Our top ten glam band countdown continues. Here’s what we’ve got so far:
08) Twisted Sister
07) L.A. Guns
06) Bon Jovi
04) Guns n' Roses
In the third spot...Hanoi Rocks.
The Finnish band formed at the end of the 1970s and their importance in glam is unmatched. Every time I ask a musician "who are your influences" Hanoi Rocks is inevitably mentioned.
Lead singer Michael Monroe looks like he was born glam: the hair, the clothes, the swagger all ooze confidence. The lyrics - especially early Hanoi Rocks - are gritty sleaze, served straight up.
Hanoi Rocks released a handful of albums before getting much acclaim. Then, they were poised for fame with the 1984 release Two Steps from the Move. Poised, that is, until tragedy hit the band. Drummer Razzle was killed when he was riding in a car with a very intoxicated Vince Neil. This sudden death put an end to any momentum the band was gaining in the U.S. Still, Hanoi Rocks forged on, sporadically releasing albums with a wide array of members.
These days, only Michael Monroe and guitarist Andy McCoy remain from the original line-up. Their new album, Street Poetry, was released months ago to critical acclaim. In truth, Street Poetry is an excellent, yet mature, glam release.
Here's Hanoi Rocks performing "Up Around the Bend" live sometime in 1984.
Don't agree with my choice? Come back tomorrow and see who lands at number two on the ten best glam bands of all time list.