They breed em tough and mean in Mt Isa…. But back then there was a disdain for it, people didn’t take you seriously if you weren’t writing political music about Vietnam. Dig around. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. It’s a song from the 1960’s from Tommy Jame and and the Shondells, a band of many hits, and many covered tunes. amzn_assoc_default_search_phrase = "Tommy James and the Shondells"; I am 47 and I can relate to all of these comments that you people have made. From then on it was standard fare at every school disco. On the surface, their upbringing is a familiar story. “Hey motherfucker! It was a huge favorite of his in live performances, and it still gets tons of radio play on classic rock stations. If you were paying slightly more attention, […]. It’s always been a tradition, such a nostalgic song for me; Plus, it’s really fun yelling swear words when your parents are watching but can’t do anything about it. “Here she come now, say Mony, Mony,” is how the song Mony Mony, by Tommy James and the Shondells begins. When Mony Mony came on, I chanted the phrase to the horror and disgust of my young friends. Get laid, get fucked!” version of the chant. Mony Mony Lyrics: Here she come down, says 'Mony, Mony' / Well, shoot 'em down, turn around, come home, honey / Hey! I am reading his memoir. , Back in 1981 at Crazy Zack’s at Myrtle Beach , SC it was …”Get laid, get fucked!”. So where does this leave us? Then he just shrugged and turned to deal with a very angry principal who was appalled that such obscenities would be chanted by his students in his gym at his school. James also mentions also mentions a cover of Mony Mony by a British group called Tight Fit. Nearly NOTHING but swear words! Alright “You’re a rich girl, and you’ve gone too far, ’cause you know it … I realize it’s horrible. The question of the origins of the special audience participation lyrics has been in the back of my mind ever since. We always yelled “fuckin’ bullshit!” over the Mony Mony’s. Billy:  Here she come now singing Mony Mony I live in Southern Ontario, and we chanted “Hey what do ya say, get laid get fucked” along with the “fuckin horny” over Mony Mony. Yes, there were a lot of heavy things going on when Mony Mony came out, and a lot of this was reflected in popular music. All right (Mony, Mony) The chant started in 82 and overwhelmed the music by 83. It’s driven by him and it’s his song so he can do what he likes with it so that would be an acceptable exception. Hey, hey what version was being done at tiny division 3 college parties at olivet college in the fall of 1985. A few of my friends had yelled the chant and I just looked at them funny. In case you’ve ever idly wondered what it means to feel Mony Mony, or whether this was a bit of slang you missed out on, I can assure you that the words mony mony, as used in the song, mean absolutely nothing. 2. Never heard "hey motherfucker" before. Very risqué for that part of the US! Remember that you can play this song at the right column of this page by clicking on the PLAY button. It’s meaningless. In Armstrong BC I always said “Hey Mother Fucker get laid get drunk” but that may just have been that I didn’t listen very carefully. After that it was standard at every school dance, clubs and parties. ps If you haven’t listened to GenX ever, give them a go. I saw Billy Idol at the Iheart Radio Music Festival in Vegas this year and it was the first time I’d heard it. Everyone simply yelled “Get Laid. New Music from the Inbox Tuesday Edition! Billy Idol sings, “Here she comes now singing, ‘Mony mony'” and the crowd instantly shouts, “HEY MOTHERFUCKER, GET LAID, GET FUCKED!” and they do this in ENGLISH! Get fucked!" The earliest discussion board post I can find on the subject is from May 20, 1989. In Massachusetts in the late 80s, we did that in addition to the "Hey, hey what, get laid get fucked" variant. The first time I heard it, and it is still the version I like best, was in a club in Barrie, Ontario around sometime late ’88 or early ’89. That song would always get shut down at school dances FAST. . Perhaps this might work as a PhD thesis for some budding cultural anthropologist. Maybe I just grew up with a slightly less swear-y crowd? In Hamilton Ontario, we yelled “Hey Motherfucker, Get Laid Get Fucked” at my grade 7 or grade 8 dances (87/88). Artist: Tommy James and the Shondells (covered by Billy Idol). During on-stage banter @ an L.A. show a few years back Billy Idol sheepishly admitted the story about losing his virginity to the Tommy James version was made up(doubtless riffing on John Belushi insisting "Louie Louie" be included in "Animal House" because Belushi lost his virginity to THAT song) the fact was that his manager had him cover it because he owned the publishing to "Mony Mony" & Idol mused that the truth wasn't a cool story, hence… His story about writing "Sweet Little Sixteen" in a motel room on tour after watching a segment on Leonard Nimoy's "In Search Of" about the Coral Castle in Florida was funny. Get laid, get fucked!” in NORWAY (Stavanger) in mid-1988. Alan – you’ll like this. she half asked, half declared. / Get fucked! Central Alberta, in Highschool 1987 we sang "Hey MF'er get laid get Fkd". Prince even covered Crimson and Clover on his album Lotusflow3r, which James says is his personal favorite cover of one of his songs. Please Share My Umbrella – What Song Is It? And dammit, some day we’ll get to the bottom of this. “How do they know what to say?”. She rolled me over and said, “Oh, let me do it,” and she stuck my dick insider her and really shagged me. Hey she give me love and I feel all right now (Hey motherfucker, get laid get fucked!) There’s a Song About That. Song Credits. Get Fucked”, And – the background chorus – Oh, You make me Horny, Horny, Horny – or – You’ve got me …, Also – The lyrics – (But WE were). "My current boyfriend grew up just a few towns away from me, where he knew – "Hey! Get Laid! Finding this page blew me away! Lest you think the “brainless lyrics” of Mony Mony means he is also brainless, think again. Skip ahead to 7:50 of the interview to hear what he says. Whether we realize it or not, as viewers, we are of course more deeply engaged in cliffhangers. Most people today probably know Mony, Mony from Billy Idol, but that is not who sang Mony, Mony originally. In fact, his songs have been covered by Bruce Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Santana, R.E.M. song : da de dum now come on mony.....and so on. The song reached #3 in both Canada and the US and was a #1 hit in the UK. That's a new one to add to the list. I always thought it was a local thing, though. I will give the guy a call. “Here she come now, say Mony, Mony,” is how the song Mony Mony, by Tommy James and the Shondells begins. Please Share My Umbrella - What Song Is It? It was probably in the spring of 1987 when I first heard the special audience lyrics in the Billy Idol version of the Tommy James classic, “Mony Mony.”  I was hosting one of the old CFNY Video Roadshows at a high school somewhere in Southern Ontario. Previous to that, I saw Billy Idol in a small club in Palo Alto back in perhaps 1982 and that chant most definitely was not occurring. Simply because I liked seeing my junior high school principal huffing and puffing through the gym, red fanced and forehead vein ready to burst, shocked that we all were swearing. I especially enjoyed all of your comments on this page. I never heard that done anywhere else later. Dolly Parton also covered the song. In the Billy Idol version I think there is some emphatic keyboard notes in there, and you shout the words to the same beat. She AND her brother confirm it is indeed a Singaporean thing, except her version is ““Hey motherfucker, get laid, get fucked!” Strangely, 20 years on it’s still not a Malaysian thing. Get Fucked!” Fun times! Hey she give me love and I feel all right now. The chants were essentially the same but with slight regional differences. So, James stepped out onto the balcony to get a breath of fresh air and there in front of him was a flashing neon sign on top of the 40 story Mutual Of New York Insurance Company. Rusty: "Face down, ass up, that's the way we like to fuck" are lyrics from the 2 Live Crew song, "Face Down A— Up.". Pingback: Billy Idols “Mony Mony” and its Additional Lines | Gratuitous Rex. Get Laid Get Fucked! !” It was generally known and accepted that that’s how the crowd participates to the song. Shoot em down turn around come on Mony Hey! Billy:  Well, shoot ’em down, turn around, come on Mony amzn_assoc_title = "Tommy James and the Shondells Downloads"; Don’t bite, just suck.”. In the early 2000s I went for a girl’s night out with a bunch of 20 year olds in the Philippines. Nothing worked. Well I thought that growing up in East Bumble we were always behind the times with trends. Here she comes now sayin Mony Mony Shoot 'em down, turn around, come on Mony Hey! Those 2 years, 1985-1986… the greatest time in my life. Other popular dance songs included: White Lines (Grand Master Flash), Burning Up (Madonna), relax (Frankie goes to Hollywood) lol flashbacks! At bar called “The Bijou”. 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!! As we were at it, “Mony Mony” by Tommy James and the Shondells was playing on someone’s transistor radio nearby…. amzn_assoc_default_category = "MP3Downloads"; He said he had never heard it before and he djd all over the place. Get drunk, get fucked!" etc, etc. Maybe my very innocent ears were in shock during the Rebel Yell tour. amzn_assoc_tracking_id = "cul02d-20"; Let's get fucked up! Witnesses say that endorsement goes back to an Idol show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas sometime in the late 80s. Shoot 'em down turn around come on Mony. Get laid! – AC]. Here she comes now singing Mony Mony "Hey! -get out more and see Billy Idol people!!! From memory, it’s in the verses after lines with the rhythm matching: “Here she comes now sing Mony Mony” [insert additional lyrics here] Cat_Whisperer July 17, 2007, 6:32pm #17. Could they be tracked down to get their take on the matter? I first saw Billy Idol in concert in central Ohio in 1990. (Link to discussion board post.). 1991 I was in Honduras with the US Army. Shotgun, get it done, come on, Mony, Were shouted as “Eat Me , Beat Me, Fuck Me, Suck Me” twice followed with “Hey! Another person likes it and spreads to another person–and so on and so on and so on until it’s a generally accepted practice and everyone is doing it. It was either '87 or '88 when our principal @ Millwood High School in Nova Scotia put an immediate stop to the evil lyrics and proceeded to ban the playing of Mony Mony at further dances. I had no idea that regional variations existed, and that they all essentially say the same thing, and fit similar rhythms within the song. Can't wait to pass on to the children;). I first heard the chant “Hey! Or maybe someone will read this and offer more evidence. Manitoba, Canada. But this song was bannrd from our school dances sometime around 1980. Tiffany had a hit with “I Think We’re Alone Now,” in 1987. Mony Mony. How did this occur? I can definitely remember in Toronto in 1990 at my first school dance people chanted HEY MOTHERFUCKER GET LAID GET FUCKED and the chaperones were NOT pleased. version was being sung in Southern MN and Northern Iowa. Get fucked”. We just didn’t run in that crowd. The high school I went to has a Marathon dance where the students dance for 28 hours to raise money for recipients chosen by the students. I post this for historical/informational purposes only. The first time I heard it was at a church dance. Heard it in the early ’80’s in college in upstate NY. Case closed! This song became the MONY employee's theme song. He helpfully translated with the appropriate arm gestures. We were raucous. i was in grade 6 when Vital Idol came out. If you’re an older reader, maybe you remember Hanky Panky…everybody was doing it: Ain’t it beautiful, crystal blue persuasion…. Favorite Answer. I was a bit of a wallflower in high school, and so had never heard the chant before I started college, but it definitely stuck in my memory. amzn_assoc_linkid = "d8c33ad6b060595a72ed80be10164ff2"; The Killers, and even Tom Jones. amzn_assoc_default_browse_node = "163856011"; We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to and affiliated sites. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music. The chant was ass down/get fucked and the girls dancing would do an early version of twerking during the chant. Chant of “hey motherfucker, get aids, your fucked”. The first version I heard in the GTA/Mississauga at clubs and parties was the “hey motherfucker, get laid, get fucked” around the release of Vital Idol. Here’s an example of Idols performing the song in the now-accepted fashion. Hey what?” version. Very interesting, however one correction. Eat Cheese, Drink Milk. But who were those frat dudes in England back in the middle 80s? Must have spread quite quickly. North-East ND here, my area’s chant was “Hey hey whaddaya say, let’s get fucked!” Never knew there were any other versions until my wife and I caught each other saying different ones. So good, so good, so good. We also sang "Fucking horny" over the chorus. - you gotta toss and turn / And feel We went with the Southern Ontario version in Newfoundland too. Pingback: Mony Mony: Unraveling the mystery behind the song’s never written lyric | Bob Seger can suck it. One rumour involves lip-reading. The Summer of 83′ I worked in Ohio at a radio station . Very common for just-graduated high school kids to go to Mazatlan in very large numbers and take over the city for various weeks in May/June/July. Your "very angry principal" story is quite familiar. All right, baby (Mony, Mony). So I’ve come full circle in my article with a big fat, I dunno and I never heard them until recently; more than 30 years later. Here in Australia there is the same situation with a different band entirely. Perhaps I went to a High School in a particularly disgusting corner of Hell (it often felt like it). The song stopped immediately and the vice principal gave us a lecture. I had friends who did it to Depeche Mode (Just Can’t Get Enough) and, of course, now when I hear that song, I hear nothing but those alternate lyrics. I decided to sing, making up lyrics as we danced. I am fascinated by memes, but this one has always been my favourite. I got on top aand got hard but was having a bit of trouble getting it in her, it being my first time. Get fucked!”, But after the second line it changed to: Here she come down, say Mony Mony Well, shoot 'em down, turn around come home, honey Hey, she gimme love an' I feel alright now Everybody! I still remember the first time I heard it at a school dance when another school was visiting for a sports week and students from that school all started doing it. In the past couple of years I have had the immense pleasure to attend a half dozen or so concerts by The Killers and there are very unique hand gestures that the fans do (and that I do now, too! Nebraska/Iowa variation: Let's get drunk, get laid, get fucked! I looked at him weird. I have no idea where the people who were doing it got it from. This is a great topic, can't wait to share it with my friends. It was a call-and-respose thing between the males and females: Men: Hey! This phenomenon started just after my high school days, and I've always been curious too. Wikipedia defines a meme in the following way: An idea, behavior or style that spreads from person to person within a culture.” A meme acts as a unit for carrying cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena. The inspiration for this song came from a sign on the top of The Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York building at 1740 Broadway in Manhattan. We had several other memes though for dances. No idea where these came from, but everyone knew them and did them. Neeson asked one of the crowd who said that it originated at a police sponsored ‘Blue Light’ disco.”, For the record, a blue light disco is an alcohol free, underage event. Maybe the fact that Stavanger was a waypoint of the NATO naval force, with some USA ships, may explain that. I loved Billy Idol nearly as much as GenX but I don’t recall alternate lyrics. “No, I’ve done it before,” I lied as we walked up the hill for a tumble in Church House Gardens. When the Don’t Stop EP was released, Idol appeared on MTV with Martha Quinn. I live in New Zealand and we sang the Hey mother fucker version back when I was at intermediate school. There was just a short pause after the initial line and: “Get laid, get fucked!” Like you said, more of an anthem, or “here’s an idea of something we could do.”. You got me tossin' turnin' in the night Make me feel alright I say yeah, (yeah), yeah, (yeah) Yeah, (yeah), yeah, (yeah), yeah Well you make me feel Mony, Mony So Mony, Mony Good Mony, Mony Yeah, Mony, Mony over the chorus' "Mony Mony?" After he told Cordell, the duo “both fell down laughing.”. James had his song title. I was pretty mousey back then despite my ever growing edgy side but I certainly didn’t cuss at that point in time. In indiana the chant goes. I’m glad I wasn’t making up my own chant. The Agora in Akron Ohio, 1985. Billy also chronicled the story in his autobiography, Dancing with Myself. Sounds like a bunch of Billy Idol fans in the 80's had parents who liked a little ol' Hank Jr every once in awhile. So it could have been Vegas show in the 80s but not at that venue. It’s good to know I wasn’t hearing things back in the day. (I had to stop myself paying an obscene amount of money at an Alarm show recently because one of the guys was playing with them and had an autographed album — have the album, really didn’t care about the autograph but my lizard brain susurated ‘buy me’ all night). I could *totally* picture that. amzn_assoc_ad_type = "smart"; Alan wrote: " Witnesses say that endorsement goes back to an Idol show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas sometime in the late 80s.". M.O.N.Y. And what do you know. Get laid, get fucked!”. First time I heard this song was in Mazatlan, Mexico at the bars/discos in 1991. Let’s get fucked!” Either of them works. "Why must you live out/the songs that you wrote?". Relevance. It later seemed to morph into the… Uhmm less politically correct? I’m Your Venus, I’m Your Fire, Your Desire – Who Sang It Before Bananarama? Get laid, get fucked!”. It seems the only way to narrow this origin down is to speak with Billy.Anybody got his number? Billy Idol. | Mama Told Me. This is crazy! “Hey motherfucker, get laid, get fucked.”. The research and preparation […], No matter the sport, passionate fans and pundits have long debated the goings-on in the clubhouse or on the pitch of every pro sports team. She must have sensed the situation. Another James song that got new life as a cover was "Crimson And Clover," which Joan Jett recorded in 1982 as her follow-up to "I Love Rock And Roll." When I was in Germany in 1985-1987 (US Army Infantry) it was already common in all the clubs/bars that I had visited. The chant varies with geography. My ex-girlfriend told me that where she was from, Thorold, Ontario, that they used to yell – “Hey, drink beer, get drunk,” but I think that was just a Thorold thing. is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. Get laid! It was his first big hit as a solo singer (after he left Generation X), released in 1981. amzn_assoc_region = "US"; But this concept of ideas and behaviours spreading within a culture goes far, far back into the depths of time. I’d never had sex, so I was a bit nervous as she took me by the hand. 1996- Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur Malaysia- the band plays the song and my cousin from Singapore jumps up and shouts what sounds like “Hey motherfucker, get fucked motherfucker.” . In 1989, when I was living in Germany, the line was definitely “Hey motherfucker, get laid, get fucked!”. 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