I was born in 1980 a time when Bob Geldof was enjoying great chart success with hits with "Banana Republic" and "I Don't Like Mondays". My introduction to Saint Bob came in 1992 when he started The Big Breakfast. I was gripped by the way he'd comment on events in the news such as the death of Princess Diana and I loved watching him interview world leaders and religious leaders. Around this time my mother lent me her copy of his autobiography "Is That It?" which just blew my mind. In the 90s he put together "Under The Influence" which in my opinion is the best compilation album ever.
Geldof described his collection as "the in-car comp that I'd play on some 80-minute journey and each track would make me happier in direct proportion to every inch traveled".
Here are the tracks...
Jay Blackton & Orchestra "Overture to Oklahoma (edit)"
Cliff Richard "Apron Strings"
Dr. Feelgood "All Through The City"
The Velvet Underground "New Age"
Roxy Music "Do The Strand"
New York Dolls "Personality Crisis"
The Who "Pictures of Lily"
John Prine "The Late John Garfield Blues"
Webb Pierce "In The Jailhouse Now"
Kris Kristofferson "The Pilgrim Chapter 3"'
Bob Dylan "Visions of Johanna"
Max Romeo "War Ina Babylon"
Small Faces "All or Nothing"
Graham Parker & The Rumour "You Can't Be Too Strong"
The Kinks "Dead End Street"
David Bowie "Drive In Saturday"
Four Tops "Reach Out I'll Be There"
Leonard Cohen "Famous Blue Raincoat"