Author: Lionel Shriver
Music: I Don’t Like Mondays
Composer/Artist: Bob Geldof / The Boomtown Rats
At last, a rock song! Or punk, pop, new wave – call it what you will. The is the first piece of music I’ve written about that’s got a direct link within the book in which it features. ‘Thursday’ was this story’s equivalent of the ‘Monday’ in the Rats’ 1979 classic. This is a great song and one that I was counter-intuitively – to me – proud of in ’79. Back then I was an obtuse little git and would sometimes dislike something because a lot of others liked it. The Rats were big in Ireland and the UK in the late ’70s – hence I wasn’t a fan. When I Don’t Like Mondays was released my resistance proved futile. It was so popular, and so good, and it came from an Irish band at a time when, beyond Thin Lizzy, we were characterized musically by the lovely but lame Val Doonican, ‘Mondays’ blew it all away – a song you could listen to and learn from. Mass murder American loser style wasn’t something we came across every day in the back of beyond Ireland. Once I got over my stubborn idiocy I came to love many of the Boomtown Rats’ hits. ‘Silicon chips’ and ‘telex machines’ – so cutting edge in 1979.
Link to streaming audio: Boomtown Rats (Spotify)