Johnny loved them, fans too (even Guns N Roses...). That's the first piece by them (along with their live album at Marquee) i bought and still remains a favorite listen. For all those suckers who thinks of Hanoi as a sleaze band, i have just one thing to say... Good night and so long.
Hanoi Rocks are basically a punk rock band. Just like the Dolls or the Clash. They loved also early Alice Cooper and T-Rex. They wrote (or steal) the best riffs and melodies of the rock n' roll history, even from 60s girl groups like the Shangri-Las but they did it with respect and devotion. We're not talking here about parthenogenesis. Good ol' rock n' roll for kids to dance as Johnny Thunders used to say. Not the best place for a newbie since it's a collection with some of their (many) best tracks ("Tragedy", "Taxi Driver", "Back to the Mystery City", "Motorvatin'", "Rebel on the Run" etc) plus some brilliant sounding demos they did with Rene Berg (R.I.P.) and Razzle (fuck you Vince Neil! - R.I.P.). The reasons i post this and not par example, "Two Steps from the Move" it's for the one & only "Hanoi" appearance of Rene's masterpiece "Fast Car" and all the fond memories re-birthing every time i put it on! I still get the chills and all of my skittles going up when i hear Michael Monroe singin':
"I got skintight jeans and high-heel shoes
A leather jacket and nothin' to lose
Gonna rock the nation down the filling station
Don't try to get a ride in my Cadillac
You don't look good enough for that
Sure I am a loner but I'm never alone I get by on my own
I gotta pull... I'm motorvatin '"