During their "Come On Eileen" phase.

Dexys Midnight Runners – In Session 1981 – Nights At The Roundtable

During their "Come On Eileen" phase.

During their “Come On Eileen” phase.

Click on the link here for Audio Player: Dexys Midnight Runners – Live at The BBC – 1981

Most people recall Dexys Midnight Runners as the band who gave us Come On Eileen, one of the big pop hits that defined the 1980s. But they were a lot more than a one hit band (they had another big hit, Geno, which was big in the UK and not so much here). Dexys Midnight Runners (or Dexys as they are now called), were originally a horn-based band heavily influenced by Northern Soul who went through a number of direction changes before making a brief stop in the folkish, string-laden sound that became their signature trademark.

Sadly, the band went through a lot of turmoil and record company drama and their popularity flagged considerably by the end of the 80s. There have been fits and starts at reunions over the years and there is a current incarnation of the band (at least as of 2012) , so there’s always hope things will work out.

Tonight it’s Dexys Midnight Runners from the Soul period, just prior to their direction change and breakthrough. It was recorded by the BBC in 1981 and it’s a reminder that a lot of bands pigeonholed by one hit song actually had a lot more to say.

 

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