I Don't Like Mondays


August 12, 2022

"I Don't Like Mondays" is a song by Irish group The Boomtown Rats about the 1979 shooting at Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. It was released in 1979 as the lead single from their third album, The Fine Art of Surfacing. The song was a number-one single on the UK Singles Chart for four weeks during the summer of 1979, and ranks as the UK's sixth biggest hit of 1979. Written by Bob Geldof and Johnnie Fingers, the piano ballad was the second single from band to reach number one on the UK chart. The song quickly became a hit, reaching number one on the charts in 30 countries - except for the United States, where it was not released as a single in deference to the victims.

Background and writing

According to Geldof, he wrote the song after reading a telex report on Georgia State University campus radio station, WRAS, about the shooting of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who shot children in a playground. from school, at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California, on January 29, 1979, killing two adults and injuring eight children and a police officer. Spencer showed no remorse for his crime; her explanation for her actions was "I don't like Mondays. It brightens up the day". Geldof was contacted by Steve Jobs to do a show for Apple, inspiring the opening line about a "silicon chip". The song was first performed less than a month later. Geldof explained how he wrote the song: Geldof originally intended the song to be a B-side, but changed his mind after the song was successful with audiences on the Rats' US tour. Spencer's family tried to prevent the single from being released in the United States, but to no avail. In recent years, Geldof has admitted that he regretted writing the song because "it made Brenda Spencer famous." In 2019, Bob Geldof and Johnnie Fingers arrived. to a settlement in their dispute over who wrote the song, until then exclusively credited to Geldof. Fingers received a financial settlement and co-credit.

Position on the music charts

Despite reaching number one in the UK, it only reached number 73 on the US Billboard Hot 100.


In the UK, the song won Best Pop Song and Best British Lyrics at the Ivor Novello Awards.

See also

In the Summertime