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A Selection of Cover Songs

Billy Idol – Mony Mony

Don't Stop ep

Song: Mony Mony
Cover Artist: Billy Idol
Album (Year): Don’t Stop ep (1981)
Original Artist: Tommy James & the Shondells


Here’s another of those that a lot of people don’t realize is a cover. Tommy James & the Shondells originally recorded this back in 1968 as the title track of their 5th album. Trivia Bit: The title comes from the big red MONY printed at the top of the Mutual of New York building, which Tommy James saw while struggling for a title for the song.

Billy Idol first covered this on his 1981 debut ep ‘Don’t Stop’, but it wasn’t until he released a live version of it in 1987 while promoting his remix album ‘Vital Idol’ that the track took off and became one of his signature songs.

Billy Idol – Mony Mony

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Tommy James & the Shondells – Mony Mony

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Don’t Stop ep (mp3) on Amazon
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One Response to “ Billy Idol – Mony Mony ”

  1. syn1c Says:

    I’ve always like the original of this better. Didn’t think Idol gave it the proper justice.


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