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Album: A Tonic For The Troops
# Song Title   Time
1)    Like Clockwork More Info... 3:46
2)    Blind Date More Info... 3:22
3)    (I Never Loved) Eva Braun More Info... 4:36
4)    She's So Modern More Info... 2:59
5)    Don't Believe What You Read More Info... 3:07
6)    Living In An Island More Info... 4:07
7)    Me And Howard Hughes More Info... 3:11
8)    Can't Stop More Info... 2:19
9)    (Watch Out For) The Normal People More Info... 2:52
10)    Rat Trap More Info... 4:58
11)    Lying Again More Info... 3:08
12)    How Do You Do ? More Info... 2:40
13)    So Strange More Info... 3:03
 

Album: A Tonic For The Troops
# Song Title   Time
1)    Like Clockwork More Info... 3:46
2)    Blind Date More Info... 3:22
3)    (I Never Loved) Eva Braun More Info... 4:36
4)    She's So Modern More Info... 2:59
5)    Don't Believe What You Read More Info... 3:07
6)    Living In An Island More Info... 4:07
7)    Me And Howard Hughes More Info... 3:11
8)    Can't Stop More Info... 2:19
9)    (Watch Out For) The Normal People More Info... 2:52
10)    Rat Trap More Info... 4:58
11)    Lying Again More Info... 3:08
12)    How Do You Do ? More Info... 2:40
13)    So Strange More Info... 3:03
 
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Tracks

1. Like Clockwork

2. Blind Date

3. I Never Loved Eva Braun

4. Living In An Island

5. Don't Believe What You Read

6. She's So Modern

7. Me And Howard Hughes

8. Can't Stop

9. Watch Out For The Normal People

10. Rat Trap

Performer Notes
  • A TONIC FOR THE TROOPS, the Boomtown Rats' second album, finds the Irish group furthering their mix of punk energy and pop hooks. While "Like Clockwork" and "Living on an Island" recall XTC in both their angular attack and quirky delivery, "She's So Modern" is an intentionally brash, straight-ahead rock tune. Other songs, however, allow frontman Bob Geldof to hone his lyrical talents, particularly the wry, incisive Nazi narrative "I Never Loved Eva Braun," "Me & Howard Hughes," a nod to eccentrics everywhere, and the street anthem "Rat Trap," which unabashedly channels Springsteen. Like many of their peers (Elvis Costello & the Attractions, the Clash, etc.), the Boomtown Rats were intent on channeling punk's momentum into different styles and more sophisticated song structures, and although the ensemble never achieved widespread success in the US, the record produced several hit singles in the UK, including the latter tune. And its finest, A TONIC FOR THE TROOPS is a prime example of punk rock's restlessly inventive spirit and its often overlooked "pop" power.
Professional Reviews
Uncut (p.116) - 4 stars out of 5 - "[B]oasting Geldof's most finely tuned lyrics and their best tunes."

Mojo (Publisher) (p.114) - 3 stars out of 5 - "Full of smart, acerbic, punky pop sounds..."
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