In the Long Grass was the sixth and final studio album by The Boomtown Rats, released in 1984 in the UK and 1985 in the US.
The Boomtown Rats’ least commercially favourable effort, it failed to appear altogether in the UK Albums Chart, but did reach No. 188 in the US Billboard 200.
The album was recorded just after lead singer Bob Geldof had finished filming his role in the Pink Floyd movie, The Wall.
The band embarked on a tour of the Far East and, as Geldof describes in the interview visiting foreign countries, particularly those off the beaten track became more of an interest to him and the rest of the band than touring and performing live.
This interview took place in the summer of 1984. Six months later BBC newsreader Michael Buerk reported on the evening news the plight of famine victims in Ethiopia and this inspired Geldof along with Ultravox singer Midge Ure to record the fund raising song, Do They Know Its Christmas. It was first recorded in a single day on 25 November 1984 by Band Aid, a supergoup put together by Geldof and Ure and consisting mainly of the biggest British and Irish musical acts at the time.
Geldof’s involvement in the song and subsequent planning of the Live Aid concert forced Geldof to put the Boomtown Rats and his solo recording on hold.
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