Monday, October 14, 2013
The BOOMTOWN RATS: "Classic Album Box"
Label: Universal/Mercury 2013
Review by: Urban "Wally" Wallstrom
The Boomtown Rats, you simply can't type shite about the kikkazz band without sounding (inside your head) like the self-promoting genius Paddy git legend of Bob Geldof. It's simply impossible. I can hear Bob's haunting voice right now at this very moment, reading out this very sentence and he's just as pleased as the time when this geezer leapt up from the audience and whacked him on the gob. The photos of Bloody-Bob hit the papers in grand style and I'm sure this piece of art will do the same. No? What? Perhaps not. Did you know the Rats reformed earlier this year? Great! Did you also know they are re-releasing the first six albums in digipak sleeves with attendant bonus material or at least so I'm told. They've sent me the 10-track sampler...
I should probably complain direct to Bob Geldof for that matter. How about some charity work this way mate and the proper product? It's bloody pointless to talk about the Irish gold of The Boomtown Rats and their spanking new box-set, if you're stuck with merely the 10-track sampler and not the actual set. Then again, any publicity is good publicity? What's next? People are sending out books for review that are missing out the last 250 pages. I can tell you that I don't like this particular Monday since it came with a mere sampler of all the albums between the years of 1977 to 1984. Rats indeed. Geldof, you moody legend. Stop revolving around the sun for a moment and come back to earth to help out this poor bastard. I can't review six albums on the 10-track sampler? I'm not Irish for christ's sake and we're not dealing with (small) potatos. Pun intended. Ireland. Potato. No? Nevermind. Dún Laoghaire!