I realize at first glance the Boomtown Rats’ “Up All Night” might not seem as flashy as many others from Bluebird Blvd.’s signature Super-Secret Friday Night 5-Minute Dance Party, but there’s something really special about tonight’s featured song preview. (Are you ready?)
Well, first, this song preview of an old-school Boomtown Rats tune is really rare right now. I know that the Boomtown Rats didn’t have a long career together (1977-1985), and Bob Geldof and the rest of this tight six-piece group parted ways pretty quickly after a generous string of well-deserved hit songs, and they’ve just re-formed and are touring at the moment. Unfortunately, their current or past label won’t allow you to watch any of the original music videos from the Rats’ biggest hits.
Second: Did you know that I grew up listening to the Boomtown Rats quite a bit? My mother was deeply into Irish New Wave in the early 1980s, and a bit of the English New Wave stuff. (Some Scottish too.) My mother played the Rats in the car and around the house pretty damned incessantly. I didn’t realize how much I missed their sound until I found this great song a few weeks back, and filed it to play for you on some special Friday night. (Like tonight!)
Irish pop and alternative culture is not well-documented outside of Ireland, so what I would really like to see is this RTÉ television special “From a Whisper to a Scream – The Living History of Irish Rock (1999).” There’s a separate North American release—Out of Ireland – The Hit Songs & Artists of Irish Music (From a Whisper to a Scream) (2003) but I’d rather see the original myself, wouldn’t you?
If you’ve seen the Irish or the North American release of this TV special series, I think we’d all love to hear about it in the comments!
The THIRD reason I pulled this from the vaults has to do with something quite personal— I did not get much sleep last night, and I am woozy on my feet today.
So, when Geldof sings, “Whoooooooo said thaaaaat?”, I can’t help but think, Bob, man— I totally get it. Totally.
ABOUT THE FEATURE IMAGE FOR THIS STORY: Okay, this song was actually a Boomtown Rats single as well as a track on the Rats’ full-length album V Deep. (That’s pronounced Five Deep, not Vee Deep, as Wikipedia reminded me a little while ago.) But you don’t see this standalone single listed in any discography, which is so very weird! (If you know anything about it, speak up!) The sleeve for this single in the feature image for this SSFN 5-Minute Dance Party was provided by the heavy-duty vinyl collector Klaus Hiltcher Flickr page. Thank you so much for sharing that cover with us, KH!