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Boomtown Rats - Live at Hammersmith Odeon 1978 (1978)

The Boomtown Rats  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: The Boomtown Rats
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: March 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 77 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007OP0TK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,599 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The Boomtown Rats were founded in Ireland in 1975. They moved to London in 1976 and came to the forefront of New Wave music. Their debut single, "Looking After No.1," reached No.11 on the UK singles chart and began a sequence of 10 Top 40 UK hits, including their two No.1's "Rat Trap" and "I Don't Like Mondays."

This show was filmed at London's Hammersmith Odeon in the summer of 1978. It includes the hit singles "Looking After No.1," "She's So Modern," "Like Clockwork" and "Rat Trap," which later that year would become the first New Wave No.1 hit, along with other Rats favorites such as "(I Never Loved) Eva Braun" and "Joey's On The Streets Again." Also included is the audience participation number "Do The Rat," which was a popular feature of early Rats gigs.

Track Listing:
1. Blind Date
2. (I Never Loved) Eva Braun
3. Me And Howard Hughes
4. She's Gonna Do You In
5. Rat Trap
6. Kicks
7. Joey's On The Street Again
8. She's So Modern
9. Don't Believe What You Read
10. Like Clockwork
11. Do The Rat
12. Looking After No.1

Bonus Material:
3 Audio only tracks from the show, remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound:
Neon Heart
Living On An Island
Mary Of The Fourth Form

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BUY THIS DVD!!! You won't regret it..... March 11, 2005
I bought this DVD on a whim, not really sure what to expect as I had never seen the rats in concert. I was totally blown away by it. Bob & company were a really great live band. Extremely high energy combined with tighter playing and greater chops than one would typically expect from bands of that particular genre. Bob shows that he is also an amazing frontman. He does a great job engaging the audience.

Considering that this footage is 27 years old, the picture quality is quite good. Not as good as you might get with a concert filmed in the 21st century, but certainly more than watchable. There is the occasional piece of conceptual footage dubbed over the live action, but not enough to be really annoying. The audio quality is quite good. Good enough that you might just want to listen to the audio track without watching the DVD.

The inclusion of two promo videos from one of Bob's solo albums seems to be a bit of an odd choice for a bonus, but cool to see anyway. Might have been nice if they had tacked on a couple of the videos that didn't make it to the "Someone's Looking at You" DVD like "Up All Night", "Joey's On the Street Again" or "Me & Howard Highes." But these are all minor gripes, this is certainly a DVD worth owning if you're a Rats fan or a fan of the late 70s UK music scene. A great bit of history nicely captured on this DVD.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Rats at their best! April 10, 2005
In 1979, I saw this show on German Television and I was hooked. What a great live band and this concert shows The Boomtown Rats at their best. I've been looking for this particular show for over 25 years. Thank You for finally putting this out!!!!! BRILLIANT!!!!! Every Boomtown Rats fan should own this!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, Yes, Yes! March 24, 2005
A must have for Rats fans. And anybody who just likes good, solid, "brilliant" rock and roll should take a look also. Some of the camera work is cheesy and dated, but this is the Rats in their prime. Geldof proves he belongs in the same showmanship pantheon as Ray Davies and Mick Jagger. The sound quality is phenomenal. Crank up the volume.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Darn Good March 30, 2006
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Although the sticker on the dvd describes it as a never before released concert by the Boomtown Rats, I believe this was actually available in the late 70's/early 80's under the name "A Tonic for the Troops" (i.e. the name of their 2nd album). I watched it back then on our Betamax player!

This is a great show. The sound quality is good for such and old concert. The enthusiasm of the band comes through wonderfully. Makes me wish I had lived in England back then. The mix of tracks is a nice representation of the Rats 1st and 2nd albums. Plus, you get to hear the rare "Doing the Rat", which I have never managed to find on vinyl.

The only reason I don't give the dvd a 5 star rating is because of the extras. There are three extra audio tracks, which are accompanied by sort of artsy, slow motion, re-cut video of the concert. Why didn't we simply get to see the actual footage from these extra songs? There are also two solo, studio videos by Bob Geldoff. I think they must have been made some time after he went out on his own. I found them depressing, after seeing his younger, more energetic stage performance with the Rats.

All in all however, a very nice piece of post-punk, new wave pop.
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By Andy
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This DVD captures the raw energy and power of Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats in their prime. They're seen here, a year before "I Don't Like Mondays" was released, and unknowing that "Rat Trap" would soon be an extraordinarily famous tune in the near future. This DVD will make you feel exhausted after watching, as if you were actually at the show, witnessing it firsthand and doing the rat with Geldof. You'll be on edge the entire time watching Geldof's Jagger-esque moves and dynamic, vigorous performance skills. Also features live audio tracks of "Neon Heart," "Living on an Island," and "Mary of the Fourth Form," as well as two music videos from Geldof's solo album Sex, Age, & Death, "Pale White Girls" and "One for Me." Truly worth the buy, and a must have for any fan of Geldof and/or The Rats.
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