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

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