Album #501 – Too-Rye-Ay
Three and a half years ago, I started this amazing journey of musical discovery. I have now reached the halfway point and as much as I’ve covered in the previous 500 albums, the following 500 are as diverse and exciting. I couldn’t think of a better album to have at the halfway point than Too-Rye-Ay by Dexys Midnight Runners. Their second album, it builds on the soul sounds of their début and adds a Celtic influence in. Years before The Commitments, Dexys Midnight Runners brought their Irish soul to an adoring public. Of course, the album contains their only North American hit, Come On Eileen. It’s a song that has become one of my favourites in recent years, thanks to an iconic scene in the film, The Perks of Being A Wallflower. In fact, the Celtic soul influence extends beyond Come On Eileen to the other UK hit off this album, a great cover of Irish soul originator Van Morrison’s Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile). This album is definitely a toe tapper and The Irish fiddles add a nice touch to their sound. Kevin Rowland’s voice is even stronger and has strong emotion. Every track is full of life and never dull. The album is fun, upbeat and definitely worth a listen. It’s easy to write Dexys Midnight Runners off as one-hit wonders but, they are so much more. Kevin Rowland’s musical knowledge and unique influences make them one of the most creative new wave bands of the early 80’s. Rowland is still touring and making music under the name Dexys but, nothing can ever replicate the energy found on Too-Rye-Ay. Other highlights include: The Celtic Soul Brothers, Let’s Make This Precious, Old, Plan B, I’ll Show You, Liars A to E and Until I Believe In My Soul. Overall, I give Too-Rye-Ay, 5 out of 5.
Next: New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) by Simple Minds