Come On Eileen

“Poor old Johnnie Ray, sounded sad upon the radio. He moved a million hearts in mono…”

And so, dear friends, we have finally arrived at “Come on Eileen”.

The 1983 uber-smash from Dexy’s Midnight Runners is, perhaps more than any other, the one song most synonymous with the 80s. Even kids in today’s Katy Perry-colored world know this song, and they know it was from “way back then”.

By all rights “Come On Eileen” had no business being popular. Seriously… a banjo and a fiddle? Unitelligible lyrics? A weird video with bums doing some kind of chicken dance in overalls? And what the heck is ‘too-rye-ay’?

But you know what? It was more catchy than pink eye, more happy than an episode of Romper Room, and more dance-able than an 808 drumbeat.

And it all came together in a fun little song about a guy who’s madly in love with (and having dirty thoughts about) a girl. It had a bit of rebellious-ness to it, a bit of romance, and a whole lot of folksy charm.

“Come On Eileen” spent 23 weeks on the Billboard charts, and actually made it all the way to #1 on April 23, 1983. It only spent one week there, but it will forever go down in history as the song that knocked “Billie Jean” out of the top spot for good.

All this, and it also just happens to be the punchline for perhaps the best joke to come out of the 80s (“What’s worse than sweat on Olivia Newton-John?”)

In our mind, it doesn’t get any better than that.

We ♥ Come On Eileen.

~ by weheart80s on July 27, 2011.

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