Song of the Day 9/19

Posted: September 19, 2011 in J.C. Personal
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Today begins weekday songs week. What better way to begin said week than with a song that very clearly states many of our feelings about the first day of the work week? Recorded in the summer of 1979 by the Irish Punk group The Boomtown Rats, “I Don’t Like Mondays” hit number 1 in the UK, but only went to 73 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Bob Geldof, lead singer of The Boomtown Rats, stated that he wrote the song after reading a news story about 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer’s 1979 shooting spree where she fired shots into the Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, CA, killing two adults and injuring eight children and one police officer. When questioned about her actions, Spencer said “I don’t like Mondays; this livens up the day”. Geldof thought the reason for the violence was nonsense, so he wrote a nonsensical song to explain it. He was, however, accused of exploiting the tragedy.

After reading the story, Geldof wrote the song’s opening lyric “Silicone chip inside her head had switched to overload”. During interviews following the shooting, reporters kept saying “Tell me why?” giving Geldof the often repeated line in the song.

Bob Geldof’s other endeavors are usually remembered ahead of his success with The Boomtown Rats. He played Pink in Pink Floyd’s 1982 film “The Wall”, co-wrote the best-selling single of all time “Do They Know It’s Christmas”, which he later called a horrible song. Geldof is also the organizer and founder of such charity events as Band Aid, Live Aid, he worked on The Commission for Africa, The Africa Progress Panel, DATA, the ONE Campaign, One Young World and he co-organized the Live 8 concert event in 2005. Geldof’s work for the poor has earned him many awards, including an honorary knighthood and two nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize.

While the thought of figuratively “shoot(ing) the whole day down” sounds like a good idea, thankfully we’re not going to fire into a playground to liven things up. Most of us just grab an extra cup of coffee and try to keep our heads down.

So, raise that half cup of barely warm coffee to Bob Geldof, KBE (Knight of the British Empire), for his charity work and the perfect song to begin weekday songs week.

See ya on the “B” side.


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