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Okay, I'm watching "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball" which is being shown on KERA, local PBS. It's a video of a charity event for Amnesty International, and it has tons of British folks in it, like a bunch of the Monty Pythons, Peter Cook, Sting, Rowan Atkinson, Phil Collins, etc. (Actually not sure Phil Collins is a Brit, but for some reason I think he is.) Very 80's. Anyway, Jools Holland and Bob Geldoff just performed "I Don't Like Mondays" which I think was sung by the the Boomtown Rats. So, since I wasn't paying too much attention back then and I can't find the info now, does anyone know if either those guys was a member of the Boomtown Rats? Just wondering.
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Geldoff was the founding member of the Boomtown Rats but he's known as the man who brought BandAid and LiveAid to fruition back in '84/'85; he even lived over here in Canada for a while writing for a local newspaper.

I don't think Jools was a Boomtown Rat, I'm pretty sure he was with Squeeze, anyway Jools has his own musical variety show on the BBC and is like the British Paul Shafer, being the musical director for all kinds of big events like the Millenium celebrations, Brit awards, stuff like that...

yup just call me a trivia sponge and anglophile
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Like I said, it's been a while and I wasn't paying much attention at the time. I remember Geldoff being very active for social causes, and I've seen Jools Holland's show on BBCA, I just couldn't place them from 20 years ago, you know? I used to listen to Boomtown Rats and Squeeze, but I wasn't reading the album covers or liner notes yet. (Remember albums? I used to buy that stuff as import albums from a place called Rockit Records on Rte 1 in Saugus. Wow, that's a memory stretch.)
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Yup sure do remember albums; I still have a whole box of 'em that I just don't have the heart to throw out. It was the same for me here; I used to listen to the university radio station, watch a late-night music show called "the New Music" then hunt down the records at a place called Odyssey Imports. I was really big on early U2, Simple Minds, Tears for Fears and bands like Japan and the Smiths. (hey and don't forget your very own REM from Austin!)Ah yes, those were the days eh? :LOL:
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Yeah, I loooooooove music and being a guitarist myself, I sure do remember these guys. I still have one of their albums along with my zillion others collecting dust! haha...now that I have cd's but refuse to give up my vinyls!

Bob Geldof (vocals ), Johnnie Fingers (keyboards - real name John Moylett,), Gerry Cott (guitar), Garry Roberts (guitar -), Pete Briquette (bass - real name Patrick Cusack, ), and Simon Crowe (drums). The original name of the band was Nightlife Thugs, but they soon changed it to Boomtown Rats which was taken from Woody Guthrie's novel Bound for Glory. Yoko Ono sang on one of the albums, but that one never saw the light of day! Hmmm????

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You know, I like the Beatles, but I never had a problem with Yoko. I remember everyone hating her, but I always thought she was scapegoated. I got one of her albums recently, and it wasn't bad. Probably too progressive for it's time. The scary thing is, I completely understand her art, or at least it speaks to me. Everyone thought she was so weird, and I think she's pretty cool.

I think I'm just a little older than you, Shawna, because I was listening to Gary Numan, Dead Kennedys (Jello Biafra just did a spoken word performance here in Dallas, kind of like a one-man poetry slam, but I didn't go), Modern English, Depeche Mode, Devo (Mark Mothersbaugh does a lot of incidental music for Nickelodeon, check the Rugrats credits), Johnny Rotten, The Clash, The Cure, The Jam, Elvis Costello & the Attractions, "The Artist formerly known as Prince" before the "1999" album, Mick Milk, XTC, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, Laurie Anderson, The Residents, tons of other people who don't come easily to mind, lots of import stuff that I don't remember much at all. I those people are about 5 years earlier than the folks you mentioned, though I listened to them too.

The alternative station in town was WLYN and their slogan was "Dancing at the Y, Y-102, WLYN in Lynn". Massachusetts, that is. Last I heard they were WFNX, having been bought by the Phoenix, Boston's alternative lifestyle newspaper. They aren't as cutting-edge any more, or maybe it's just time for another new musical aesthetic.
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