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Hanoi Rocks-Twelve Shots on the Rocks [Japan Bonus Track]

Hanoi Rocks

Twelve Shots on the Rocks [Japan Bonus Track]

Release Date: 10/28/2003
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    Track Title

    Time

  1. Intro :29
  2. Obscured 4:06
  3. Whatcha Want 4:17
  4. People Like Me 2:58
  5. In My Darkest Moment 4:23
  6. Delirious 3:15
  7. A Day Late, A Dollar Short 3:08
  8. New York City 4:05
  9. Winged Bull 4:27
  10. Watch This 3:46
  11. Gypsy Boots 4:12
  12. Lucky 3:22
  13. Designs on You 10:33
  14. Check Out the Girl 3:33

In the early- to mid-'80s, Hanoi Rocks was the quintessential Sunset Strip hair band -- and they weren't even from southern California. Hanoi Rocks, of course, was formed in Finland, but their trashy, hedonistic, decadent hard rock/pop-metal oogie influenced so many Los Angeles headbangers (including Mötley Crüe, Guns N' Roses, Warrant, Faster Pussycat, L.A. Guns, and Poison) that they might as well have grown up next to ~the Whiskey-a-Go-Go. Although Hanoi called it quits in 1985, their influence on pop-metal remained quite strong throughout the late '80s -- and it wasn't until the Nirvana/Pearl Jam/grunge upheaval of 1992-1993 that their influence started to decline. When the '90s came to a close, it seemed like a safe bet that Hanoi would never see the light of day again, but much to the surprise of die-hard pop-metal enthusiasts, founding members Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy re-formed Hanoi Rocks in 2002 with a new lineup that included guitarist Costello, bassist Timpa, and drummer Lacu -- and the result of that reunion is Twelve Shots on the Rocks. This CD is totally oblivious to post-'80s developments in hard rock; the album sounds like it could have been recorded 20 years earlier. Monroe and McCoy offer no acknowledgment of the alternative rock scene of the early 2000s, which is probably just as well because they bring a great deal of conviction to their new material. Fans of Hanoi's '80s recordings needn't worry about whether or not Monroe and McCoy still have their old chemistry; their rapport is as strong as ever, and all of the hard rock, punk, and glam influences that served them so well back in the day -- Kiss, New York Dolls, Aerosmith, the Stooges, Alice Cooper, Slade, Mott the Hoople, among others -- are very much at work on this CD. Although not quite as essential as Hanoi's early-'80s recordings, Twelve Shots on the Rocks is an exciting return to form for Monroe and McCoy. [The Japanese import of Twelve Shots contains the bonus track "Check Out the Girl".]~ Alex Henderson, Rovi

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