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Boomtown Rats - A Tonic For The Troops

Boomtown Rats - A Tonic For The Troops

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Mercury 6310 954 made in Holland with lyric inner sleeve.
Vinyl EX. Cover EX.

A TONIC FOR THE TROOPS, the Boomtown Rats' second album, finds the Irish group furthering their mix of punk energy and pop hooks. While "Like Clockwork" and "Living on an Island" recall XTC in both their angular attack and quirky delivery, "She's So Modern" is an intentionally brash, straight-ahead rock tune. Other songs, however, allow frontman Bob Geldof to hone his lyrical talents, particularly the wry, incisive Nazi narrative "I Never Loved Eva Braun," "Me & Howard Hughes," a nod to eccentrics everywhere, and the street anthem "Rat Trap," which unabashedly channels Springsteen.



1. She's So Modern
2. Me And Howard Hughes
3. Can't Stop
4. Watch Out For The Normal People
5. Rat Trap
6. Like Clockwork
7. Blind Date
8. Eva Braun
9. Living In An Island
10. Don't Believe What You Read
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