On October 9, 1979.


On October 9, 1979, “Mulligan Records” released “The Fine Art of Surfacing”, the third Boomtown Rats album.  It was recorded in 1979, and was produced by Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Phil Wainman. The album contained the track “I Don’t Like Mondays”, that became band’s trademark song.


  • Bob Geldof – vocals, saxophone
  • Garry Roberts – vocals, guitar
  • Gerry Cott – guitar
  • Johnnie Fingers – vocals, keyboards
  • Pete Briquette – vocals, bass
  • Simon Crowe – vocals, drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Bob Geldof, except where noted.

  1. Someone’s Looking at You
  2. Diamond Smiles
  3. Wind Chill Factor (Minus Zero)
  4. Having My Picture Taken – Bob Geldof, Pete Briquette
  5. Sleep (Fingers’ Lullaby) – Johnnie Fingers
  6. A hidden track (with lyrics including “That’s not Funny, I’m not Laughing”)
  7. I Don’t Like Mondays
  8. Nothing Happened Today
  9. Keep It Up – Bob Geldof, Gerry Cott
  10. Nice N Neat
  11. When the Night Comes

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