The Boomtown Rats ‎– The Boomtown Rats

Ensign ‎– ENVY 1, Ensign ‎– 9102 800
Vinyl, LP, Album


A1 Lookin' After No. 1
A2 Neon Heart
A3 Joey's On The Street Again
A4 Never Bite The Hand That Feeds
A5 Mary Of The 4th Form
B1 (She's Gonna) Do You In
B2 Close As You'll Ever Be
B3 I Can Make It If You Can
B4 Kicks

Companies, etc.



Sleeve: Printed in England by Robert Stace
Marketed by Phonogram.

℗ 1977 Ensign Records
Published by Sewer Fire Hits.
Vinyl mastered at Utopia Studios, UK.
(See BAOI: Lyre symbol/UT)

Recorded at Dieter Dierk's Studios, Stommeln, Köln, Germany.

A3: The label just says "Joey"

Includes a b/w printed liner with lyrics & band images.

This version with green label design, also available as white karo design.
There is a Repress which omitts the "POG MO THON" etching in the A side runout.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, stamped): ENV˅ 001 1˅//2 UT
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, stamped): ENV˅ 001 2˅//2 UT
  • Matrix / Runout (B-side runout, hand-etched): DO THE GEE
  • Matrix / Runout (A&B-side runouts, hand-etched): Ʊ [Lyre symbol]
  • Matrix / Runout (A-side runout, hand etched): POG MO THON

Other Versions (5 of 29) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SRM-1-1188 The Boomtown Rats The Boomtown Rats(LP, Album) Mercury SRM-1-1188 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
6310 950 The Boomtown Rats The Boomtown Rats(LP, Album) Mercury 6310 950 New Zealand 1977 Sell This Version
ENCAS 1 The Boomtown Rats The Boomtown Rats(Cass, Album) Ensign ENCAS 1 UK 1977 Sell This Version
ENVY 1 The Boomtown Rats The Boomtown Rats(LP, Album) Ensign ENVY 1 UK 1977 Sell This Version
6310 950 The Boomtown Rats The Boomtown Rats(LP, Album, RE) Mercury 6310 950 Unknown Sell This Version


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September 22, 2017

'tis a cracking debut, definitely more New Wave than Punk, should we update the style category?


January 20, 2015
The is a good debut. as well as being punk, it owes a lot to Bruce Springsteen. Listen to 'Joey's on the Street Again' to see what I mean. Closer to new wave, than punk, really.


January 30, 2008
edited over 5 years ago

The Rats debut is a good, but not yet great record that show they got it down on vinyl just a wee bit premature. This is hard driving pub rock/R&B of the Dr. Feelgood stripe. The album is competent and never embarrassing, yet it displays only a ghost of the New Wave finesse that they would evidence shortly afterward. Their first hit,"Lookin' Out After No. 1," is a stirring call to arms that as the first postpunk single added to the staid BBC playlist sets an appropriate standard of quality. "Mary of The Fourth Form," is a leering schoolboy blues number: the LP cut pales next to the more aggressive single version. All well and good, but the band would literally explode with new ideas and a multitude of sonic styles with the next album and throughout the rest of their career.
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