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The Boomtown Rats: Citizens of Boomtown (BMG) CD | DL | Vinyl 8/10 Geldof and crew with a most unlikely early album of the year contender....
There's plenty of hair pulling in Manchester this evening after a few off the cuff quotes from Bob geldof about the late Tony Wilson appeared in the local press. Obviously something must have been said years ago by Tony, let's face it Tony was very acebric and the Boomtown Rats were one of those bands that got the slag offs more than any other.
The notion that they were somehow bandwagon jumpers is somewhat laughable when you consider that all of us, from me, to you the reader to dear old Joe Strummer jumped the very attractive bandwagon at some point in those glorious mid to the late seventies. In the rush to condemn people are overlooking a lot of hidden gems and this box set of the 6 Boomtown Rats albums is a reminder that, especially. early on there was a pretty damn fine band with biting satirical lyrics, a punkoid energy, a warped sense of humour and a lyrical sharpness that should be celebrated.