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5.0 out of 5 stars An essential compilation, 9 Dec 2005
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This review is from: The Best Of The Boomtown Rats (Audio CD)
Twenty years in the making, The Boomtown Rats finally get the retrospective they deserve. The first Irish band to make number one, the biggest selling singles band in the UK from 1978-1979, and led by the charismatic Bob Geldof.
Most familiar to all will be Rat Trap and I Don't Like Mondays, the two number one singles that were sandwiched between the Grease phenomenon and the advent of the Police. For a short period, The Boomtown Rats, and in particular, Geldof and Paula Yates, were foremost in the nation's consciousness.
Before this came some great songs such as Joey's on the Street Again, Looking After Number One, Mary of the Fourth Form, She's So Modern and Like Clockwork, which gave the Rats their early chart success, developing their craft to become chart toppers. Neon Heart, I Never Loved Eva Braun, and I Can Make It If You Can also come from that prolific period.
Post I Don't like Mondays, it could be said that the band started to lose affection from the public due in part to Geldof's celebrity. Diamond Smiles was released to indifference (possibly the weakest track on this collection), but there was the marvellous Someone's Looking at You and Banana Republic (Geldof's description of Ireland), before the Rats chart success went on the wane.
Nevertheless, the Rats continued to plug away and make some great music, including the fantastic House on Fire, possibly their greatest moment, which for some unknown reason is omitted from this collection.
In their last days, the Rats showed an impressive return to form with a great triumvirate of singles including Dave, a masterpiece that deserved a bigger audience.
Like any retrospective, it lacks some of the better album tracks (Howard Hughes, Kicks, Go Man Go), at the expense of some weak singles (Diamond Smiles, Never In a Million Years and Elephant's Graveyard), but that does not detract from the overall quality of this release.
This is an essential purchase for anyone who has enjoyed anything from the Boomtown Rats. For those who do not purchase their albums, it is probably the best way of listening to the greatest new wave band.
Any reason to not have this ? Not having a CD player is the only one I can think of!
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Initial post: 9 Jan 2011 22:38:10 GMT
M. P. Day says:
Diamond Smiles- Class

Posted on 27 Apr 2011 14:24:41 BDT
Great review but have to take exception to your comments on Diamond Smiles. Personally I think it was one of their best tracks.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Jun 2013 14:33:54 BDT
ArrGee says:
Thanks. It's all about opinions. I think there are plenty of superior songs dotted amongst their LPs and singles. And despite been one of the weaker songs, it's still worthy enough.
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