The Boomtown Rats ‎– The Fine Art Of Surfacing

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A1 Someone's Looking At You
Written-By – Bob Geldof
A2 Diamond Smiles
Written-By – Bob Geldof
A3 Wind Chill Factor (Minus Zero)
Written-By – Bob Geldof
A4 Having My Picture Taken
Written-By – Bob Geldof, Pete Briquette
A5 Sleep (Fingers' Lullaby)
Written-By – Johnnie Fingers
B1 I Don't Like Mondays
Arranged By [String Arrangement] – Fiachra TrenchProducer – Phil WainmanWritten-By – Bob Geldof
B2 Nothing Happened Today
Written-By – Bob Geldof
B3 Keep It Up
Written-By – Bob Geldof, Gerry Cott
B4 Nice 'N' Neat
Written-By – Bob Geldof
B5 When The Night Comes
Written-By – Bob Geldof

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Printed inner sleeve includes credits, lyrics and photographs.

℗ 1979 Ensign Records.
Made in England. Printed in England.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): ENROX 11.1
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): ENROX 11.2
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, etched, all variants): ARUN
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, etched, all variants): RON PETERS LIVES
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 1): ENROX 11 A//2▽E M 12 11
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 1): ENROX 11 B//2▽E M 14 6
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 2): ENROX 11 A//2▽E M 11 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 2): ENROX 11 B//2▽E M 12 3
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 3): ENROX 11 A//3▽E M 15L
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 3): ENROX 11 B//4▽E M 13L
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 4): ENROX 11 A//1▽E M 12 8
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 4): ENROX 11 B//5▽E M 12 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout, stamped, variant 5): ENROX 11 A//2▽E M 12 10
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout, stamped, variant 5): ENROX 11 A//2▽E M 14 11

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
UICY-77079 The Boomtown Rats The Fine Art Of Surfacing(CD, Album, Ltd, RE) Mercury UICY-77079 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
IR 58282 The Boomtown Rats The Fine Art Of Surfacing(LP, Album) WEA IR 58282 Ireland 1979 Sell This Version
424 635.1 The Boomtown Rats The Fine Art Of Surfacing(LP, Album, RE) Mercury 424 635.1 Spain 1990 Sell This Version
JC 36248, 36248 The Boomtown Rats The Fine Art Of Surfacing(LP, Album, San) Columbia, Columbia JC 36248, 36248 US 1979 Sell This Version
6310 960 The Boomtown Rats The Fine Art Of Surfacing(LP, Album) Mercury 6310 960 Hong Kong 1979 Sell This Version

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Imacg

Imacg

July 17, 2010

Lyrics and photos on the inner sleeve
andyman5

andyman5

December 31, 2008

This album brings back memories of driving around in my friend's Cutlass Supreme in 79'.

It is probably Bob Geldof's shining moment in the sun musically. We all know what he went on to do on the humanitarian front. 'I Don't Like Mondays' (the hit on the record) is hardly the high point of this tightly written 80's alterno-pop affair. The ascerbic wit of 'Diamond Smiles' and the eeriness of 'Wind Chill Factor Minus Zero' and the paranoia of 'Someone's Looking At You' stand out in this post-punk celebration of the good, the bad and the frightening.

Though the music sounds dated the arrangements and creativity display the musical talents of The Rats and producers Phil Wainman and Robert John Lange. Apparently the Fine Art Of Surfacing is a reference to masturbation... but don't be fooled this is not some arty self-indulgence but more clearly is an astutely crafted pop gem.