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.