February 28, 2009

Mod-A-Day: Dexy's Midnight Runners

Dexy's Midnight Runners might be remebered for "Come on Eileen", but they were known before that as a northern soul staple. In fact, they were named for the scenes most favorite pick me up. Dexy's were always much more of a northern soul scene artifact than a mod scene staple. They were soul brothers more than they were mods. But many of the mods loved them, and more so as time went along.

Their first full album The Young Soul Rebels has a number of really good tracks on it, including their first big hit Geno. But, it also includes this oft overlooked number that is as good or better than anything else they ever did. "Tell Me When My Light Turns Green" features the distinctive warbling of Kevin Rowland, but it also has some great horn playing, and an overall soulfulness that makes it a really great dance song, as well as a song that is easy to listen to.

Dexy's Midnight Runners -- Tell Me When My Light Turns Green