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Dexys Midnight Runners – The London Video Locations of Come On Eileen.

Dexys Midnight Runners – The London Video Locations of Come On Eileen.

Above Photo: “Things round here have changed” – Kevin Rowland in a screen capture from the Come On Eileen video, dancing outside Vi’s Stores.

I watched the video to Dexys Midnight Runners’ Come On Eileen single recently, and then went on Google Street View to locate some of the locations shown in the video.

Distance shot of the band playing outside a shop on the corner of

Low resolution screen capture of the band playing outside the shop on the corner of Brook Drive and Hayles Street, South London.

The song, co-produced by a former Eric’s member, Clive Langer, was the band’s second Number 1 in the UK in 1982 (I much preferred ‘Geno’ the previous year). As I mention in my Punk and New Wave music memoir, Bombed Out!, I’d seen Dexys perform in Eric’s in 1979 and I’d liked them, but I didn’t like their image first showcased in this video.

The same corner shop today, from Google Street View.

The same corner shop today, from Google Street View. You can tell it’s the same by the number of architectural similarities, especially on the wall ahead, and the houses to the right of the shop.

The video was shot very close to Waterloo Station in London (an area that is also unusually referenced in Bombed Out! a couple of times). Unfortunately, many of the houses featured in the video were demolished as part of some no doubt bent urban regeneration scheme, where perfectly good, well-built Victorian homes were razed and replaced by a load of modern, poorly-built rubbish so developers and their friends in the UK’s city councils could get rich in the 1970s and 1980s.

You can see some of this ‘regeneration’ going on in some of the scenes in the Dexys’ video.

The shop in the video (back then called ‘Vi’s Stores’) is located on the corner of Brook Drive and Hayles Street.

A closer screen capture from the video of the band outside the shop, Vi's Stores.

A closer low-res screen capture from the video of the band outside the shop, Vi’s Stores.

And the same location today.

And the same location today.

Later in the video you see the band hanging out at what is the corner of Brook Drive and Austral Street.

The band at the corner of Brook Drive and Austral Street.

The band at the corner of Brook Drive and Austral Street.

Note the low wall is still there, the two windows to the right, even some unusual square-shaped white coloured brick to the right of the windows, although the road sign has gone:

The same corner of Brook Drive and Austral Street today.

The same corner of Brook Drive and Austral Street today.

While the band are in this location, you also see a pub glimpsed through their dancing feet:

A pub on the opposite side of the street.

A pub on the opposite side of the street.

And the same building today, on the right, with the same corner of Brook Drive and Austral Street on the left:

The same pub.

The name ‘Dexys’ was the common abbreviation of ‘Dexedrine’, a brand of amphetamines popularly used in Northern Soul clubs in the 1970s.

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Goodye Eileen. Interested locals observe the band shooting scenes at the end of the video.

Goodbye Eileen. Interested locals observe the band shooting scenes at the end of the video.

 

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