Friday, August 26, 2011

Come on EILEEN not Come on IRENE! Dexys Midnight Runners

Come on "Eileen!" Not Come on "Irene!"
If you live on the East Coast, you've surely heard about the frightening threat of Hurricane Irene. Store shelves are already sold out of water, candles and batteries and even gas stations are said to be running out of gas. I'm seriously worried for my friends and family back home on Long Island and in New Jersey.

However, something '80s-related has come to my attention and I find it rather disturbing. Folks on Facebook and Twitter are posting an '80s song lyric that simply isn't incorrect... Someone needs to set them straight!

You may recall this #1 hit song by British pop band Dexys Midnight Runners back in 1982. However you may not remember the woman's name is EILEEN, not IRENE! The actual song title and song lyric is, "COME ON EILEEN!" -- the song won BEST BRITISH SINGLE in 1983 at the BRIT AWARDS.

Cool to note that the actress portraying Eileen in the video and on the album cover is Máire Fahey, sister of Siobhan Fahey, former singer of Bananarama and Shakespear's Sister


Bossy Betty said...

I remember this song well! I shall now be singing it all day.

C said...

Hahahahah! That is disturbing! I love this song. My husband likes to Karaoke to it. And I agree with the above comment, it'll be stuck in my head all day. :)

Amber Von Felts said...

What would be funnier, (not that hurricanes are all that funny)is if the next hurricane was actually named Eileen...would they use the same song? I LOVE that song myself! "Poor old Johnny Ray
Sounded sad upon the radio, he moved a million hearts in mono" So good :-) The 80's really did have a fascination with the 50's.


Love this song. It was such an unusual song because it involved banjos but somehow it worked.

LL Cool Joe said...

I quite often play this track at gigs. It's a classic track that has stood the test of time. More often than not I follow it with the "Love Shack" which I just speed up a touch to keep the dancing going!


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