"Too Much Monkey Business" was released in September 1956 as the B-side of "Brown Eyed Handsome Man
." In his comprehensive Berry-ography Long Distance Information: Chuck Berry's Recorded Legacy
, Berry fan Fred Rothwell says this is a song about "the everyday hassles of the average working stiff" and asks, "Who but Chuck Berry would consider writing about such an everyday irritant as losing change in a payphone, and who else would do it so succinctly..."
This echoes Berry's sentiments; in his autobiography he says the song was meant to describe most of the kinds of hassles a person encounters in everyday life.
Alexander - London, England