The Boomtown Rats discography

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The Boomtown Rats discography
Releases
Studio albums 6
Compilation albums 5
Singles 19
Video albums 3

The discography of Irish new wave group The Boomtown Rats consists of six studio albums, five compilation albums, 19 singles and three video albums. The Boomtown Rats' debut release was the 1977 single "Lookin' After No. 1". The group's next single "Mary of the 4th Form" was released in the same year, along with their self-titled debut album.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

List of albums, with selected chart positions, sales, and certifications
Title Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
UK
[1]
CAN NZ
[2]
US
[3]
The Boomtown Rats
  • Released: 17 September 1977
  • Label: Ensign
  • Format: LP
18 30
A Tonic for the Troops
  • Released: 8 July 1978
  • Label: Ensign
  • Formats: LP
8 25 112
  • UK: Platinum[4]
The Fine Art of Surfacing
  • Released: 3 November 1979
  • Label: Ensign
  • Formats: LP
7 6 10 103
  • UK: Silver[4]
Mondo Bongo
  • Released: 24 January 1981
  • Label: Mercury
  • Formats: LP
6 22 50 116
V Deep
  • Released: 3 April 1982
  • Label: Mercury
  • Formats: LP
64 37
In the Long Grass
  • Released: May 1984
  • Label: Mercury
  • Formats: LP
80 188
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released.

Compilation albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
UK
[1]
CAN IRE
[5]
NZ US
Ratrospective
  • Released: 1983
  • Label: Columbia
  • Formats: LP
The Boomtown Rats' Greatest Hits
  • Released: 1987
  • Label: Columbia
  • Format: LP
Loudmouth
  • Released: 1994
  • Label: Vertigo
  • Format:
10
The Best of The Boomtown Rats
  • Released: 2003
  • Label:
  • Format:
43 75
Back to Boomtown: Classic Rats Hits
  • Released: 2013[6]
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Format: CD, digital download
105 35
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
UK
[1]
IRE
[7]
AUS
[8]
CAN
NZ
[9]
US
[10]
"Lookin' After No. 1" 1977 11 2 The Boomtown Rats
"Mary of the 4th Form" 15 12
"She's So Modern" 1978 12 10 A Tonic for the Troops
"Like Clockwork" 6 5
  • UK: Silver[4]
"Rat Trap" 1 2 94
"I Don't Like Mondays" 1979 1 1 1 4 3 73 The Fine Art of Surfacing
"Diamond Smiles" 13 3 42
"Someone's Looking at You" 1980 4 2 86
"Banana Republic" 3 3 18 47
  • UK: Silver[4]
Mondo Bongo
"The Elephants Graveyard (Guilty)" 1981 26 7
"Up All Night"
"Never in a Million Years" 62 V Deep
"House on Fire" 1982 24 19
"Charmed Lives"
"Tonight" 1984 73 In the Long Grass
"Drag Me Down" 50
"Dave" 81
"A Hold of Me" 1985 78
"I Don't Like Mondays" (reissue) 1994 38
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.

Videography[edit]

Video albums[edit]

Title Album details
The Boomtown Rats on Film 1976–1986: Someone's Looking At You
  • Released: 7 February 2005
  • Label: Mercury
  • Formats: DVD
Live at Hammersmith Odeon 1978
  • Released: 8 March 2005
  • Label: Eagle Vision
  • Format: DVD
On a Night Like This
  • Released: 15 September 2008
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • Formats: DVD

Music videos[edit]

Title Year Director(s)
"Rat Trap" 1978 David Mallet[11][12]
"I Don't Like Mondays" 1979
"Diamond Smiles"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Boomtown Rats". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  2. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  3. ^ Allmusic.com – Charts & Awards (albums)
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Certified Awards Search: Boomtown Rats". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  5. ^ Steffen Hung. "Discography The Boomtown Rats". irishcharts.com. Retrieved 2014-03-18. 
  6. ^ Devoy, Adrian (31 August 2013). "Bob Geldof on Live Aid, losing Paula and what he really thinks of Bono". Daily Mail. DMG Media. Retrieved 1 September 2013. 
  7. ^ Irishcharts.ie and succeeding pages
  8. ^ Steffen Hung. "Australian-charts.com". Australian-charts.com. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Steffen Hung. "New Zealand charts portal". charts.org.nz. Retrieved 15 May 2011. 
  10. ^ Allmusic.com – Charts & Awards (singles)
  11. ^ "Video Killed the Radio Star". Throng Ltd. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Boomtown Rats: Diamond Smile (1979)". Davidmallet.com. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 

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