Mary of the 4th Form
|"Mary of the 4th Form"|
|Single by The Boomtown Rats|
|from the album The Boomtown Rats|
|B-side||"Do the Rat"|
|Length||3:52 (album version 3:33)|
|Writer(s)||Bob Geldof, Johnnie Fingers|
|Producer(s)||Robert John "Mutt" Lange|
|The Boomtown Rats singles chronology|
"Mary of the 4th Form" is the second single by The Boomtown Rats. It was the first song taken from the band's first album The Boomtown Rats but the single is a different, re-recorded version from that on the album and 19 seconds longer. On French and Dutch releases of the single, the punkier, rock'n'roll song "Do the Rat" (B-side of the UK version) was the A-side. The song's theme, of a teacher's sexual attraction to a pubescent girl, who behaves in an overtly sexual manner, is resonated in the Police song Don't Stand So Close to Me.
In videos of this song, Geldof's performances become more reminiscent of Mick Jagger than of punk rockers, with some shows even seeing him in a very un-punk pink jacket.
- Bob Geldof – vocals.
- Pete Briquette – bass, vocals
- Gerry Cott – guitar
- Johnnie Fingers b. John Moylett, – keyboards, vocals
- Simon Crowe – drums, vocals
- Garry Roberts – guitar, vocals