Studio album by Dexys Midnight Runners
Released August 1982
Recorded June 26 and July 4, 1982
Genre New Wave
Length 40:37
Label Mercury Records
Producer Kevin Rowland,
Clive Langer,
Alan Winstanley
Dexys Midnight Runners chronology
Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
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Review scores
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Allmusic 5/5 stars [1]

Too-Rye-Ay is the second album by Dexys Midnight Runners, released in August 1982 (see 1982 in music). The album is best known for the hit single "Come On Eileen".


Track listing

  1. "The Celtic Soul Brothers" (Rowland, Paterson, Billingham) – 3:08
  2. "Let's Make This Precious" (Rowland, Paterson) – 4:03
  3. "All in All (This One Last Wild Waltz)" (Rowland, Paterson) – 4:07
  4. "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" (Van Morrison) – 3:05
  5. "Old" (Rowland, Paterson) – 5:35
  6. "Plan B" (Rowland, Paterson) – 5:04
  7. "I'll Show You" (Rowland, Paterson) – 2:41
  8. "Liars A to E" (Rowland, Paterson, Torch) – 4:11
  9. "Until I Believe in My Soul" (Rowland, Paterson) – 6:59
  10. "Come On Eileen" (Rowland, Paterson, Adams) – 4:38

There are several unlisted tracks on the album - "Old" includes a reprise of "Let's Make This Precious" at the end. The beginning of "Plan B" is actually the song "Soon", a version of which is the b-side to the "Show Me" single. "Come On Eileen" includes a tag of Kevin Rowland singing the folk song "Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms", at the end.

Some US pressings move "Come On Eileen" to the beginning of side two (i.e. before "Plan B").


"The Players"
  • Seb Shelton - Drums
  • Giorgio Kilkenny - Bass
  • Billy Adams - Banjo, Guitar
  • Mickey Billingham - Organ, Piano, Accordion, Keyboards
  • "Big" Jim Paterson - Trombone
  • Paul Speare - Flute, Saxophone, Tin Whistle
  • Brian Maurice - Saxophone
  • Kevin Rowland - Bass, Guitar, Piano, Director, Vocals; Digital Remastering (reissue)
  • Steve Wynne - Bass (not credited on some releases)
"The Emerald Express"
  • Helen O'Hara - Fiddle, Violin
  • Steve Brennan - Fiddle, Violin
"The Sisters of Scarlet"
"Directed by"
  • Peter Barrett - Cover Design
  • Kim Knott - Photography
  • Andrew Ratcliffe - Artwork, Paintings
  • Tim Chacksfield - Project Coordinator (reissue)
  • ID - Enhanced CD Design (reissue)
  • Philip Lloyd-Smee - CD Package Design (reissue)


"Come on Eileen" became number one in both the UK and the US and Dexys Midnight Runners is best known only as a one hit wonder in the United States; however, in the United Kingdom, Geno had previously reached Number One. "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" and "The Celtic Soul Brothers" were also hit singles in the UK.

Alternative versions

1996 re-issue

Distinguishable by its green border around the front cover, the 1996 version included the following additional tracks:

  1. Celtic Soul Brothers (U.S. Mix)
  2. Jackie Wilson Said (Live)
  3. Come on Eileen (Live)
  4. Marguerita Time
  5. Respect (Live)
  6. Dubious
  7. Love Part 2
  8. TSOP

The live tracks are from "The Bridge" tour.

Enhanced edition (2000)

The "enhanced edition" contains no additional audio tracks, but includes videos for "Come On Eileen" and "Jackie Wilson Said".

US issue (2002)

Reissued version is digitally remastered and includes several bonus tracks:

  1. "Show Me" (Paterson, Rowland) – 3:24
  2. "Dubious" (Paterson, Rowland) – 2:39
  3. "T.S.O.P. (The Sound of Philadelphia)" (Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff) – 3:42
  4. "Let's Get This Straight (From the Start)" (Adams, O'Hara, Rowland) – 3:35
  5. "Reminisce Part One" (Rowland) – 5:47

"Deluxe Edition" (2007)

This 2-disc edition adds the following bonus tracks to the first disc:

  1. Love Part 2
  2. Dubious
  3. T.S.O.P.
  4. Let's Get This Straight From The Start
  5. Old (Live)
  6. Respect (Live)
  7. Let's Make This Precious (Session)

It also contains a second disc mostly comprising the live "BBC Radio 1 Live in Concert" album, with additional session tracks:

  1. T.S.O.P.
  2. Burn It Down
  3. Let's Make This Precious
  4. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)
  5. Come On Eileen
  6. Soon
  7. Plan B
  8. Geno
  9. Respect
  10. Old
  11. The Celtic Soul Brothers (More, Please, Thank You)
  12. There There My Dear
  13. Show Me
  14. I'll Show You
  15. Let's Make This Precious (session)
  16. Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile) (session)
  17. All In All (This One Last Wild Waltz) (session)
  18. Old (session)
  19. Reminisce (Part 1)


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