Saturday, July 09, 1994

Loudmouth - The Best of The Boomtown Rats & Bob Geldof

UK Highest Chart Position: 10
Total number of weeks on chart : 3
Entry: 9th July 1994
Run: 10-21-42 (3 wks)

Vertigo 522 283-2

  1. I Don't Like Mondays - Boomtown Rats
  2. This Is The World Calling - Bob Geldof
  3. Rat Trap - Boomtown Rats
  4. The Great Song Of Indifference - Bob Geldof
  5. Love Or Something - Bob Geldof
  6. Banana Republic - Boomtown Rats
  7. Crazy - Bob Geldof
  8. Elephant's Graveyard - Boomtown Rats
  9. Someone's Looking At You - Boomtown Rats
  10. She's So Modern - Boomtown Rats
  11. House On Fire - Boomtown Rats
  12. The Beat Of The Night - Bob Geldof
  13. Diamond Smiles - Boomtown Rats
  14. Like Clockwork - Boomtown Rats
  15. Room 19 (Sha La La La Lee) - Bob Geldof
  16. Mary Of The 4th Form - Boomtown Rats
  17. Looking After No 1 - Boomtown Rats

The original greatest hits collection which is spoiled somewhat by Geldof's inferior solo material, The Great Song of Indifference excepted, and the total neglect of In The Long Grass. Still you can always program your CD player or just exclude them from your iPod.

The original release was subtitled The Best of The Boomtown Rats & Bob Geldof, whereas a later version (18th March 1996) was subtitled The Best of Bob Geldof & The Boomtown Rats with a new cover with just Geldof on. A strange emphasis, given that the Geldof solo tracks take up just a third of the album.

Probably more of a curiousity than an essential purchase given the release of the superior Best of the Boomtown Rats . All the Boomtown Rats tacks here are also present there, bar the excellent House On Fire. There is no review of this album as all the individual tracks are covered in the album reviews.

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This album has been released in a variety of guises, and was re-titled as Great Songs of Indifference - The Best of Bob Geldof & The Boomtown Rats in other countries.

The most notable of these are -

Canada - Vertigo 314 522 822 2 - Great Songs of Indifference - The Best of Bob Geldof & The Boomtown Rats

Never In a Million Years, Up All Night and Rain replace Love Or Something, House On Fire and The Beat Of The Night. This is also the only known appearance of Rain on CD.

US - CK 64999 Columbia/Legacy - Great Songs of Indifference - The Best of Bob Geldof & The Boomtown Rats - April 22 1977

Crazy is excluded from this US release, otherwise the track listing is as the UK version.

There is also an unconfirmed accompanying video release. I have never seen this on sale anywhere, so I can't confirm the track listing or any details. Please email with details if you have a copy.