Additional information about this, The Boomtown Rats vinyl art.
The Boomtown Rats – The Artist
The Boomtown Rats are an Irish rock band originally formed in Dublin in 1975, That had a series of Irish and UK hits between 1977 and 1985. The group is led by vocalist Bob Geldof. The other members of the original line-up were Garry Roberts (lead guitar), Johnnie Fingers (keyboards), Pete Briquette (bass), Gerry Cott (rhythm guitar) and Simon Crowe (drums). The Boomtown Rats broke up in 1986, but reformed in 2013, without Johnnie Fingers or Gerry Cott.
Banana Republic – The Song
Banana Republic is the first single by Irish group The Boomtown Rats’ from the album Mondo Bongo. It peaked at number three in the UK Singles Chart. Breaking from the band’s previous new wave sound, the song opens with a ska-reggae hook (that repeats at the close of the much longer album version). However, the song itself is a more mainstream piece musically. The ‘banana republic’ which the song describes is actually a deliberately scathing portrait of the Republic of Ireland, the band’s country of origin, and was written in response to the band being banned from performing there. This in turn was reputedly because of Geldof’s “denunciation of nationalism, medieval-minded clerics and corrupt politicians” in a memorably controversial 1977 interview/performance on Ireland’s The Late Late Show with Gay Byrne.
The Irish Daisy – The Shape
This 7″ record has been modelled into the silhouette of an Irish Daisy. The daisy, is a common European species of the family Asteraceae, often considered the archetypal species of that name. To distinguish this species from other “daisies” it is sometimes qualified as common daisy, lawn daisy or English daisy. Historically, it has also been widely known as bruisewort, and occasionally woundwort (although the common name “woundwort” is now more closely associated with the genus Stachys). It is a perennial herbaceous plant with short creeping rhizomes and rosettes of small rounded or spoon-shaped leaves that are from 3/4 to 2 inches (approx. 2–5 cm) long and grow flat to the ground. The species habitually colonises lawns, and is difficult to eradicate by mowing – hence the term ‘lawn daisy’. It exhibits the phenomenon of heliotropism where the flowers follow the position of the sun in the sky.
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