"This Is The World Calling"

"That was after Live Aid and I needed to get back into doing music. It was good for my sanity. But I was very nervous because the Rats had broken up and I was by myself. I really didn't know where to start, but I was at some awards Do and Dave Stewart, who had just won producer of the year, came over and said, if you ever want to make a record, I'd love to do it with you. I didn't know if he was joking, but I nervously called him and he invited me over to Paris where he was mixing Mick Jagger's album. And I got a bit drunk at the flat in Paris and started playing him these scraps of songs. Maybe he was being kind, but he said they were fantastic. Then Dave and I went out to play this Amnesty gig in LA as the Brothers Of Doom - Dick and Raymonde, guess who was Dick? Backstage that night we heard Peter Gabriel doing Biko and I was saying to Dave, I'd really love to do something around that beat. So I started playing some chords and the next morning, Dave played a keyboard thing over the chords, the words came easily and I think they're nice, and in three hours it was done. Everyone was convinced that it would be a drop-dead sure-fire Number 1. Which it was. In Norway."

 

  Rat Trap

"I was working in an abattoir. There was a guy there called Paul who used to measure the value of his weekends against how many fights he'd been in. The Rats were about 2 months old and I began to write about Paul, calling him Billy. It was pretty much what I thought of Dublin at the time. "Hope bites the dust behind all the closed doors/and pus and grime ooze from its scab-crusted sores./ There's screaming and crying in the high-rise blocks./lt's a Rat Trap Billy, but you're already caught". What I was thinking of was a Van Morrison -type song which was epic, but narrative and takes place down the street like his early stuff did. People used to say it was a bit Springsteen-esque, but I actuallywrote it before I'd ever heard Bruce Springsteen. In fact, I remember hearing his name shortly afterwards and thinking, Who the fuck's going to buy a record by a guy with a name like that.

Anyway, we performed it on the Ke
nny Everett video show and people went mad for it. I remember one day it sold 90,000. One day it was an amazing vibe the day it went to No 1. I was in bed with Paula in this house we all shared in Chessington and we heard the news and went fucking mad. The first Irish band ever to get to No 1."

 

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