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.
Rat Trap – The Song
“Rat Trap” is a song by Irish group The Boomtown Rats, which reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart for two weeks in November 1978, the first single by a punk or new wave act to do so. It was written by Bob Geldof, and produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange. It is a rock ballad, telling the tale of a boy called Billy who feels the depressing town he lives in is a “Rat Trap”. One of the more popular Boomtown Rats songs, it was performed by them at Live Aid and is still performed by Geldof to this day.
Rat Skull – The Shape
This 7″ record has been modelled into the shape made by a sniper bullet piercing sheet metal. The shape was inspired by The Grover Cleveland Elementary School shooting that took place on January 29, 1979, at a public elementary school in San Diego, California, United States. The principal and a custodian were killed; eight children and a police officer were injured. A 16-year-old girl, Brenda Spencer, who lived in a house across the street from the school, was convicted of the shootings. Charged as an adult, she pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and assault with a deadly weapon, and was given an indefinite sentence.
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