Friday 9 December 2016

Bob Geldof sued for millions by former bandmate who claims he co-wrote hit song

Published 16/10/2016 | 18:04

Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof
Boomtown Rats

Bob Geldof is being sued for millions after a former Boomtown Rat bandmate claims he co-wrote 1979 hit I Don't Like Mondays.

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Geldof was credited as the sole writer of the No.1 song when it was released, but now John Moylett, known as Johnnie Fingers, claims he wrote the music and some of the lyrics of the song but was pressured into not taking credit at the time, reports The Irish Mail on Sunday.

Thirty seven years later, Moylett says he composed the majority of the music while Geldof wrote most of the lyrics, according to his High Court writ.

Moylett said he started working on a chord sequence and melody once he had returned to Britain from America, where inspiration struck, which evolved into the famous piano riff.

Boomtown Rats
Boomtown Rats

He claims he played the melody to Geldof who told him it sounded "too classical."

Geldof, however, says in papers filed in response that he played the song with the rest of the band, including Moylett, in a recording studio in London several days after returning from America.

The keyboard player, who lives in Japan, is seeking two-thirds of the royalties accumulated over the years.

The song was written after 16-year-old Brenda Spencer fired shots into a California school playground,killing two and wounding nine.

When asked why she carried out the shooting, she replied: "I don't like Mondays," which subsequently went on to inspire the song.

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