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Dexys Midnight Runners Too-Rye-Ay.jpg
Studio album by Dexys Midnight Runners
Released July 1982
Recorded 1981–82 ("The Celtic Soul Brothers" and "Come on Eileen")
26 June and 4 July 1982
Genre New wave, blue-eyed soul, Celtic folk
Length 40:37
Label Mercury Records
Producer Kevin Rowland, Clive Langer, Alan Winstanley
Dexys Midnight Runners chronology
Searching for the Young Soul Rebels
Don't Stand Me Down
Singles from Too-Rye-Ay
  1. "Liars A to E"
    Released: November 1981
  2. "The Celtic Soul Brothers"
    Released: March 1982
  3. "Come On Eileen"
    Released: 25 June 1982
  4. "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)"
    Released: August 1982
  5. "The Celtic Soul Brothers"
    Released: March 1983 (re-release)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 5/5 stars[1]

Too-Rye-Ay is the second album by Dexys Midnight Runners, released in July 1982. The album is best known for the hit single "Come On Eileen", which included the lyrics "too-rye-ay" that inspired the album's title.


The album's "Come On Eileen" became a number one hit in both the UK and the US. Dexys Midnight Runners is best known as only 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.

Different releases of Too-Rye-Ay featured different versions of "Come On Eileen." Certain editions of the album featured a version beginning with a violin introduction and then simply fading out at the end (length: 4:07).[2][3][4] This version of the song is the one featured on the single release. Other editions of the album (including many of the "re-releases") featured a version without the violin intro and including a tag of Kevin Rowland singing the folk song "Believe Me, if All Those Endearing Young Charms", at the end, while the digital version offered by Spotify includes both front and end "Young Charms" tags (length: approximately 4:32).[5][6][7][8] In addition, the most common release of the album features "Come On Eileen" as the final track, while the original U.S. release features the tune as the opening track on Side 2.[9]

The album was re-released in 1996 on CD with 8 bonus tracks. In 2000 an enhanced edition was released with the music videos for "Come On Eileen" and "Jackie Wilson Said" as bonus material. In 2002 a US edition with bonus tracks was released. Marking its 25th Anniversary, a 2007 2-CD Deluxe Edition was released.

Track listing[edit]

Side One[10]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Celtic Soul Brothers"   Kevin Rowland, Jim Paterson, Mickey Billingham 3:07
2. "Let's Make This Precious"   Rowland, Paterson 4:03
3. "All in All (This One Last Wild Waltz)"   Rowland, Paterson 4:08
4. "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)"   Van Morrison 3:06
5. "Old"   Rowland, Paterson 5:00
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Plan B"   Rowland, Paterson 5:04
7. "I'll Show You"   Rowland, Paterson 2:41
8. "Liars A to E"   Rowland, Paterson, Steve Torch 4:10
9. "Until I Believe in My Soul"   Rowland, Paterson 7:00
10. "Come On Eileen"   Rowland, Paterson, Billy Adams 4:07
  • 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.
  • US pressings have "Come On Eileen" at the beginning of side two.



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