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Mony Mony

#3 hit single by Tommy James and The Shondells in 1968; a "live" version of the song by Billy Idol was #1 for 1 week in 1987.

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  • Nov 14, 2010
God I hate this song! If I were to compose a list of the "Most Annoying Songs of All-Time" this one would definitely be ranked right near the top.
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November 21, 2010
The Tommy James version isn't bad but a lot of the other versions I haven't heard or don't like.
November 16, 2010
It really is annoying -- though in the right setting, I recall thinking it was catchy ; ) Pretty sure I was in my early teens when I thought that though!
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"Mony Mony" was a 1968 single by the American rock band Tommy James and the Shondells from their 1968 album of the same name. A live cover version of the song became a hit for Billy Idol in 1987.

"Mony Mony" was credited to Tommy James, Bo Gentry, Ritchie Cordell, and Bobby Bloom. The hook in the song is said to have been inspired by James' view of a MONY sign atop the Mutual of New York Building in the New York City skyline from his Manhattan apartment. As Tommy James says in a 1995 interview in Hitch magazine:

True story: I had the track done before I had a title. I wanted something catchy like "Sloopy" or "Bony Maroney," but everything sounded so stupid. So Ritchie Cordell and I were writing it in New York City, and we were about to throw in the towel when I went out onto the terrace, looked up and saw the Mutual of New York building (which has its initials illuminated in red at its top). I said, "That's gotta be it! Ritchie, come here, you've gotta see this!" It's almost as if God Himself had said, "Here's the title." I've always thought that if I had looked the other way, it might have been called "Hotel Taft."[1]

"Mony Mony" was the only song by the group to reach the top twenty in the United Kingdom; it reached #1 in the UK, and #3 in the USA music video of it was made at the time, dated in showing love beads, but a decade and half later would receive some play...

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