Dexy's Midnight Runners was founded in 1978 by former
Killjoys band members Kevin Rowland (aka Carlo Rolan) and Kevin "Al"
Archer. The band named themselves after the recreational drug
Dexedrine, which, like speed, gives the user the energy to party all
night (or at least stay up until midnight). The band released
their first single, "Dance Stance", in 1979. The song actually
made it into the top 40 British charts.
Dexy's Midnight Runners' first album was
Searching for the Young Soul Rebels (1980).
Many of you will remember the UK number 1 hit song "Geno" from this
album, and also the UK top 7 song "There, There, My Dear". It was
their 1982 release,
Too-Rye-Ay, that brought the band worldwide success and a number
1 hit in four countries (including the USA). That number 1 hit was
"Come On Eileen". Other hit songs from this album included "Show
Me", "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)", "Let's Get
This Straight (From the Start)", and "The Celtic Soul Brothers".
The last album for the band was
Don't Stand Me Down
in 1985. The album did not fair well, and Dexy's Midnight
Runners soon split up. Although there was some activity post 1985,
a new version of the band, called "Dexys", formed in 2003 and went on
tour. The band released a greatest hits album that featured two
new songs, and a new album in 2012 (One Day I'm Going to Soar).
At the time of this writing in the spring of 2013, the band was still
active. The Current Dexy's Midnight Runners Discography is as
follows:1980: Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
1985: Don't Stand Me Down
1991: The Very Best of Dexys Midnight Runners
1993: Because of You
1995: 1980-1982: The Radio One Sessions
1995: BBC Radio One Live in Concert
1996: It Was Like This
1996: Master Series
2003: Let's Make This Precious: THe Best of Dexys Midnight RUnners
2007: The Projected Passion Revue
2012: One Day I'm Going to Soar
Searching for the . . .
Come on Eileen,
well I swear (what he means), At this moment,
you mean everything, With you in that dress my
thoughts I confess, Verge on dirty, Ah come on