Before millions of children of the '80s knew Bob Geldof as the Irishman behind a wave of international charitable rock, including Band Aid and Live Aid, he made a name for his home country as a hub for rock with the punky band, The Boomtown Rats. More than 25 years after their last performance, The Boomtown Rats are reforming for a new album and tour - and they're starting things off with a new compilation in September.
Led by the irascible, verbose Geldof, The Boomtown Rats - which featured guitarists Garry Roberts and Gerry Cott, keyboardist Johnnie FIngers, bassist Pete Briquette and drummer Simon Crowe - became the first Irish band to top the U.K. charts with 1978's "Rat Trap," produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The next year, follow up "I Don't Like Mondays" - a heartwrenching New Wave tune about a school shooting, was a worldwide Top 5 hit (save for the U.S., where it scraped to No. 73 after a boycott of sorts due to the song's content.) Cott left the band in 1981, after which the Rats continued as a quintet increasingly in the shadow of Geldof's increasing public stature. After the band's final performance in 1986, Geldof pursued a solo career with Briquette in tow and Fingers became a highly in-demand producer in Japan.
Back to Boomtown: Classic Rats Hits features all of the band's biggest hits, including "I Don't Like Mondays," "Like Clockwork," "Rat Trap," "Banana Republic" and more, as well as two new tracks by the current band lineup (Geldof, Roberts, Briquette and Crowe) bookending the disc. (The digital version will be slightly more comprehensive, including a song apiece from the band's final two albums, 1982's V Deep and In the Long Grass (1984).) The Boomtown Rats are on tour in England, Ireland and Scotland in October and November.
The new compilation is out September 9. Hit the jump for the full track list and order links!
Back to Boomtown: Classic Rats Hits (Virgin/EMI (U.K.), 2013)
- The Boomtown Rats!
- Mary of the 4th Form
- (I Never Loved) Eva Braun
- 4. Neon Heart
- Like Clockwork
- She's So Modern
- Lookin' After No. 1
- Someone's Looking At You
- Me And Howard Hughes
- Joey's on the Street Again
- I Don't Like Mondays
- Having My Picture Taken
- Banana Republic
- Diamond Smiles
- Rat Trap
- Back to Boomtown
- House on Fire *
- Drag Me Down *
Tracks 1 and 16 are new tracks
Tracks 2, 4, 7 and 10 from The Boomtown Rats (Ensign, 1977)
Tracks 3, 5-6, 9 and 15 from A Tonic for the Troops (Ensign, 1978)
Tracks 8, 11-12 and 14 from The Fine Art of Surfacing (Ensign, 1979)
Track 13 from Mondo Bongo (Mercury, 1981)
Track 17 from V Deep (Mercury, 1982)
Track 18 from In the Long Grass (Mercury, 1984)
* digital bonus track