Come On Eileen
"Come On Eileen" Single by Dexys Midnight Runners from the album Too-Rye-Ay B-side "Dubious" Released 29 June 1982 Recorded 1981-1982 Genre New wave, Pop rock Length 4:28 (album version)
4:07 (single verion)
Label Mercury Writer(s) Kevin Rowland, Jim "Big Jim" Paterson, Billy Adams Producer Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley Dexys Midnight Runners singles chronology "The Celtic Soul Brothers"
"Come On Eileen"
"Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)"
"Come On Eileen" was a single released by Dexys Midnight Runners in 1982. The song was written by Kevin Rowland, "Big" Jim Paterson, and Billy Adams; it was produced by Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley. It also appeared on the album Too-Rye-Ay. It was their first #1 hit in the United Kingdom since 1980's "Geno".
The song won Best British Single at the 1983 Brit Awards.
The song begins with Celtic-style fiddle played over a drum beat, with the bass guitar and piano providing accompaniment. The original single version has an additional intro of a Celtic fiddle solo, playing Thomas Moore's Irish folk song Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms.
The bridge of "Come On Eileen" features an improvised counter-melody which begins in a slow tempo and gets faster and faster over an accelerando vocal backing. The chord sequence of the bridge is actually the same as the verses but transposed up by a whole tone.
Throughout the song, there are numerous tempo changes and key changes:
Key changes throughout the song Section Introduction Verses Chorus and bridge Key F major C major D major
The music video to accompany the single was directed by Julien Temple. It features members of the band wearing sleeveless shirts and dungarees. The "Eileen" as featured in the video (and on the record sleeve) is Máire Fahey, sister of Siobhan Fahey, former singer with Bananarama and Shakespear's Sister. The American singer Johnnie Ray, an early rock-and-roll crooner mentioned in the opening lyrics, is also featured in the video using old film footage.
Filming took place on Brook Drive, Kennington, London. The corner store which was called "Vi's Stores" in the video is located at the corner of Brook Drive and Hayles Street. It is now called Brook Drive Mini Market and can be seen on Google Street View.
In the British charts, the song spent four weeks at number one in August 1982. This success was repeated around the globe; it spent five weeks as the Kent Report's number one in Australia and reached number one in April 1983 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. It also holds the distinction of preventing Michael Jackson from having back-to-back number one hits in the U.S. The number one hits "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" were separated by Dexys Midnight Runners' one-week stay at the top.
The song was also successful in Ireland, where it reached number one and spent a total of 11 weeks in the charts.
It is a common example of a one-hit wonder in the U.S., as the band failed to reach similar popularity with any of their later songs, though in the UK they had already reached number one two years earlier with "Geno", and went on to have further hits.
In a poll by Channel 4, a UK TV channel, the song was placed at number 38 in the 100 greatest number 1 singles of all time. Similar polls by the music channel VH1 placed the song at number 3 in the 100 Greatest One-hit Wonders of all time, number 18 in the Top 100 Songs of the 1980s and number 1 in the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders of the 80s.
Chart Performance Position Australian Singles Chart 1 UK Singles Chart 1 US Billboard Hot 100 1 Irish Singles Chart 1
The song has been covered by several artists including the ska band Save Ferris (who replaced the strings with a horn section), folk metal band Skyclad, French art band Nouvelle Vague, the Japanese band nil, and Badly Drawn Boy.
- The song was used as a background tune in a 2009 episode of the BBC police drama Ashes to Ashes (set in 1982) where a gypsy girl (played by Ellie Paskell) gave birth to a baby girl who was named Eileen after a sarcastic remark by Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister).
- On 7 August 2005 the song was used to awake the astronauts of Space Shuttle Discovery on the final day of STS-114 in reference to commander Eileen Collins.
- A portion of the song appeared during a flashback dream from 1983 for the character Brian in the cult British sitcom Spaced.
Musicians (band members)
- Kevin Rowland – vocals
- Billy Adams – banjo and backing vocals
- Giorgio Kilkenny – bass and backing vocals
- Seb Shelton – drums and backing vocals
- Micky Billingham – piano, accordion, and backing vocals
- Helen O'Hara – fiddle
- Steve Brennan – fiddle
- Jennifer Tobis – fiddle
- Roger MacDuff – fiddle
- "Big" Jim Paterson – trombone
- Paul Speare – tenor saxophone
- Brian Maurice – alto saxophone
- ^ Jimmy James And The Vagabonds - A Man Like Me (YouTube Video 1)
- ^ Jimmy James And The Vagabonds - A Man Like Me (YouTube Video 2)
- ^ Audio - www.dexys.co.uk[dead link]
- ^ http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=brook+drive,+london&sll=51.493528,-0.104821&sspn=0.007535,0.022745&ie=UTF8&ll=51.493542,-0.104949&spn=0.007535,0.022745&z=16&iwloc=A&layer=c&cbll=51.493525,-0.104798&panoid=tPBOSut_vVJyA9XtxQWXVw&cbp=12,39.642765721649816,,0,5.389699663407361 Google Street View
- ^ http://www.channel4.com/entertainment/tv/microsites/G/greatest/singles/results.html Channel4
- ^ http://www.danboe.net/articles/975/vh1s-top-100-one-hit-wonders VH1's Top 100 One-Hit Wonders
- ^ VH1's Top 100 Songs of the 1980s
- ^ 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders Of The 80s
- ^ Positions @ Finnish-charts.com Retrieved September 2009
- ^ The Sing Off - NBC Site
- ^ Sam Wollaston on Ashes to Ashes | Television & radio | The Guardian
- ^ Chronology of Wake Up Calls
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Billy Adams • Kevin "Al" Archer • Mickey Billingham • Jeff Blythe • Steve Brennan • Vincent Crane • Andy "Stoker" Growcott • John "Rhino" Edwards • Giorgio Kilkenny • Andy Leek • Robert Noble • Helen O'Hara • Jimmy Paterson • Pete Saunders • Seb Shelton • Paul Speare • Steve Spooner • Mick Talbot • Simon Walker • Pete Williams • Steve Wynn
Studio albums Compilations Singles"Dance Stance" • "Geno" • "There, There, My Dear" • "Keep It Part Two (Inferiority Part One)" • "Plan B" • "Show Me" • "Liars A To E" • "The Celtic Soul Brothers" • "Come On Eileen" • "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" • "Let's Get this Straight (From the Start)" • "This is What She's Like" • "Because of You" Related articles
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