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Published on January 1st, 2018 | by Alan Cross


A Continuing, Very Serious Anthropological Study: Where Did the Special Lyrics in Billy Idol’s Version of “Mony Mony” Come From?

[NOTE: Since I started digging into this topic in the fall of 2014, this post has become the number one most-read story in the history of this website. I update it periodically when warranted. And dammit, some day we’ll get to the bottom of this. – AC]

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. When Martin Streek, the guy in charge of playing the videos, flipped to this clip, the dancers erupted.

At first, I couldn’t make how what they were yelling.  “What are they shouting?” I asked Martin.  He helpfully translated with the appropriate arm gestures.

Billy:  Here she come now singing Mony Mony
Billy:  Well, shoot ’em down, turn around, come on Mony
Billy:  Hey she give me love and I feel alright now

I looked at him weird.  “How do they know what to say?”

A puzzled look came across Martin’s face for a moment; it was apparent that he’d never considered the question before. 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.

The question of the origins of the special audience participation lyrics has been in the back of my mind ever since.  Perhaps it’s time to address it once and for all–if that’s even possible.

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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. Supporters of the concept regard memes as cultural analogues to genes in that they self-replicate, mutate and respond to selective pressures.

Over the last decade, we’ve all become familiar with dozens of Internet memes:  Star Wars Kid, LOL cats, the Rickroll and so on.  But this concept of ideas and behaviours spreading within a culture goes far, far back into the depths of time.  At their core, language, religion and all manner of social conventions are memes. Someone comes up with an idea.  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.

How memes take root and travel is a serious area of study for cultural anthropologists and sociologists. Such study can tell us a lot about a culture, its language, its mores and folkways and various forms of communication.

Yes, what you’re about to read is obscene and vulgar, but try to set that aside for a moment.  Instead try to focus on the mystery of where the “Mony Mony” audience chant began, how it spread and how it mutated.

First, a little history.  “Mony Mony” was written in 1968 by Tommy James, an American singer who had a string of hit singles through the 60s.  The title comes from a sign on a building that James could see from his apartment in Manhattan:  the MONY Building, short for Mutual of New York.  The song reached #3 in both Canada and the US and was a #1 hit in the UK.

Over the next decade, the song was covered several times with varying degrees of success.  But then came Billy Idol.

In 1981, fresh from leaving Generation X, Billy released a four-track EP entitled Don’t Stop.  The first song on the disc was his take on “Mony Mony.”  Although it was released as a single, it was a stiff, managing no better than #107 on the Billboard Hot 100.

But by the time Idol re-released the song in a live version on October 2, 1987 (and coinciding with the North American release of his Vital Idol collection), an interesting and inexplicable phenomenon had taken root whenever the song was performed live or played in a club, at a dance or even a wedding reception: the obscene call-and-response audience chant between the lines of the verses.

How did this occur?  It certainly wasn’t via the Internet because in 1987, no one except a few hardcore geeks knew what that was.  It couldn’t have been through radio airplay because no radio version with the chanting bit was ever released.  And it certainly wouldn’t have been through video play because neither MTV or MuchMusic would have dared play something with such vulgarities.

Furthermore, this seems to have largely been a North American phenomenon–or at least I haven’t been able to uncover any evidence of the chant originating (or even being used) in Britain, Europe or anywhere else in the world.  The chants were essentially the same but with slight regional differences. The earliest discussion board post I can find on the subject is from May 20, 1989.

(There’s little documentation I can cite for the following, but this is what I’ve managed to glean from various message boards dating back to the late 80s.  This is far from a comprehensive list, so corrections/additions/elaborations are welcome in the comments section.)


  • Southern Ontario/New York state/Ohio/Pennsylvania: “Hey, motherfucker!  Get laid, get fucked!”
  • Wisconsin/Colorado/British Columbia:  “Hey, what’s that?  Get laid, get fucked!”
  • Texas:  “Come on, everybody!  Get laid, get fucked!”
  • Some university campuses:  “Hey, hey, slut! Get laid, get fucked!”
  • Elsewhere:  “Hey, hey what? Get laid, get fucked!”and “Hey, get drunk, get laid, get fucked!”


There were probably others, but you get the drift.

These chants seemed to emerge spontaneously and at more-or-less the same time.  Why?  It’s unclear, but here are some theories:

1.  Some maintain that the tradition extends back to 1969 when the original Tommy James version was played in New York City clubs like The Guest House and the 44th Street Armory. (Link to discussion board post.)

2.  One rumour involves lip-reading.  There’s allegedly a video where we can clearly see Idol mouthing those words.  Delving further, it appears that Idol himself endorses the “Hey, motherfucker! Get laid, get fucked!” version of the chant.  Witnesses say that endorsement goes back to an Idol show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas sometime in the late 80s.  Here’s an example of Idols performing the song in the now-accepted fashion.

3.  When the Don’t Stop EP was released, Idol appeared on MTV with Martha Quinn.  During the interview, it’s alleged that he admitted to losing his virginity to the Tommy James version.  Skip ahead to 7:50 of the interview to hear what he says.

Billy also chronicled the story in his autobiography, Dancing with Myself.

In 1970, the back of the charity shop bear Bromley South held many wonders.

“Do you want to fuck?” I asked. And she said yes! I’d never had sex, so I was a bit nervous as she took me by the hand.

She must have sensed the situation. “You’re a virgin, aren’t you? she half asked, half declared. “No, I’ve done it before,” I lied as we walked up the hill for a tumble in Church House Gardens. We went behind some bushes and she lay down. I got on top aand got hard but was having a bit of trouble getting it in her, it being my first time. She rolled me over and said, “Oh, let me do it,” and she stuck my dick insider her and really shagged me.

As we were at it, “Mony Mony” by Tommy James and the Shondells was playing on someone’s transistor radio nearby…

* *

About three years after this original post, I picked up the phone on a Sunday evening to find Billy on the line. Here’s what he had to say about all this.

Well, that adds a fair amount to the story. But who were those frat dudes in England back in the middle 80s? Could they be tracked down to get their take on the matter? England: I’m counting on you. Dig around.

So where does this leave us?  Sadly, no closer to the truth than when we started.  The origins of the “Mony Mony” meme remains a mystery.  Perhaps this might work as a PhD thesis for some budding cultural anthropologist.  Or maybe someone will read this and offer more evidence.

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113 Responses to A Continuing, Very Serious Anthropological Study: Where Did the Special Lyrics in Billy Idol’s Version of “Mony Mony” Come From?

  1. dawn9902 says:

    Funny, about six weeks ago after a conversation with my daughter and her friend about my most hated songs played at dances/wedding receptions/etc, I did this very same research and came up with pretty much what you did. This phenomenon started just after my high school days, and I've always been curious too.

  2. @weebsurfer says:

    Your "very angry principal" story is quite familiar. 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.

    • Rockox says:

      Yep, that’s exactly what happened at our schools in Brandon, Manitoba. That song would always get shut down at school dances FAST.

  3. rusty says:

    Took a trip to Purdue University, Indiana, in early 2000's…Students at pub chanted "Face down, ass up, that's the way we like to fuck". Pretty original…

    • Anonymous says:

      Which is itself a reference to 2 Live Crew’s “Face down, ass up” from the 1990 release “Banned in the USA” Neat to see it made its way back to Mony Mony.

  4. Alan Cross says:

    Hmm. That's a new one to add to the list. I wonder how the chant mutations develop?

  5. etyer says:

    Alan wrote: " Witnesses say that endorsement goes back to an Idol show at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas sometime in the late 80s."

    Mandalay Bay opened in early 1999. Did you mean the late 90s?

    • No way we chanted in Saratoga Springs, NY in the winter of 1987! At bar called “The Bijou”.
      Other popular dance songs included: White Lines (Grand Master Flash), Burning Up (Madonna), relax (Frankie goes to Hollywood) lol flashbacks!

  6. Mike says:

    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."

  7. Emily says:

    We did that in high school in a small suburb of Minneapolis, circa 1988. We shouted "hey hey what, get laid, get fucked" on each verse.

    We had several other memes though for dances. For example: we shouted "Leonard Bernstein" in REM's "It's the End of the World As We Know It", and had a very choreographed dance to Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun."

    No idea where these came from, but everyone knew them and did them.

  8. geiser says:

    In small town Wooster Ohio, circa 1986 it was 'laid, get laid, get fucked', which is more of an anthem.
    The 'hey motherfucker' part sounds like your yelling at someone.

    • John Derp says:

      I lived, and still live, in a small town in Ohio south-west of you and we never said the “Hey, motherfucker!” part. 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.”

  9. fred zeppelin says:

    Nebraska/Iowa variation: Let's get drunk, get laid, get fucked!

  10. fred zeppelin says:

    PS, that's from about 1990-present. Never heard "hey motherfucker" before.

  11. Don J says:

    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

  12. kira_generika says:

    i was in grade 6 when Vital Idol came out. we used to chant 'hey rubber ducky get wet get soaked' to avoid getting in trouble with the teachers and principal when this song would come on at school dances.

    • Rockox says:

      When we were in university, we were chanting “hey everybody go to school and drink milk.” Not sure if a friend of mine just made that up or what. Manitoba, Canada.

  13. maddog714 says:

    It seems the only way to narrow this origin down is to speak with Billy.
    Anybody got his number? I will give the guy a call.

    I especially enjoyed all of your comments on this page. You peeps must all be about my age or a bit younger. I am 47 and I can relate to all of these comments that you people have made. It is like reminiscing about all those fun times that we had, but we don't even know each other… funny.

  14. Rich says:

    In California late 80's it was 'Hey you, Hey what, Get laid, Get fucked' Also at every base I was stationed at in the Corps.

    good times…..

  15. Carol says:

    He's on Twitter. Just ask him.

  16. /dev/null says:

    Very interesting, however one correction. Mandalay Bay in Vegas didn't open until 1999. So it could have been Vegas show in the 80s but not at that venue.

  17. maddog714 says:

    @ Carol
    I don't know how to use Twitter.
    (currently very embarrassed)

  18. dogemperor says:

    Apparently the chant wasn't all THAT common in parts of KY, but I can state that at least in this state the phenomenon seems to have started in dance clubs, especially those catering to the LGBT set–and apparently VERY soon after the song was released. (Of note, this was the "Hey/Hey What?/Get laid/Get fucked!" variant that seems to have been the most common.)

  19. scarlettred says:

    Um, does anyone not remember that people would scream out something very similar between the verses of Hank Williams Jr.'s "Family Tradtion"?

    "Why do you drink?"


    "And why do you roll smoke?"

    "TO GET HIGH!"

    "Why must you live out/the songs that you wrote?"

    "TO GET LAID!"

    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.

  20. rgb says:

    I used to DJ for parties and stuff, and I'd never heard of the chant before I played it at a wedding…
    The version the guests – groom (who had requested the song, incidentally), bride, almost everyone, started to chant "Hey, she's fat, I'm drunk!"
    after the song was played, the bride's mother came up and very angrily berated me for playing the "Dirty Version" of the song.

  21. Caddock says:

    In New Brunswick we went with the Southern Ontario version back in the late 80's

  22. Bruffin says:

    In the summer of 1986, the Hey! / Hey what? / Get laid! / Get fucked! version was being sung in Southern MN and Northern Iowa. There was an under 21 dance club named Uncle Sam's in Spirit Lake Iowa.

    Wow, that little trip down memory lane was nice.

  23. bob says:

    We went with the Southern Ontario version in Newfoundland too. It was a very popular song at teen dances at the Lions Club. It got banned pretty quick at the school dances.

  24. I heard the hey motherfukker, get laid, get fukt at school dances as early as 1983 so it goes back at least that far.

  25. Sobekisis says:

    "Nuts and bolts, HEY! We got Screwed!" Maybe I just grew up with a slightly less swear-y crowd?

  26. MassKid says:

    Did anyone else shout, "Fuckin' horny!" over the chorus' "Mony Mony?" In Massachusetts in the late 80s, we did that in addition to the "Hey, hey what, get laid get fucked" variant.

    • JustMe says:


      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.

  27. palais says:

    Southern Alberta (High River, specifically) did "hey motherfucker, get laid, get fucked" in the early nineties, when I was still in school. We also sang "Fucking horny" over the chorus.

    Curiouser and curiouser. I am fascinated by memes, but this one has always been my favourite. 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. Funniest thing ever.

  28. Doug says:

    Billy has said many times it was from the DJ's in Mexico in Rosarito playing for the Spring Break American kids. Mostly from the bar Papas and Beer. duh. -get out more and see Billy Idol people!!!

  29. Jim says:

    Kids in my small Rhode Island town also did the "Fuckin' horny" bit over "Mony Mony," and their chant was "Hey everybody, get laid get fucked!" The first time I heard it was at a church dance.

  30. je40 says:

    1991 I was in Honduras with the US Army. It was at the base club that I first heard the fill in – shouted there as "Hey, hey you, get drunk, get fucked." I never heard that done anywhere else later.

  31. TC says:

    Central Alberta, in Highschool 1987 we sang "Hey MF'er get laid get Fkd". In University two years later we also sang "Fk your balls off" over "Mony Mony".

  32. Greg says:

    We were doing 'Hey motherfucker get laid get fucked' in New Zealand by the middle of 1988. 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. From then on it was standard fare at every school disco.

    Interesting article. I've wondered where it came from myself. Must have spread quite quickly.

  33. Michael Griffin says:

    The version I heard growing up in Ypsilanti, MI was the same as in Texas: "Come on, everybody! Get laid, get fucked!"

  34. Ed says:

    In Ohio, I heard females chant, "Be a bitch, say NO!" Can't wait to pass on to the children;)

  35. MJ says:

    I was either a freshman or sophomore in high school when I learned of the sub-lyrics. I grew up in central Illinois, and I was taught – "Hey, hey, whaddaya say! Let's get fucked up!"
    My current boyfriend grew up just a few towns away from me, where he knew – "Hey! Get drunk, get fucked!"
    I had no idea that regional variations existed, and that they all essentially say the same thing, and fit similar rhythms within the song. Ha!

    I'm SO fascinated by the fact that this subject still has people talking!

  36. Jim says:

    The earliest I remember is late 1983/early 1984 while stationed at Fort Ord in Monterey, CA. You would hear the people at the club on post yelling, "Hey! Get laid! Get fucked!" during "Mony, Mony"

  37. Al says:

    Calgary Alberta in 1986 at the school dance I heard it for the first time, "Hey MF, get laid get fucked!" The song stopped immediately and the vice principal gave us a lecture. This is a great topic, can't wait to share it with my friends.

  38. K says:

    I had never heard of any of those chants until one night at a bar. A few of my friends had yelled the chant and I just looked at them funny. I guess I had always heard the “radio friendly” version.
    But now everytime I hear this song I cant help but do the chant (in my head). Nice to read the other versions. 🙂

  39. Anne says:

    As far as I know the special lyrics started in the dance clubs of Mississauga…..

  40. jps says:

    It’s funny, I heard the version “Hey, motherfucker! Get laid, get fucked!” in NORWAY (Stavanger) in mid-1988.
    Maybe the fact that Stavanger was a waypoint of the NATO naval force, with some USA ships, may explain that.

  41. Jim Brewster says:

    Heard it in the early ’80’s in college in upstate NY. That was before I ever heard the Idol version, and yes it included the “fuckin’ horny” chorus.

  42. Terry says:

    In Hamilton Ontario, we yelled “Hey Motherfucker, Get Laid Get Fucked” at my grade 7 or grade 8 dances (87/88). Someone did it first and we all copied. Love how this stuff started before the internet made everything available to everyone.
    The last time I heard it at a wedding I yelled something I read in another forum that discussed this song, “Hey Everybody, Get Smart, Read Books” and everyone seemed to like that and started chanting it.

  43. J-P says:

    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. It was a call-and-respose thing between the males and females:

    Men: Hey!
    Women: Whatcha say?
    All: Get laid, get fucked!

  44. Lugz says:

    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. It later seemed to morph into the… Uhmm less politically correct? Chant of “hey motherfucker, get aids, your fucked”.

    Never liked that version.

  45. JohnnyChicago says:

    1985 here in Tacoma, Washington, in an NCO club off-post from Ft. Lewis:

    “Hey! Say what? Get laid, get fucked!”

    I damn near lost my mind and almost spit out my Keystone Light beer!

    Those 2 years, 1985-1986… the greatest time in my life.

  46. bob says:

    Alan – you’ll like this. At a bar mitzvah once, the singer chanted “Hey Bubbie Zaidie (Grandmother and Grandfather in Yiddish) eat Bagels and Lox”

    Very funny

  47. Kraus70 says:

    I post this for historical/informational purposes only. I realize it’s horrible.

    Perhaps I went to a High School in a particularly disgusting corner of Hell (it often felt like it). It was actually in Toronto, mid to late 80s. The chant I remember led off with:
    “Hey motherfucker! Get laid! Get fucked!”

    But after the second line it changed to:
    “Hey motherfucker! Get AIDS! Tough luck!”

    We were awful human beings.

  48. TimmyG says:

    The Agora in Akron Ohio, 1985. Everyone simply yelled “Get Laid. Get Fucked.” I heard the same chant at various venues in the Akron OH area over the next few years. Always the same.

  49. JR says:

    The first time I heard it was in 1986 at an Atlanta club, and it was merely “Hey…. Get laid, get fucked!”

  50. sassy says:

    I am reading his memoir. I am early into it but remember being in a very rural country bar in OKLA in 1989 and DJ music was played between the very country band sets. The chant was ass down/get fucked and the girls dancing would do an early version of twerking during the chant. Very risqué for that part of the US!

  51. Jeff says:

    Here in Australia there is the same situation with a different band entirely. The Angels put out a song called “Am I ever going to see your face again?” This was the title and the chorus. The crowd would always respond with “No way, get fucked, fuck off” This started in their live shows but Wiki says it better.

    “The Angels tried three times in the late 1970s and early 1980s to make a hit out of the song Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again. It wasn’t until the song was played live that it attracted, in the mid-1980s an unexpected chant response of “No Way, Get Fucked, Fuck Off” from the audience to the question posed in the title of the track, that the song became an iconic part of Australian culture, so much so that the song cannot be played anywhere at any time in Australia without the chant being sung by whatever crowds are present.

    The audience chant: “No way, get fucked, fuck off”, has become the most famous audience chant in Australian rock history, though the exact origins of it are already lost in Angels mythology.[8] In 2008 Neeson and Brewster tried to discover who started it. The band first heard it in Mount Isa, Queensland, and were shocked they were being told to “Fuck off!”. 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. They breed em tough and mean in Mt Isa…

  52. munrohouse says:

    From my nephew in Wisconsin… Hey. Hey, what? Eat Cheese, Drink Milk.

  53. The Summer of 83′ I worked in Ohio at a radio station . I went to a outdoor house party .The DJ had an Import LP of Mony Mony and played it and that’s the earliest I remember hearing it. Later in 84. I moved back home to Michigan and played it in a Bar one night and I shouted the lyrics into the mic….and everyone stopped and looked at me like I was nuts…..but later everyone caught on to the craze . The rest is History

  54. Heywood Jablomee says:

    We always yelled “fuckin’ bullshit!” over the Mony Mony’s.

  55. melissa says:

    In indiana the chant goes. . Get high get drunk get laid get fucked… that’s the only version I’ve ever heard since I was a lil kid in the 80’s ..

  56. Tom Osborne says:

    When I was in Germany in 1985-1987 (US Army Infantry) it was already common in all the clubs/bars that I had visited.

  57. Donna says:

    In central Minnesota around 1987-88 we chanted, “Hey, hey, what. Don’t bite, just suck.”

  58. Sahar says:

    I was at Don Mills Collegiate in Toronto from 83 to 86 and we did it so it definitely had to have started earlier than 86… I also think we chanted ‘come on everybody get laid get f*ckd.

  59. Arthur Hinty says:

    I played in a bar band in 1979-1984. We’d do Ready, Steady, Go and launch right into Mony Mony. The chant started in 82 and overwhelmed the music by 83.

  60. Around here it was a call response thing with the DJ saying “Say What”? I thought that the response was redundant, so I never participated!

  61. Kathryn says:

    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.

  62. Jo Momma says:

    First time I heard it was at Black Angus in Crossroads. Bellevue, Washington circa 1988. It was “hey hey what don’t bite just suck”.

  63. Josh S says:

    Detroit, late ’80s through ’90s. “Hey motherfucker, get laid, get fucked.”

  64. Justin J says:

    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.

  65. Well I thought that growing up in East Bumble we were always behind the times with trends. But this song was bannrd from our school dances sometime around 1980. I graduated in 82. The version we heard was come on, get f#%&*#, get laid or something similar to other versions on here.

  66. Frank Donado says:

    In 1989, when I was living in Germany, the line was definitely “Hey motherfucker, get laid, get fucked!”

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  69. DayVihd says:

    Went to Billy Idol show last night at the Paramount theater Seattle (Feb 13, 2015) and he and the audience chanted “Hey motherfucker, get laid, get fucked!” But my first time hearing that was a 7th grade dance at Piti Middle school GUAM 1988. However, back then the “Hey motherfucker” part was missing and the kids just chanted “Get laid, get fucked” 🙂

  70. George says:

    October 1987 USAF Lakenheath England.
    Played in a band called Street Gang at the above airbase and played Mony Mony which did not go down well with some officer when the crowd jumped up giving it hey get laid get ###ked great night we had the north of England chanting it soon after.

    G H

  71. Jodine Ibeme says:

    It’s good to know I wasn’t hearing things back in the day. I’m glad I wasn’t making up my own chant. I’m not good at hearing at concerts, only hear the music.

    When listening to live Billy Idol, Mony Mony, on the radio, I could hear the chants.

  72. John says:

    I remember the teen dances at the community center in Northeast Indiana back in 83. We sang Hey Now Get Laid Get Fucked.

  73. 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. Yesterday just ended their 39th annual marathon dance (they raised over $762,000, just bragging lol) the whole community is involved and this song has been played for as long as I can remember. We always chant “Hey, hey, whaddya say? Let’s go fuck!” Or “Hey, hey, whaddya say? Let’s get fucked!” Either of them works. My personal favorite was the “lets go fuck” version. 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. Lol

  74. Corinne says:

    I live in New Zealand and we sang the Hey mother fucker version back when I was at intermediate school. I’m now 36 and even my parents know this version

  75. Sheena says:

    I first heard the song in the 1970’s on my parents’ record player. I think I was about 5-6 years old.

    The additional lyrics are not just a North American thing. Here’s further fodder for research.

    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.” . My brother and I (Both Malaysian, (like most everyone else in the audience), are like WTF?? and put it down to my cousin being a tad inebriated. Its bizarre, because we’ve never heard anything like it before. We ask him later and he says “Its a Singaporean “thing”. Fast forward some 5 years, my brother marries a Singaporean girl. And what do you know. 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.

  76. Chris says:

    I’m so glad to find some information on this shared cultural phenomenon. I know that we used to shout it at high school dances as early as 1983/84. And that was at a Catholic high school in Western Pennsylvania. Ours was the “Hey! Hey what?” version. Kinda neat to know that we might have been on the forefront of this thing.

  77. Chuck U. Farley says:

    Southern New England here. First I recall hearing it was at college parties in like ’83-’84

    Shouted drunkenly as “Hey! Get Laid! Get Fucked”

    And – the background chorus – Oh, You make me Horny, Horny, Horny – or – You’ve got me …

    Also – The lyrics –
    Break this, shake this, Mony, Mony
    Shotgun, get it done, come on, Mony

    Were shouted as “Eat Me , Beat Me, Fuck Me, Suck Me” twice followed with “Hey! Get Laid! Get Fucked!”

    Ahhhh Good Times!

  78. SUBBASE, Point Loma, San Diego, CA 1986 “Get Laid! Get Fucked!” Fun times! 🙂

  79. Russell Spence says:

    Back in 1981 at Crazy Zack’s at Myrtle Beach , SC it was …”Get laid, get fucked!”

  80. Susan Richards says:

    The first time I ever heard it, was at a company Christmas party in the mid 80’s…about fell on the floor laughing! I was around 45, and the crowd that started it was about 10+ yrs. younger…and I got the impression that it had been around awhile. Amazing what you miss while you are raising kids… lol. Been trying for about a year to try and remember the song…funny that only the chant remained somewhere deep in my brain…haha. This thread was fun…you get older, but some times are forever!

  81. MsBrandonFlowers says:

    This is crazy! I saw Billy Idol at the Iheart Radio Music Festival in Vegas this year and it was the first time I’d heard it. 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. It’s pretty amazing how this has carried on over all these years and basically anyone who’s been to a live Billy Idol show knows when and how to do 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!), with a number of their songs. The fans even know the differences between the recorded versions of songs and what Brandon Flowers will do live, and will sing along with those changes.

    It is very interesting that there is this sub-culture among live concert enthusiasts that those listening to the songs on the radio would never know about, and that the info is passed from person to person at a show, rather than on the internet. Sooo glad I found this page!

  82. Marty Murray says:

    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. That’s what they do there!

  83. The real JZ says:

    The only version I’ve ever heard is “hey motherfucker, get laid, get fucked!”
    First heard it at a school dance in grade 7 (1987) in Vancouver, BC. After that it was standard at every school dance, clubs and parties. I moved to Boston, MA in the early 90’s, still never heard any of the other versions. In the early 2000s I went for a girl’s night out with a bunch of 20 year olds in the Philippines. When Mony Mony came on, I chanted the phrase to the horror and disgust of my young friends. I guess it hadn’t caught on in Asia.

  84. Steve says:

    Hey, hey what version was being done at tiny division 3 college parties at olivet college in the fall of 1985. By spring at the senior party we hired a dj from wvic in lansing. We did it for him and he was blown away. He said he had never heard it before and he djd all over the place. Maybe Olivet created an original?

  85. Ce plane pour moi says:

    I first saw Billy Idol in concert in central Ohio in 1990. I first heard the chant “Hey! Get laid, get fucked!”. Funny thing when the song topped the charts in late 1987 I was stationed in California but never heard the chant until 1990. Years later I’m vacationing in Montreal where French is the primary language. I’m in that city’s Hard Rock Café taking snapshots of rock relics in the club and tapping people saying, “Excusem moi, mademoiselle” (sp?). Then the DJ puts another record on: you hear that rumbling bass and the floor is filled up INSTANTLY. 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! Figure that!

  86. Ce plane pour moi says:

    I’ve also heard that in Wisconsin the chant goes, “Hey! Drink milk, eat cheese!”.

  87. x says:

    Some random nightclub in Keystone, Colorado — March 1986. Never heard it before, never heard it since, but EVERYONE at that club knew it. Forgot about it until I saw this.

  88. James says:

    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. (But WE were).

  89. Jason says:

    First time I heard was 1986 at public school dances in Barrie, Ontario but have had conversation with an older gentleman years ago that believes it started before Billy Idols days

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  91. Dan says:

    Growing up in suburban Chicago, in the early 1980s it was “Hey, get laid get fucked!” when played during parties. I have no idea where the people who were doing it got it from. (Then again I had a bit of a sheltered teen-hood, never even saw “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” until my senior year in HS.) When I went to college in Iowa the 1985 Homecoming dance had a live band, and when they played MM the chant by all the attendees was the same. “Hey [pause], get laid get fucked!”

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  93. I first heard while at Huggins on Higgins in Chicago in the late 80’s as hey hey what GL GF’d

    I have also heard/participated in responses to Never been any reason by head east from the 1970’s

  94. Ras Feqade says:

    I witnessed this also in about March 1986 at new student orientation at Shepherd College, Sheperdstown WV where I’d been accepted as a HS senior, I ended up going to a more civilized University abroad instead

  95. Phillip Pine says:

    I was in a club in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia in ’89 when this song came on. Although I had not heard English spoken in over a week, all the locals (no tourists) in the club knew to chant, “get laid. Get fucked”.

  96. Dan says:

    I grew up near buffalo, ny and went to high school from 83-87. The version I learned at high school was “ hey, say what, get laid, get fucked”.

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  98. Who Asked You says:

    Funny, I made up those lyrics at a social. Bored just dancing to this song. I decided to sing, making up lyrics as we danced. Who knew it would spread all over with people adding their own lyrics. So now you know. Case closed!

  99. Janice Dent says:

    Greater Vancouver (BC)area was always ” hey m’f’er ,get laid ,get fucked….my husband also said that he’s heard a version of the song where Idol sings in the chorus ” ride the pony” mixed in with mony mony….has anyone else heard this version ? I’m not sure if I have but something rings a bell . I started going to the clubs in 1984 and I always thought it was playing back then but when I see it didn’t become a mainstream hit until 87 I thought wrong .

  100. Rick B. says:

    In our case it wasn’t the principal coming in and threatening to shut it all down but the hotel manager we were having our grad banquet at. Long story but the school we went to had their “formal” dinner which would be the prom to everybody else but anybody was welcome to go even if rather few youngsters did and it was mostly the graduating class. Then we had the grad banquet which was only for the graduating class.

    So after dinner, the handing out of the prizes and the speeches came the music and it being the late 80’s of course Mony Mony came up. We were loud. We were raucous. We were drunk off of mickeys of liquor we snuck in so needless to say when it came time to play Mony Mony we belted out, “Hey m’fer get laid get f*cked!” to the point where there was a microphone being passed around.

    Needless to say the hotel manager was called and he threatened to shut us down if we didn’t stop.

    Good times.

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