Boomtown Rats









Boomtown Rats

Boomtown Rats

were a punk rock, New Wave band which performed from 1975 to 1986. The band was led by Bob Geldof. The band consisted of six members and they were all from Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. The band released their first single, Looking After Number One, in 1977 and it immediately reached the charts in the U. K.. Their debut album, The Boomtown rats, was the most commercially successful album they had. The album was called, A Tonic For the Troops. From the album came three singles, Sheís So Modern, Like Clockwork, and Rat trap. Rat trap was the first rock song which was sung by an Irish band, to ever reach number one in the U. K. It was also the first New Wave song to reach the number one spot.

The band released, I Donít Like Mondays, in 1979. This song also reached the number 1 spot on the U. K. Charts. From the release of the bandís third album, The Fine Art of Surfacing, came the singles, Diamond Smiles, and Someoneís Looking At You. The Boontown Rats released their last Top 10 hit, Banana Republic, in 1980The band changed their style in 1981 and released their next and fourth album, Mondo Bongo. They used drums and keyboards which was different from their usual guitar music from their earlier recordings. The fifth album was released in 1982 and it was called, V Deep. Before the release of the album, member Gerry Cott, left the band. The band used synthesized sounds on this album. Their final and sixth album was released in 1985 and it was called, In the Long Grass. Their final performance was at a 1986 concert which featured many Irish rock superstars. The purpose was to raise awareness of unemployment in Ireland.

This was the bands last performance and they never became a legendary band but for a time they were very popular. They were the biggest band in England for a while in the late seventies. There will be fane who will remember them and many others will remember some of their songs.

After the band broke up, Geldof pursued a solo career with Pete Briquette. Geldof had a short career however. He released 2 singles in the U. K. Called, The ballad of the Lone Ranger, and Pioneers. He also had a Canadian single called, Alphabet Town. Other members of the band, Fingers and Crowe formed a band called Gung-Ho, in the late 1980's. Today, Fingers is with a band called, Greengate, which is a Japanese Band, and Crowe is with the band Jiggerypipery. In 2005, all of the Boomtown Ratsí albums were re-mastered and re-released as well as a compilation was released. There were also 2 DVDs released. The band released a total of 18 singles, 6 albums, and 3 compilations during their short career.