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November 25th, 2009 under Craig Ferguson


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So yesterday Maria Bello was on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and they were talking about her upcoming movie, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. She tells him that her character does a drug called dextroamphetamine and he tells her that the band Dexy’s Midnight Runners is named after that drug. He says, “They were called Dexy’s Midnight Runners cause if you take Dexys, you’re going to be running at midnight.” I have loved the song Come On Eileen for like ever and I totally never like knew that is how they got their name!
So you might ask why post this because it is so random? Well I Tweeted about it, and the Tweet got a lot of attention so I thought for those of you who don’t do Twitter you would like to know this useless fact! I know I did! Plus one of my followers @xyzcat also thought the little tidbit was interesting and confirmed what Craig said. According to Child of the 1980’s, “The band was formed in 1978 by Kevin Rowland and Kevin Archer and took its name from a drug called Dexedrine, a brand of dextroamphetamine (try saying that three times fast) which gave you a massive boost of energy that allowed you to dance all night (where the Midnight Runners part of the name came from).”
So now take this little nugget of information, and dance like you are dexy to Come On Eileen!!! BTW now it makes so much sense why the beat of the song is the way it was…

Finally check out The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson tonight on CBS at 12:35a because he has on Wolfgang Puck and Robin Penn! Plus he might just explain another band’s name?

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