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The Boomtown Rats


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Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland (1976 – 1986, 2013 – present)

The Boomtown Rats (1976-1986) were a rock / group led by Bob Geldof (Full name: Robert Fredrick Zenon Geldof, born October 5th 1951).

All six members (Gary Roberts, Pete Briquette, Gerry Cott, Simon Crowe, Bob Geldof and Johnnie Moylett) were originally from Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland. Originally called ‘The Nightlife Thugs’. The name The Boomtown Rats comes from a gang of down-and-outs from Woody Guthrie’s autobiography, Bound for Glory. They became known as a notable band whose record is overshadowed by the charity work on behalf of famine relief of their lead singer, Bob Geldof named ‘Bob The Gob’ by the media for his big mouth.

They scored several Top Ten hits in the UK charts (c.1978-79), their most famous being ‘Rat Trap’ (UK #1) and their biggest hit, ‘I Dont Like Mondays’ (UK #1). This was written on a tour of the US (1979) when Bob Geldof heard a telex machine spouting the story of Californian schoolgirl Brenda Ann Spencer’s wild shooting spree at a San Diego high school. She justified her killing spree with the excuse “I don’t like Mondays”.

Bob Geldof has been gifted with the art of story-telling through songs. Lyrics are mostly in third person, have clever double entendre meanings, often relating some story or incident, eg “Dave”. Geldof’s charity work has been centred around the issue of famine relief, and includes being the organiser for the Band Aid single


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  • british-rocker

    one's of the best bands ever

    16 Jan 3:06pm Reply
  • thefigdublover

    So underrated.

    5 Aug 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    группка-то так себе, британский ответ на брэт-пек судя по всему, но одной песней (которая возглавляет топ) навеки вписали себя в историю

    1 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Heybeabi

    Someone's Looking At You <3

    24 Dec 2013 Reply
  • pablodiablo67

    Nice to see the lads back on tour. Also time for a reappraisal of their portfolio - a very underrated band of the late 70s and early 80s

    11 Nov 2013 Reply
  • wretched-one

    She's So Modern!!

    19 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Wiracocha

    rat trap is so AMAZING [2]

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • futureidiot

    rat trap is so AMAZING

    27 Mar 2013 Reply
  • SilentPoet82

    The Irish Rock League is waiting for your votes to decide the next winners!

    25 Mar 2013 Reply
  • Gorillaglass

    Легенда посредственности

    19 Jun 2012 Reply
  • tthehandshake

    @dAniel_brit -wait for it- DARY. LEGENDARY!

    11 Apr 2012 Reply
  • SawyeRvsFreddiE

    Tell me why I don't like Mondays???

    1 Apr 2012 Reply
  • dAniel_brit

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    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Killerdwarf

    skin on skin

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Wiracocha

    So underrated!

    7 Jan 2012 Reply
  • linnguo

    bobby n tha boys

    9 Dec 2011 Reply
  • spondszbob

    wow, it's really good

    15 Oct 2011 Reply
  • kaalper

    i dont like mondays <3

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
  • SilentPoet82

    New season of the Irish Rock League has started. Your votes will decide the next champion!

    10 Jul 2011 Reply
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