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The Boomtown Rats (1976-1986) were a punk rock / new wave group led by Bob Geldof (Full name: Robert Fredrick Zenon Geldof, born October 5th 1951). All six members (Gary Roberts, Pete Briquette, Gerry Cott, Simon Crowe, Bob Geldof and Johnny "Fingers" Moylett) were originally from Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland. Originally called 'The Nightlife Thugs'. The name The Boomtown Rats comes from a gang of down-and-outs from Woody Guthrie's autobiography, Bound for Glory.