"It was 1,000 dead actual rats which were ordered from the sanitation department of New York City and sent out from Chicago to 1,000 disc jockeys who were busily playing disco in the middle of the Seventies!" he laughed.
"So that was basically the end of the Boomtown Rats in America. On Monday morning there was this thump on the desks of a thousand DJs - and it was a rat in formaldehyde! In plastic!"