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Even NASA has 80s fans



For those of us who had to be awake and at work by 4 a.m. for the originally scheduled space shuttle landing today (ok, that's only me), there was at least some happy 80s music to enjoy on TV coverage.

NASA woke up the crew by playing "Come On Eileen" by Dexy's Midnight Runners (a reference to shuttle commander Eileen Collins). Ah, that's a song that doesn't get its due anymore. Poor Dex. After getting mocked on the Simpson's Grammy episode ("You beat Dexy's Midnight Runners" .... "Well, we haven't heard the last from them!"), there wasn't much chance that our dungaree-clad UK buddies would rise above 80s trivia obscurity.

Dexy's Midnight Runners formed in the late 1970s -- their name comes from dexedrine, the amphetamine popular in the music scene at the time. In 1982, the song "Come On Eileen" hit the top of the charts in the UK (that'd be United Kingdom, not University of Kentucky, where I'm sure the song never charted at all). It'd take another year to reach the top of the charts over here in the colonies. It took 18 months for the band to crank out another album. Too late. Frontman Kevin Rowland is still around though, occasionally working on solo projects. My hope is that, as Homer J. Simpson predicted, we haven't heard the last from him yet.

[Last modified: Wednesday, June 9, 2010 2:14pm]


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