Laugh at Me

Sonny Bono said he wrote “Laugh at Me” after being refused service at Montoni’s Restaurant in Hollywood because of his hippy attire. The owner later claimed he called Bono a “clown.” It was the first of only two solo singles by Sonny, and in his spoken introduction he says, “I never thought I’d cut a record by myself but I’ve got somethin’ I want to say.”

Mott the Hoople covered the song on their first album several years later. It provided a perfect vehicle for Ian Hunter’s Dylanesque delivery and the band’s early glam styling.


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