Song of the Day: “I Don’t Like Mondays” – The Boomtown Rats

October 5th marked the 65th birthday of Bob Geldof. Here is a list of things that you probably know about him, in order from most to least “common knowledge.”

  1. He founded the supergroup Band Aid and the benefit concert Live Aid.
  2. He co-wrote “Do They Know It’s Christmas” for Band Aid, a song that kicks the absolute shit out of U.S.A. For Africa’s “We Are the World.”
  3. He starred as “Pink Floyd” in the film version of Pink Floyd’s The Wall.
  4. He was in a post-punk group called The Boomtown Rats.

So I guess we’ll focus on that last one. Some of you may remember the group’s hit song “I Don’t Like Mondays.” If not, here it is:

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Geldof was inspired to write the song in 1979 after a teenage girl went on a shooting spree in San Diego early that year, killing several and wounding even more. Her explanation? “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”

Aside from being creepy as all hell, the shooter’s statement prompted Geldof to construct a back story for this character which involved a silicon chip being overloaded. The chorus of “Tell me why” was apparently based on the immediate responses of the reporters interviewing the culprit. Eventually, this train of thought led to an overlooked classic. “I Don’t Like Mondays” has the emotion of musical theater, the transgression of cabaret and the brevity of pop music. In other words, a super-interesting song. Enjoy. In other news, Geldof’s Wikipedia page has not yet been updated today to reflect the fact that he is now 65 years old. Somebody get on that. I forget how.

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