Billy Idol’s “Mony Mony” and its Additional Lines

I’ve been wanting to post this for a while:

Ok,  I’m a child of the 80’s. And yes I love Billy Idol.
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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?

http://ajournalofmusicalthings.com/where-did-the-special-lyrics-in-billy-idols-version-of-mony-mony-come-from/

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59 comments

  1. I own Music Monkey Productions in Twin Falls, Idaho. We played Mony Mony less than a month ago and the crowd was chanting! (Full disclosure: I might have started it!) 🙂

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  2. I remember when he came to New Zealand
    Live on stage he started to sing this song then stopped with a confused look when the audience screamed out. Hay mother fuc….

    He did and extra hour on stage in oncores was epic

    I still have the ticket with his autograph was lucky we invited back stage. Awesome dude

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  3. Coming late to this post but just found it. Told my teen daughter about this…she didnt beleive it.
    She couldnt fathom her old man, im 52 now, was ever a young hip, jumping up and down at concerts and bar hopping with fake ID at 16 yrs old.
    I had quite the Adam Ant look going on for a while… “Class of ’83!”
    Anyway…we would screem, “Hey! GET DRUNK, GET HIGH, GET FUCKED!”

    Fun fun! Thanks for the post and proof to my story for my disbelieving spawn! Hah

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  4. Along the Mississippi from Pops in East St Louis to the Palace in Keokuk, Iowa; and inland from O’Leary’s Cow in South Pekin, Illinois to the Speakeasy in Breese Illinois; the chant I recall is, Hey no way, get laid, get f***ed!”

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  5. I want to add that I first heard it used at O’Leary’s cow in South Pekin, Illinois and the year was either 1982 or 83 …definitely not any later. I never visited the place after early 1983. I asked some of the patrons, the first time I heard it, what was being yelled… noisy place on weekends.

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  6. Oh yeah, we did it in western NY. My grandmother made us promise to change the words before it was allowed at my cousin’s wedding.
    Hey hey, say what. Get smart, read a book. It was hilarious!

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  7. My first experience with this was at a high school dance. There were teacher chaperones around and even the DJ was a teacher (it was a side business for him). When this song came on and I heard all the kids around me screaming out “Hey hey what–get laid get FUCKED!” my mouth about hit the floor in amazement, and by the second chorus I was joyfully screaming it with everyone else (in dramatically clear violation of the no-profanity rules).

    I dunno if the administration ever tried to get the DJ to stop playing it, but it got played at every high school dance I attended, with us kids screaming out our rebellion into the night like angels singing to their own glory before uncaring eternity.

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  8. I do remember this. The first time I recall in countering the extra lyrics was in a bar in Carson City Nevada around 1986 or so. I don’t know how it started either. I always wondered.

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  9. The first time I remember hearing “Hey mother fucker get laid get fucked” I was supposed to be sleeping with my sister in the tent trailer while all the “adults” were listening to the radio by the fire. It was the early to mid 80’s! We didn’t know what it meant at the time, but we grew up and still to this day chant ‘Hey mother fucker get laid get fucked’ when the song come on!! 😁

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  10. Hello!!

    So I have a funny little preamble first, if you don’t mind…

    In ’95-’96, I was about 14-15 years old. I got drunk/high a few times and my parents found out and put me in a treatment center where I had a shrink that recommended I go to some AA meetings. It sounded ridiculous to me that someone my age would do such a thing but nonetheless, I went.

    I quickly found out that I could go to meetings all day and smoke cigarettes and drink coffee, hang out with awesome older people, get the attention I craved as an adolescent and all while keeping my parents and doctors off my back.

    Anyway, the younger members always had lots of events planned and stuff. Softball, hiking, picnics, etc. One night, we rented out a city recreational center and threw a dance party. That’s when I heard it.

    I was very skeptical before the event, thinking “how much fun could one have at a sober dance party?” The answer is quite a bit when you are 15 years old, surrounded by hot chicks in their 20’s, all dressed like sluts, freshly sober and emotionally vulnerable and they’re all yelling, C’mon if you wanna get laid, get fucked!!”

    I would go on to spend 2 more years in AA after that 😂. (Before going on a 20 year relapse)

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