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The other weekend I was rummaging through my record collection (over 300 of what my youngest daughter referred to once as my “big black CDs“), and I came across the Boomtown Rats album “The fine art of Surfacing“. I transferred it to MP3 format so I could listen to it on my iPhone, and yesterday morning when I was out for a run I listened to it.

This album has some great songs on it, but probably hte best known is the first song on side 2, “I don’t like Mondays“.

This was the Boomtown Rats’ 2nd number 1 hit, staying at the top of the charts for 4 weeks in the summer of 1979. The story behind the song is quite interesting, it is about a schoolgirl who decided (if one makes a decision about these sorts of things) to gun down her classmates one day.

From the Wikipedia page about the song:

According to Geldof, he wrote the song after reading a telex report at Georgia State University’s campus radio station, WRAS, on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children in a school playground at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California on 29 January 1979, killing two adults and injuring eight children and one police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for her crime and her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day”. The song was first performed less than a month later.

In addition to its powerful lyrics, the song showed a different side of this “punk” band, with a piano, haunting melody and quiet delivery, rather than the louder punk sound for which they had become known.

Some of the other great songs on this album are “Someone Looking At You” and “Diamond Smiles”.

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