Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cover Me Impressed: 'Come On Eileen'

In case you couldn't tell from all of last week's posts, I have a big thing for ska's second wave. So, it might come as a surprise that most of ska's third wave leaves me cold. Most of it seems like frat rock for the dudes. There are a few exceptions, and I'll get to those in the coming weeks. I can't claim to be a big fan of late '90s SoCal ska outfit Save Ferris either, but they did have a moment in 1997 with this cover of the 1982 smash hit from Dexy's Midnight Runners.

There was something about the original "Come On Eileen" that appealed to the masses. Even my late father, a dyed-in-the-wool Hank Williams type, liked this one. Although the band's less-than-keen fashion sense bordered on the absurd and was very much on display with the help of MTV and other music video outlets, the song shot to No. 1 in America, the UK and Australia anyway. Now, Save Ferris didn't have that kind of chart success, but it was their biggest hit and got quite a bit of airplay on the once very cool MTV2 network. I still enjoy this one.

Dexy's Midnight Runners - Come On Eileen (mp3)
Save Ferris - Come On Eileen (Night Mix) (mp3)

More Cover Me Impressed:
"Walking On Thin Ice"
Jason Falkner Edition
"True Love Will Find You In The End"
"This Will Be Our Year"
"You're My Favorite Waste of Time"
"The End Of The World"
"(Don't Go Back To)Rockville"
"God Only Knows"
"And Your Bird Can Sing"
"So Sad About Us"
"Walking The Cow"

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