Hanoi Rocks

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Hanoi Rocks
Hanoi Rocks at the Scarborough Rock in the Castle Festival 2005
Hanoi Rocks at the Scarborough Rock in the Castle Festival 2005
General information
origin Helsinki , Finland
Genre (s) Rock , sleaze rock
founding 1979, 2002
resolution 1985, 2009
Founding members
Andy McCoy
Nasty Suicide (until 1985)
Last occupation
Michael Monroe (since 1980)
Andy McCoy
Conny Bloom (since 2004)
Andy "AC" Christell (since 2004)
George Atlagic (since 2008)
former members
Gyp Casino (1980-1982)
Sam Yaffa (1980-1985)
Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley (1982-1984)
Terry Chimes (1984–1985)
Rene Berg (1985)
Timo Caltio (1985)
Costello Hautamäki (2002-2004)
Lacu (2002-2008)
Jan "Nasty Suicide" Stenfors (1979–1985)

Hanoi Rocks was a Finnish rock band .

Musically, the group was influenced by artists such as the New York Dolls , The Stooges and The Rolling Stones . Her style combined elements of blues , surf rock , punk rock , heavy metal and glam rock . The lyrics are often about suffering and love as well as suburban alienation.


Hanoi Rocks was founded in Helsinki in 1980 by school friends Andy McCoy (born Antti Hulkko) and Nasty Suicide (Jan Stenfors). She was later joined by singer Michael Monroe (Matti Fagerholm), bassist Sam Yaffa (Sami Takamäki) and drummer Gyp Casino (Jesper Sporre). In 1981 she moved to Stockholm and in 1982 to London to benefit from the livelier music scene there. Casino was kicked out of the band later that year to be replaced by the Isle of Wight-raised Englishman Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley.

While the band never enjoyed any significant commercial success, a sizable cult had grown around them. Even critics of side they reaped for their "sleazy" (dt. Sloppy, loose ), but melodic music style not a little recognition. You have been cited as an influence of successful bands such as Guns n 'Roses .

In 1983 the band signed to CBS Records and it seemed like this was the beginning of commercial success. But the disaster struck when Razzle was killed in a car accident in Hollywood, California in December 1984. He was in a car that was being driven by Vince Neil , the lead singer of the band Mötley Crüe . Although Razzle was replaced by Terry Chimes , the drummer on The Clash's first album , there was no further recording. First Yaffa and after him Monroe left the band, which then broke up in 1985. The individual members spent the next 15 years on various short-lived projects and, despite working with numerous artists such as Iggy Pop , Stiv Bators and Guns N 'Roses, never again achieved anything comparable to their early successes.

In 2002, Monroe and McCoy reunited the band, released a new album and started touring again. In October 2008 the band announced that they would split up at the end of 2008. This breakup finally took place in April 2009 after the band gave eight sold-out farewell concerts at rock club Tavastia within six days.


Chart positions
Explanation of the data
Two steps from the move
  UK 28 
10/20/1984 (3 weeks)
Hanoi Rocks (4CD box)
  FI 22nd 09/2001 (4 weeks)
Twelve shots on the rocks
  FI 5 
49/2002 (8 weeks)
Another hostile takeover
  FI 5 14/2005 (5 weeks)
Street poetry
  FI 6th 37/2007 (6 weeks)
This One's for Rock'n Roll
  FI 22nd 49/2008 (4 weeks)
People Like Me
  FI 1Template: Infobox chart placements / maintenance / NR1 link 17/2002 (9 weeks)
A Day Late, A Dollar Short
  FI 5 28/2003 (7 weeks)
Keep Our Fire Burning
  FI 2 26/2004 (7 weeks)
  FI 1Template: Infobox chart placements / maintenance / NR1 link 21/2007 (5 weeks)

Primeval formation

  • 1981: Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks
  • 1982: Oriental Beat
  • 1983: Self Destruction Blues
  • 1983: Back to Mystery City
  • 1984: All Those Wasted Years (live)
  • 1984: Two Steps from the Move
  • 1984: Bangkok Shocks Saigon Shakes Hanoi Rocks + Oriental Beat (double LP)
  • 1985: Rock 'n' Roll Divorce (live)

After reunification

  • 2002: Twelve Shots on the Rocks
  • 2005: Another Hostile Takeover
  • 2007: Street Poetry
  • 2008: This One's for Rock'n Roll - The Best of Hanoi Rocks 1980-2008
  • 2014: Johanna Years 1980–1984

Web links

Commons : Hanoi Rocks  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Mötley Crüe : The Dirt . Autobiography of the glam metal band Mötley Crüe written with co-author Neil Strauss , from the American by Kirsten Borchardt , Hannibal Verlag , Höfen , 2nd edition, 2002. pp. 142 ff. + 146 f. + 164
  2. Chart sources: FI UK
  3. Music Sales Awards: FI