One of the first new wave acts to emerge during the musical shake-ups of 1977, the Boomtown Rats were also significant for spearheading an interest in young Irish rock. Originally formed in Dún Laoghaire in 1975 as the Nightlife Thugs, the Dublin-based band comprised part-time music journalist Bob Geldof (Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof, 5 October 1951, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Eire; vocals), Garry Roberts (b. 16 June 1954, Eire; guitar, vocals), Gerry Cott (guitar), Johnnie Fingers (b. John Moylett, 10 September 1956, Eire; keyboards), Pete Briquette (b. Patrick Cusack, 2 July 1954, Eire; bass), and Simon Crowe (drums). They named themselves after Woody Guthries term for oilfield workers in his autobiography, Bound For Glory. Before moving to London, they signed to the recently established Ensign Records, which saw commercial possibilities in their highly energetic yet melodic work. Their 1977 self-titled debut album was a UK chart success and...
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