Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Tonic For The Troops

The Rats' second album, 1978's A Tonic for the Troops, my personal favorite, was their most commercially successful. It stayed on the UK albums chart for over a year, leading many music critics to dub 1978 as 'The Year of the Rat' in England.

It featured the hit single, "Rat Trap", which became the first ever song by an Irish band to reach #1 in the UK, as well as the first 'New Wave' song to do likewise.

In addition to this historic single, the band also released "Like Clockwork", a song popular as an opener to their live performances, "Me And Howard Hughes" and "She's So Modern".

Keep in mind that, like most of my posts, this is directly from vinyl so you just might get some of those sexy pops or crackles - I actually sort of dig'em. A Tonic For The Troops came out my sophmore year of high school and I remember playing the shit out of this lp.

And is it just me or is there a hint of Springsteen in this Boomtown Rat classic Rat Trap?