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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

The Celtic Soul Brothers

I was quite surprised to find that Dexys Midnight Runners have only ever graced these pages once before with a couple of tracks from their brilliant debut album Searching For The Young Soul Rebels.

I've dug out the follow up album Too-Rye - Ay from 1982  for you today. A reasonable album but not in the same league as its predecessor and one which hasn't really stood the tests of time. It did however contain  a couple of good pop songs though including the ubiquitous Come On Eileen.
It is now an album that I can never look at in the same light again after obtaining Apples & Oranges by the Blue Ox Babes and discovering that Kevin Rowland has effectively pinched the Celtic Soul sound from Kevin Archer and poached Helen O'Hara into the bargain.

Jackie Wilson Said of course obtained a certain noteriety when instead of putting up a picture of the great R&B singer Top of the Pops featured a picture of the darts player Jockie Wilson instead

Toodle langa langa Toodle langa lang indeed

Dexys Midnight Runners - The Celtic Soul Brothers

Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)


  1. Come On Eileen is a funny one.
    As a stand alone single it is over played and over familiar, yet in the context of this album it is a welcome treat for the lugholes

  2. This was my first Dexys album, so I hold it in high esteem. Then again, I hold everything Rowland does in high esteem. Come On Eileen, despite being a wedding party favourite (and making the band a "one hit wonder" in many parts of the world) is still a cracking pop song.