Hanoi Rocks – Back to Mystery City (1983)
Nifty Nordic logo by Sarca @ Caughtmegaming
If there hadn’t been Hanoi Rocks, would there have been Guns n’ Roses?
But, if I hadn’t been into Guns n’ Roses, would I have dug Hanoi Rocks?
For me, the two acts are (un)fairly linked, as Michael Monroe’s guest harmonica part and GNR’s Bad Obsession are simply inextricable. On Back to Mystery City, Monroe is credited with lead vocals, saxophone, and harmonica. Incidentally, vocalist, saxophonist, harmonicist, that’s a triple threat!
Which is not to say that GNR is entirely derivative, nor Hanoi merely an influential footnote for a more important act.
It is to say however, if you’re going to be your country’s lone representative on the 1001 list, you might as well pull a Hanoi Rocks; make it memorable & represent your nation with style, even if the high-volume rawk & higher-volume hair likely isn’t entirely representative of the Nordic Country (Finland) from whence it came!
Despite the indisputably ‘of its time’ cover fashion, the ten tunes hold up nicely. Well, more sleazily & rocking than nice, but undoubtedly durable.
Most importantly, if this is their only album I “must hear” (according to some book?), I’ll be happy to “recreationally hear” much more Hanoi Rocks before the end.
Today’s 200 words were part of the #200wordchallenge,
happening all this week over at mikeladano.com!