Last Words – “I Don’t Like Mondays” – Bio
Robert Frederick Zenon “Bob” Geldof
Born October 5, 1951
Irish Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Activist
Last Words – “I Don’t Like Mondays” – Origin
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, US on 29 January 1979, killing two adults and injuring eight children and one police officer.
Bob Geldof, Humanitarian and former BoomTown Rats Frontman tells everyone how & Why the song ” I Don’t Like Mondays” by The BoomTown Rats was to come to be and how he was thanked by the Spree Killer herself for him making her famous, something which Bob psychologically wrestles with even to this very day.
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.
I was doing a radio interview in Atlanta with [Johnnie] Fingers and there was a telex machine beside me. I read it as it came out. Not liking Mondays as a reason for doing somebody in is a bit strange. I was thinking about it on the way back to the hotel and I just said ‘Silicon chip inside her head had switched to overload’. I wrote that down. And the journalists interviewing her said, ‘Tell me why?’ It was such a senseless act. It was the perfect senseless act and this was the perfect senseless reason for doing it. So perhaps I wrote the perfect senseless song to illustrate it. It wasn’t an attempt to exploit tragedy.
Last Words – “I Don’t Like Mondays” – At Live Aid
Boomtown Rats – I Don’t Like Mondays (LIVE AID)