Label: Mercury - PPD-1056 • Format: CD Album • Country: Japan • Genre: Rock • Style: Glam
Hanoi Rocks were a Finnish rock band formed in They were the first Finnish band to chart in the UK and they were also popular in Japan. The band broke up in June after drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley died in a car accident during their first US tour in December Original vocalist Michael Monroe and guitarist Andy McCoy reunited in with a new lineup that lasted until Although musically closer to traditional rock n' roll and punk, the band have been cited as a major influence in the glam metal genre for bands such as Guns N' RosesSkid Row and Poison.
According to Finnish radio and TV personality Jone Nikulawho was the band's tour manager in the s, Hanoi Rocks's albums have sold betweenand 1, copies around the world, mostly in Scandinavia and Japan. McCoy did not join the band immediately, because he was the guitarist for the Finnish punk band Pelle Miljoona Oy.
McCoy allowed Monroe to form the band with an agreement that McCoy would join later. Vesterinen soon became the band's manager after speaking with McCoy and Monroe. By then Peki had left the band, and when they relocated to Stockholmthey hired an old friend of Monroe and McCoy's, drummer Gyp Casino. When they moved to Stockholm, the bandmembers lived mostly on the street, begging for money, except Andy McCoy, who lived with his wealthy girlfriend.
Gyp Casino was the band's drummer but did not play on the single as he was recording with another band in Stockholm. The band launched a day tour in Januarywhich is believed to be the longest rock tour in Finnish history. Schenk Mir Was Von Deinem Gras - Götz Widmann - Live (DVD) tour developed the band's energetic and wild playing style, which audiences were slow to find pleasing but later praised the band for.
In Septemberafter extensive tours in Sweden and Finland, the band moved to Something New - Barracudas - Barracudas, where they recorded their second album. On September 19,the band made their debut at the Marquee Club in London.
In January Roll Up Your Sleeves - Mickey Avalon - Mickey Avalon, Hanoi Rocks recorded their first music videos at the Lepakkoa concert venue and centre of independent youth culture, for the songs "Tragedy", "Oriental Beat", and "Motorvatin'".
That same month, the band released their second album Oriental Beat. The album was mostly well received by critics and magazines, including Sounds and Kerrang! The band spent the spring of touring in Sweden, and had their first Japanese breakthrough with "Tragedy.
By Junethe band had permanently moved to London. Monroe met a Hanoi Rocks fan called Razzle at a Johnny Thunders show, Hanoi Rocks - All Those Wasted Years. (Live At The Marquee) when Razzle found out that Monroe was the singer for Hanoi Rocks, he attended some shows, showed up backstage, and asked to Hypin Women Blues - Various - Blues In History IV the band's drummer.
McCoy and Monroe fired Gyp Casino for his drug use, depression, and suicidal thoughts, and Razzle was hired as the new drummer. The album featured old singles like "Love's an Injection". Razzle had yet to join the band when the songs were recorded, but he is credited on the album. The album was released in October in Finland, with "Love's an Injection" spending a week at number one on the Hanoi Rocks - All Those Wasted Years.
(Live At The Marquee) singles charts. The band also signed a contract with the Japanese record company Nippon Phonogram. The band later said that without Razzle they probably would have broken up, for he revitalized them. The Asian tour was largely covered by British magazines, and the band was featured on the cover of Sounds.
The tour started in Bombaycontinuing in Hong Kong and Japan. In Japan the band was very popular, with fans breaking into hotels to see the musicians. The ticket prices for the show were as high as for stadium-fillers, and some phone booths in Tokyo played Hanoi Rocks songs. The tour continued from Tokyo to Vietnam. In April, the band returned to London for the recording of their fourth album, and went to Israelwhere they were not well received.
Monroe could not leave the hotel because of his somewhat unconventional appearance: local people thought he was an improperly-dressed woman and would gather around and spit on him. Also, Nasty Suicide broke his ankle; and people did not like the band's loud playing style. The band's fourth album, Back to Mystery Citywas released shortly afterward. It reached number 87 on British album charts. The next day, the band played a show at the Ruisrock festival in Turku, Finland.
Before the show, Michael Monroe stated in an interview with the Finnish television station YLE that McCoy and Suicide's alcohol use had gotten out of hand, and that he did not drink or use drugs. Their December shows at Marquee were recorded and released Flying Condor - Manantial - The Secret Of Dancing Spirts a live album and an accompanying live video, both titled All Those Wasted Years.
Ezrin had invited Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople to help with the songwriting, and Hunter brought Hanoi Rocks - All Those Wasted Years. (Live At The Marquee) Bruce formerly of Creamwho in turn brought Pete Brownto the recording sessions. Brown wrote a lot of lyrics, but the only one the band used was "Smoked a lot of sky, drank a lot of rain", in "Million Miles Away".
By the Mogullie Kung-Fu - The Mighty Moguls - Doin The Whoop-De-Doo With The Mighty Moguls of April the new album was almost ready for release, but Ezrin and the label thought that the album was missing a hit, so they recorded Creedence Clearwater Revival 's " Up Around the Bend ", which was already a favorite of Michael Monroe and Nasty Suicide.
In Japan, excitement over the band led to sold-out concert halls and fans following the band everywhere. Even in Finland people were baffled by the extent of the band's popularity in Japan. The Japanese tour was followed by a tour across England and Scotland.
British magazines raved about the band, and were certain that the next record would be their breakthrough. A music video for "Up Around the Bend" was also produced. At the time it was the most expensive music video for any Finnish band.
The song climbed to number 61 on British single charts and got radio airplay in America. In the US the album sold 44, copies in its first two weeks. Los Angeles shows were all sold out in less than half an hour. The party stopped when everybody noticed they were out of beer. Neil and Razzle, both drunk, went to a nearby liquor store in Neil's Panterawith Neil driving.
On the way back, they crashed into another car. Razzle was rushed to the hospital and pronounced dead at p. Both occupants of the other car were seriously injured, sustaining brain damage as a result of the crash.
They drove by the crash site and saw Neil handcuffed and put into a police car. They were informed that Razzle had been taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead. McCoy informed the band's manager Seppo Vesterinen, who then told the rest of the band. The band returned to London. The only tour dates not canceled were two shows at Helsinki Kulttuuritalo on January 3 and 4,which were broadcast live under the title of "Europe A Go-Go" to a worldwide audience of million viewers.
Both shows became memorials to Razzle, with "Million Miles Away" dedicated to him. Former Clash drummer Terry Chimes played the drums. The band returned to London to take a short break. Terry Chimes remained as the new drummer. Monroe planned You - Various - Volume 2 quit, but the record label convinced him to do a short tour in Poland, where "Don't You Ever Leave Me" was rising on the charts.
Monroe agreed on the condition that no live record would be released, but a semi-official live album was released. This lineup never performed live, and on June 17,Monroe officially left Hanoi Rocks, ending the band.
They toured again in the summer ofunder the moniker "Hanoi Revisited". After the short tour, Monroe and McCoy agreed to reform the band. This would be as the two put ita "rebirth", not a reformation of Hanoi Rocks, mainly because none of the other members were able to join: Razzle was dead; Nasty Suicide had become a pharmacist ; Sami Yaffa was a member of a New York-based group called Mad Juana and the bassist for the New York Dolls ; and Gyp Casino was no longer active in music.
The new Hanoi Rocks toured. McCoy and Monroe made a deal that they would be equal writers on songs, and not just McCoy. Bythe two had written enough songs for an album, and Twelve Shots on the Rocks was released. Although the album was a hit in Finland and Japan, Monroe and McCoy were not present when the album was mixed, and when they heard the finished product they were not happy.
The album was remixed infeaturing two new songs, "Moonlite Dance" and "Bad News". Most of and consisted of touring, but Costello departed to continue his work with Popeda. Klasson was fired from Hanoi Rocks in the fall of for not getting along with other members. Bassist Timpa left because of family issues. With no bassist and no guitarist, Monroe had to play some of the bass and guitar parts, but in early the band was able to find a new guitarist, Conny Bloom. He suggested that bassist Andy "A.
The reaction to Another Hostile Takeover was mixed. Critics liked the album's diversity and braveness to try new things, Hanoi Rocks - All Those Wasted Years.
(Live At The Marquee) some of the old fans and hard rock fans thought that the album was weird and that Hanoi Rocks had changed too much since the s. In andthe band toured in Europe and Asia. For 's Street Poetry the band worked on some of the unfinished songs from the s, such as "Teenage Revolution", which was first thought of during the Two Steps from the Move sessions in This album Florianopolis - Luiz Henrique, Walter Wanderley - Popcorn marked the first time that other band members besides Monroe and McCoy were permitted to write songs.
Street Poetry was released on September 5,and a music video was shot for the first single, " Fashion ". By this time Monroe and McCoy had come to the decision that Hanoi Rocks' time had come to an end, as they no longer had collaborated since and things were getting stale. Eventually Monroe and McCoy released a statement that they had taken the band as far as they could and that the Helleleu - Josh White - Josh At Midnight / Ballads & Blues would break up.
In late an autobiography titled "All Those Wasted Years" was released. Hanoi Rocks announced that they would play 8 farewell shows in 6 days at the Tavastia Clubin Helsinki. All the shows were sold out,  and the band's original guitarist Nasty Suicide appeared as a special guest on 3 of the last gigs, and Lacu also appeared at the final show.
Although Hanoi Rocks never achieved huge commercial success, they have a very big cult following and they have received critical acclaim for their musical style and energetic live performances.
Hanoi Rocks' influence can be seen in various bands, including Guns N' Rosesand their glam look has been used by many bands, including Poison, L.
Guns and Ratt. Hanoi Rocks also brought the glam rock look of the 70s back into style. Inwhen Nasty Suicide was asked about the band's look, he said that he and Michael Monroe decided to keep the punk leather jackets but bring a kind of " transvestite Hanoi Rocks - All Those Wasted Years.
(Live At The Marquee) to it ".
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