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Album Review

To coincide with their 2013 reunion, Irish new wave legends the Boomtown Rats offered up their fifth greatest-hits collection in Back to Boomtown: Classic Rats Hits. The usual suspects like "Rat Trap," "She's So Modern," and "I Don't Like Mondays" are all present, sounding nice and punchy with their updated Abbey Road remasters. While their 2003 anthology The Best of the Boomtown Rats was a bit more thorough, the draw for fans here is the addition of two brand new tracks penned by bandleader Bob Geldof. Their first new material in decades, opening cut "The Boomtown Rats" is a strange electronic club banger that feels immediately out of place, though the other new addition, "Back to Boomtown," holds up quite nicely and is delivered with the kind of ragged moxie the band was known for in their heyday. While the two new cuts might not be reason enough to add yet another reshuffled Rats compilation to your collection, Back to Boomtown still serves as a solid introduction to the band.

Customer Reviews

The Boomtown Rats are back

I saw The Boomtown Rats rip the Isle Of WIght Festival apart this year and loved their songwriting and stagecraft. The two new songs 'The Boomtown Rats' and 'Back To Boomtown' are tremendously innovative and quite unlike their classic recordings. Book your tour tickets now (with apologies to the Rolling Stones) this is the greatest rock n roll band in the UK!

Rat's that?, It's the return of The Boomtown Rats!!!

I've admired Bob Geldof ever since I was a little boy. 2 Years ago I discovered why he was so important, Live Aid.

10 Years before I was born he had created live Aid to help with a terrible Famine in Africa. The songs "Do They Know It's Christmas Time?" and "We Are The World" are so emotional but amazing songs also he told me the meaning of the word charity and also Comic relief began because of him. Thank you Sir Bob Geldof you are a true good Samaritan and welcome back, I had no Idea you had you're own band.

P.S. Love your new song.

Irelands Greatest

As i've been preaching since 1977, The Rats were and still are the greatest band ever to come from our shores. Can't wait until 18th October, Ulster Hall for a nite to remember. Wish that Johnnie was still with them though.


Formed: 1975 in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ire

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s

The Boomtown Rats were an Irish rock band that scored a series of British hits between 1977 and 1980, and were led by singer Bob Geldof, who organized the Ethiopian relief efforts Band Aid and Live Aid. The Rats were formed in Dun Laoghaire, near Dublin, Ireland, in 1975 by Geldof (born Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof, October 5, 1954, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland), a former journalist; Johnnie Fingers (keyboards); Gerry Cott (guitar); Garry Roberts (guitar); Pete Briquette (bass); and Simon Crowe (drums)....
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