What can you say about the three minute burst of sonic energy called "Mony Mony" that hasn't already been said? - On the radio, daily, for over thirty five years - recorded by everyone from Billy Idol to the Boston Pops Orchestra - played at major sporting events - and engrained into the public conciousness like few songs ever in music history! Yet, in the Spring of '68 it was nearly rejected as an A-side for being "Too Bubblegum" - "Too Silly" - "Too much of a throw-back to the early sixties", only the insistance of Tommy and the group forced Roulette Records to release it as a single.
The album, released that summer, was loaded with hit singles and the group took their first steps into the studio alone and began quietly producing their own songs. The first two, "I'm Taken" and "Gingerbread Man", were considered by many at Roulette to be the best tracks on the album after "Mony Mony".
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