Thursday, 15 October 2015

Art of the Cover - Celia and The Mutations "Mony Mony" (1977)

the fun starts now .... 

Manager of The Stranglers sees cute, doe-eyed, posh bird Celia Gollin singing in a crap club, sips his glass of cheap red plonk and comes up with the concept ....  hot posh totty fronts dirty macho punk band !

Pure genius!

With a name derived from Ben Johnson’s Volpone, the punktastic Celia and The Mutations, sadly, released only two singles -  "Mony Mony" and "You Better Believe Me".

Celia here actually did a Morrissey here, years before Mozza was on the scene, by discarding her Christian name and going only by the single handle Gollin.

Gollin could scarcely have looked or sounded further away from the Stranglers' then much maligned image as misogynist hard men. But the union worked.

The team cut this ferocious version of "Mony Mony" for release in spring 1977 on the Stranglers' United Artists label. However, due to lack of proper promotion, sales figures were low.

This one's a wonderful, impassioned, sexed-up and revved-up, punk-drenched cover version of the classic 1968 track from Tommy James and the Shondells.

Sounds familiar? ... Yap, only a few years later a certain cretin from the same London punk scene, a douche going by the handle Billy Idol, would have a massive worldwide hit with basically the same thing!

Both Celia and The Mutations singles later appeared on 1988's Rarities compilation from The Stranglers.

Celia would go on to provide backing vocals on a number of Stranglers' tracks.

Mony Mony
Mean To Me

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