Rayman’s Song of the Day – ‘Mony Mony’ by Billy Idol [VIDEO]
Billy covered the song Mony Mony, that was originally done by Tommy James. The instrumental part of the song was done, and some of the lyrics too, but no title. They needed a two syllable word and couldn’t think of one. In an interview, Tommy explains how he eventually chose the title.
“Ritchie Cordell, my songwriting partner and I, are up in my apartment up at 888 Eighth Avenue in New York. We go out on the terrace, we light up a cigarette, and we look up into the sky. And the first thing our eyes fall on is the Mutual of New York Insurance Company. M-O-N-Y. True story. With a dollar sign in the middle of the O, and it gave you the time and the temperature. I had looked at this thing for years, and it was sitting there looking me right in the face. We saw this at the same time, and we both just started laughing. We said, ‘That’s perfect! What could be more perfect than that?’ Mony, M-O-N-Y, Mutual of New York.”