Growing up in rural Nova Scotia during the late eighties/early nineties, whenever Billy Idol’s version of “Mony Mony” got played anywhere – be it a school dance, at karaoke, or even a wedding reception – between every single line in the verses a large number of people would yell out “HEY MOTHERFUCKER GET LAID GET FUCKED”. I never questioned this, or gave much thought as to why everyone did this – I was young, and it was fun and rebellious to swear! It wasn’t until I got to university and met people from other parts of Canada that I found out this wasn’t a universal thing.
Years later I got to thinking about this curious phenomenon, and after a bit of research stumbled upon this excellent article which attempted to find the origin of the “hey motherfucker” chant, as well as documenting some regional variations. I don’t want to copy and paste the article here, but the biggest takeaway is that this thing spread across North America in a relatively short amount of time – and keep in mind that this was pre-Internet as well (I’m guessing it probably made its way to Nova Scotia via folks with friends or relatives in Southern Ontario or one of the Northeastern states where the “hey motherfucker” variation is also apparently prevalent).
Anyway, the article is a fascinating read and the chant is a great example of a pre-Internet meme. Idol is also well aware of the chant, and has long since encouraged it when performing the song live.
Did anyone else here grow up with (or later become aware of) the “special lyrics” to “Mony Mony”? Bonus prompt: Are there any other songs that you know “special lyrics” to?1
Have a Great Night Thread, Avocado!