1978–1986, 2003–present
Album: Searching For The Young Soul Rebels – debut LP
Released: 11 July1980  – 40 years ago
Score: #6 in the UK

BBC Music said: “Although coming four years after the first summer of punk, Searching For
The Young Soul Rebels by Birmingham eight-piece Dexys Midnight Runners is probably the truest capturing of the movement’s spirit ever released in Britain… Remember, this was a time when soul was seen as something of a delicacy, liked by the northern crowd or females while the boys had their prog or Pistols. When Dexys played songs such as Otis Redding’s Respect in their set, young British audiences had largely never heard of them and thought they were the group’s originals… Although Rowland may have had bigger hits (Too Rye Ay) and made a greater work (1985’s Don’t Stand Me Down), SFTYSR – fierce, raging and passionate – remains one of the greatest debut albums of all time.”

Here’s steamy top single Geno (no 1 hit n the UK)…

Full album…

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‘Geno’ By DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS – Released 40 Years Ago Today…

Top singles from the past…

15 March 2020

Band: Dexys Midnight Runners
Single: Geno  – the band’s second 7″
B-side: Breakin’ Down the Walls of Heartache
Released: 15 March 1980 – 40 years ago
Note: The song was an ode to American
soul singer Geno Washington
Album: Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
Debut LP – peaked at #6 in the UK
Score: #1 in the UK

The Top Of The Pops performance…

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Today’s Yesterday Album – DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS With ‘Don’t Stand Me Down’…

Great longplayers from the past…

‘Don’t Stand Me Down’
DEXYS MIDNIGHT RUNNERS

Third album
15 September 1985

ALL MUSIC wrote:  “Utterly overlooked upon release, condemned and chastised by every reviewer who came within 50 yards of it, Dexys Midnight Runners third album arrived in
1985 with the band’s once-illuminated fame looking seriously battered. Track by track,
Don’t Stand Me Down unfolds to become not the ugly duckling of Dexys Midnight Runners’
hit-packed catalog, but the new dawn that could – should – have finally exorcised ‘Eileen’
and her buddies. And when it didn’t, the band broke up.”

Score: 4/5 – Full review here  

TURN UP THE VOLUME says:  Kevin Rowland was/is
one of the best white soul voices in modern music history…

TOP TRACKThis Is What She’s Like

Album in full…

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