I Don’t Like Mondays: THE BOOMTOWN RATS

Australian singles chart:
I Don’t Like Mondays entered the Kent Music Report on 17 September 1979 and was a #1 hit. It was #10 on the Top 100 of 1979.

The song is on The Fine Art of Surfacing which entered the Kent Music Report album chart on 12 November 1979 and peaked at #11.

Bob Geldof, Johnnie Fingers

Phil Wainman

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BONUS CLIP BELOW: Bob Geldof and David Mallet explain the song I Don’t Like Mondays

I Don’t Like Mondays is about Brenda Spencer, a 16-year-old high school student who lived across the street from Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California. On Monday, 29 January 1979, she opened fire on the school with a rifle her father had given her for Christmas, killing two adults (including the principal) and injuring nine children, before going back to her home. Police surrounded her home and waited for seven hours until she gave herself up. In that time, she spoke with a reporter on the phone. When asked why she did it, she replied, “I just started shooting, that’s it. I just did it for the fun of it. I just don’t like Mondays. I just did it because it’s a way to cheer the day up. Nobody likes Mondays.”
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