Skip directly to content


Be one of the first to know about our tour dates, video premieres, and special announcements.
By submitting my information, I agree to receive personalized updates and marketing messages about Dexys based on my information, interests, activities, website visits and device data and in accordance with the Privacy Policy. I understand that I can opt-out at any time by emailing
Release date: 
January 1, 1982

March 20: The Celtic Soul Brothers/Love Part Two enters the chart, where it spends four weeks and reaches number 45. The single unveils a new direction. The brass section is augmented by The Emerald Express: Helen Bevington (who performs with the surname O’Hara), Steve Brennan and Roger McDuff on violins. The sound was inspired by Kevin Archers’ Blue Ox Babes.

Jim Paterson and Brian Maurice leave the group, though both temporarily continue to record with the band on a session basis.

Spring: Dexys embarks on recording a new album with producers Clive Langer and Alan Winstanley.

June 6: Dexys perform in Newcastle for Radio One Live In Concert. With recording complete, Paul Speare and Micky Billingham leave the group.
July 3: Come On Eileen/Dubious/(Liars A To E New Version on 12”) enters the chart where its spends 17 weeks, four of them at number 1. The accompanying video is directed by Julien Temple. Giorgio Killkenny leaves the group. Mickey Billingham returns on a session basis.

July 4. Another session for Radio One is recorded with saxophonist Nick Gatfield and trombonist Mark Walters.

August: Album Too-Rye-Ay is released as the group’s popularity once again goes into overdrive. It reaches number 2 in the UK and sells well around the world, eventually reaching number 14 in the US album chart.

September: Dexys undertakes The Bridge tour of the UK, with Spike Edney (trombone) and Kevin Gilson (saxophone).

October 2: Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile)/Let’s Make This Precious (TSOP on 12”), enters the chart where it stays seven weeks, peaking at number 5. TV performances include alternative comedy show The Young Ones and Top Of The Pops (in front of a giant photograph of popular darts player Jocky Wilson). Later in the month there are more dates in continental Europe.

December 4: Let’s Get This Straight From The Start/Old (Respect Live on 12”) enters the UK chart. The A-side is a new song and the single is in the chart for nine weeks, reaching number 17.

Album title: