Billy Idol – Mony Mony

“Mony Mony” is a 1968 single by American pop rock band Tommy James and the Shondells. It was also notably covered by English singer-songwriter Billy Idol in 1981. Idol’s version, which took in more of a Rock sound, became an international top 40 hit and additionally revived public interest in the original garage rock single. Billy Idol’s version was recorded on two separate occasions. The original 1981 studio recording is the most common version heard on rock radio stations across the globe. However, Idol released a live version as a single in 1987, while promoting his then-forthcoming compilation work Vital Idol. It was the live version that went to No. 1, coincidentally displacing Tiffany’s cover of another Tommy James song, “I Think We’re Alone Now”, from the top spot.

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