THE BOOMTOWN RATS – “Mary Of The 4th Form” / “Do The Rat” (Ensign ENY 9) November 1977
The Boomtown Rats – ‘Mary Of The 4th Form’ – While schnurdos everywhere are trying desperately to suss out whether The Boomtown Rats are actually punks or not, me and a bunch of other people are quite happy to dig ’em for the music, guffaw at Modest Bob Geldof’s outrageous inflammatory statements to the national press and groove on regardless.
“Mary Of The 4th Form” is an alternative version of their album track of the same name backed by “Do The Rat”, a popular stage number (to use technical music business jargon) of theirs.
Hard driving Feelgood’s derived
“Mary” is a hard-charging Feelgoods-derived song about a horny, tantalizing schoolgirl which never descends into Strangled misogyny and is a nice enough single, but after “Lookin’ After Number One” it’s a pity that Geldof & Co didn’t have a chance to get into the studio and cut a real single as a follow-up.
Still, like the voices go at the end of “Do The Rat”, “But what has all this got to do with punk rock?” “Uh . . . . ummm . . . nothing at all. (NME)
Have you noticed how ‘the’ has come back into fashion these days? it’s nice to see it back – it makes such a nice definite start to a name.
The Boomtown Rats have released an obvious favourite as their new single but they’d like it known it isn’t the same version as you’ll find on the album (Nice to see you’re not doing a Pistols number on us).
For sheer fun value the Rats have proved one of the year’s most enjoyable discoveries and this single, complete with neat school desk sleeve (brought to you in a variety of delightful colours) is well up to standard. (Record Mirror)