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The Boomtown Rats


  • 1. Lookin' After No. 1
    2. Mary of the 4th Form
    3. Close as You'll Ever Be
    4. Neon Heart
    5. Joey's on the Streets Again
    6. I Can Make It If You Can
    7. Never Bite the Hand That Feeds
    8. She's Gonna Do You In
    9. Kicks
    10. Doin' It Right - (bonus)
    11. My Blues Away - (bonus)
    12. Second Time - (bonus)
    13. Fanzine Hero - (bonus)
    14. Bare Footin' - (bonus)
    15. Mary of the 4th Form - (bonus)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9826773

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert John Lange
    EngineerSteve Brown

    Boomtown Rats: Bob Geldof.
    Anyone who heard the Boomtown Rats' debut single, "Lookin' After No. 1," with its rapid drum beat, slashing guitars, and aggressive singing about impatience with the dole queue, would think of the group as a particularly tight, standard punk rock band on the London scene in 1977. The Rats' debut album also featured the leering "Mary of the Fourth Form," their second single, but the rest of the album revealed more traditional rock influences. "Joey's on the Street Again" sounded like the sort of street opera Bruce Springsteen was aiming for on The Wild, the Innocent & the E Street Shuffle. "I Can Make It If You Can" was the sort of ballad the Rolling Stones favored in the mid-'70s. Overall, there were enough power chords and snotty sentiments to justify the punk tag, but it was already clear that the Rats aspired to the mainstream. ~ William Ruhlmann

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