‘Mony Mony’ Billy Idol Rocks This Tommy James & The Shondells Song
Which version of 'Mony Mony' do you like better?
There are lots of songs that have been covered by other artists over the years, some times the newer version ends up being a bigger hit than the original.
Billy Idol announced today that he's postponing the opening dates of his tour because of an illness, hopefully he'll fully recover for next month's show in Denver. I'll be featuring his cover of Tommy James & The Shondells 'Mony Mony' as tonight's KING Concert Cut about 7:50.
Ironically, it was Billy Idol's live version of 'Mony Mony' in 1987 that knocked Tiffany from the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, her hit was a cover of 'I Think We're Alone Now,' also a Tommy James' song.
Do you know where the title 'Mony Mony' comes from? The story goes that Tommy James was in New York City working on an untitled tune and out of his hotel window he spotted the big red letters atop the Mutual Of New York building, MONY. He says, 'It was almost like God Himself had said here's your title.' James continues, 'I've always thought that if I had looked the other way, it might have been called Hotel Taft.'