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A Tonic for the Troops

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Released  June 1978
Artist  The Boomtown Rats
Producer  Robert John Lange
Recorded  1978
Release date  June 1978
Label  Columbia Records
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A Tonic for the Troops (1978)  The Fine Art of Surfacing (1979)
Genres  Rock music, Punk rock, New wave
Similar  The Boomtown Rats albums, Rock music albums

The boomtown rats a tonic for the troops full album 1978


A Tonic for the Troops is the second album by The Boomtown Rats. It was released in 1978 and included the hit singles "She's So Modern", "Like Clockwork" and "Rat Trap". The album peaked at No. 8 in the UK Albums Chart in 1978.

Contents

The album featured dark themes in an often upbeat, pop-punk style. One of the album's tracks, "(I Never Loved) Eva Braun", was described by one critic as "the happiest, cheeriest, best upbeat song about Hitler ever written." The lyrics of other songs discussed suicide ("Living in an Island") and euthanasia ("Can't Stop").

"She's So Modern" reached number 12 on the UK Singles Chart. The album's title was taken from a line in this song: "And Charlie ain't no Nazi/ she likes to wear her leather boots/ 'cuz it's exciting for the veterans/ and it's a tonic for the troops."

The most commercially successful track on the album is "Rat Trap", which made it to Number 1 on the UK Singles Chart. "Rat Trap" was the final cut on the UK version of the album but the opening track on the US version.

The boomtown rats a tonic for the troops full album 1978


Track listing

All songs written by Bob Geldof except where indicated.

LP British version

SIDE 1

  1. "Like Clockwork" (Bob Geldof, Pete Briquette, Simon Crowe)
  2. "Blind Date"
  3. "(I Never Loved) Eva Braun"
  4. "Living in an Island"
  5. "Don't Believe What You Read"

SIDE 2

  1. "She's So Modern" (Geldof, Johnny Fingers)
  2. "Me and Howard Hughes"
  3. "Can't Stop"
  4. "(Watch Out For) The Normal People"
  5. "Rat Trap"

CD British version

  1. "Like Clockwork" (Bob Geldof, Pete Briquette, Simon Crowe)
  2. "Blind Date"
  3. "(I Never Loved) Eva Braun"
  4. "She's So Modern" (Geldof, Johnny Fingers) (Track 6 – 1 on Side 2 – on the European version)
  5. "Don't Believe What You Read"
  6. "Living in an Island"
  7. "Me and Howard Hughes"
  8. "Can't Stop"
  9. "(Watch Out For) The Normal People"
  10. "Rat Trap"
  11. "Lying Again" (CD bonus track)
  12. "How Do You Do?" (CD bonus track)
  13. "So Strange" (CD bonus track)

American version

  1. "Rat Trap"
  2. "Me and Howard Hughes"
  3. "(I Never Loved) Eva Braun"
  4. "Living in an Island"
  5. "Like Clockwork" (Geldof, Briquette, Crowe)
  6. "Blind Date"
  7. "Mary of the Fourth Form" (from The Boomtown Rats)
  8. "Don't Believe What You Read"
  9. "She's So Modern" (Geldof, Fingers)
  10. "Joey's on the Street Again" (from The Boomtown Rats)

Personnel

  • Bob Geldof – vocals
  • Pete Briquette – bass, vocals
  • Gerry Cott – guitar
  • Johnnie Fingers – keyboards, vocals
  • Simon Crowe – drums, vocals
  • Garry Roberts – guitar, vocals
  • Alan Holmes – saxophone
  • Songs

    1Rat Trap5:08
    2Me and Howard Hughes3:11
    3(I Never Loved) Eva Braun4:38

    References

    A Tonic for the Troops Wikipedia


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