HAPPY 70 To BOB GELDOF

5 October 2021

Robert Frederick Zenon Geldof was born in Dublin, Ireland on 5 October 1951.

Happy 70 to the man best known for being the driving force behind the gigantic
Live Aid concerts in 1985 (UK & USA) to raise funds for relief of the devastating
1983–1985 famine in Ethiopia.

Also many know him as the frontman of Irish rockers The Boomtown Rats , but
only for their blockbuster hit I Don’t Like Mondays. But the band scored their best
work with their first two albums, the self-titled debut LP (1977) and Tonic For The Troops (1978) when Geldof was a young ambitious loudmouth looking for number one.

Three great Bob moments…

– LOOKIN’ AFTER No 1 –
(Ace single from debut LP – 1977)

– THE GREAT SONG OF INDIFFERENCE –
(From his 2nd solo album – 1990)

– LIVE AID –
(Final all-together chant – 1985)

BOB GELDOF: History

(image on top: cover of his solo album ‘Deep In The Heart Of Nowhere’ – 1986)

Golden New Wave Stars In Belgium This Summer At The 4-Days W-FESTIVAL

Top acts/singles from the past…

6 April 2021

This summer – last days of August – Belgium’s renowned W-FESTIVAL ,
celebrates the golden decades (70s/80s) of new W-ave music for the fifth
time. The major event will take place on the beach in Ostend, the queen
of our native country’s seaside town, on 26-27-28-29 August 2021.

Over 4 days a series of new wave icons will boost the adrenalin-production
of thousands of die-hard fans with massive hits from their glorious past.

All info, tickets and COVID-19 measures right here.

To warm up Turn Up The Volume picked one
act per day with one of their classic crackers.

Let’s roll…

THE BOOMTOWN RATS (Bob Geldof’s band)
with ‘Looking After Number One‘ (26 August)

THE HUMAN LEAGUE with (of course) ‘Don’t You Want Me (27 Aug)

OMD with ‘Enola Gay’ (28 August)

THE HOUSE OF LOVE with ‘Shine On‘ (29 August)

W-FESTIVAL: Facebook

BOB GELDOF And THE BOOMTOWN RATS Lookin’ After No 1 In 1977

Top singles from the past…

10 August 2020

Band: The Boomtown Rats – (Ireland)
Active: 1975–1986, 2013–present
Single: Lookin’ After No 1
B-sides: Born To Burn  and
Barefootin’

Info: the song was the first so-called new wave single
to be play-listed by the BBC and the band subsequently
became the first new wave band to be offered an
appearance on Top Of The Pops performing the song

Released: August 1977
Score: #11 in the UK
Album: The Boomtown Rats

Look here…

THE BOOMTOWN RATS: Bio

‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ By THE BOOMTOWN RATS Topped UK Singles Chart 40 Years Ago…

Knockouts from the past

28 July 2019

This day 40 years ago Irish rockers THE BOOMTOWN RATS led by charismatic frontman and Live Aid legend Bob Geldof hit the top spot of the UK Singles Chart with their classic cracker ‘I DON’T LIKE MONDAYS’. A song inspired by the immensely dramatic event of a mass shooting at an elementary school in San Diego, where a 16-year old girl shot two adults and wounded several young students reportedly because she didn’t like Mondays.

Listen/watch below…

THE BOOMTOWN RATS: Facebook

TODAY’S YESTERDAY ALBUM – Debut LP by… THE BOOMTOWN RATS

Remarkable albums from the past…

‘The Boomtown Rats’ by THE BOOMTOWN RATS
Released: September 1977

ALL MUSIC review: “Overall, there were enough power chords and snotty sentiments
to justify the punk tag, but it was already clear that the Rats aspired to the mainstream.”

Score: 3/5 – Full review here

TURN UP THE VOLUME says: sounded like Bruce Springsteen going punk. The Rats penned some solid rock songs for this underrated debut, appreciated by many only after the punk hype was over. And that front sleeve is still as iconic as it was back then. My score: 4/5.

TOP TRACKS: Lookin’ After No 1 / Never Bite The Hand Feeds / Joey’s On The Streets Again

* LOOKIN’ AFTER NO 1

* NEVER BITE THE HANDS THAT FEEDS

* JOEY’S ON THE STREETS AGAIN

Album in full…
(#1 – #9)

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THE BOOMTOWN RATS: Facebook – All Albums


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