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Finland's major export to the world of heavy metal, Hanoi Rocks}, drew much of their sound and inspiration from '70s glam-rock and were thought by some to have fused the two styles more successfully than similar acts such as Motley Crue}. Hanoi Rocks} was founded in 1980 by singer Michael Monroe} (born Matti Fagerholm) and guitarist Andy McCoy} (born Antti Hulkko); after some lineup changes, the rest of the group consisted of guitarist Nasty Suicide} (born Jan Stenfors), bassist Sam Yaffa} (born Saki Takamäki), and drummer Gyp Casino} (born Jesper Sporre). All members except Monroe} had previously played with one or both of the Finnish punk bands Briard} and Pelle Miljoona Oy}. Their Scandinavian-only (at first) debut album, Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks}, was released in 1981, and the band soon went to London to promote themselves and record Oriental Beat}. After it was completed, Casino} was fired and replaced by ex-Demon Preacher} and Dark} drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley}. The band signed to CBS in 1983 and began to spread their name in Britain; their remake of Creedence Clearwater Revival's} "Up Around the Bend" became their only U.K. chart single the next year, from the album Two Steps From the Move}. The band ended the year with a tour of the U.S., but Razzle} was killed in a tragic automobile accident while a passenger in Motley Crue} lead singer Vince Neil's} car. (Neil} was convicted of vehicular manslaughter.) Razzle} was replaced by ex-Clash} drummer Terry Chimes}, but things were never quite the same for Monroe}. He gave the band notice early in 1985, and the group broke up in May after a farewell concert. Chimes}, McCoy}, and Suicide} formed the short-lived Cherry Bombz}, Yaffa} joined Jetboy}, and Monroe} recorded a solo album, Not Fakin' It}, that briefly made the U.S. charts in 1989. Monroe}, Suicide}, and Yaffa} reunited in 1994 as Demolition 23}. In 2002, Monroe and McCoy reformed Hanoi Rocks, releasing Twelve Shots on the Rocks} on the Major Leiden label and started touring once again. ~ Steve Huey, All Music Guide

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