Pete Briquette

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Not to be confused with Patrick Cusick.
Pete Briquette
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Background information
Birth name Patrick Cusack
Born (1954-07-02) 2 July 1954 (age 60)
Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan, Ireland
Genres Punk rock
Occupations Bassist, record producer, composer
Instruments Bass guitar, keyboard
Associated acts Boomtown Rats, Bob Geldof

Patrick Martin Cusack (born 2 July 1954), known by the stage name Pete Briquette, is an Irish bassist, record producer and composer. He was a member of the Boomtown Rats and currently plays in Bob Geldof's band.

Boomtown Rats[edit]

He was born in Ballyjamesduff, County Cavan, Ireland. His stage name refers to his upbringing in the rural Irish countryside where peat briquettes were burned for heat instead of coal.[1]

He was the bass guitarist, backing vocalist, occasional songwriter, and sometime keyboardist for The Boomtown Rats, a band that reached worldwide popularity in the late 1970s. His bass lines are evident on such Boomtown Rats songs as "Rat Trap", "Banana Republic" and "Like Clockwork", the last two of which he co-wrote with Bob Geldof. Briquette is the only Rats member that still frequently collaborates with Geldof, playing on some of his biggest hits such as "Great Song of Indifference" and "Love or Something".

Record producer[edit]

Briquette now works as a record producer and notably produced the French singer Renaud's 2009 album of Irish ballads Molly Malone - Balade Irlandaise which includes contributions from Terry Woods (The Pogues), Barney McKenna (The Dubliners) and Glen Hanson.[2][3] Though criticised for the quality of Renaud's voice, the album was commercially successful and reached number one on the French charts.

Personal life[edit]

Briquette is a first cousin of Johnny Fingers, the main keyboardist in The Boomtown Rats, as their mothers, Margaret "Peggy" (Bowles) Cusack and Cecilia "Sheila" (Bowles) Moylett, were sisters. He currently lives in Chiswick, London, England.

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