A list of known cover versions of "Come On Eileen".
Academical Village People
Badly sung acapella thingy.
Badly Drawn Boy featuring Jools Holland
and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
This appeared on a various artists charity CD, 1
Love, put together by NME. The arrangement is great but I'm not sure that Badly Drawn Boy's vocals suit.
Featured on the Black Lace album, Action Party
- 25 All * Time Favourites alngside other classic songs such as Wig Wam Bam, Hi Ho Silver Lining and, of course, Agadoo.
I'd like to say it's total shite but it isn't. This full on, good time, party version lacks any feeling or soul
but is better than many others on this page.
Irish folk band who manage to cover COE one of the most enthusuastic pop songs ever without
any enthusiasm at all. I mean, why bother eh? Some word changes here but I haven't got the full version yet so I'm
not sure to what extent.
The City On Film
Solo project from Bob Nanna of Hey Mercedes. Another in concert version. Nicely understated folky duo version with solo
fiddle and strummed acoustic guitar.
Dexy Enemy (Public
Enemy versus Dexys)
Not sure if this is a joke but some say not. The snippet I've
heard is the usual aggressive rap over Come On Eileen's instrumental track. I do seriously doubt that a full version of
this exists and suspect it's merely somebody's idea of a joke that has passed into internet legend.
much about this band, American I think. The version is live in concert and the audience are obviously enjoying themselves.
The vocal is a bit ropey with the singer missing some of the words by slurring lines.
A Canadian folk group. Not a bad version this. A Mandolin where
the banjo is in
Dexys version and an altogether good arrangement played enthusiastically. Also a bit faster than Dexys
ex-keyboard player who was in the band briefly in 1979/80 has covered Come On Eileen with his band. A recording of the track
can be found at Andy's website.
I've seen No Doubt/Mighty Mighty Bosstones/Reel Big Fish all
credited with this version on the internet. This is a punky ska version and not bad if you like that sort of thing. Done with
enthusiasm. Save Ferris have also done a second version which is an acoustic and voice type thing which was a b-side of one
of their singles.
Previously very heavy metal band who found a new direction and their Celtic roots. A fiddle heavy version to an
A definite Dexys fan in this band, it starts with someone turning the dial
on a radio al la Burn It Down. Another acapella version but better than the others. Female lead vocal which gives the song
a new twist.
U Maryland Generics
A poor acapella version. Apparently there is an American tradition of vocal groups forming in university
and some even put out albums.
To be continued...
(The original version of this feature was created by Eddie Metal)