The Boom Town Rats

Bob Geldof Confirms First Boomtown Rats Album In 30+ Years

It’s been 33 years since The Boomtown Rats released a new album, but the time has come for another.

Singer Bob Geldof has confirmed that the band are preparing to reveal a new record called Mega.

Guitarist Garry Roberts hinted that the members had reformed in the studio about two years ago, but no word has come until Geldof’s confirmation.

“We’ve done 26 tracks. We’re mixing them now, I’ve done the vocals on them,” says Geldof to The Daily Mail. “We’re getting really excited, we think they’re great. We did a lot of songs. We have a situation now where a song comes out and a day later it’s dead.”

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The Jam In the City

The Jam’s ‘In The City’ Turns 40

The Jam‘s incredible career took off 40 years ago this month when the group released its debut album In The City.

They had a hit right out of the gate with the title track. Its peppy style of punk combines rough-around-the-edge guitar strums with sunny melodies, and kicked off a string of hits for the band over five years.

The punk-rockers stood out from their counterparts by sporting tailored suits versus battered clothes. The ‘mod’ style saw a revitalization thanks to the members’ influence, which they absorbed from ’60s rock and R&B acts. From psychedelic to new wave, The Jam proved their versatility with a wide range of style infusions.

From the band’s debut album to 1982 when The Jam split, 18 consecutive Top 40 singles were notched in the United Kingdom, including four #1 singles:

  • “Going Underground”
  • “Start!”
  • “Town Called Malice”
  • “Beat Surrender”
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    Joey Ramone

    Remembering Joey Ramone

    Joey Ramone passed away 16 years today. The news shocked the world: a pillar of the punk explosion across the globe, Ramone defied conventional thinking and challenge the concept of music.

    The punk scene reached new heights in the 1970s. While The Sex Pistols, led by Johnny Rotten, were taking over the UK, Joey Ramone & the Ramones were putting New York on the map. While Rotten was confrontational and in-your-face, Ramone was solemn, but his message was still menacing. His ability to call upon a generation and speak to youth outcasted by society was powerful. While the Ramones wouldn’t see the commercial heights of The Clash or Sex Pistols, this underground mystique almost adds to their legacy. They weren’t for the masses, and fans wanted it to stay that way.

    Joey Ramone was born Jeffry Hyman on May 19, 1951 and formed the band as a young adult in the early 70s. They started to form a song structure that had yet to exist–it was fast, the length was short, and the delivery always packed a megawatt punch. He started out as the drummer but moved to lead vocals prior to the release of their self-titled debut album.

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    The Clash

    The Clash’s Debut Album Turns 40

    The Clash released their self-titled debut album 40 years ago this Saturday (April 8.)

    One of the most important punk albums of all time, The Clash created a masterpiece fueled by their youthful angst and political frustrations.

    The band prepped the album in a flat on the 18th floor of a council high rise on London’s Harrow Road rented by Mick Jones’ grandmother. She was a constant guest at any show the band played. Once it was ready, the Clash went to CBS Studio 3 and recorded and mixed the album over three weekends.It cost £4000 to produce.

    The Clash

    The album art was done by Polish artist Rosław Szaybo with the front photo shot by Kate Simon in a Camden Market alleyway. The drummer at the time, Terry Chimes, did not appear because he had already decided to leave the band.

    Here’s is a breakdown of some of the album’s standout track themes:

    “Janie Jones”- inspired by a famous brothel keeper in London during the 1970s

    “Remote Control” – written written by Mick Jones after the Anarchy Tour and contains pointed observations about the civic hall bureaucrats (who were responsible for cancelling concerts), the police, big business and record companies. CBS decided to release the song as a single without consulting the band.

    “I’m So Bored with the USA” – stemmed from a Mick Jones song, entitled “I’m So Bored with You”. The lyrics condemn the Americanization of the UK.

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