Two 45s I never imagined spinning back to back. 1996’s California Dreamin’ by Japanese punks Hi-Standard followed by the live version of Mony Mony by Billy Idol from 1987. Playing the “random two” game is fun from time to time, especially when whiskey picks the records.
This 1987 reissue of the 1985 compilation of the same name features on its US release an extra track (To Be a Lover), and an alternate track order, but still features, like its older original, massively successful remixes of the chart-topping singles from Billy’s first three albums. Songs like, Mony Mony, Hot in the City, Dancing with Myself, and both parts to White Wedding help make for a very enjoyable, slightly edgy spin (in that pop, mid-1980s type of way), and does its job of perfectly capturing the rock-synth-pop radio-friendly hits of this bygone era. One doesn’t hear much from Billy these days, but we’ll always have our White Wedding.