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Album Review

There may only be two members from Hanoi Rocks' classic days left in attendance — singer Michael Monroe and guitarist Andy McCoy — but the early 21st century version of the group has no problem replicating its trademark glam-punk. Case in point, 2007's Street Poetry. With countless modern-day rock bands smoothing out all the rough edges, it's good to know that you can count on Hanoi Rocks to leave it all rough and raw. And while there may be a sudden uprising of bands that attempt to ape Hanoi Rocks' gutter-punk style, there's nothing like the originators, as evidenced by such rocking standouts as "Hypermobile," "Highwired," "Teenage Revolution," and the melodic title track. With only two of the original Hanoi Rockers creating this enjoyable of a racket, it's safe to say that if the definitive 1984 line-up had stayed together, they could have become a household name like Mötley Crüe and Guns N' Roses.

Biography

Formed: 1980 in Helsinki, Finland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Finland's major export to the world of heavy metal, Hanoi Rocks, drew much of their sound and inspiration from '70s glam rock and were thought by some to have fused the two styles more successfully than similar acts. Founded in 1980, their debut album, Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks, was released in 1981, and the band soon went to London to promote themselves and record Oriental Beat. They signed to CBS in 1983 and began to spread their name in Britain; their...
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