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Dexys in America: Remember Us This Way?


Dexys Midnight Runners…a band known on these shores for one song only: “Come on Eileen”, a staple of pub-night and wedding-party piss-ups and so entrenched in the ubiquitous retro-80 muzak heard in shopping malls and coffee shops that, for all you know, Dexys may as well be Dead or Alive.

From Stuart Berman’s review of the Projected Passion Revue album in leading American music site Pitchforkmedia.com, published yesterday. As if to prove his point, yesterday was also the day a friend sent me a link to an online jukebox, tropicalglen.com which plays the biggest hits of each year through the web. The playlist for 1983 duly finds ‘Come On Eileen’ sandwiched between best-forgotten hits by Eddie Rabbit & Crystal Gayle, and Bob Seger. Ouch. Those American readers who have yet to understand us middle-aged Brits’ fascination with Dexys should click on the YouTube link below to see a televised live performance of the single ‘Liars A To E’ from 1981. This single, which impacted on me like nothing else that most incredible year of my life, completely failed to chart. Remember them which way?

The 1982 Jamming! interview with Kevin Rowland starts here.

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