I was standing near the food at a small Austin, Texas, music venue during SXSW in March 2010 when I see someone signing an autograph for a very eager fan. The someone looked for all the world like Ginger (the Wildhearts), but why on earth would he be in the same space and time as me. I mean, sure, I was there to see Michael Monroe's new band, but.....
And then llight dawned. Holy fuck. Ginger must be in MM's band! A few minutes later the Michael Monroe band took the stage and sure enough, the...
I'm not sure what else I can say to convince the planet that this is its greatest currently functioning rock band, so I'll just let the music do the talking instead.
Click here for 40 minute set from Japan benefit show.
Could have used a little more Ginger and Sami in the broadcast mix, but other than that a complete stormer.
I've been carrying on for a while now about all thing's Michael Monroe, ever since my March sighting of the new band melted my brain while at the same time instantly making order out of decades of personal history. I've been carrying on so much I'd even begun to wonder if maybe I wasn't crazy. Maybe I just saw exactly the right band at exactly the right place and time and it all came together.
But then the following evidence surfaced -- a high-on-the-bill, main stage appearance at SummerSonic 2010 Festival in Tokyo -- and suddenly I"m more sure than ever. If there is better rock n' roll band on the planet right now I'd like to know who they are.
Not hipper. Not younger. Not cooler. Not cuter. Better.
In 1984, shortly after Hanoi Rocks moved from Stockholm (where they’d already resettled from their hometown of Helsinki) to London, Sami Yaffa, Nasty Suicide, and Razzle recorded with Knox, singer/songwriter of the Vibrators, as Fallen Angels. Mike Monroe and Andy McCoy also guested on the record, credited as Cosmic Ted and the Psychedelic Kid.
Knox, who shared management with Hanoi Rocks, had a lot of material he hadn’t recorded with the Vibrators, and the managers, doing what they...
Most recently before rejoining Michael Monroe in his current band, bassist Sami Yaffa was standing in for the late Arthur "Killer" Kane in the reconstituted New York Dolls. The musical crossover could not be more fitting, much of the Dolls catalogue clearly having a direct influence on Hanoi Rocks and the song featured below lending its name to Sami' s first big post-Hanoi gig, Jetboy.
Some folks try to d...
A long time ago, on a shoreline far far away there lived a boy who liked nothing more than rifling through his parents’ record collections, putting the headphones on, and disappearing to a place even further away. Particular favorites included: ‘Sgt. Pepper’s,’ ‘Apostrophe,’ ‘Cruisin’ With Ruben and the Jets,’ and ‘Out Of The Blue.’
The first album I ever owned was K-tels ‘Disco Nights’ compilation. Grandmas are ...