The Unforgettable Earworm “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners

By Kellar Ellsworth
The band changed their look for every album, from dock workers to business suits. Napster

1982’s “Come On Eileen” by Dexys Midnight Runners bucked the trend of the ‘80s synthesizers while taking the #1 spot from Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean”. The good vibes song featuring banjos, accordions, and fiddles over electronic sounds came as a surprise. The band, which was named after the drug Dexedrinel despite the band living the clean life, scored their only American hit with this ode to childhood love. Surprisingly, the band lacked the cohesive happiness of their biggest hit thanks to frontman Kevin Rowland's heavy-handed leadership style. Here’s the tale of “Come On Eileen” and the Dexys Midnight Runners.