Morning Music: Boomtown Rats

The Fine Art Of SurfacingOn 29 January 1979, 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer shot at children waiting to get inside the Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego. She killed two adults and injured nine others. She did all this from her house that was located right across the street from the school. When a reporter asked her why she did it, she said, “I don’t like Mondays — this livens up the day.” She claims she has no memory of saying that, but doesn’t question that she did. She was sentenced to 25 years to life. She’s been in prison 36 years now, and will not be up for parole again for another four years. I’m very much in favor of forgiveness. But I’m afraid that Spencer is insane. I question whether she should ever be released.

The shooting took place when The Boomtown Rats were touring the United States. So Bob Geldof wrote the international hit, “I Don’t Like Mondays,” which was on their album, The Fine Art Of Surfacing. I think the song could be a whole lot better written. But it works really well because of Geldof’s emotional vocals and Johnnie Fingers’ amazing piano part.

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