She's So Modern

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"She's So Modern"
Single by The Boomtown Rats
from the album A Tonic for the Troops
B-side"Lying Again"[1]
ReleasedMarch 1978 (UK)[1]
Format7" vinyl
GenrePunk rock, new wave, power pop[2]
LabelEnsign Records (UK)
Songwriter(s)Bob Geldof, Johnny Fingers[1]
Producer(s)Robert John "Mutt" Lange[1]
The Boomtown Rats singles chronology
"Mary of the 4th Form"
"She's So Modern"
"Like Clockwork"

"She's So Modern" is a song by The Boomtown Rats.[1] It was the first single taken from the band's second album A Tonic for the Troops, whose title comes from a line in this song: "Charlie ain't no Nazi, she just likes to wear her leather boots, 'cos it's exciting for the veterans and it's a tonic for the troops".[3] The single continued the Rats' high-energy post-punk/new wave sound that had typified earlier releases, but its fame would later be eclipsed by that of the band's more ballad-like global hit "I Don't Like Mondays". It has been described as "harmlessly smirking bubblegum a la The Knack".[4]

"She's So Modern" was commercially successful, the third of the band's singles to reach the UK Top 20 and the second to reach the Irish Top 10. Indeed, according to reviewer Brian Bock the song was "written explicitly (and successfully) to be a hit".[4] It spent eleven weeks on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at No. 12.[5][6]

Video performances[edit]

On both the promotional video and on performances on Top of the Pops, the band started a comic-effect tradition of making no genuine attempt to mime effectively on camera, a trait especially exaggerated on Simon Crowe's 'missed' drumming.[7]

Cover versions[edit]

The Toy Dolls recorded a cover version of the song.[8]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Boomtown Rats, The - She's So Modern (Vinyl) at Discogs". Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  2. ^ Hermann, Andy (25 January 2017). "10 Underrated '80s Bands You Need to Hear Now". L.A. Weekly.
  3. ^ "Boomtown Rats - She's So Modern Lyrics". MetroLyrics. Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  4. ^ a b "A Tonic For The Troops Album Review". Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  5. ^ "The Boomtown Rats Discography". Retrieved 2014-04-09.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 71. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ Watch the drummer... on YouTube
  8. ^ Toy Dolls version on YouTube

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