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Boomtown Rats: I Don't Like Mondays
"The Boomtown Rats song and the real-life events that inspired it."
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"I Don't Like Mondays" was inspired by a story that came over the telex while Bob Geldof was in a radio station, waiting to be interviewed.
The song's title and repeated line, "I Don't Like Mondays", is an actual quote. Who was Bob Geldof quoting?
Brenda Spencer, explaining why she'd shot out her window at children
Wallace Spencer, Brenda's father, making a cryptic comment nobody could make any sense of
Burton Wragg, principal of the school, speaking to a teacher just before the shooting began
Richard Sachs, the District Attorney, pondering why the worst crimes seemed to happen on Mondays
"All the playing's stopped in the playground now," Geldof sings. But though the line is poetic, the children weren't actually playing in the playground when Spencer opened fire.
"And school's out early and soon we'll be learning and the lesson today is how to die," Geldof sings. How many children were killed in the shooting?
"Sweet sixteen ain't so peachy keen," Geldof sings. What is this a reference to?
The age of one of Spencer's victims
The age of shooter Brenda Spencer
The fact that Brenda Spencer got the gun for her 16th birthday
Nothing; Spencer was actually 17 at the time, but 16 made a better rhyme
"I Don't Like Mondays" was first performed less than a month after the shooting.
"I Don't Like Mondays" was a bigger hit in the US, where the shooting had happened, than in the UK, on the Boomtown Rats' home turf.
"There are no reasons," Geldof repeatedly sings of Brenda Spencer's shooting rampage. But according to Spencer, this wasn't true. Why did she later say she shot at the children?
She had been molested by her father
She was trying to commit "suicide by cop"
She was strung out on drugs at the time
All of these
"I Don't Like Mondays" was written in the pre-digital age, when songs were released as 45-rpm singles with an "A" side (the song considered most marketable) and a "B" side. Did Geldoff originally intend "I Don't Like Mondays" as an "A" side release?
One piece of truly useless trivia: Which British actor played the piano opening of "I Don't Like Mondays" in character on a US television show?
Hugh Laurie as Dr. House
Tim Curry as Roger in an episode of "Roseanne"
Patrick Stewart as Captain Picard
Eric Idle as Chuck in an episode of "Frazier"
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Compiled May 21 13