“Joey’s on the Street Again” – The Boomtown Rats

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I always thought this Irish version of 1970s Bruce Springsteen was pretty cool. The Boomtown Rats would never earn points for originality, but they did produce a lot of great singles during the mid-late 1970s / early 1980s, many of which were very popular in the UK and Ireland. Their greatest hits album released in the early 2000s has been one of my most played albums for the past 10 years.

“Someone’s Looking at You” – The Boomtown Rats

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My favorite Boomtown Rats song and one of my favorite songs about paranoia of all time. This is a truncated version, but it still contains my favorite verse in full: “And I wish you’d stop whispering … don’t flatter yourself, nobody’s listening … but it makes me nervous, those things you say …” before exploding into a hateful and angry invective at a perceived (possibly imaginary) adversary.