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The Boomtown Rats


Download links and information about The Boomtown Rats by The Boomtown Rats. This album was released in 1977 and it belongs to Rock, New Wave, Punk, Alternative genres. It contains 15 tracks with total duration of 56:23 minutes.

Artist: The Boomtown Rats
Release date: 1977
Genre: Rock, New Wave, Punk, Alternative
Tracks: 15
Duration: 56:23
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No. Title Length
1. Lookin' After No. 1 3:10
2. Mary of the 4th Form 3:33
3. Close As You'll Ever Be 3:24
4. Neon Heart 3:54
5. Joey's On the Streets Again 5:30
6. I Can Make It If You Can 5:47
7. Never Bite the Hand That Feeds 2:47
8. (She's Gonna) Do You In 3:54
9. Kicks 4:11
10. Doin' It Right (1975 Demo) 2:42
11. My Blues Away (1975 Demo) 2:54
12. A Second Time (1975 Demo) 4:11
13. Fanzine Hero (1975 Demo) 3:13
14. Bare Footin' (Live In Moran's Hotel Dublin 1975) 3:21
15. Mary of the 4th Form (Single Version) 3:52



The Boomtown Rats started off as punk rock Dubliners with a gift for hooks. Singer Bob Geldof was a veritable quote machine too, earning headlines with his brutal honesty and minor insults; the band's songs had that same sort of brash self-assuredness. The self-evident “Kicks” and “Looking After Number 1” rock hard but are also tongue-and-cheek, with lines like “The world owes me a living/I’ve waited on this dole queue too long.” “Mary of the Fourth Form” uses pub-rock riffage to tell of a schoolyard tease. “Joey’s on the Street Again” sounds so much like some broken-hero suicide ride (oh, that reverb-drenched sax solo!) that it’s almost no wonder Geldof famously said at the time that Springsteen couldn’t top it. The riffs show a love of both Thin Lizzy and Brinsley Schwarz, while the band's developing baroque-pop style of harmonizing foreshadowed not only The Boomtown Rats' future albums but also song-driven groups such as Squeeze. An early Mutt Lange production, this album features songs, performances, and an overall execution that transcend punk rock limitations. It’s a great debut by one of Ireland’s great rock bands.