The Boomtown Rats - Rat Trap (live)

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Classic live performance of 'The Boomtown Rats - Rat Trap' live at Hammersmith Odeon, 1978. Bob Geldof's new album 'How To Compose Popular Songs That Will Sell' is available here:

Taken from the 'On Film 1976-1986: Someone's Looking At You' DVD

"Rat Trap" was a single by The Boomtown Rats which reached #1 in the UK singles chart for two weeks in November 1978, the first single by a punk or new wave act to do so. It is a rock ballad telling the tale of a boy called Billy who feels the depressing town he lives in (presumably Dublin) is a "Rat Trap".

It was also famous for finally replacing "Summer Nights", a hit single from the soundtrack of Grease, after it had spent seven weeks at the top of the UK charts. Bob Geldof, the group's lead singer, glorified this fact by appearing on Top of the Pops (which is also mentioned in the song), holding up a picture of Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta to loud cheers from the audience, and then ripping it up.


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