The Boomtown Rats (album)

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The Boomtown Rats
Boomtown Rats - The Boomtown Rats album cover.jpg
Studio album by The Boomtown Rats
Released September 1977[1]
Genre Punk rock, new wave[1]
Label Mercury Records
Ensign Records (UK)
Columbia Records (USA)
Producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange[1]
The Boomtown Rats chronology
The Boomtown Rats
A Tonic for the Troops
(1978)A Tonic for the Troops1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Boomtown Rats is The Boomtown Rats' debut album and included the Rats' first hit single, "Lookin' After No. 1", as well as the subsequent single, "Mary of the 4th Form".[1] The album peaked at No. 18 in the UK Albums Chart in 1977.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Bob Geldof, all music arranged by The Boomtown Rats

  1. "Lookin' After No. 1"
  2. "Neon Heart"
  3. "Joey's on the Street Again"
  4. "Never Bite the Hand That Feeds"
  5. "Mary of the 4th Form"
  6. "(She's Gonna) Do You In"
  7. "Close As You'll Ever Be"
  8. "I Can Make It If You Can"
  9. "Kicks"[1]

2005 bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Doin' It Right" (1975 live demo)
  2. "My Blues Away" (1975 live demo)
  3. "A Second Time" (1975 live demo)
  4. "Fanzine Hero" (1975 live demo)
  5. "Barefootin'" (cover of the Robert Parker song recorded Live in Moran's Hotel, Dublin, 1975)
  6. "Mary of the 4th Form" (single version)



  1. ^ a b c d e f William Ruhlmann. "The Boomtown Rats - The Boomtown Rats | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-09. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 71. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  3. ^ "The Boomtown Rats - The Boomtown Rats | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-04-09.