The Boomtown Rats

Classic Album Selection: Six Albums 1977-1984

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Irish new wave heroes the Boomtown Rats get the box set treatment in the form of Universal Music's Classic Album Selection series. This set includes all six of the group's studio albums: The Boomtown Rats (1977), A Tonic for the Troops (1978), The Fine Art of Surfacing (1979), Mondo Bongo (1981), V Deep (1982), and In the Long Grass (1985). Although they emerged from the late-'70s London punk scene, the Rats were a stylistically diverse band offering a mix of new wave, pub rock, classic rock, and other styles, all played with a punk attitude. They scored several British hits early in their career with the Springsteen-esque "Rat Trap" and the worldwide smash "I Don't Like Mondays." While you won't find in-depth B-sides or rarities here, this set is an affordable and compact way to get the band's entire catalog of albums.

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