I'm not sure what else I can say to convince the planet that this is its greatest currently functioning rock band, so I'll just let the music do the talking instead. Click here for 40 minute set from Japan benefit show. Could have used a little more Ginger and Sami in the broadcast mix, but other than … Continue reading Michael Monroe – LIVE! – Finland, Mar. 27, 2011, Japan benefit
When will the world awaken to the greatness in its midst? Seriously. Most bands couldn't rock like this even plugged in if you gave them 1,000 years to figure out how to do it. Why is this? Because you can't figure out how to rock. Call it the 'x-factor, call it 'it'. Call it whatever … Continue reading Michael Monroe – LIVE! – acoustic studio set
\'78\' - Michael Monroe Pulled from the forthcoming Jack Douglas-produced album 'Sensory Overdrive,' recorded last fall in L.A. Michael Monroe - vox/sax, Sami Yaffa - bass, Steve Conte - gtr, Ginger - gtr, Karl Rockfist - drums The band is on tour in Finland March 2011 and the UK in April. US dates TBA (hopefully).
Hardly any of these songs were released this year. Not many more of these clips were made this year. So what does this list amount to? The musical things I enjoyed most during my time online in 2010. What do you get out of it? A one-stop collection of great audio-visual entertainment spanning the last … Continue reading Top 10 Music Clips of 2010
I've been carrying on for a while now about all thing's Michael Monroe, ever since my March sighting of the new band melted my brain while at the same time instantly making order out of decades of personal history. I've been carrying on so much I'd even begun to wonder if maybe I wasn't crazy. Maybe I … Continue reading Dead, Jail, or Rock n’ Roll!
I started this with the intent of making it a regular serial feature. Neither regular nor serial ended up happening. I love music. And I love sharing the music I love with the rest of the world. But I couldn't even interest myself in keeping up with this. Imagine how horrid it would have been had I … Continue reading iPod First Anniversary: Top 25
In 1984, shortly after Hanoi Rocks moved from Stockholm (where they’d already resettled from their hometown of Helsinki) to London, Sami Yaffa, Nasty Suicide, and Razzle recorded with Knox, singer/songwriter of the Vibrators, as Fallen Angels. Mike Monroe and Andy McCoy also guested on the record, credited as Cosmic Ted and the Psychedelic Kid. Knox, … Continue reading Sami, the Vibrators, and Stiff Little Fingers
Most recently before rejoining Michael Monroe in his current band, bassist Sami Yaffa was standing in for the late Arthur "Killer" Kane in the reconstituted New York Dolls. The musical crossover could not be more fitting, much of the Dolls catalogue clearly having a direct influence on Hanoi Rocks and the song featured below lending its name to Sami' s … Continue reading Sami Yaffa, New York Dolls: Then and Now
A long time ago, on a shoreline far far away there lived a boy who liked nothing more than rifling through his parents’ record collections, putting the headphones on, and disappearing to a place even further away. Particular favorites included: ‘Sgt. Pepper’s,’ ‘Apostrophe,’ ‘Cruisin’ With Ruben and the Jets,’ and ‘Out Of The Blue.’ The … Continue reading Geekdom reborn: Rev. Monroe presiding