When the Rats reformed in 2013, Bob spoke passionately about how so many of the songs he had written back in the 1970's and 80s were still relevant today, with specific mention of Looking After No1, Someone's Looking At You, Monday's, Rat Trap and Banana Republic. A song left off that list, yet covered extensively in Bob's book Tales Of Boomtown Glory, is The Elephants Graveyard.
Released in February 1981, the second single from Mondo Bongo, it reached only number 26 in the UK charts their lowest peak since first entering the charts in 1977. Yet on revisiting the song after reading Bob's explanation of the song, you realise this is classic Geldof in his social commentary of life at that time.
It is 'Black Lives Matter' 32 years before it was given a name in 2013. Bob writes in the book, 'How or why the African American population puts up with the manifest and glaring injustice visited upon its population is simply beyond me'. Specifically commenting on life in Miami, with the white retirees living behind their gated communities, the black communities deal with injustice on a daily basis; 'Guilty until proven guilty' sings Bob.
Tales of Boomtown Glory is nor longer available through the Rats website, but can be purchased via Amazon.uk.
Do you have views of the song.....is it a forgotten gem, did you know what is was about at the time, do you agree this is one that should be included within the list above? We would be interested to hear your views and thoughts.