“A Tonic For The Troops” by The Boomtown Rats - album review

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TJR says

A massive improvement on last years’ self-titled debut, “A Tonic For The Troops” found the Rats playing to their own strengths, which, as it turns out, were best served in a Glam/Punk/New-Wave hybrid, with superb playing from Johnny Fingers and crew, and some highly entertaining lyrics and showmanship from frontman, Bob Geldof. The album is graced by three superb singles, “She’s So Modern”, “Like Clockwork” and “Rat Trap”, all of which hit the UK Top 20, the latter giving them a UK Number One. Dún Laoghaire’s finest were a breath of fresh air in the Pop scene.

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A1 [03:44] 9.3.png The Boomtown Rats - Like Clockwork (Bob Geldof, Pete Briquette, Simon Crowe) New Wave
A2 [03:22] 6.6.png The Boomtown Rats - Blind Date (Bob Geldof) New Wave
A3 [04:38] 8.4.png The Boomtown Rats - (I Never Loved) Eva Braun (Bob Geldof) New Wave
A4 [04:10] 6.2.png The Boomtown Rats - Living In An Island (Bob Geldof) New Wave
A5 [03:09] 5.1.png The Boomtown Rats - Don’t Believe What You Read (Bob Geldof) New Wave
B1 [02:58] 9.0.png The Boomtown Rats - She’s So Modern (Bob Geldof, John Moylett) Punk
B2 [03:12] 5.8.png The Boomtown Rats - Me And Howard Hughes (Bob Geldof) New Wave
B3 [02:19] 6.5.png The Boomtown Rats - Can’t Stop (Bob Geldof) New Wave
B4 [02:53] 5.4.png The Boomtown Rats - (Watch Out For) The Normal People (Bob Geldof) New Wave
B5 [05:14] 9.6.png The Boomtown Rats - Rat Trap (Bob Geldof) New Wave

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