“I Don’t Like Mondays”

“I Don’t Like Mondays”
Released 1979
The Boomtown Rats (Sir Bob Geldof)

“I Don’t Like Mondays” – Background


According to Geldof, he wrote the song after reading a telex report at Georgia State University’s campus radio station, WRAS, on the shooting spree of 16-year-old Brenda Ann Spencer, who fired at children in a school playground at Grover Cleveland Elementary School in San Diego, California, on 29 January 1979, killing two adults and injuring eight children and one police officer.

Spencer showed no remorse for her crime; her full explanation for her actions was “I don’t like Mondays.


As of June 2018, Brenda Ann Spencer remains in prison and is housed at the California Institution for Women in Chino.

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