Contrary to what might be expected, Dexys Midnight Runners is consistently spelled without an apostrophe. The word Dexy, in this case, comes from a colloquialism of dextroamphetamine or purple hearts, a type of amphetamine diet pill that was a popular "upper" drug with England's Northern Soul scene in the 1960s.

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Dexys Midnight Runners (currently officially Dexys, their former nickname, styled without an apostrophe) are an English pop band with soul influences, who achieved their major success in the early to mid-1980s. They are best known in the UK for their songs "Come On Eileen" and "Geno", both of which peaked at No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart, as well as six other top-20 singles. "Come On Eileen" also topped the US Billboard Hot 100, and with extensive airplay on MTV they are associated with the Second British Invasion.

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dexys went through numerous personnel changes over the course of three albums and 13 singles, with only singer/songwriter/co-founder Kevin Rowland remaining in the band through all of the transitions and only Rowland and "Big" Jim Paterson (trombone) appearing on all of the albums. By 1985, the band consisted only of Rowland and long-standing members Helen O'Hara (violin) and Billy Adams (guitar). The band broke up in 1987, with Rowland becoming a solo artist. After two failed restart attempts, Dexys was reformed by Rowland in 2003 with new members, as well as a few returning members from the band's original lineup (known as Dexys Mark I). Dexys released their fourth album in 2012 and a fifth followed in 2016.

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1980Searching for the Young Soul RebelsDexys Midnight Runners59
1982Too-Rye-AyKevin Rowland & Dexys Midnight Runners4.510
1985Don’t Stand Me DownDexys Midnight Runners5
2012One Day I'm Going to SoarDexys2
2016Let the Record Show: Dexys Do Irish and Country SoulDexys1

Album + Compilation

1983GenoDexys Midnight Runners1
1991The Very Best of Dexys Midnight RunnersDexys Midnight Runners1
1991The Very Best OfDexys Midnight Runners2
1993Because of YouDexys Midnight Runners1
1996It Was Like ThisDexys Midnight Runners1
1996Master Series: Dexys Midnight RunnersDexys Midnight Runners1
2003Let's Make This Precious: The Best of Dexys Midnight RunnersDexys Midnight Runners1
2007The Projected Passion RevueDexys Midnight Runners1

Album + Live

1993BBC Radio One Live in ConcertDexys Midnight Runners2
19951980-1982: The Radio 1 SessionsDexys Midnight Runners1
2014Nowhere Is HomeDexys1


1979Dance Stance / I'm Just LookingDexys Midnight Runners1
1980Keep It Part Two (Inferiority Part One)Dexys Midnight Runners1
1980GenoDexys Midnight Runners1
1980Seven Days Too LongDexys Midnight Runners1
1980There, There My DearDexys Midnight Runners1
1981Plan BDexys Midnight Runners1
1981Liars A to EDexys Midnight Runners1
1981Show Me / SoonDexys Midnight Runners1
1982The Celtic Soul BrothersDexys Midnight Runners & The Emerald Express1
1982Come On EileenDexys Midnight Runners & The Emerald Express56
1982Jackie Wilson Said (I'm In Heaven When You Smile)Dexys Midnight Runners1
1985This is What She's LikeDexys Midnight Runners1
1986Because of YouDexys Midnight Runners1

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