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You Rat, Bob! Bandmate insists HE wrote I Don’t Like Mondays – and sues Geldof for millions in royalties

  • Boomtown Rats song I Don’t Like Mondays is at the centre of legal battle
  • A former bandmate claims he co-wrote the lucrative 1979 hit song 
  • At stake are millions of pounds in royalties made since it was released
  • Geldof was credited as the sole writer but the keyboardist disputes that  
It was the controversial No 1 that sealed Bob Geldof’s status as a rock superstar.
But
now the Boomtown Rats song I Don’t Like Mondays is at the centre of an
extraordinary legal battle, with a former bandmate claiming he co-wrote
the lucrative hit.
At
stake are millions of pounds in royalties accumulated in the 37 years
since the song, inspired by a fatal school shooting, hit the charts.
Johnnie Fingers with Bob Geldof and Geldof's future wife Paula Yates in 1979

Johnnie Fingers with Bob Geldof and Geldof’s future wife Paula Yates in 1979
Geldof
was credited as the sole writer when the single was released in 1979,
but now the band’s former keyboardist, Johnnie Fingers, claims he wrote
the music and some of the lyrics but was pressured not to take credit at
the time, and is seeking two-thirds of the royalties.
Geldof
has dismissed the allegation as wishful thinking and insists that
Fingers has benefited hugely from his years of association with the
band.
The
song was written after 16-year-old Brenda Spencer fired rifle shots
into a California school playground, killing the headteacher and
caretaker and wounding eight children and a police officer. When asked
why, she replied: ‘I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.’ Now
54, she remains in jail.
At
the time Geldof and Fingers – real name John Moylett – were on a
promotional trip to the US. The shocking news came through on a telex
machine as they were giving interviews to an Atlanta radio station.
The Boomtown Rats (Bob Geldof, Gary Cott, Garry Roberts, Simon Crow, Pete Briquette and Johnnie Fingers) in 1979 

The Boomtown Rats (Bob Geldof, Gary Cott, Garry Roberts, Simon Crow, Pete Briquette and Johnnie Fingers) in 1979 
But
their accounts of what happened next differ. Fingers, now 60 and living
in Japan, claims that he composed most of the music, while Geldof
provided the majority of the lyrics, according to his High Court writ.
The
keyboard player said he started work on a chord sequence and melody
once he returned to the UK in February 1979, evolving the now-familiar
piano riff over several days before adding Geldof’s lyrics.
He
claims he played the melody to Geldof, who told him it sounded ‘too
classical’ and not ‘Ratsy’ enough. But when the rest of the band joined
in, it became the hit record.
Geldof
counter-claims that he started writing the lyrics and music on his
guitar while still in the States and says he first performed a version
to an audience at a Dallas radio station.
Before
the single’s release, Fingers said he had wanted credit as co-author,
but claims Geldof told him in an ‘intimidating’ telephone call that he
risked splitting up the band if he caused trouble and that he would
receive his ‘fair share’.
Since
2004, Fingers has written several letters to Geldof – who was given an
honorary knighthood in 1986 for his charity work with Band Aid – seeking
recognition but the row is now heading for the High Court.
Fingers, now 60 (pictured) and living in Japan, claims that he composed most of the music, while Geldof provided the majority of the lyrics, according to his High Court writ

Fingers, now 60 (pictured) and living
in Japan, claims that he composed most of the music, while Geldof
provided the majority of the lyrics, according to his High Court writ
The killer Brenda Spencer who inspired the hit Boomtown Rats' song I Don't Like Mondays

The killer Brenda Spencer who inspired the hit Boomtown Rats’ song I Don’t Like Mondays
Geldof
says in papers filed in response that Fingers’s account was ‘likely to
be a figment of his imagination’. He says he first played the song with
the rest of the band, including Fingers, in a recording studio several
days after returning to London.
Geldof
said the tune was strongly inspired by Elvis Costello’s Oliver’s Army
and Eric Clapton’s version of I Shot The Sheriff – and at the studio he
asked two other band members to sing harmonies because he regarded his
voice as ‘inadequate’.
Geldof,
65, has called for Fingers’s claim to be struck out as a fair trial is
not possible so long after the event. He added that his former friend
was taking advantage of him by raising the issue after so long.
However,
there is precedent. In 2009, Procul Harum’s Matthew Fisher successfully
won a credit for A Whiter Shade Of Pale – after waiting 38 years to
launch his bid.
Rock
expert and broadcaster Paul Gambaccini said the royalties for I Don’t
Like Mondays would almost certainly involve a seven-figure sum. He
added: ‘Because it is a recording that is unique, it has been played for
years. Even though tastes changed, it never dated. There will be a lot
of money involved.’
Representatives for both sides declined to comment, and no date has yet been set for the High Court hearing. 

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