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Dexy's Midnight Runners

Dexy's Midnight Runners

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"Come on Eileen!" Dexy's Midnight Runners are probably best remembered for this song and it is still widely sung at dodgy discos and parties today despite it being over 20 years old.


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Do You Remember Dexy's Midnight Runners?

Do You Remember Dexy's Midnight Runners?

  • Anonymous user
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    They were one of Birmingham's most famous bands- I have a friend who had links to them, he knew Kevin Rowland's parents and brother and had the dubious honour of staying the night in Kevin's room when the band were away on tour. Kevin's mum was a lovely lady, she moved to Coventry eventually and personally thanked me for my loyalty to the band over the years. People often overlook their earlier, late '70s period, which has tended to be eclipsed by the denim-wearing gypsy image of the 'Come on, Eileen' era. Their first hit, 'Geno' came out in '78- in those days they used to wear reversible jackets, boxer boots and black woolly hats. Despite their nationwide popularity, they had a mixed reception in their native Birmingham- possibly because they made much of being Irish at a time when memories of the pub bombings were still raw, and there was continued tension between the Second City's English and Irish populations. There have been rumours that the song 'Knowledge Of Beauty' on their final album was a tribute ballad to the IRA- how much truth there is in this I've no idea, certainly there's nothing in the lyrics to suggest it. Whatever, in their final years Dexy's were a fairly multinational band, including Englishman Nicky Gatfield and American pianist Vincent Crane, ex of 'Atomic Rooster'. The band split in '88- Kevin went solo afterwards and subsequently had a cross-dressing phase when he released an album called 'My Beauty'. I've heared various rumours of their reformation- anyone know if there's any likelihood of this??
  • Anonymous user
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    I can't believe that they got away with the name of the band in an era when drugs were the norm in music instead of an aberration. It would be a bit like being in a band called 'The Smackheads' these days!
  • Anonymous user
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    I hate it when people continually associate Dexy's with Come On Eileen (which is a great, great song incidentally). There's so much more to them than that. Check out the album "Don't Stand Me Down" - utter, utter genius. Kevin Rowland is truly one the greatest singer/songwriters - FACT.
  • Anonymous user
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    Denim dungarees!