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CD Details

  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2004
  • Label: Island / Mercury

Tracks:

  • Buy for $0.991.She's So Modern
  • Buy for $0.992.Mary of the 4th Form
  • Buy for $0.993.Rat Trap
  • Buy for $0.994.Lookin' After No. 1
  • Buy for $0.995.When the Night Comes
  • Buy for $0.996.Someone's Looking at You
  • Buy for $0.997.Joey's on the Street Again
  • Buy for $0.998.Banana Republic
  • Buy for $0.999.Dave
  • Buy for $1.2910.I Don't Like Mondays
  • Buy for $0.9911.Like Clockwork
  • Buy for $0.9912.(I Never Loved) Eva Braun
  • Buy for $0.9913.Neon Heart
  • Buy for $0.9914.Never in a Million Years
  • Buy for $0.9915.Diamond Smiles
  • Buy for $0.9916.Drag Me Down
  • Buy for $0.9917.I Can Make It (If You Can)
  • Buy for $0.9918.The Elephants Graveyard
  • Buy for $0.9919.Fall Down

Product Description:

The Boomtown Rats: Garry Roberts (guitar); Pete Briquette (bass guitar); Bob Geldof, Gerry Cott, Johnnie Fingers, Simon Crowe.
Personnel: Bob Geldof (vocals); Gerry Cott (guitar); Johnnie Fingers (keyboards); Simon Crowe (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Keiron McGarry.
Long before Bob Geldof was knighted for his charitable works, he was the frontman for a scrappy Irish rock band known as the Boomtown Rats. They were in on the first wave of UK punk, and while they were very much a part of that scene, they were one of the first groups (alongside the likes of the Buzzcocks, XTC, and the now-forgotten Advertising) to combine the raw energy of punk with pop melodies and song structures, and a more sophisticated approach to record-making. In effect, with their in-your-face dynamics, poppy hooks, and herky-jerky rhythms, the Rats were one of the original New Wave bands.
This excellent, near-definitive (radio fave "Up All Night" is omitted) career overview shows both the energy and passion that aligned the Rats with the punks (the furious "She's So Modern") and the songwriting and production know-how that set them apart ("Joey's on the Street Again"). With prominent keyboards (courtesy of the flamboyant Johnny Fingers) and strong Springsteen and Thin Lizzy influences, the Rats were destined from the start to leave their punk roots behind, and their more melodic, latter-day tracks ("Never in a Million Years," "Fall Down") show the vast strides the band made before splintering in the mid-1980s.

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  • UPC: 602498191453
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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