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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

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    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

    4.1
    37 Votes
    Back to Mystery City
    1983

    3.8
    22 Votes
    Self Destruction Blues
    1982

    3.9
    27 Votes
    Oriental Beat
    1982

    3.8
    20 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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