Boomtown Rats

(Dun Laoghaire, Republic of Ireland 75 – 86)
originally called the Mark Skid & the YFronts, Nightlife Thugs (75)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official Pre-79 Releases;

 

Lookin’ after No.1 7” (Mulligan, LUNS-011) released Aug 77, Ireland. (Ensign, ENY-4) UK, also 12”. *live Amsterdam 8-1-77
Tracks: Looking after No.1, Born to Burn, Barefootin’ (live)*

 

 

Lookin’ After No. 1 7” (Mercury, SFL 2216) released 77, Japan
Tracks: Lookin’ After No. 1, Born To Burn, Barefootin’ (Live In Amsterdam)

 

 

Lookin’ After No. 1 7″ (Mercury, 6008 507) released 77, Holland
Tracks: Lookin’ After No. 1, Born To Burn, Barefootin’ (Live In Amsterdam)

 

 

Lookin’ After No. 1 7″ (Mercury, 60 08 510) released 77, Spain
Tracks: Lookin’ After No. 1, Mary of the 4th Form

 

Lookin’ After No. 1 7″ promo (Vertigo, 6837 433) released 77, France. Split 7″ w/Richard Hell & the Voidoids
Tracks: Lookin’ After No.1

Lookin’ After No.1 7″ promo (Mercury, 6837 440) released 77, France
Tracks: Lookin’ After No.1, (She’s Gonna) Do You In

Boomtown Rats LP (Mulligan, LUN-012) released 77, Ireland. (Ensign, ENVY-1) released Sep 77, UK
Tracks: Looking after No.1, Neon heart, Joey’s on the street again, Never bite the hand that feeds, Mary of the 4th form, (She’s gonna) do you in, Close as you’ll ever be, I can make it if you can, Kicks

 

Boomtown Rats promo-LP (Ensign?) released Sep 77
Tracks: Looking after No.1, Neon heart, Joey’s on the street again, Never bite the hand that feeds, Mary of the 4th form, (She’s gonna) do you in, Close as you’ll ever be, I can make it if you can, Kicks, Born to Burn (live)

 

Mary of the 4th form (alt vers) 7” (Mulligan, LUNS-712) released Nov 77, Ireland. (Ensign, ENY-9) released Nov 77, UK.
Tracks: Mary of the 4th form (alt vers), Do the rat

 

 

Do the Rat 7″ (Mercury, 6173 502) released 77, France
Tracks: Do the Rat, Mary of the 4th Form

 

 

Do the Rat 7″ (Mercury, 6008 513) released 77, Netherlands
Tracks: Do the Rat, Mary of the 4th Form

 

 

Mary of the 4th Form 7″ (Mercury, SFL 2252) released 77, Japan
Tracks: Mary of the 4th Form, Do the Rat

 

Boomtown Rats LP (Mercury, 6310 952) released 77. Italy
Tracks: Looking after No.1, Neon heart, Joey’s on the street again, Never bite the hand that feeds, Mary of the 4th form, (She’s gonna) do you in, Close as you’ll ever be, I can make it if you can, Kicks, Do the rat, Born to burn, Mary of the 4th
Form (alt vers)

Various Artists – New Wave LP (Vertigo, 6300 902) released 77
Tracks: Looking after No.1

Various Artists – Disco Fever LP (K-Tel, NE-1014) released 77
Tracks: Look after No.1

 

She’s so modern 7” (Mulligan, LUNS-715) released Apr 78, Ireland. (Ensign, ENY-13) released May 78, UK.
Tracks: She’s so modern, Lying again

 

Like Clockwork 7” (Mulligan, LUNS-716) released Jun 78, Ireland.
Tracks: Like Clockwork, Dun Laoghaire

 

Like Clockwork 7” (Ensign, ENY-14) released Jul 78, UK.
Tracks: Like Clockwork, How do you do

 

 

Like Clockwork 7″ (Mercury, 6008 526) released 78, Netherlands
Tracks: Like Clockwork, How Do You Do?

 

Like Clockwork 7″ (Mercury, 6837 501) released 78, France
Tracks: Like Clockwork, I Never Loved Eva Braun

A Tonic for the Troops LP (Mulligan, LUN-026) released July 78, Ireland & UK (Ensign, ENVY-3)
Tracks: Like clockwork, Blind date, (I never loved) eva braun, She’s so modern, Don’t believe what you read, Living in an island, Cant stop, (Watch out for) the normal people, Rat trap

A Tonic for the Troops LP (Columbia, JC-35750) recorded 78, released Jan 79, US
Tracks: Like clockwork, Blind date, (I never loved) eva braun, She’s so modern, Don’t believe what you read, Living in an island, Rat trap, Joey’s on the street again, Mary of the 4th form

In Concert 184 LP (BBC Transcription Services, CN3189/S, recorded, Middlesex Polytechnic 16-9-78, released 78
Tracks: Mary of the 4th Form, Me and Howard Hughes, (I Never Loved) Eva Braun, Don’t Believe What You Read, Rat Trap, Kicks, Joey’s on the Street Again, Living In an Island, (She’s Gonna) Do You In, Like Clockwork, She’s So Modern, Looking After No. 1, Do the Rat

 

Rat trap 7” (Mulligan, LUNS-717) released Oct 78, Ireland. Nov 78, UK (Ensign, ENY-16)
Tracks: Rat trap, So Strange

 

Rat Trap (DJ Edit) 7″ (Ensign, ENY 16 DJ) released Oct 78
Tracks: Rat Trap (“No Grime Here Paddy” DJ Edit), So Strange

 

Rat Trap 7″ (Mercury, 6173 675) released 78, France
Tracks: Rat Trap, So Strange

 

 

Rat Trap 12″ promo (Columbia, AS 544) released 78, USA
Tracks: Rat Trap, Joey’s on the Street Again

 

Rat Trap 7″ (olumbia, 3-10960) recorded 78, released Apr 79, USA
Tracks: Rat Trap, Do The Rat

Rat Trap 7″ promo (Columbia, 3-10960) recorded 78, released Apr 79, USA
Tracks: Rat Trao (mono), Rat Trap (stereo)

 

Rat Trap 7″ (Mercury, SFL 2357) released 78, Japan
Tracks: Rat Trap, Like Clockwork

 

Rat trap 7” (Mercury, 6008 536) released 78, Australia
Tracks: Rat trap, Living on an Island

 

Surface down under EP 7” (Mercury, 6205 050) recorded 77-78, released Apr 80, Australia
Tracks: Rat Trap, Looking after No.1, Like clockwork, Diamond smiles

 

 

Dun Laoghaire Flexi-7” (Flexipop, 003) recorded 78, released Jan 81
Tracks: Dun Laoghaire

 

Various Artists – Disco Stars LP (K-Tel, NE-1022) released 78
Tracks: Mary of the 4th form

Various Artists – Star Party LP (K-Tel, NE-1034) released 78
Tracks: She’s so modern

Various Artists – Midnight Hustle LP (K-Tel, NE-1037) released 78
Tracks: Like Clockwork

Various Artists – Action Replay LP (K-Tel, NE-1040) released 78
Tracks: Rat trap

Various Artists – Big Red Music LP promo (Columbia, AS-536) released 78, USA
Tracks: Rat Trap

 

Other Pre-79 Recordings;

Demo recorded Dublin late 75
Tracks: Doin’ it right, My blues away, A second time, Fanzine hero, Barefootin’

Neon Heart Etc (At Home and Away) demo cassette, recorded/released 76. *recorded at Mulligans, Dublin. **recorded at Moran’s Hotel, Dublin. ***recorded at Cliff Castle, Dalkey
Tracks: Little queenie, My babe, Getting’ back to me, Get up stand up, New wave (new age), Neon heart, Promised land, I can feel the fire, Route 66, Born to burn (live)*, Jesse James (live)**, Money honey, All through the city, Carol, My generation, Riot in cell block #9 (live)**, My babe, Boom boom, Don’t you just know it, Getting back to me, Ménage a trios (live)***, Little queenie

Demo tape recorded 76, released 76/77
Tracks: Riot in cell block #9

Paradiso, Amsterdam 8-1-77
Tracks: Intro, I wanna know, Neon heart, So strange, Kicks, 20th century, Joey’s on the street again, Don’t believe what you read, Do the rat, Do the rat #2, All the rage, Mary of the 4th form, Lookin’ after No.1 , Born to burn, Barefootin’, Do you in

Acetate 7″ (Utopia) recorded 77
Tracks: Mary of the 4th form, Do the rat

BBC John Peel session recorded 26-7-77
Tracks: Joey, Neon heart, Looking after number 1, Mary of the 4th form

Marc TV Show recorded 77
Tracks: Lookin’ after No.1

6.55 Special TV Show recorded 77
Tracks: Arnold Layne

Pavilion, West Runton 1-4-78
Tracks: Do the Rat, Mary of the 4th Form, Joey’s on the Street Again, Looking After No. 1, (I Never Loved) Eva Braun, Neon Heart, She’s So Modern

BBC John Peel session recorded 15-5-78
Tracks: Like clockwork, Me and howard huges, Living in an island, (Watch out for) the normal people

Revolver TV Show 78
Tracks: Like Clockwork, She’s so modern

Stockholm 9-8-78
Tracks: Rat trap, Blind date, Don’t believe what you read, I never loved eva braun, Me and howard Hughes, Neon heart

Knebworth Park, Knebworth 9-9-78
Tracks: Blind Date, (I Never Loved) Eva Braun, Me and Howard Hughes, (She’s Gonna) Do You In, Rat Trap, Kicks, Joey’s on the Street Again, She’s So Modern, Don’t Believe What You Read, Like Clockwork, Do the Rat, Looking After No. 1

Caird Hall, Dundee 19-10-78
Tracks: Rat Trap, Do the Rat, Mary of the 4th Form

Rainbow, London 15-12-78
Tracks: Mary of the 4th form, (I never loved) eva braun, Close as you’ll ever be, Late last night, Me and howard Hughes, Like clockwork, Joey’s on the street again, Kicks, Rat trap, Don’t believe what you read, So strange, She’s so modern, Looking after No.1, Blind date

Hammersmith Odeon 78
Tracks: Blind date, (I never loves) eva braun, Me and howard Hughes, (She’s gonna) do you in, Rat Trap, Kicks, Joey’s on the street again, She’s so modern, Don’t believe what you read, Like clockwork, The rat, Lookin’ after No.1, Neon heart, Living on an island, Mary of the 4th form, Pale white girls, One for me

Germany 78
Tracks: Close As You’ll Ever Be, Never Bite The Hand That Feeds, Kicks, She’s So Modern, Joey’s On The Street Again, Don’t Belive What You Read, She’s Gonna Do You In, Do The Rat, It’s All The Rage, Mary Of The Fourth Form, Looking After Number One

 

Further Information;

http://www.irishrock.org/irodb/bands/boomtownrats.html
http://www.hotpress.com/music/interviews/The-years-of-the-rats/2689508.html
http://boomtownrats.activeboard.com/
http://irishrockers.com/artistView.php?artist=Boomtown%20Rats
http://theboomtownrats.blogspot.co.uk/
http://bobgeldof.info/
http://www.boomtownrats.co.uk/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boomtown_Rats
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob_Geldof

Line ups:

#1
75 – 76
Bob Geldof (voc)
Gerry Cott (gtr)
Gary Roberts (gtr)
Johnny Moylett (keyb)
Pete Briquette (bass)
Dave Moloney (drms)

#2
76 – Jul 81
Bob Geldof (voc)
Gerry Cott (gtr)
Gary Roberts (gtr)
Johnny Moylett (keyb)
Pete Briquette (bass)
Simon Crowe (drms)

Dave Moloney later in The Vipers, Simon Crowe & Pete Briquette are also in Drug Addix, Bob Geldof also in Dublinaires

 

Gigography (up to end 78, Incomplete)
Nightlfe Thugs
31/10/75 Bolton St Technical College, Dublin
Boomtown Rats
01/11/75 Kevin Street College, Dublin
04/11/75 Bolton St Technical College, Dublin (?)
19/11/75 Poulaphouca, Wicklow
12/75      Moran’s Hotel, Dublin
03/76      National Stadium, Dublin
24/04/76 Smokey Joe’s Café, Galway
27/04/76 Moran’s Hotel, Dublin
29/05/76 Smokey Joe’s Café, Galway
31/05/76 Liberty Hall, Dublin
29/06/76 Moran’s Hotel, Dublin
14/07/76 Little Theatre, Gorey (Falling Assunder tour)
15/07/76 Atlantic Ballroom, Tramore
16/07/76 Collins Hall, Clonmel
17/07/76 Newbridge
18/07/76 Cork
19/07/76 Kilkarney
20/07/76 Tralee
21/07/76 Limerick
22/07/76 Wesport
23/07/76 Hotel Ormond, Nenagh
24/07/76 Galway
25/07/76 Athlone Institute of Technology
28/07/76 National Stadium, Dublin
29/07/76 Dundalk
30/07/76 Drogheda
07/08/76 Pavilion, Dun Laoghaire
20/08/76 Cliffcastle Hotel, Killiney
21/08/76 Moran’s Hotel, Dublin
28/08/76 ‘Much More’ Festival, Mullingar
29/08/76 ‘Much More’ Festival, Mullingar
24/09/76 Subway Bar
25/09/76 Whites, Wexford
26/09/76 Fahrhaus, Hamburg
02/10/76 Moran’s Hotel, Dublin
08/10/76 Project Arts Centre, Dublin
24/11/76 Hope & Anchor, Upper Street, Islington
25/11/76 Hope & Anchor, Upper Street, Islington
11/12/76 Moran’s Hotel, Dublin
27/12/76 Kytler’s Inn, Kilkenny
76           Baggot Inn, Dublin
07/01/77 Burren Mount Hotel, Galway
08/01/77 Paradiso, Amsterdam
31/01/77 Dad’s Dance Hall, Malmo
15/02/77 Moran’s Hotel, Dublin
16/02/77 Moran’s Hotel, Dublin
25/02/77 Leisureland, Galway
10/03/77 Moran’s Hotel, Dublin
22/04/77 Porterhouse, Retford
01/05/77 Lodestar Hotel, Ribchester
02/05/77 Marquee Club, Wardour Street, London
06/05/77 Lodestar Hotel, Ribchester
06/05/77 Studio 51, London (?)
07/05/77 Red Cow, Hammersmith Rd, London
28/05/77 Slough College
03/06/77 Marquee Club, Wardour Street, London
06/06/77 Nashville Room, Kensington, London
09/06/77 Woods, Drake Circus, Plymouth
13/06/77 Free Trade Hall, Manchester
16/06/77 Town Hall, Birmingham
17/06/77 Town Hall, Birmingham
18/06/77 Friars, Aylesbury
19/06/77 Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London
20/06/77 Friars, Aylesbury
20/06/77 Lafayette Club, Wolverhampton (or 20/07/77?)
24/06/77 Exeter University
25/06/77 Hull University
30/06/77 Music Machine, Camden High St, London
07/77      Oxford Polytechnic
07/07/77 Red Deer, Croydon
08/07/77 JB’s Club, Dudley
12/07/77 Dingwalls, Camden Lock, London
13/07/77 Winning Post, Whitton, Twickenham
15/07/77 Marquee Club, Wardour Street, London
19/07/77 Railway Hotel, Putney
20/07/77 Lafayette Club, Wolverhampton
25/07/77 Marquee Club, Wardour Street, London
28/07/77 Rebecca’s, Birmingham
02/08/77 Nashville Room, Kensington, London
03/08/77 Marquee Club, Wardour Street, London
09/08/77 Nashville Room, Kensington, London
11/08/77 Lodestar Hotel, Ribchester
12/08/77 Top Rank, Sheffield
13/08/77 Lodestar Hotel, Ribchester
16/08/77 Electric Circus, Manchester
18/08/77 Marquee Club, Wardour Street, London
19/08/77 Moran’s Hotel, Dublin
20/08/77 JB’s Club, Dudley
21/08/77 Dalymount Festival, Dublin
21/08/77 Electric Circus, Manchester (?)
25/08/77 Chequers, Barnstaple
26/08/77 Top Rank, Cardiff
26/08/77 Town Hall, Cardiff (?)
27/08/77 Guildhall, Axminster
29/08/77 Pavilion, West Runton
30/08/77 Nashville Room, Kensington, London
01/09/77 Wellington Town House, London
02/09/77 Barbarella’s, Birmingham
03/09/77 Barbarella’s, Birmingham
05/09/77 Marriott Hall, Dundee (*)
06/09/77 Marriott Hall, Dundee
06/09/77 Silver Thread, Paisley (*)
07/09/77 Tiffany’s, Edinburgh
08/09/77 Maniqui, Falkirk
09/09/77 Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle
09/09/77 Rock Garden, Middlesbrough
12/09/77 Outlook Club, Doncaster
14/09/77 Marquee Club, Wardour Street, London
16/09/77 Brunel Rooms, Swindon (?)
16/09/77 Unity Hall, Wakefield
17/09/77 Civic Hall, Middleton
18/09/77 Coatham Bowl, Redcar
19/09/77 Outlook Club, Doncaster
20/09/77 Tiffany’s, Scunthorpe
22/09/77 Garden, Penzance
23/09/77 Chequers, Barnstaple
23/09/77 Woods, Drake Circus, Plymouth
24/09/77 Guildhall, Axminster
25/09/77 Chancellor Hall, Chelmsford
26/09/77 Marquee Club, Wardour Street, London
26/09/77 Vortex, Wardour Street, London (?)
02/10/77 Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, London
06/10/77 Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
17/10/77 Leeds Polytechnic
18/10/77 Locarno, Coventry
21/10/77 Eric’s, Liverpool
22/10/77 Sheffield, University
27/10/77 Wakefield Technical College
29/10/77 King’s Hall, Derby
30/10/77 Greyhound, Park Lane, Croydon
17/11/77 Leeds Polytechnic
18/11/77 Lancaster University
19/11/77 Sheffield Polytechnic
23/11/77 Sheffield Polytechnic (?)
02/12/77 Corn Exchange, Cambridge
03/12/77 Elizabethan Room, Belle Vue, Manchester
04/12/77 Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead
05/12/77 Apollo, Glasgow (?)
06/12/77 Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh
07/12/77 Apollo, Glasgow
08/12/77 Oasis Leisure Centre, Swindon
09/12/77 Colston Hall, Bristol
11/12/77 Leeds University
11/12/77 Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent (?)
12/12/77 Top Rank, Birmingham
12/12/77 Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent (?)
13/12/77 City Hall, Newcastle (*)
14/12/77 Leeds University
14/12/77 Top Rank, Birmingham (?)
17/12/77 Hammersmith Odeon, London (?)
17/12/77 Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London
20/12/77 National Stadium, Dublin
21/12/77 Stella Cinema, Dublin
21/12/77 Tivoli Theatre, Francis Street, Dublin (*)
22/12/77 Stella Cinema, Dublin
22/12/77 Tivoli Theatre, Francis Street, Dublin (*)
23/12/77 National Stadium, Dublin
24/12/77 Moran’s Hotel, Dublin
28/12/77 Belfast University
30/12/77 City Hall, Cork
31/12/77 Leisureland, Galway
01/01/78 St John’s Hall, Limerick
07/01/78 Huize Maas, Groningen
08/01/78 Paradiso, Amsterdam
13/01/78 Malmo
14/01/78 Stockholm
17/03/78 “private party”
19/03/78 Paradise Club, Boston, USA
24/03/78 Lyceum, Strand, London
28/03/78 Locarno, Portsmouth
29/03/78 Greyhound, Park Lane, Croydon
30/03/78 Barbarella’s, Birmingham
01/04/78 Pavilion, West Runton
09/06/78 Hammersmith Odeon, London
11/06/78 Olympia Theatre, Dublin
13/06/78 Ulster Hall, Belfast
15/06/78 Victoria Hall, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent
16/06/78 Empire Theatre, Liverpool
17/06/78 Leeds University
19/06/78 St George’s Hall, Bradford
20/06/78 ABC Theatre, Blackpool
22/06/78 Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh
23/06/78 Apollo, Glasgow
26/06/78 Odeon Theatre, Birmingham
27/06/78 Odeon Theatre, Birmingham
28/06/78 Colston Hall, Bristol
29/06/78 New Theatre, Oxford
30/06/78 Apollo Theatre, Manchester
02/07/78 Spa Pavilion, Bridlington
03/07/78 City Hall, Newcastle
05/07/78 Spa Hall, Bournemouth
06/07/78 Dome, Brighton
09/07/78 Hammersmith Odeon, London
10/07/78 Hammersmith Odeon, London
09/08/78 Stockholm
12/08/78 Turku Music Festival, Finland
13/08/78 Bilzen Festival, Liege
01/09/78 Club 7, Oslo
05/09/78 RAI, Amsterdam
06/09/78 Paradiso, Amsterdam
07/09/78 De Beuk, Middleburg, Holland
08/09/78 Effenaar, Eindhoven
09/09/78 Knebworth Festival
10/09/78 MAF Centrum, Maasbree
10/09/78 Zuiderpark, Rotterdam
15/09/78 Theatre 140, Brussels
16/09/78 Gemeentzaal, Vosselaer, Belgium
16/09/78 Middlesex Polytechnic (?)
17/09/78 Salle Casino, Beringen, Belgium
22/09/78 Middlesex Polytechnic (?)
24/09/78 Schwabinger Brau, Munich
25/09/78 Kant Kino, Berlin
28/09/78 Sartory-Sale, Cologne
18/10/78 Market Hall, Carlisle (?)
19/10/78 Caird Hall, Dundee
20/10/78 Capitol Theatre, Aberdeen
23/10/78 Empire Theatre, Sunderland
24/10/78 Civic Theatre, Halifax
25/10/78 Civic Hall, Wolverhampton
26/10/78 Gaumont Theatre, Ipswich
28/10/78 Gaumont Theatre, Southampton (or 27/10/78?)
02/12/78 Sports Centre, Bracknell
03/12/78 Civic Hall, Guildford
04/12/78 Exeter University
05/12/78 Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
07/12/78 Hammersmith Odeon, London
09/12/78 Apollo, Glasgow
10/12/78 Lancaster University
12/12/78 Pavilion, Hemel Hempstead
13/12/78 Apollo Theatre, Manchester
14/12/78 Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London
15/12/78 Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London
17/12/78 Rainbow Theatre, Finsbury Park, London
(?) = noted but uncertainty with date and/or venue
(*) = band did not play (gig cancelled and/or date moved)
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