In their original incarnation the Rats articulated contemporary fears and furies better than almost any of their new wave peers. In their native Ireland they plugged into the stifled angst of a country which, though placidly Catholic on the outside, churned under the surface with unresolved tensions and traumas.

In the summer of 1976, the group played their first . gig in London followed by gigs in the Netherlands (Groningen and The Milky Way Club in Amsterdam) before moving to London where they signed with Ensign Records later that year. Their first single, " Lookin' After No. 1 ", came out in August 1977. It reached the Top 40 of the UK Singles Chart , the first of a long string of successes. [1] [3] The album The Boomtown Rats was released the next month. it included another single, " Mary of the 4th Form ". [1] Music journalist Martin C. Strong commented, "Geldof's moody charisma helped to give the band a distinct identity". [2]

Their debut album, The Boomtown Rats, was released in September 1977, on Ensign in the . and on Mercury in the . Their second album, Tonic for the Troops , appeared in June 1978 in the ., along with their first . Top Ten hit, "Like Clockwork." In the fall, "Rat Trap" from the album hit number one. A Tonic for the Troops was released in the . on Columbia Records in February 1979 with two tracks from The Boomtown Rats substituted for tracks on the . version.


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