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Hanoi Rocks

"Hanoi Rocks" is a Finnish rock band. Their most successful period came in the early 1980s.

Musically the band are influenced by artists such as the New York Dolls, The Stooges and The Rolling Stones. Their music fuses elements of blues, punk, garage rock and glam rock as well as the basics of Chuck Berry. Lyrics revolve around the topics of love and its trials and tribulations, and suburban alienation.

The group is sometimes mistaken as glam metal, due to their image. However, musically Hanoi Rocks are not influenced by heavy metal.

Hanoi Rocks were formed in Helsinki in 1979 by schoolfriends Andy McCoy (born Antti Hulkko) on lead guitar and Nasty Suicide (Jan Stenfors) on rhythm guitar. They later added vocalist and saxophone player Michael Monroe (Matti Fagerholm), bass player Sami Yaffa (Sami Takamäki), and drummer Gyp Casino (Jesper Sporre). In 1981 they moved to Stockholm and in 1982 to London to take advantage of the livelier music scene in these cities. Later that year, Casino was fired and replaced by Nicholas 'Razzle' Dingley.

Although the band have never tasted significant commercial success, they have a considerable cult following and critical a...

years active 1979–present
origin Finland
music genre Rock (music)
current members Michael Monroe
Andy McCoy
Conny Bloom
Andy Christell
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