The Boomtown Rats will release Citizens of Boomtown, their first new studio album in 36 years this March, on the same day a new book of lyrics and reminiscences by lead singer Bob Geldof entitled Tales Of Boomtown Glory is published.
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The veteran band, who formed in Dublin in 1975 and scored hits with Rat Trap and I Don't Like Mondays, have also previewed new single Trash Glam Baby.
The song was written by Geldof, produced by Rats bassist Pete Briquette, and features original Rats - Bob Geldof on vocals, Pete Briquette on bass, Simon Crowe on drums and Garry Roberts on guitar - with the addition of Alan Dunn on piano and Darren Beale on guitar.
The Boomtown Rats will tour the UK in 2020, with shows in Brighton, Liverpool and London. No Irish dates have yet been announced.
Beginning life as a pub rock act, The Boomtown Rats went on to become part of the burgeoning punk scene in the late seventies. In the UK they toured with the Ramones and Talking Heads and made history as the first Irish band to have a UK No 1 hit with Rat Trap.
They went on to top the charts in 32 Countries with I Don't Like Mondays and released six albums.
Geldof himself has been waxing lyrical about his memories of the good old days.
"Back then I'd written a song about the amazons I'd encountered making the scene in the late 1970s: She's So Modern was a hit. ["She's so 20th century/She's so 1970s"]," he rhapsodised.
"A millennium and 2 decades later down at the S-bend of the King's Road, that squiggle that becomes the Worlds End and where those girls would inhabit Lloyd Johnson’s and Vivienne Westwood’s shops, the glam has gone and moved east. But Vivienne is still there.
"Now opposite and beside her shop Sex there are 3 decent charity shops. I go there to check out cool shirts etc. On a Saturday in 2017 there was a glorious kid of around 16/17 talking to her friend behind the counter.
"She was fabulous. Like a bastard hybrid of The New York Dolls and early Roxy Music. A sequined tramp. A living glitter ball. They were moaning about it being Saturday and nothing to do and no money to do it with.
"The usual anthem of the bored weekend. She didn't look consciously 'retro' or anything, she looked wonderful and beautiful in that damned youth way.
"She wasn’t beautiful (but she was), a pleasant, normal girl from the blocks down the road, who intuitively understood the theatre of the self, which that peculiar part of the world has always engendered since....oh since the bohemians of the late 19th century through to the 60s and the Stones, the 70s and The Pistols, the 80s and Duran’s/Anthony Price shop and then - like the rest of the 90s - not much.
"But here she was again, doing that unique thing English teens uniquely do, a grumpy, normal English teenager being extraordinary, looking the bollox. She should be a song. Here she is. She's so 21st century...."
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