I’ve been wanting to post this for a while:
Ok, ok… love is a strong word… I like his music a lot. (Ok ok I sang White Wedding at karaoke on NYE.)
In 1981 he covered Tommy James’ song “Mony, Mony”. It didn’t get great acceptance but in 1987 he recorded a live version that really took off. It’s a fun song. You may know it but take a listen anyway:
Anyway, it became a very popular song to play at parties, bars and clubs, sweet sixteens, proms, weddings, you name it. There it was. From the 80s into the 90s.
The first verse goes:
Here she comes now, sayin Mony Mony.
Shoot em down, come around, come on Mony
Hey she give me love and I feel ask right now
Enter… a cultural phenomenon:
in between each line of each verse, there were eight beats of just music, and we all screamed “HEY… GET LAID GET FUCKED!!!”
It was generally known and accepted that that’s how the crowd participates to the song. Nobody knew how it happened, we can’t name any movie that popularized it, it just happened.
As the years went on I realized that some people did it a little differently like “HEY SAY WHAT… GET LAID GET FUCKED!!!” or ” “HEY, MOTHERFUCKER… GET LAID GET FUCKED!!!”
But everyone had the crux of it all the same.
Eventually even Billy found out and started doing it in his shows.
Now, in anticipation of this post I did some research (ok, I Googled and I read one article. See the link below.) The author did more work on this. Turns out this has been looked into for a long time.
Though the lyrics changed a bit regionally, it existed. And yet, It remains a musical mystery. There are rumors and theories but… NOBODY KNOWS HOW IT STARTED.
Does anybody reading this remember this? And is it still played at parties?