Listen to The Boomtown Rats’ ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ from The Handmaid’s Tale Season 3

The Handmaid’s Tale is back for Season 3 with more awesome music

The Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats’ ‘I Don’t Like Mondays‘ was the first song featured on the new season of the Hulu drama series The Handmaid’s Tale — Season 3, Episode 1, “Night” (June 5th, 2019).

The track was played right at the beginning of the episode, as the fire Serena has started is engulfing the entire Waterford house.

The show itself, however, seems to be running its course, as last night’s opening episode wasn’t much more uplifting than most of season 2. Nor any better written.

Season 3 then may well be the final season for The Handmaid’s Tale. A show that seems to have become so mired in the joylessness of Gilead, it has become less emotionally gripping to watch, and far more dull.

That’s why The Boomtown Rats’ ‘I Don’t Like Mondays‘ was a superb choice for the house fire scenes.

Especially for some viewers who, I think, are now watching the dystopian series with more of a feeling of dread than one of hope, the song was an anthem about having to do something you would really rather not.

After all, while many of us do want to know what ultimately happens to June (Elizabeth Moss), if it means slogging through another season that was as awful as Season 2, we may just not bother.

‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ came about because of a school shooting

‘I Don’t Like Mondays‘ is from The Boomtown Rats’ third studio album The Fine Art of Surfacing. An album that hit the number 7 spot on the UK album chart when it released back in 1979.

The song itself was written by lead singer Bob Geldof after he read a news story about a 16-year-old mass shooter, who shot and killed a principal and a janitor who were in a school yard across the street from where she lived.

She also shot eight children and a police officer.

When asked why she had done it, her reply was  “I don’t like Mondays. This livens up the day.”

Listen to The Boomtown Rats’ ‘I Don’t Like Mondays‘ in the band’s official music video below. You can hear the band’s album The Fine Art of Surfacing in its entirety in the Spotify widget below that.

Related: Listen to Rihanna’s ‘Consideration‘ feat. Sza as featured on The Handmaid’s Tale 

About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered anime, manga, K-drama and music news for over a decade.