Song of the Day, April 23: Come On Eileen by Dexys Midnight Runners

Today’s song is Come On Eileen by Kevin Rowland and Dexys Midnight Runners. This is one of my very favorite hits of the 80’s and a rare example of a song I loved making it all the way to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It didn’t sound like anything else on the radio; I also credit the joyous fiddling and singing with starting my interest in British folk. Of particular note is the week (April 23, 1983, 28 years ago today) that this song spent at #1. For seven weeks prior, Michael Jackson had held the top spot with Billie Jean; after Come On Eileen’s single week at the top, Jackson returned for a three-week run with Beat It. That this quirky One Hit Wonder interrupted a week of Thriller-based chart dominance has always pleased and amused me. Enjoy a bit of 80’s nostalgia today with Come On Eileen.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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