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San Diego teen Brenda Spencer took a .22 caliber rifle she was given for Christmas from her father, despite asking “for a radio,” and took the lives of two adults and wounded eight children on this day in 1979, outside the doors of Cleveland Elementary School in the San Carlos neighborhood, supposedly telling a journalist while she barricaded herself in her home across the street: “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.

Later that year, an impressionable Bob Geldof of Ireland’s clever new wave crew the Boomtown Rats, penned a “Jeremy” pop dart inspired by the audacity of a random 16-year-old girl shooting at a random set of innocent kids. If you’re like most people, and have heard the song before the story, or even if you’re discovering both of them together at this moment, so goes another lesson in the tragic beauty of a number-one hit with a poignant take on social commentary, especially because Monday’s do suck plenty enough on their own – no need to start shooting up the world, people:

The silicon chip inside her head gets switched to overload

And nobody’s gonna go to school today, she’s going to make them stay at home

And daddy doesn’t understand it, he always said she was as good as school

And he can see no reason

‘cos there are no reasons

What reason do you need to be shown

Tell me why?!

I don’t like Mondays.

Tell me why?!

I don’t like Mondays

Tell me why?!

I don’t like Mondays,

I want to shoot

The whole day down!