I was going to post Hanoi Rocks Cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Up Around The Bend right here but it felt like too big a hit for the level of song I’ve claimed to be posting about.
Which is odd as I think it’s reputation has only grown since that bands demise. It really wasn’t much of a hit at all in real time. So while I was deliberating this conundrum the good old ‘Shuffle Function’ came to the rescue and pushed forward this little gem.
Hanoi Rocks frontman Michael Monroe lays down a hair metal anthem from his first solo record. The manifesto and first single from the Finnish Billy Idol’s record Not Fakin’ It was this. Dead, Jail Or Rock N’ Roll is a joy to behold.
“When I was a kid all I wanted to be was the meanest Dude on the meanest machine, now I’ve gone the wrong way down a one way street, I’ll never fit this society”
How’s that for a Rebel Yell? Working with Little Steven on guitar and still hanging with Nasty from his old band, this track sets Monroe’s stall out as a rocker with his balls out (Now I’ve typed that sentence you’re going to have to deal with the mental image it creates, for that I apologize)
Axl from GNR appears in this tracks video. Mike returned the favour by becoming part of the rogues gallery of peripheral players who appeared on Guns N’ Roses Use Your Illusion albums. He’s in there alongside Alice Cooper, Shannon Hoon from Blind Melon and the entire saloon bar of the Rainbow Bar And Grill.
“I ain’t looking for trouble it’s looking for me, the law of the jungle is protecting me”
Right you are Lad. Right you are.