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Michael Monroe

In a perfect world, Michael Monroe would have been one of the leading frontmen of the ‘80s glam metal movement -- leaving most of his unbearable contemporaries in the dust. Born Matti Fagerholm on June 17, 1960, in Helsinki, Finland, Monroe played saxophone with a variety of Finnish bands throughout the late ‘70s before eventually switching to vocals, and helping co-form Hanoi Rocks in 1980. Preceding Mötley Crüe by several years, Hanoi Rocks was one of the first groups in several years to adopt the glam look (something that would become commonplace on L.A.'s Sunset Strip in only a few years) -- heavy on the make-up and hair spray, flashy outfits, etc. -- but unlike their future offspring, Hanoi Rocks' roots weren't in heavy metal, but rather punk and garage rock (the Stooges, early Alice Cooper, New York Dolls, Dead Boys). After some lineup tweaking, the "classic" Hanoi Rocks lineup was put in place, consisting of Monroe, guitarists Andy McCoy and Nasty Suicide, bassist Sam Yaffa, and drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley. On the strength of several Euro-only indie releases (1981's Bangkok Shocks, 1982's Self Destruction Blues and Oriental Beat, plus 1983's Back to Mystery City), and European tours (as well as visits to such exotic locales as Israel and Japan), a buzz began to build. Hanoi Rocks was signed to Columbia Records soon after, as U.S. success appeared to be just around the corner -- especially after the release of 1984's Two Steps from the Move. Then came a much-publicized car accident that killed Dingley (behind the wheel was an inebriated Vince Neil) in December of 1984. Despite Monroe and company attempting to carry on with replacements, the promising Hanoi was laid to rest later the next year. Relocating to New York City, Monroe began to pick up the pieces and embarked on a solo career. His first solo release was 1987's Nights Are so Long (a Scandinavia-/Japan-only release), which was quite Dead Boys-influenced (Monroe had befriended Stiv Bators and covered one of his solo songs, while guitarist Jimmy Zero contributed a pair of songs). An appearance in the star-studded Sun City video followed, as did a worldwide solo deal with Polygram Records. An initial plan of reissuing Nights failed to pan out, resulting in 1989's Not Fakin' It being the first domestically issued solo Monroe release. The album would go on to become Monroe' s most successful stateside release (and the only one to appear on the Billboard charts), while all of Hanoi Rocks' albums were reissued on Guns N' Roses' short-lived Uzi Suicide label (Monroe also appeared on GN'R's Use Your Illusion releases and The Spaghetti Incident? ). Many assumed that Monroe would obtain ever-elusive breakthrough success this second time around, but once more, it was not to be. A planned collaboration with ex-Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens failed to pan out, as it looked like Monroe had vanished. This proved not to be the case, and he continued to issue lower-profile solo releases (1992's Jerusalem Slim, 1996's Peace of Mind, 1999's Life Gets You Dirty, 2002's Take Them and Break Them, and 2003's Whatcha Want). Monroe has also sporadically reunited with his ex-Hanoi bandmates, including Yaffa, under the name Demolition 23 (1995's Demolition 23), and with McCoy as Hanoi Rocks, resulting in the releases Twelve Shots on the Rocks (2002), Another Hostile Takeover (2005), and Street Poetry (2007). In 2010 Monroe issued his first ever live solo LP, Another Night In the Sun: Live in Helsinki via Spinefarm Records, with a new studio album, Sensory Overdrive, dropping the following year. Horns and Halos, his ninth solo long player, arrived in 2013, followed by Blackout States in 2015. ~ Greg Prato
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Michael Monroe

  1.   Song
  2.   Debauchery as a Fine Art
  3.   Good Old Bad Days
  4.   Machine Gun Etiquette
  5.   Make It Go Away
  6.   Saturday Night Special
  7.   Thrill Me
  8.   Not Fakin' It
  9.   All Night With the Lights On
  10.   It's a Lie
  11.   Nothin's Alright
  12.   Smoke Screen
  13.   Million Miles Away
  14.   Love Song
  15.   Goin' Down With the Ship
  16.   Motorvatin'
  17.   I Wanna Be Loved
  18.   Gone, Baby Gone
  19.   Get On
  20.   Eighteen Angels
  21.   Walk Away
  22.   You Can't Put Your Arm Around A Memory
  23.   Magic Carpet Ride
  24.   Deadtime Stories
  25.   You Crucified Me
  26.   R.L.F.
  27.   Keep Your Eye on You
  28.   Old King's Road
  29.   Hands Are Tied
  30.   Too Rich To Be Good
  31.   Later Won't Wait
  32.   All You Need
  33.   You're Next
  34.   Malibu Beach Nightmare
  35.   Hammersmith Palais
  36.   Ain't Nothin' to Do
  37.   She's No Angel
  38.   Dead, Jail or Rock 'N' Roll
  39.   Telephone Bill's All Mine
  40.   This Ain't No Love Song
  41.   Keep It Up
  42.   Fist Fulla Dynamite
  43.   Self Destruction Blues
  44.   Center of Your Heart
  45.   While You Were Looking at Me
  46.   Soul Surrender
  47.   Shake Some Action
  48.   Life Gets You Dirty
  49.   Blackout States
  50.   Stained Glass Heart
  51.   Bombs Away
  52.   Horns and Halos
  53.   Six Feet in the Ground
  54.   Love Is Thicker Than Blood
  55.   Simpletown
  56.   Where's the Fire John?
  57.   Magic Carpet Ride
  58.   Permanent Youth
  59.   Ballad of the Lower East Side
  60.   Modern Day Miracle
  61.   Got Blood?
  62.   Man With No Eyes
  63.   Shakedown
  64.   Ritual
  65.   Trick of the Wrist
  66.   One Foot Outta the Grave
  67.   Dysfunctional
  68.   Nights Are So Long
  69.   TNT Diet
  70.   `78
  71.   High School
  72.   Stranded
  73.   The Bastard's Bash
  74.   Under the Northern Lights
  75.   Superpowered Superfly
  76.   Dead Hearts on Denmark Street
  77.   Can't Go Home Again
  78.   Half the Way
  79.   Child of the Revolution
  80.   Back to Mystery City
  81.   Motorheaded for a Fall
  82.   1970

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