CD Best of Boomtown Rats [Universal International] (CD 865434),
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Best of Boomtown Rats [Universal International]

  • 1. She's So Modern
    2. Mary of the 4th Form
    3. Rat Trap
    4. Looking After No.1
    5. When the Night Comes
    6. Someone's Looking at You
    7. Joey's on the Street Again
    8. Banana Republic
    9. Dave
    10. I Don't Like Monday's
    11. Like Clockwork
    12. (I Never Loved) Eva Braun
    13. Neon Heart
    14. Never in a Million Years
    15. Diamond Smiles
    16. Drag Me Down
    17. I Can Make It (If You Can)
    18. Elephant's Graveyard, The
    19. Fall Down
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 9870227

  • Credits

    THE BEST OF THE BOOMTOWN RATS is a 19-track collection of songs by '70s and '80s British rockers The Boomtown Rats, featuring Sir Bob Geldof and the songs "I Don't Like Mondays" and "She's So Modern."
    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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