'Mony Mony' - Billy Idol
Writers: Tommy James, Ritchie Cordell, Bobby Bloom, and Bo Gentry
Producer: Keith Forsey
Recorded: Spring 1981 in New York City
Released: October 1981
|Players:||Billy Idol -- vocals |
Steve Stevens -- guitar, bass
Keith Forsey -- drums
|Album:||Don't Stop (Chrysalis)|
Billy Idol had his only Number One hit with a remake of the Tommy James & the Shondells song "Mony Mony." It reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1987.
"Mony Mony" was one of the first songs Idol recorded as a solo artist, after disbanding his punk group Generation X in 1981 and moving to New York City. He said, "I wanted to do something that was uncomplicated and fun, (where) I could relax and not really have to worry. (It's) for the dance clubs. It's just a good, fun record."
Idol's version of the song was first featured on the Don't Stop EP. But it was a live version of the song recorded in Seattle that was released as a single. It topped the chart and gave the 1981 studio recording new life.
The "Downtown Mix" of "Mony Mony" appeared on the 1987 remix album Vital Idol.
Idol's studio version of "Mony Mony" hit Number Seven on the U.K. chart.