Tommy James & the Shondells

Mony Mony

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Tommy James' 13th hit in less than two years was also the biggest since his first, "Hanky Panky," and a stylistic departure, showing creativity that would be the pop craftsman's trademark. Co-written by James and producers Bo Gentry and Ritchie Cordell along with a fourth contributor, B. Bloom, the song is a party classic. Opening with a driving, charging rhythm the verse can't wait to jump into the chorus, a chorus of perpetual mayhem. With a simple '60s keyboard breaking up the drumbeat/echo-drenched handclaps, the singer sets up the hook. It's the tight production of Gentry and Cordell which keeps the festivities from getting out of hand, the piano interlude bringing things down enough to let James' impassioned vocals bring things back up. Said to have been inspired by a neon sign in Manhattan, Mutual of New York, it was the title track of the Shondells' fifth album. Billy Idol bubbled under the Top 100 in 1981 with a studio version of the tune, but hit number one six years later with his live rendition. James breathes new life into it on-stage and changes the tone of his shows with the quickly identifiable opening riff. Musically not as elaborate as "Crimson & Clover" or "Crystal Blue Persuasion," the beat has an amazing effect on the audience which always brings them to their feet.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
No Image 1968 Disky 2:52
The Best of Tommy James & the Shondells [Roulette] 1969 Pair
No Image 1984
Various Artists
USA / IVE
More Party Classics 1987
Various Artists
Warner Bros. 2:49
Rockin' Down the Block, Vol. 2 1987
Various Artists
Silver Eagle Records 2:53
Toga Rock 1987
Various Artists
DCC Compact Classics 2:49
Best of 60's Party Rock 1988
Various Artists
Priority Records
Billboard Top Rock & Roll Hits: 1968 1988
Various Artists
Rhino 2:54
Anthology 1989 Rhino 2:45
Dick Clark's All-Time Hits, Vol. 3 1990
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 3:00
All-Time Rock Classics 1991
Various Artists
Pair 2:45
Son of Frat Rock 1991
Various Artists
Rhino 3:19
Billboard Top Rock 'n' Roll Hits: 1968-1972 1993
Various Artists
Rhino 2:54
Ultimate Party Album 1994
Various Artists
Import
Jock Rock, Vol. 1 1994
Various Artists
Tommy Boy 2:50
The Best of Tommy James & the Shondells [Rhino] 1994 Rhino
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Arsenal
Cappucino Classics, Vol. 2: Sweets for My Sweet 1995
Various Artists
Temple 2:54
No Image 1995
Various Artists
Rhino
Best Sixties Album in the World Ever 1995
Various Artists
2:51
'60s Rock Classics 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 2:53
Hanky Panky/Mony Mony 1996 Sequel 2:51
Only Rock 'N Roll 1965-1969: 20 Pop Hits 1996
Various Artists
Rhino / Essex 2:51
Disc Jockey Hits, Vol. 2 1996
Various Artists
Stardust Records 2:45
Beverly Hills 90210: Songs from the Peach Pit 1996
Original TV Soundtrack
Rhino 2:54
1968: A Time to Remember 1997 A Time To Remember 2:51
'60s Rock Hits [Rhino] 1997
Various Artists
Rhino Flashback 2:54
'60s Rock: Mony Mony 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:54
Sports Rock [Rhino Flashback] 1997
Various Artists
Flashback Records / Rhino Flashback 2:54
WCBS FM 101.1 25th Anniversary, Vol. 2: The 60's - Silver Anniversary Edition 1997
Various Artists
Collectables 3:22
WODS Oldies 103 Boston, Vol. 2: The 60's - Tenth Anniversary Edition 1997
Various Artists
Collectables 3:22
Whole Lotta Rock: 1968-1969 1997
Various Artists
BCI-Eclipse Distribution / Eclipse Music Group 2:54
Rock 'N Roll Relix: 1960-1969 1997
Various Artists
Eclipse Music Group 2:54
No Image 1997
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Basketball's Greatest Hoop Hits 1998
Various Artists
Rhino
Beat Goes On [Rivie're] 1998
Various Artists
Riviere International Records 2:52
60's Beat [Crimson] 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions
Chart Toppers: Rock Hits of the 60s 1998 Priority Records 3:20
Frat Rock! 3 Pac 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 3:19
Heart Beats [3 Pack] 1998
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
Killer Classic Rock 1998
Various Artists
Original Sound Entertainment 2:50
Ultimate Driving Collection: California 1998
Various Artists
Chronicles / Polygram 2:45
Kentucky Wildcats - Hits From The Hardwood, Vol.1 1998
Various Artists
Alphabet City 3:15
Empire Made 1998
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:51
The Best of B-103: Long Island's Oldies 103.1 FM 1998
Various Artists
Mayhem 2:47
The Roulette Story 1998
Various Artists
Westside Records 2:51
DJ Don's Party Mix: Party Time 1999
Various Artists
Power Records (Fitness / Dance) 3:23
Oldies Radio: K-Earth 101FM Greatest Hits 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:53
The In Crowd [Crimson] 1999
Various Artists
Crimson Productions 2:50
Millennium 60's Rock Party 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:53
Body Moves 1999
Various Artists
PGD 2:05
Millennium Party [Rhino Box] 1999
Various Artists
Rhino 2:53
Millennium Box Set 1999
Various Artists
Disky 2:52
No Image 1999
Various Artists
Disky
The Best Jukebox Album in the World...Ever! 2000
Various Artists
Virgin 2:54
Indiana Pacers: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 2001
Various Artists
Alphabet City Sports Records / Alphabet City 2:43
Wolfman Jack's: Party Tunes 2001
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:48
Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1968 2001
Various Artists
Buddha Records 2:51
Complete Collection 2001
Various Artists
Disky 4:04
The Ultimate Rock & Roll Collection: The 60's 2001
Various Artists
Collectables 3:22
Wolfman Jack's: Graffiti Gold Goofy Greats 2002
Various Artists
St. Clair 2:48
All-Time Greatest Hits 2002 K-Tel Distribution 2:48
The Essentials 2002 Rhino 2:53
Party! Party! 2002
Various Artists
Repertoire 2:48
The Best of Tommy James & the Shondells [Intercontinental] 2003 Masters 2:50
Party Rock 2012
Various Artists
Time / Life Music 2:53
Time Life Presents the 60s
Various Artists
Time Life 2:53