Thursday, February 21, 2008

501. Dexys Midnight Runners - Too-Rye-Ay (1982)

Track Listing

1. Celtic Soul Brothers
2. Let's Make This Precious
3. All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz)
4. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
5. Old
6. Plan B
7. I'll Show You
8. Liars A To E
9. Until I Believe In My Soul
10. Come On Eileen


By now you must all know what a big fan of Dexys I am, and this album is no exception, it has the only song that the Dexys are famous for on the other side of the Atlantic, the anthemic Come On Eileen, which even if it has been ruined by overplaying is still a great track.

When listening to this album, however you must definitely go beyond Eileen, the whole album is a gem. The biggest change here from their previous album is the fact that they have included a bunch of fiddlers along with the brass. The first song kind of describes the sound, Celtic Soul.

This is a tremendously original album there was nothing like it before or after, with the possible exception of other Dexys albums. And it is great, Kevin Rowland was one of the most original minds working in the early 80's pop-scene and this album is unmissable.

Track Highlights

1. Come On Eileen
2. Until I Believe in My Soul
3. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
4. Let's Make This Precious

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

"Come on Eileen" became number 1 in both the UK and the US and Dexys Midnight Runners is best known only as a one hit wonder in the United States; however, in the United Kingdom, Geno had already reached Number One, and the band also had hits with "There, There, My Dear" and "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)".

You've all seen Come on Eileen so here goes the (in)famous performance of Jackie Wilson Said on Top Of The Pops 2:


Anonymous said...

congretulations, you're half way .... keep up the good work ... I'm loving it ....

Anonymous said...

So what was so infamous about that clip?

Francisco Silva said...

I'll quote from Wikipedia:

When the band performed this single on the BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops, which was broadcast live, there was an infamous mix-up (or deliberate prank) by the BBC engineers in charge of the background graphics. Instead of a picture of Jackie Wilson, the American soul singer, the band performed in front of a photo of Jocky Wilson, the British darts player.

Anonymous said...

Congratulaions on breaking the back of the list and gettingn over halfway through. Only another year and a half to go! :)

Hope you keep up the good work.