Musical Interlude: Dexy’s Midnight Runners – Come On Eileen

Terry Starbucker recently asked his Twitter friends to share their favorite guilty pleasure songs.  46 songs were nominated, which were then voted on to find the top 10.  Come on Eileen was #1 – with 50% of the votes!

This song is a personal favorite of mine. I don’t consider it a guilty pleasure. I ain’t ashamed of my love for eighties music.

I’m reminded of the impromput 80′s dance party we had at my brother’s house in South Africa this New Year’s. This song was on the play list and all of us jumped around unashamedly to this tune, just like we did in the old days. Granted we were a little more out of breath at the end of the song than we might have been in the eighties, but it was just as much fun.

Seems like a good song for a rainy friday (in New Jersey).

Check out the rest of  the list here.  It includes some other personal favorites like Karma Chamelon and that legendary MC Hammers U Can’t Touch This!

  • deb

    Well, you KNEW I was going to have to comment on this.

    Girlene, this is SO not a guilty pleasure. When it comes on when I’m walking, I have to look around to make sure no one is watching so I can start do what I call “dance-walking” … it’s a little strutting, a head bopping, a little punching the air with my arms and rockin’ out; I’m sure I look like an absolute maniac, but damn, it feels so delicious.

    And, really, how can you resist a lyric that is so 80s and honest? “Come on Eileen, I swear … at this moment, you mean everything.” He never says: “I’m madly in love with you and want to be with you forever …” no, he qualifies with: “You in that dress, my thoughts – I confess – verge on dirty, so come on Eileen.” He’s just goes bouncing through the gray streets sorta West-Side-Story/80s style in those goofball overalls saying: “How ‘bout we do it cause it’ll be awesome and I wanna!” Brilliance, really. (she’s not wearing a dress though; what up with that?)

    And by the way, I went to Terry Starbucker’s originally voting page (of course, i couldn’t resist), and I just wanna know how Rick Astley’s ‘Never Gonna Give You Up’ didn’t make the top 10; what’s this world coming to?

  • Terry Starbucker

    Hey, thanks for the links! I also admit that I like “Come on Eileen”. It passes my test if I can’t get it out of my head for 24 hours after I listen to it, and that one certainly qualifies. All of the GuiltyTunes are just plain fun, and isn’t that the point? You bet!

    All the best and thanks again,

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