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Friday, 9 October 2015

Rewind: 1979 The Fine Art of Surfacing - The Boomtown Rats

 The Fine Art of Surfacing - The Boomtown Rats
Ensign Records (UK)
Mulligan Records (Ireland)
Columbia Records (USA)
Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange
Released 9th October 1979
UK Chart #7
US Chart #103

    Bob Geldof – vocals, saxophone
    Pete Briquette – bass, vocals
    Gerry Cott – guitar
    Johnnie Fingers – keyboards, vocals
    Simon Crowe – drums, vocals
    Garry Roberts – guitar, vocals

Singles From The Fine Art of Surfacing
July 1979
UK Chart #1

December 1979
UK Chart #13
February 1980
UK Chart #4 

The Boomtown Rats are one of those bands you either love or totally hate, it would appear there is little ground inbetween. Of course a lot of people's ire is directed at Bob Geldof, and he doesn't always do himself many favours with his mouth spewing out nonsense from time to time!

I really loved their debut album. The follow up, Tonic for the Troops, was okay but not brilliant (the singles were the best tracks - She's So Modern, Like Clockwork and the #1 single for 7 weeks Rat Trap).

Their third Studio Album, The Fine Art of Surfacing, which reached #7 in the UK Album Charts was much better I thought and again contained three Top 20 singles including their 2nd #1 in a row - I Don't Like Mondays. It held the top spot for 4 weeks.

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