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Hanoi Rocks

Hanoi Rocks were founded in 1979 in Finland by singer Michael Monroe (born Matti Fagerholm) and guitarist Andy McCoy (born Antti Hulkko); after some lineup changes, the rest of the group consisted of guitarist Nasty Suicide (born Jan Stenfors), bassist Sami Yaffa (born Sami Takamäki), and drummer Gyp Casino (born Jesper Sporre). Their Scandinavian-only (at first) debut album, "Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks" was released in 1981, and the bandmembers soon went to London to promote themselves and record "Oriental Beat". After i ...read more

Hanoi Rocks were founded in 1979 in Finland by singer Michael Monroe (born Matti Fagerholm) and guitarist Andy McCoy (born Antti Hulkko); after some lineup changes, the rest of the group consisted of guitarist Nasty Suicide (born Jan Stenfors), bassist Sami Yaffa (born Sami Takamäki), and drummer Gyp Casino (born Jesper Sporre). Their Scandinavian-only (at first) debut album, "Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks" was released in 1981, and the bandmembers soon went to London to promote themselves and record "Oriental Beat". After it was completed, Casino was fired and replaced by ex-Demon Preacher and Dark drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley.

Hanoi Rocks signed to CBS in 1983 and began to spread their name in Britain; their remake of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Up Around the Bend" became their only U.K. chart single the next year, from the album "Two Steps from the Move". The band ended the year with a tour of the U.S., but Razzle was killed in a tragic automobile accident while a passenger in Mötley Crüe lead singer Vince Neil's car (Neil was convicted of vehicular manslaughter). After this, Razzle was replaced by ex-Clash drummer Terry Chimes, and the band played a televised show in memory of Razzle. After the show Sami Yaffa left the band and was replaced by René Berg, but things were not quite the same for Monroe. He gave the band notice early in 1985, and the group broke up in May after a farewell concert. Chimes, Berg, McCoy, and Suicide formed the short-lived Cherry Bombz, Yaffa joined Jetboy, and Monroe recorded a solo album, "Not Fakin' It", that briefly made the U.S. charts in 1989. Monroe, Suicide, and Yaffa reunited in 1994 as Demolition 23.

However, Monroe and McCoy re-formed Hanoi Rocks in 2002, releasing "Twelve Shots on the Rocks" on the Major Leiden label, and started touring once again. The new lineup of the band issued "Another Hostile Takeover", also on Major Leiden, in 2005. That year and the next, Hanoi Rocks toured Europe and Asia, and in 2007 the group released a new full-length, "Street Poetry", on Demolition Records. But Monroe and McCoy announced what would appear to be the final breakup of Hanoi Rocks in 2008, and the group subsequently played a series of farewell shows at Helsinki's Tavastia Club. « hide

Similar Bands: L.A. Guns, Ramones, Michael Monroe, Hardcore Superstar, Alice Cooper

LPs
Street Poetry
2007

3.7
11 Votes
Another Hostile Takeover
2005

3.7
12 Votes
Twelve Shots On The Rocks
2002

3.7
13 Votes
Two Steps From The Move
1984

4
38 Votes
Back to Mystery City
1983

3.9
21 Votes
Self Destruction Blues
1982

4
26 Votes
Oriental Beat
1982

3.8
19 Votes
Bangkok Shocks,Saigon Shakes,Hanoi Rocks
1981

4
31 Votes
Live Albums
Rock & Roll Divorce
1985

4.3
2 Votes
All Those Wasted Years
1984

3.9
10 Votes
Compilations
This One's for Rock 'n' Roll
2008

4.8
2 Votes
Up Around the Bend... - The Definitive Collection
2004

Decadent, Dangerous, Delicious
2000

4
1 Votes
Lean On Me
1992

3.5
1 Votes
Tracks from a Broken Dream
1990

4
1 Votes
The Best of Hanoi Rocks
1985


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