Good day all – its a strange Monday morning.
Ronaldo lifted the Euro 2016 Trophy, Brexit is an ongoing saga and Dallas is still reeling. Gun crime in America is never far away from the headines.
Dublin born Bob Geldof wrote a song about a girl who killed in the USA and it emerged as their biggest UK No.1 .
Bob was the leader, main writer and star vocalist of the Boomtown Rats – one of the best live ‘gang’ rock bands of the last century – who had a string of hits in their native Ireland and throughout the U.K. from the mid ’70s to the early ’80s. Their biggest, “I Don’t Like Mondays,” was inspired by a school shooting that took place on Jan. 29, 1979.
That morning, Brenda Spencer, a 16-year-old with a history of petty theft and violent thoughts, opened fire from inside her house at students outside San Diego’s Grover Cleveland Elementary School across the street. In a 15-minute spell, she fired 30 rounds of ammunition from a semi-automatic .22-caliber rifle her father gave her for Christmas. Principal Burton Wragg and custodian Mike Schar were killed in the attack; eight children and a policeman were wounded.
Spencer, who had told classmates a week before that she “wanted to do something big to get on TV,” then locked herself in the house as the SWAT team descended. The standoff lasted nearly seven hours before Spencer finally surrendered. During that time, a reporter from the San Diego Tribune spoke to her on the telephone. She explained her actions by saying, “I just did it for the fun of it. I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day. I have to go now. I shot a pig, I think, and I want to shoot more. I’m having too much fun.”
The Boomtown Rats recorded this song and it still remains one of the most iconic songs of the 20th Century.
Whilst the theme was serious you always got the impression that the video was filmed on a low budget so therefore was OTT to make up for it.
Grintage is there to celebrate Irish comedy and believe me when you get Mr Bobby Boomtown on form he his very funny indeed. But this time BG wrote a classic about death and the whimsical.
Meanwhile tell me why?