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The Boomtown Rats - Live in Germany '78 (DVD/CD)

Genre: Pop/Rock
Release Date: 8th June 2015

Label: Gonzo
Catalogue Number: HST308DVD
Price: £14.99
Available: In stock


The Boomtown Rats - Live in Germany '78

In 1975 friends Garry Roberts, Simon Crowe, Johnnie Moylett, Patrick Cusack and Gerry Cott formed a band in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. Bob Geldof was originally invited to be the band's manager, but he soon found himself nominated to take on the role of lead vocals by guitarist Garry Roberts, who originally had that job and didn't want it.

The band's early influences were Dr. Feelgood, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Doors and Bob Marley, among many others. Gerry and Pete arranged the band's first gig for Halloween 1975 under the name of The Nightlife Thugs, at the Bolton Street Technical College, where they - and Johnnie, were studying Architectural Technology. Just before the band went on stage, they changed their name to The Boomtown Rats, who were a gang mentioned in Woody Guthrie’s autobiography, “Bound For Glory”.

The Rats were soon causing a buzz throughout the whole of Ireland. In 1976 The Boomtown Rats relocated to England in search of a record deal. They turned down a million pound deal from Richard Branson’s Virgin Records, and decided instead to sign for a new label that had been set up by former Phonogram man Nigel Grange and DJ Chris Hill. The new label was called Ensign.

The Boomtown Rats played their first ever UK gig on May 6th. 1977 at the Lodestar Club, Ribchester, Blackburn, Lancashire. The supporting acts were Demolition, and Disco-Punk Chris Graham. Having undertaken a hectic schedule of touring including gigs with Tom Petty, and The Ramones, The Boomtown Rats debut single “Looking After Number One” entered the UK charts in it’s first week of release at No. 78. The NME made it their single of the week. The Rats did their first TV show, a turn on The Marc Bolan Show. Marc tragically died 2 weeks later in a motor accident. “Looking After Number One” peaked at No.11 in the UK charts and The Rats were invited to do their first TOTP appearance. The band had now arrived. The Rats released their debut album, the imaginatively entitled “Boomtown Rats”. The album reached 18 in the UK charts.

In 1978 the single “She’s So Modern” reached No.12 in the UK charts, more gigs, more tours, more exposure. Geldof was now becoming as well known for his motor-mouth as he is for his music, picking up the nickname “Bob The Gob” by the music press for his outspoken views. The Rats second album “A Tonic For The Troops” produced by Robert Mutt Lange reaches No.8 in the album charts and hangs around for 44 weeks. There was more TV, a promotional trip to America and November saw The Rats reach the top, when the single “Rat Trap” knocked John Travolta & Olivia Newton John off the No.1 spot.

The Boomtown Rats made history as the first Irish band to have a UK No.1 hit. “Rat Trap” is also recognized as the first New Wave song that made No.1 in the charts. In January1979 Geldof hears the story on the news of the Californian schoolgirl, Brenda Spencer who shot and killed her principal of the school and injured many of her school mates. When interviewed and asked why she did it, she replied “I Don’t Like Mondays”. This quote proved to be inspirational to Bob Geldof & Johnnie Fingers. The ensuing single became a smash hit world-wide, reaching the No.1 spot in 32 countries and quite rightly became an all-time classic. The Boomtown Rats undertook a world tour, taking in America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. The American leg of the tour ended at The Palladium in New York. The Boomtown Rats third album “The Fine Art Of Surfacing” reached No.7 in the UK album charts.

In 1980, a Dublin court canceled a Boomtown Rats concert. Bob Geldof rejected the court's decision and The Boomtown Rats battled on for 2 weeks to be allowed to play in Ireland. The Boomtown Rats held the gig at Leixlip Castle to fourteen thousand fans... with Bob Geldof claiming a Boomtown Rats victory. In 1981 The Rats recorded their new album “Mondo Bongo” in Ibiza with producer Tony Visconti who had previously produced albums with T Rex, Bowie, Thin Lizzy, The Stranglers, Iggy Pop, to name but a few. The album “Mondo Bongo” went gold again. Now a recurring event for each new Rats album. The album featured the classic hit "Banana Republic" which has been called Irelands alternative national anthem! Lead guitarist Gerry Cott now left the band, who continued as a 5-piece. Geldof stars in director Alan Parkers classic film of Pink Floyd's The Wall. The Rats tour Thailand, India, Japan,Malaya, Hong Kong and Singapore.

In 1982 a new generation of bands breaks through and The Rats new album “V Deep”, again produced by Visconti becomes The Rats first record setback.  The single House On Fire does well in the UK charts. The Rats tour of the UK to promote the album however is a complete sell-out.. In 1984 The Rats brilliant single “Drag Me Down” limps into the Top 50.. The Geldof masterpiece “Dave” sinks without trace, although Pete Townsend of The Who said Dave was “the best single of 1984”.

In late October 1984 Geldof watches he Ethiopian famine on the BBC News and decides to "do something".The other Rats wholeheartedly support him.

In 1985 The Boomtown Rats sing on the Geldof/Midge Ure penned  Band Aid record “Do They Know It's Christmas”. In its first week of release the single became the UK's fastest seller of all time, entering the chart at number one and going on to sell over three million copies, making it the biggest-selling single in UK history up to that point. On July 13th 1985, The Boomtown Rats were just one of the greatest artists in rock 'n roll history to play the Live Aid Concert in front of billions of people.  In 1986, and so The Boomtown Rats play their last gig in Ireland for Self-Aid.

Unlike 10 years previously when The Rats understood precisely what they stood for, who they were and what their intention were by '86 this had now become unclear. Where could they go musically after all that had been achieved as a group both musically and socially. There were few battles left to fight that they hadn't already won. And so they went their separate ways.

In 2013 The Boomtown Rats re-group and once again overwhelm the tens of thousands at the Isle of Wight Festival. The songs had not only lasted but had over the years attained a newer relevance and power. Hearing them afresh the critics were amzed at how contemporary the Rats, their music, their songs and their attitude -unchanged after all those years still were. And are!!   And now, comes an unreleased live concert from Germany 1978 on DVD/CD!

Here is the undiluted towering energy, speed, anger and sheer joy of playing in one of the great British/Irish bands of our time at their peak and in their prime.  

REVIEWS:

'Live In Germany '78' is a previously unreleased live DVD/CD by rock legends The Boomtown Rats featuring Bob Geldof. Witness the undiluted towering energy, speed, anger and sheer joy of playing in one of the great British/Irish bands of our time at their peak and in their prime...It has to be said that as the entire show then fades to black, as the performance is over, you are sitting there - as a fan - begging for it to just keep going and going ... and going! But, it doesn't and so we shall just have to be thankful that this brilliant, and previously unreleased live show is now out and available for us all to watch.  www.annecarlini.com

This is a previously unreleased audio/video recording by the Boomtown Rats, one of Britain’s finest but after all the years still criminally underrated new wave bands. Well, for those wondering what the fuss was all about, all is revealed on this neatly packaged CD/DVD combo!

From a sleeve that portrays the band in their full flight motion, we are left with little doubt of a pending aural assault. The camera work is uninspired, which was quite the standard for 1978, nevertheless the motionless footage doesn't take the sting out of the Boomtown Rats' performance. Quite the opposite, actually. The DVD offers something of an intimate affair. It gets you up close and personal during the course of a show in Germany in front of an orderly seated, yet definitely excited crowd. Focusing on their early repertoire, the band works with apparent determination and absolute authority through punk imbued favorites like “Close as You’ll Ever Be”, “She’s So Modern” and “Mary From the 4th Floor”. A broader musical ambition is displayed with “Joey’s on the Street Again”, which is simply wonderful. But don’t get fooled. Further down the road, “Looking After No.1”, stuffed with impatience and belligerence, is a definitive Boomtown Rats statement - a perfect set closer. 

Bob  Geldof turns on the moves, splashing his Jagger inspired swagger all over the stage. It is all so timelessly cool it is almost comical. Throw in a watertight band performance, complete with a small catalogue of intriguing stage moves (particularly by Pete Briquette) perfectly complementing the frenzied rhythms, this is an unrelenting, unsophisticated and age defying example for us all. 

9 out of 10

www.therocktologist.com

"I had completely forgotten how raw and pure punk the Boomtown Rats were at first. This scorching hot concert really makes that fact clear...This concert is a fun reminder of the fact that the Rats were a young, hungry band in 1978. I like the booklet that comes with this DVD. I really love the fact that an audio CD of the show is also included. If you want to remember what the Boomtown Rats were like in the beginning, get this. You won’t be disappointed. It’s a great blast from the past."  G.W.Hill, www.musicstreetjournal.com


Tracks:
  1. Close As You'll Ever Be
  2. Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You
  3. Neon Heart
  4. (It Feels) So Strange
  5. Kicks
  6. She's So Modern
  7. Joey's On The Street Again
  8. Don't Believe What You Read
  9. (She's Gonna) Do You In
  10. Do The Rat
  11. It's All The Rage
  12. Mary of the 4th Form
  13. Lookin' After No. 1
  14. Banana Republic (bonus)
  15. House on Fire (bonus)

 



 Review: US Review


THE BOOMTOWN RATS
Live In Germany 78 CD/DVD
Gonzo 

 

Oh, that’s just cruel and heartless. The second worst band of all time (after The Selector). And it’s a DVD and a CD. Twice the pain. 

Now I know he’s a saint these days, but back in the days of the Boomtown Rats, he came across as sneering, supercilious and with an unfounded belief that his band were, somehow, good. They weren’t. Well, ‘Rat Trap’ was quite amusing for about five minutes, but in terms of their place in musical history, they should be a couple of places below the Goombay Dance Band. And time hasn’t been kind to them, so they may have slipped a few places since then. 

And if you don’t believe me, then take a look and listen to this. It seems to be some kind of made for TV concert for German television and, judging by the audience response, I think they were actually expecting the aforementioned Goombay Dance Band. But that doesn’t stop Geldof swaggering around the stage, as if he were Mick Jagger reincarnated. Sans the hips and the talent. 

But if you were one of those poor, deluded fools who gave them a second division career for a few years, including their unlikely run to the cup final, then you may find some merit in this. Or get a rude awakening.

 Review: US Review


Live Germany '78

The Boomtown Rats

Live Germany '78, a live CD/DVD set from the Boomtown Rats, is from the early days of the six-piece Irish band. Led by wanna-be Mick Jagger (at least at this stage of his career) and future Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof, this is a blistering double guitar punk band playing with full swagger and stripe in Germany near the end of the 70s.
The Rats face off against a sedate German crowd sitting at tables watching them on a low stage and they come out blistering with their upfront posed rage and Gary Roberts' power chord attack. Geldof's vocals are pretty much buried on both the DVD and CD, but he is sure fun to watch as he mugs for the camera and basically jumps through the two opening tunes "Close As You'll Ever Be" and "Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You."
There's little nuisance in the 13 songs of this concert (there are two "bonus tunes" included here as well). Johnny Fingers' piano playing is all but absent in the sound, save for oscillating keys in "Kicks" or the layers (really, the only song with layers actually) on the reggae-flavored "Joey's On The Street Again." The band rushes pretty much full steam ahead to the end with kinetic reads of "It's All The Rage" "Mary Of The Fourth Form" and "Lookin' After No. 1." Live Germany '78 is rounded out with a replica of a Rats' European tour rider and a booklet of live shots.
~ Ralph Greco, Jr.

 Review: US Review


SUNDAY, JULY 5, 2015

CD/DVD Review: The Punk Fury Of The Boomtown Rats Comes Alive In New Two-Disc Set

In 1978, punk music was hitting the height of its popularity with bands like The Clash, The Ramones and the Sex Pistols all having hit albums. Their music led the way for the "new wave" of European punk/rock bands like U2 and The Boomtown Rats, led by Bob Geldof. The Boomtown Rats had two #1 singles in the U.K., but failed to make an impact in the U.S. as their albums developed more of a cult following here in the states. The band disbanded in 1986 as Geldof became more involved in the formation of charity events like "Band Aid" and "Self Aid." Gonzo Multimedia is releasing the band's first live CD/DVD release entitled "Live Germany '78." The two-disc set features the band's full performance, professionally filmed and showcases the band in their prime.

The setlist includes eight songs from the band's self-titled debut album as the energy from those songs fuels the audience and Geldof's live performance. The band's second studio album "A Tonic For The Troops" is scarcely represented as the band are still finding their live form on these songs. The music is quick and energetic as the only time the band can rest is during Geldof's explanation between the songs. Their "new wave" appeal is heard during "Joey On The Street Again" and "(She's Gonna) Do You In)," while the energetic punk feel of "Kicks" and "It's All The Rage" showcases the full strength of The Boomtown Rats. They finish with their first hit U.K. single "Looking After Number 1," which is a pure blast of fun and energy. I will say, it must have been a tough performance for the band to perform in-front of an audience that is sitting down to these energetic pieces of punk/rock music. The DVD also includes two bonus live TV videos of The Boomtown Rats in 1980 and 1982 performing the songs "Banana Republic" and "House On Fire" respectively.

The CD contains the entire "Live Germany '" performance and is a nice bonus to have in the set. Also included is 12-page full-color booklet of unpublished photos and a copy of The Boomtown Rats tour and concert documentation. to find out more about The Boomtown Rats "Live Germany '78," please visit gonzomultimedia.co.uk.

 Review: Review


http://www.therocktologist.com/boomtown-rats-the---live-in-germany-78.html

Boomtown Rats, the - Live in Germany '78

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Review byDaniel Pavlica

Year: 2015
Produced by: The Boomtown Rats
Label: Gonzo Multimedia









Tracks:
1. Close As You'll Ever Be
2. Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You
3. Neon Heart
4. (It Feels) So Strange
5. Kicks
6. She's So Modern
7. Joey's On The Street Again
8. Don't Believe What You Read
9. (She's Gonna) Do You In
10. Do The Rat
11. It's All The Rage
12. Mary of the 4th Form
13. Lookin' After No. 1
14. Banana Republic (bonus)
15. House on Fire (bonus)


This is a previously unreleased audio/video recording by the Boomtown Rats, one of Britain’s finest but after all the years still criminally underrated new wave bands. Well, for those wondering what the fuss was all about, all is revealed on this neatly packaged CD/DVD combo!

From a sleeve that portrays the band in their full flight motion, we are left with little doubt of a pending aural assault. The camera work is uninspired, which was quite the standard for 1978, nevertheless the motionless footage doesn't take the sting out of the Boomtown Rats' performance. Quite the opposite, actually. The DVD offers something of an intimate affair. It gets you up close and personal during the course of a show in Germany in front of an orderly seated, yet definitely excited crowd. Focusing on their early repertoire, the band works with apparent determination and absolute authority through punk imbued favorites like “Close as You’ll Ever Be”, “She’s So Modern” and “Mary From the 4th Floor”. A broader musical ambition is displayed with “Joey’s on the Street Again”, which is simply wonderful. But don’t get fooled. Further down the road, “Looking After No.1”, stuffed with impatience and belligerence, is a definitive Boomtown Rats statement - a perfect set closer.

Bob  Geldof turns on the moves, splashing his Jagger inspired swagger all over the stage. It is all so timelessly cool it is almost comical. Throw in a watertight band performance, complete with a small catalogue of intriguing stage moves (particularly by Pete Briquette) perfectly complementing the frenzied rhythms, this is an unrelenting, unsophisticated and age defying example for us all.

9 out of 10

 Review: Belgian review translated


Translated:
"The Boomtown Rats" (TBR) is a British / Irish new wave band, around Garry Cott (lead guitar), Simon Crowe (drums), Johnnie Fingers (keys), Pete Briquette (bass) and Gerry Cott (guitar) in 1975 Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin, Ireland was established. The original name of the group was "The Nightlife Thugs". The name "Boomtown Rats" (a children's gang name) said they were in "Bound For Glory", the autobiography of Woody Guthrie. After their first performance, and the name change of "The Nightlife Thugs" to "The Boomtown Rats" singer left Garry Roberts, seen not agree, the band. Irish journalist / singer Bob Geldof would be the manager of the band, but he felt was a better singer than Garry Roberts, who was first. The band broke up in 1985 and separated in 1986. Geldof started a solo career. In 2013 there was a reunion of TBR without Bob Geldof, Johnnie Fingers and Gerry Cott.
In 1976 the band moved to London where she signed a contract with "Ensign Records. In 1977 their first single, "Lookin 'After No. 1" and their first self-titled studio album. The next album "A Tonic For The Troops" (1978) they had three hit singles, "Like clockwork", "She's So Modern" and "Rat Trap". "Rat Trap" was their first no. 1 hit single and the first (new wave) no. 1 hit song by an Irish band in the UK. The band had a worldwide hit in 1979 with "I Do not Like Mondays". The song was written nav a shooting by the 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who indicated that she had done it "because she did not like Mondays." The song appeared on their third album "The Fine Art Of Surfacing". However, the group knew this success with later singles like "Banana Republic" (1980) and "Never in a Million Years" not to continue.
In 1981, on the birthday of drummer Crowe, the day before they were to leave on a world tour, Gerry Cott leave disappointed and the band including reproachfully they were lazy, the TBR and going solo. Commencement 1982 brings TBR their fifth album "V Deep". The sale of the single "Never in A Million Years" is not a success. The album was first released in the States as EP under the name "The Boomtown Rats featuring Four Selections From V Deep". After this in 1983, "The Long Grass", but not immediately released, given no credit. This worked in 1984 or later. After their participation in "Band Aid" became a reworked version of "In The Long Grass" released in the States in 1985.
After "Band Aid" the group goes slowly. Geldof brings a solo album and Crowe Fingers and no longer want to stay with the band full time. They set up their own band "Gung Ho" on. In 1986, during "Self Aid ', the band enters in Dublin, Ireland, last time when TBR. Geldof worked solo, along with Pete Briquette. Garry Roberts businessman and runs the 'Guitar Workshop', with which he tries to make young people enthusiastic about music. After the split of "Gung Ho", Fingers was in Japan (successfully), producer and member of the Japanese band "Green Gate". Simon Crowe plays drums in "Jiggerypipery" band.
In 2008 forms Garry Roberts, Simon Crowe, Peter Barton (later Bob Bradbury) and Darren Beale "The Rats". They bring their favorite songs from the TBR TBR first three albums. In 2013 there will be a reunion of TBR and follow a UK and Ireland tour. For the tour is a "Best of" album released "Back To Boomtown: Rats Classic Hits."
Bob Geldof: "Playing again with the Rats and doing Those great songs again will be exciting afresh We were an amazing band and I just feel it's the right time to re-Rat, to go back to Boomtown for a visit.".
"The Boomtown Rats' as a lamp that burns as brightly and then goes out quietly. They scored from 1975 to 1982 with some fine albums, to then rather quickly disappear into nothingness. Apart from a few compilations, it is after their album "In The Long Grass" (1984) actually remained silent, until recently, a CD / DVD "The Boomtown Rats - Live In Germany '78" was released, with unissued archive material from 1978. For the German TV ("Der Musik Laden") are then in July / August, during their "Europe Tour 1978 for their debut album and their album" A Tonic For The Troops "to promote, studio recordings made.
The set list contains eight tracks (out of ten) of their self-titled debut album (tracks 1,2,3,5,7,9,12,13), plus two songs from their second album "A Tonic For The Troops (1978), "She's So Modern" and "Do not Believe What You Read". The other tracks are B-sides of singles ("(It Feels) So Strange," the hit single "Do The Rat" and "It's All The Rage"). These are live recordings, made in the studio and explain the applause and the reactions of the public, but that do not detract from the enthusiasm of TBR. Their performance is worthy of their reputation. On the DVD you'll see that Geldof as he jumps around on stage, clearly found inspiration in country podium delight Mick Jagger. Also note his eyes, eyes and facial expressions. The CD is not a complete 1: 1 copy of the DVD, but a shorter version, minus the two bonus tracks "Banana Republic" and "House On Fire", which were later recorded and added.
Also nice is a copy of the tour contract (the 'technical reader') which was added in the box. Details? Could pay in cash or with a check, how were the insurance premiums, how big the stage had to be, that at 12 o'clock tee, coffee and sandwiches should be, at 18h hot food, drinks (incl. 48 cans of beer), salads, fruit ... cutlery included and (now it some more R & R), a pint of tequila, Bacardi rum and whiskey. Further Details: The tour manager controls the guest lists and the band is entitled to thirty tickets. Now they usually want "a little more" ...
For older rockers and fans of the British new wave, thinking back with nostalgia these years, this is a unique opportunity from the comfort of the couch to come back to look for "The Boomtown Rats" and how it all began ... Meanwhile, "The Boomtown Rats," "Band Ais," Bob Geldof and ... almost as good as "history"!
Eric Schuurmans



THE BOOMTOWN RATS – LIVE IN GERMANY ’78 (CD/DVD)
 
Eric Schuurmans
Album // DVD tracks: 1”Close As You’ll Ever Be”* - 2”Never Bite The Hand That Feeds You”* - 3”Neon Heart”* - 4”(It Feels) So Strange”*** - 5”Kicks”* - 6”She’s So Modern”** [xx] - 7”Joey’s On The Street Again”* - 8”Don’t Believe What You Read”** - 9”(She’s Gonna) Do You In”* - 10”Do The Rat”*** - 11”It’s All The Rage”*** - 12”Mary From The 4th Form”* - 13”Lookin’ After No. 1”* // bonus tracks 13“Banana Republic” - 14“House On Fire” 
All songs by TBR unless [noted] – From their albums ”The Boomtown Rats”* (1977), ”A Tonic For The Troops”** (1978) & singles***
Line-up 1975:
Garry Roberts: vocals
Bob Geldof: vocals
Gerry Cott: guitar, vocals
Pete Briquette: bass
Simon Crowe: drums
Johnnie Fingers: keys
Line-up 2013:
Bob Geldof: vocals
Pete Briquette: bass
Simon Crowe: drums
Garry Roberts: vocals
Discography:
1977 : The Boomtown Rats
1978 : A Tonic For The Troops
1979 : The Fine Art Of Surfacing
1981 : Mondo Bongo
1982 : V Deep
1983 : Ratrospective - compilation
1984 : In The Long Grass
1987 : Greatest Hits - compilation
1994 : Loudmouth - compilation
2003 : The best Of The Boomtown Rats
2015 : ”Live In Germany ‘78” - CD/DVD

 Review: US Review


 

 

The Boomtown Rats

Live Germany '78 DVD/CD

Review by G. W. Hill

I had completely forgotten how raw and pure punk the Boomtown Rats were at first. This scorching hot concert really makes that fact clear. The sound mix isn’t perfect for sure. The main problems being Bob Geldof’s vocals and the piano both overshadowed by the rest of the group. This concert is a fun reminder of the fact that the Rats were a young, hungry band in 1978. I like the booklet that comes with this DVD. I really love the fact that an audio CD of the show is also included. If you want to remember what the Boomtown Rats were like in the beginning, get this. You won’t be disappointed. It’s a great blast from the past.

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