Friday, July 19, 2013

#344: The Boomtown Rats-I Don't Like Mondays (Top 500 Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)

#344
(Top Modern Rock Songs Of All Time)
Song: "I Don't Like Mondays"
Artist: The Boomtown Rats
Release Date: July, 1979
From the Album: The Fine Art Of Surfacing (1979)




Quick Take: It can't be denied that the subject matter behind the Boomtown Rats' "I Don't Like Mondays" helped it to attain number one status in the U.K., while presenting the opposite affect in the U.S., stalling at number 73 on the U.S. charts. Bob Geldof's creation is based on Brenda Spencer, a seventeen-year-old girl from San Diego who shot 11 people, killing two of them (her janitor and her principal) on January 29, 1979. When asked why she did such a horrific thing, she replied with, "I Don't Like Mondays, and I thought this would brighten up the day." Fueled by Spencer's lack of remorse or regret, Geldof used the situation to express his growing concerns with society's problems, already doing so with 1978's "Rat Trap," among others. With Geldof's accentuated and emphasized vocal approach in which he enunciates words as if to finger point, coupled with the pristine piano work of Johnny Fingers, the song's subject matter was enough to keep it from being played on some stations. Fearing the song would promote unwanted publicity, Spencer's parents prompted a lawsuit which only helped both the song itself and the Boomtown Rats gain recognition. Despite the storied politics of "I Don't Like Mondays," there's a genuine passion felt in Geldof's singing that tows the sweeping melody behind it, making it the most famous of the band's tunes. 
Courtesy: Mike DeGagne (allmusic.com)

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