But look beneath the thin pop veneer – the musical prophylactic as Bob describes it in “Tales…”- and the song swarms with some of the band’s most stinging lyrics, describing the Rats’ home country as a “Sceptic Isle”.
The success of Banana Republic in Ireland has always surprised me given that the song was so heavily critical of the country of the time. In “Is That It?” Bob describes it as a bitter song that attacked the people that he felt were destroying Ireland – the politicians, the religious leaders and businessmen.
“The purple and the pin-stripe,
Mutely shake their heads”
For Bob, it was a “sad song”.
After I Don’t Like Mondays, Banana Republic was probably the band’s biggest international hit being released across Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, Africa, Bolivia (with a unique red picture sleeve – below) and Canada but it was banned in the US – for containing the word ‘whore’ apparently……!!!!!
Do you know what track was released in the USA instead of Banana Republic?