V/A A TRIBUTE TO HANOI ROCKS 11th Street tales 2000 Feed Back Boogie/Guru records 320 kbps
BUBBLE : Taxi driver / HUNDRED MILLIONS MARTIANS : I can't get it / HARDCORE SUPERSTAR : Don't you ever leave me / AMERICAN HEARTBREAK : Rebel on the run / NEIL LEYTON : 11th Street kids / HIGHSCHOOL HELLCATS : I want you / SOLD OUT SWEETHEARTS : Oriental beat / THE ALLEY 'GATORS : Problem child / JEFF DAHL & THE STREET WALKIN' CHEETAHS : Cafe Avenue / MARYSLIM : Malibu Beach nightmare / WEASEL FACE : Until I get you / THE JETSET : Futurama / BELA KISS : Shakes / THE HELSINGFORS PROSTITUTES : Visitors / THE JACKALS : Back to mystery city .
In every rock'n'roll story there are always the classic elements of romance and tragedy . From E. Presley to J. Thunders, the MC5 or Ziggy Stardust , the tragedies that ultimately envelop the romantic protagonists also surround the legends that remain long after untimely ends .
Hanoi Rocks are about the stuff legends are made of ; Hanoi are about romance , tragedy and there are the stuff of legend : rock'n'roll legends, in fact !
For the uninitiated , Hanoi Rocks were poised to become the next Rolling Stones circa 1984 , when the untimely death of Razzle undid the band : although members of Hanoi Rocks have gone on to release albums of their own and collaborated on other projects , the death of Razzle spelled the end of the band as Hanoi Rocks . Probably the best post-Hanoi Rocks release is Andy Mc Coy's "Two much ain't enough" or his newer release "Buiding on tradition" .
Their six-plus album collection only goes so far into exposing their legend ; their first album especially (Bangkok shocks Saigon shakes Hanoi rocks) exhibits top-noch songwriting from Andy Mc Coy ! To really get the full picture however , you have to see one of their live concerts (official release on Video Plus and a whack of bootlegs available): and you begin to understand Hanoi's sheer rock'n'roll energy and excitement !
If you're an old fan , here's to remembering Hanoi and the mark they made on all our lives ; and if you're a new fan, do yourself the favour of picking up the original recordings that these few tribute covers represent .
You won't be disappointed...
Neil Leyton , 2000 ( inside booklet)