March 07, 2021

The Boomtown Rats - Mondo Bongo (1980)

*U.S. first pressing. 
Contains 13 tracks total.
Country: Ireland
Language: English
Genre: New Wave
Label Number: CK 37062

© 1980-1990 Columbia
On their fourth album, the Boomtown Rats submitted to ambitiousness, with singer Bob Geldof attempting to assume the mantle of Bob Dylan, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, while the band tried to keep up with musical fashions in Britain. The combination led to such oddities as a ska-beat rewrite of the Stones' "Under My Thumb" and a couple of side-opening mambos. The band was at its best when it returned to the pop music that was its core on such songs as the Buddy Holly-ish "Don't Talk to Me" and especially the danceable "Up All Night," but they were buried on the second side of an uneven collection that made the Rats' sense of direction seem uncertain.

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