Thursday, March 13, 2008

522. Hanoi Rocks - Back to Mystery City (1983)

Track Listing

1. Strange Boys Play Weird Openings
2. Mental Beat
3. Until I Get You
4. Lick Summer Lover
5. Ice Cream Summer
6. Malibu Beach Nightmare
7. Tooting Bec Wreck
8. Sailing Down The Years
9. Beating Gets Faster
10. Back To Mystery City


Firstly, and even going against the labelling, Hanoi are not a metal band, I repeat, not a metal band. No matter what they look like, music genres are still defined by sound and not fashion sense. They are much more on the harder side of Glam, in the sense of Mott The Hoople and maybe a bit of New York Dolls and even Rolling Stones.

That being said Hanoi Rocks is less than the sum of its parts. The music is not innovative, being pretty much a throwback to the mid to late 70's, it has some hooks but very simplistic ones, the best being probably the one from Metal Beat, and the lyrics are quite poor.

They are not totally devoid of redeeming qualities, they have a sense of humour (look at the first track)and they are trying to revive what was a pretty interesting style, unfortunately they fail.

Track Highlights

1. Until I Get You
2. Metal Beat
3. Tooting Bec Wreck
4. Ice Cream Summer

Final Grade



From Wikipedia:

Musically the band is influenced by artists such as the New York Dolls, The Stooges and The Rolling Stones. Their music fuses elements of blues, punk, garage rock, glam rock as well as the original rock 'n' roll of Chuck Berry and Little Richard. Lyrical themes revolve around the topics of love and its trials and tribulations, and suburban alienation.

The group is often mistaken as glam metal, largely due to their image, which many of the American acts in the 1980s would imitate. Musically however, Hanoi Rocks are not part of that movement nor were they influenced by heavy metal.

Until I Get You:

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