|Single by The Boomtown Rats|
|from the album A Tonic for the Troops|
|B-side||"How Do You Do?"|
|Released||June 1978 (UK)|
|Genre||New wave, post-punk|
|Label||Ensign Records (UK)
Columbia Records (US)
|Writer(s)||Bob Geldof - lyrics
Pete Briquette and Simon Crowe - music
|Producer(s)||Robert John "Mutt" Lange|
|The Boomtown Rats singles chronology|
Described as "simple, cool", in concerts supporting A Tonic for the Troops, the song's agitated, staccato bassline made it a common show opener. The B-side, "How Do You Do?" was a fast-paced punk/new-wave song, in the mould of the band's earlier work. However, the Irish version of the single, released on Mulligan Records, substituted the B-side with "D.U.N L.A.O.G.H.A.I.R.E", a tongue in cheek samba, discussing the spelling of the band's home town, written Dún Laoghaire but pronounced Dunleary. The latter was later released in the UK as a free flexi disc, distributed by Flexipop in January 1981.
- Bob Geldof – vocals, saxophone
- Pete Briquette – bass, vocals
- Gerry Cott – guitar
- Johnnie Fingers – keyboards, vocals
- Simon Crowe – drums, vocals
- Garry Roberts – guitar, vocals
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