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Back to Mystery City

Hanoi Rocks

1983

Back to Mystery City

Album Summary

Back to Mystery City is the fourth studio album by the Finnish rock band Hanoi Rocks, released in 1983. It was produced by ex-Mott the Hoople members Dale Griffin and Pete "Overend" Watts, and was the first with Razzle on drums. Besides Hanoi Rocks, the album also features keyboardist Morgan Fisher, and Miriam Stockley on backing vocals, who had also sung with Pink Floyd.

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Rating

2.68

Votes

4507

Genres

  • Hard Rock
  • Metal
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Fri Feb 26 2021
1

I'm genuinely confused by this album, or at least its inclusion on this list. Nothing I heard seemed new, novel, or influential. The recording quality was mediocre, and song writing basic, the execution lukewarm. Maybe I missed something, but I don't think I'll be listening again to find out.

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Mon Jul 12 2021
1

Bad 80s Glam. The sound of doing blow off of a Macy's credit card

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Wed Oct 20 2021
1

Not really sure how this made it onto the 1001 list, but I can only assume it's bribery.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
5

I loved this album, even though the first time I listened to it tracks 2-8 were not the correct songs. Seems Apple Music has the wrong songs associated with tracks 4-8 were the wrong songs. Whatever songs those were I listened to the first time sounded like Hanoi Rocks and I really liked them... After re-listening with the correct tracks (than you YouTube): I LOVE THIS ALBUM. This band is really amazing. Some pretty strong rock tracks in here ("Malibu Beach Nightmare") with some punk and glam and 50s stuff - all blended together into BACK TO MYSTERY CITY. There are touches of Queen, Meat Loaf, the B-52s, the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack - all have done some similar mixing before… What's great here is Hanoi Rocks has their own spin on these winning combinations. I loved every song on here. The styles varied a bit but still felt like a cohesive album. Some wild fun sound-effect shenanigans in the opening and scattered here and there - like the farm animals in "Tooting Bec Wreck", the spacey echoey effects in "Until I Get You,” the bells in “Ice Cream Summer.” Well done without being overdone. This is some of the best punk/rock/glam/50's style music around. I wish I had discovered them in the 80s as I think it would have enhanced my adolescence. Nevertheless lots of fun now, the lyrics were interesting, and I will listen to this often. And after being exposed to some additional Hanoi Rocks through the misidentified mystery tracks, will follow up with some more of their albums. HANOI ROCKS ROCKS!

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

Hanoi Rocks delivers a delightfully catchy glam rock record, with favorites coming out of 'Until I Get You' and 'Mental Beat'. The arrangements are quite methodical and measured, with Razzle's familiar classic rock drum patterns fastening the album. A Finnish band singing in English could make you mistake Hanoi Rocks for a Brit band, which affords it extra substance as a generally pleasant listen.

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Tue Nov 10 2020
3

Not on Spotify, and the track order is backwards on the YouTube playlist. Fuck you, nerds. This guys hair is so amazing. I wish I had enough hair to rock that look. This is an otherwise solid rock and roll album from the 80s. Definitely worth the listen.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Dumb glam that doesn't really go anywhere or do much interesting. A couple of fun hooks

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Mon Jan 10 2022
2

Um yeah, not too sure. Some sort of 80s punk/hair metal from Finland. If this has any relevance to the world of music, it must be lost on my ill-informed ears, but this could safely have never been made.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
2

The Mystery: What would it sound like if Poison made a Replacements album? The Answer: This record.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
5

Everything that I love about rock!

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

Normalnie byłoby 4, ale 5 za kickoff ;-)

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Fri May 27 2022
5

Long time music listener, first time glam rock enjoyer. Seriously, the 80s form of glam rock has never really jelled with me, but *man* did I enjoy this album. Sounds like it was made for huge stages and big festivals, insert your own crowd chanting while listening. I'm not sure if it's the use of the name "Rosalita" and the killer saxophone solo in "Ice Cream Summer", but man, it sounds just like Springsteen went glam. Early on in the record, I thought, "this isn't bad," and near the end I was super into it. Fuck it. I'm feeling generous tonight. Favorite tracks: "Mental Beat", "Tooting Bec Wreck", "Beating Gets Faster", "Ice Cream Summer"

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

I spent my entire 8 hours of work listening to just this artist.... good stuff

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Fri Sep 18 2020
4

Je ne connaissais pas, ça rock !

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Thu Feb 25 2021
4

FInnish glam rock. Surprisingly enjoyable. Need to dig deeper into these guys.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
4

Rather enjoyed this album.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

Never even heard of this bunch before. Nice fun glam mental album.

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Wed Nov 17 2021
4

Better than I expected, influences of/on the clash, manics, ultrasound, maybe even the jam. Didn't know they were Finnish before this, makes them 77% more interesting!

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Fri Nov 26 2021
4

Nice hardrock

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Thu Dec 02 2021
4

enjoyed it a lot

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Wed Dec 29 2021
4

Better than expected

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Thu Dec 30 2021
4

LOVED IT

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Wed Jan 19 2022
4

Fun glam rock album! Way to go Finland!

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Muy bueno

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Mah mah mah maaaa rosalitaaaaa Loved the classic rock vibes, really great album 4/5

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Thu Feb 17 2022
4

Rock on!

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Thu Mar 24 2022
4

03/23/22

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

this is from the 80s

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Better than I expected, influences of/on the clash, manics, ultrasound, maybe even the jam. Didn't know they were Finnish before this, makes them roughly 77% more interesting!

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Thu Mar 31 2022
4

Pretty good. A cross between punk rock and a hair band…glam rock?

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Fri Apr 22 2022
4

Normally I wouldn't give the time of day to heavy guitar oriented rock from the early 80s but something about this caught my interest. At the end of the day I'm happy Spotify had only half the tunes available since I would have likely got bored if I had to listen to an hour of this.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
4

Never even heard of this band but damn if this album wasn't a lot of fun.

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

I really need to stop judging a book by its cover. This band looks terrible by all accounts and I was ready to hit the 1, maaaybe 2 star button. Boy was I wrong, this wasn't 80s synth heavy glam, but a rock album through and through. Fast guitars, driving drums, a singer that can belt, this was a fun listen to aside from one or two songs that didn't land. Hanoi Rocks sounds like what Kiss looks like.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
4

This is a weird album. It seems as though Hanoi Rocks was unsure of what kind of band they were. It's glam, it's rock, it's pop, it's punk. It's a really odd, and at times exceptionally awkward, stew of genre tropes and my initial impressions were not good, to be honest. But, as the album progressed, it started to win me over. "Back to Mystery City" is very strange but, on balance, it's fun and interesting. I think the novelty is worth a star.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

I know Hanoi Rocks from the "Peacemaker" show. So I was kinda prepared for HR... ...what I was not prepared for was the fact that I was going to actually like the album. Yeah, it's very 80s, but it hit something in me that I kinda was missing. I really kinda dug it. Can't explain, really, Maybe it was the other stuff I was listening to previously today, I don't know. But I really enjoyed it.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Hell yes. Toes that very fine line between shambolic and inspired, a sleazy, poppy, dirty little diamond that draws equally on punk and glam heritage. 'Mental Beat' is a brilliant track. You know why? Because it's basically 'Next Big Thing' by the Dictators, which also ruled. They wrote 'Lick Summer Love' themselves though, which also smokes. Great record!

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Fri Jul 15 2022
4

Very ska-punkish

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Thu Aug 11 2022
4

Pretty good actually 3 Love it 4

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Sun Aug 14 2022
4

Really enjoyed this punkish dose of proto hair metal.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

Really great stuff. It’s a shame I can’t listen to Apple Music. YouTube ads kind of ruined the flow a bit but there’s some killer tracks on here!

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Gets a lot of hate, but enjoyed the ride

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

Big hair, big riffs, big fun. Rating: 3.5/5 Playlist track: Malibu Beach Nightmare Date listened: 31/08/22

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Wed Sep 07 2022
4

Chips and hooks and charisma

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Thu Sep 22 2022
4

I've got a soft spot for 80s glam rock. Lot of this sounds like it could be on a GTA vice city radio station and that's no bad thing Tacky but enjoyed it!

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Tooting bec wreck

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

This would be a fun, 3 star-worthy album if it were just some guys from, like, Branson Missouri. The fact that they're from Finland bumps it up to 4 stars for me. They do such an excellent job of imitating/replicating that early 80's American sound of punk-leading-into-glam-rock. It's good!

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Mon Oct 31 2022
4

Pretty good compared to most of the mid 80s European post punk that we absolutely HAVE to listen to

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Sun Nov 27 2022
4

Entretenido

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Thu Apr 08 2021
3

1984. Key Songs: Malibu Beach Nightmare, Back To Mystery City

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Thu Dec 10 2020
3

3.5

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

Enjoyable but not enough to leave a lasting impression

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

Record is good but the album they did after this one has way more bangers on it. Very underrated band but didn't age as well as Motley Crue.

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Thu Feb 25 2021
3

Another familiar name with little context that comes to mind. Finnish glam rock? Extra points for weirdness, especially in the first half, and a really first tier album title.

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Wed Apr 28 2021
3

not my cup of tea but had some enjoyable moments

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Wed Jan 27 2021
3

I was going to give a two, but then when I heard the saxophone I decided to add another star.

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Sun Jun 06 2021
3

more 80's meh... at least it doesn't have those synths

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Wed Jul 21 2021
3

rock de los ochenta. No esta mal.

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Sun Feb 28 2021
3

rock. from the 80s. some songs missing on spotify. nothing lifechanging

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Wed May 26 2021
3

Nothing too special but some enjoyable glammy punk. I managed to get the whole album on YouTube as Spotify didn't have it all

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Thu May 20 2021
3

better than expected

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Thu Jun 10 2021
3

Not a huge fan of hair metal, other than the aesthetics, but this album was a pleasant surprise.

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Sun May 16 2021
3

Très sympa n'en deplaise à l'horrible Rob Wuppert qui n'aura décidément jamais rien compris à la musique

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Wed Jun 23 2021
3

Some solid 80s rock 'n' roll. 7.9/10

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Fri Jun 18 2021
3

I don't think I've heard of this band before, and all of the music seemed new. There was some decent rock on this album. There were tracks that hinted at hair metal of the 80s ("Strange Boys Play Weird Openings") and other tracks that fit in with tracks from Billy Idol ("Back to Mystery City"). The album was okay, but I don't think I'd ever sit down to listen to the whole album again.

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Mon Jun 07 2021
3

Overall I liked it. Not amazing but ok.

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Sun Aug 15 2021
3

had never heard this album - and i may well have heard of these guys, but gotten them mixed up with saigon kick, which would most certainly have tainted my view of them. good to have that cleared up. this was fun - and super cool that these guys are finns, to boot.

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Mon Sep 06 2021
3

Vaikka kuinka suomilasein yrittää katsoa niin vähän keskinkertaiseksi rokkipläjäykseksi tämä jää. Ei sinänsä häiritsevää, mutta ei kyllä millään tavalla innostavaa tai mielenkiintoistakaan. Oikeastaan ainoa biisi joka jollain tavalla herätti mielenkiinnon oli Back To Mystery Cityn demoversio. Varmaan siinä oli enemmän rockmeininkiä kuin muussa levyssä, joka toisinaan kuulosti häiritsevän siloitellulta ja lattealta. Peruskolmonen.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
3

Not call album on spotify

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Wed Sep 22 2021
3

Some I liked and some I didn't. 0RS

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Wed Oct 20 2021
3

Sounds a bit like the clash. Strong bass. But... Kinda sounds basic.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
3

It is catchy rock n roll, and maybe a few more listens might endear it to me, but for the moment so-so 3stars

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Mon Nov 08 2021
3

Pues bien, lo escuché de fondo, mientras trabajaba y no logró cautivarme. Me llamaron la atención solamente "Lick Summer Love" y la canción titular. De ahí en fuera, yo creo que okay sin aplausos. 7/10

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

I'd never heard of Hanoi Rocks. I think I would have really loved this album 30 years ago when I was listening to L.A. Guns and Motley Crue. I really liked Malibu Beach Nightmare and Back to Mystery City and, to a lesser extent, Mental Beat. The others felt like a bit of a slog for me.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

Some rock from the 80s. I wasn’t a big fan of similar music in the 80s and I guess I am still not. It doesn’t offend my delicate sensibilities, and it doesn’t stand out as something that I will listen to again.

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Mon Nov 22 2021
3

It's decent rock 'n' roll. Absolutely listenable. I love the descriptions of the songs on Wikipedia maybe more than the songs themselves. They certainly enhanced the experience. I think I liked "Tooting Bec Wreck" the best. Synthesizer, rats, drugs, and a great neighborhood name.

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Sun Nov 28 2021
3

I liked this more than I expected to based on the cover. It was actually pretty enjoyable.

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Wed Dec 08 2021
3

5/10

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Thu Dec 16 2021
3

Interesting story, I was only vaguely aware of this band and no idea they were from Finland. But album is pretty average

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Fri Jan 21 2022
3

Looked intimidating but was good!

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Wed Feb 02 2022
3

Considering I don't ever listen to glam rock, this is probably one of my favorites in the genre. Especially because of the punk sound they have. I look forward to checking out their other records.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
3

it was veryyy hardcore. I didn’t hate it i thought it was loud and cool but it didn’t have like a click or something specific i liked about it.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Might be the only Finnish album on here. Gotta respect it

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Hanoi rocks ROCKS!!!!

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Solid album. Finland represent.

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Fri Mar 04 2022
3

Kinda fun. Not a fan of the glam subgenre but this felt kinda different. Love the random ass use of horns.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

I enjoyed this more than I feel I "should" do (or expected to, for that matter). I think I just admire the sheer unlikeliness of a Finnish band writing a song about Tooting Bec.

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Sun Mar 13 2022
3

Basic glam rock from the 80s. Nothing special. Reminded me of The Clash sometimes.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
3

Another reviewer describes this album as "dumb glam." I mean, yeah. Isn't it great? Well, I had a blast listening to this album, but it turns out if you're listening on Spotify, this is not Back to Mystery City. About half the tracks are mislabeled. With a little digging on YouTube, you should be able to find the others. These are the actual songs Spotify shows as being on the album: 1) Strange Boys Play Weird Openings; 2) Malibu Beach Nightmare; 3) Mental Beat; 4) Don't You Ever Leave Me (mislabeled); 5) Lost in the City (mislabeled); 6) First Timer (mislabeled); 7) Cheyenne (mislabeled); 8) Beating Gets Faster; 9) Ice Cream Summer; 10) Back to Mystery City. In spite of the annoyance of having to find the right tracks, I really enjoyed listening to this. Hanoi Rocks gets associated so much with 80s glam metal that I was expecting not to like this, but they're better than a lot of those bands. This album has a Mott-Meets-Sweet-Meets-New York Dolls vibe to it, ramshackle but with a surprising pop sensibility. The songs are glammy and trashy and tongue in cheek, all of it in good fun. Fave Songs: Tooting Bec Wreck, Beating Gets Faster, Until I Get You, Ice Cream Summer, Mental Beat, Malibu Beach Nightmare

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

meh glam rock. Must've been a bummer to listen to the radio in the 80's. Can respect that they became an influence for later Glam bands that were better in my opinion.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

Never really listened to this band before, Slightly better than expected - more rock n roll, as I was expecting a Poison vibe. Seems like a band that could have been huge with some really good production - where’ Rick Rubin? I liked “Sailing down the Tears”, rest is good, but not good enough to bump to a four.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

They do rock. Classic 80s hairball tunes.

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

p508. 1983. 3 stars. Above average rock band with glitter and a sly sense of humour. A refreshing change from the 80's synths at the time. You can see where The Killers got their inspiration from. Well done of its kind, but it's hardly essential listening.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

Really enjoyed "Tooting Bec Wreck" some of the other songs were ok.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

Most enjoyable.

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Thu May 19 2022
3

This was something of a throwback to my past and though enjoyable it feels old, like me.

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Greit nok

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Fri May 20 2022
3

Competent fun rock, not really anything special

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Thu Jun 02 2022
3

Album is on YouTube Music for those missing tracks on Spotify.

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Fri Jun 10 2022
3

The five songs I was able to listen to on Spotify were fine

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

“Don’t Judge a Book by its cover” is a common saying and one thing that I have learned is that the same saying can be applied to albums as well. This album was a lot better than I expected although I admit I set the bar down to the Poison / Warrant level (based of course on the cover). It’s not a great album but it was a fun listen, and the songs and musicianship were better than I expected. The style was sort of a glam-punk thing. Not my type of music normally so I probably won't revisit it and I don’t see why it is considered important enough to be on the list. Maybe because they were a Finnish band? I’d say a solid 2.5 rounded up to 3 because I found the Wikipedia story about the lead singer getting spit on in Israel because they thought he was an improperly dressed woman kind of funny.

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Thu Jun 23 2022
3

Um, interesting choice for this list. I have never heard of Hanoi Rocks but they aren't terrible. This album feels like one on your guilty pleasure list - don't really want to tell anyone you like it but deep down there's something about it that you're drawn to. For that reason, it gets an average rating. But nothing more. I just can't justify a higher rating for a fun sounding album by, from what I can tell, just another 80's glam rock band with some tragedy. Really don't know why they're on this list.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
3

Pretty unoffenssive rock. It's fine but not particularly great.

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Wed Jul 06 2022
3

This was fun! And then Vince Neil killed their drummer.

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

A couple catchy tracks (the last three) but no real head turners

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Fri Jul 15 2022
3

Seems to be an influence for 90s rock. Has some good parts, interesting to listen to.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
3

Ok.

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Thu Jul 21 2022
3

Cheesy but good rock

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Wed Jul 27 2022
3

This album is for somebody sadly that somebody is not me... the intro was composed as if it was intended as background music for an 80s ren-fair and frankly I would have enjoyed this album more if the rest of the songs carried a similar theme as to the intro. Continuing on, if you were expecting anything more then VERY 80s hairband love sick puppy vibes then you are in luck this album is not for you however if you somehow find yourself enjoying the assault on your Tympanic membrane and singing along well... dang... I applaud your resilience and grit.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
3

Who knew they were Finnish? The band is exceedingly poorly packaged and one wonders who the band is for. They look like glam-hair metalists (e.g., Motley Crue, Ratt), but then shift into much looser and more tuneful cuts, with indie, roots and roadhouse inflections. Not that it’s great – it’s frequently bashing and the lyrics are rudimentary – like childhood limerick rudimentary (maybe because ESL because Finnish). The rolling pianos and honking saxes are nice touches, but there’s a drum break that was surely lifted from the Bay City Rollers. And too often the band reverts to metal posturing (sometimes in the same songs with more promising alt-y hooks). “Tooting Bec Wreck” is almost indie rock in orientation, like the Replacements on a well organized day. “Sailing Down” is molten and plenty metal for one’s tastes. It’s also brief, which one likes, and surprisingly good doesn’t necessarily equate to great. Plus, serious points off for paving the way to hair metal.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

3.7 - Finnish hair metal?! Well, not really. Actually I'd say this album draws much more heavily from glam and New York punk, thankfully. In fact, at times they sound like a tribute band to Television or some outfit. Still, the playing is proficient, the songwriting and performance loaded with swagger. I especially like the "lick the lips between your legs" moment at the end of "Lick of Summer." Definitely a curiosity worth revisiting down the line.

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Thu Aug 04 2022
3

Pretty good, enjoyed the listen. Straight forward rock album from the early 80’s with a heavy lyrics toward California

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Thu Aug 11 2022
3

Finnish proto-hair band with trademarked 80s harmonica and sax riffs? I’m here for that!

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Thu Sep 15 2022
3

Standard 80s rock - very listenable Quality fell off after first three songs

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Fri Sep 16 2022
3

Finnish glam rock, and it was actually decent. Will wonders never cease?

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Fine - probably wouldn't listen again, but didn't dislike it.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
3

Pretty fun

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Wed Sep 28 2022
3

Superbes coiffures, musique moyenne

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Fri Sep 30 2022
3

Nothing exciting

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

Pretty raucous affair - rock with a distinctive 80s sound, plenty of power guitar solos and fevered drum fills. Some of the lyrics were a little twee for my ears...

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Thu Oct 06 2022
3

I am not sure how groundbreaking this is, considering the other records on the list that kind of fill the same void. I definitely enjoyed it more in the second half, though. Some genuinely catchy melodies there.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

Ei mun genre, mut ihan mielenkiintoista perehtyä lähemmin tähän aika tuntemattomaksi jääneeseen bändiin, ihan ok. Eka suomalainen levy!

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Mon Oct 17 2022
3

I'd like to preface by saying I have no clue why this album is on this list. It's the most steretypical rock album I've ever heard. My only thought was that perhaps it was ahead of its time, but it's from '83, so if anything it's behind it's time, so I can only assume it's because of the former Mott the Hoople production that got it on here. Other than that the album is alright. It's not like it's a bad album, just a boring one. Like a boring early Alice Cooper album. I'm still gonna give it three stars because I did find myself sometimes bobbing my head or just enjoying it, and the vocals are different enough, I suppose. It's a very light three, though.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
3

Really fun glam that isn't overly-obnoxious. Standout is "Sailing Down the Tears".

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Wed Nov 02 2022
3

Sometimes familiar, sometimes unique, sometimes a bit cheesy. An all around fun album.

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Sun Nov 06 2022
3

A strong first half

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Wed Nov 23 2022
3

ändå ganska gött emellanåt

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Fri Nov 06 2020
2

Interesting Finnish Glam Rock before the time thought would be there. Not my jam.

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Wed Feb 03 2021
2

Ok, nothing amazing

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Wed Mar 31 2021
2

Kinda felt like generic punk rock.

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Wed Feb 24 2021
2

As far as I know they did not have any hit in the Netherlands. Had never heard of them. The album had a glamor rock sound especially the song 'Back to Mystery City'. That song sounded to me a lot like Mony Mony by Tommy James and the The Shondells.

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Mon May 17 2021
2

Meh

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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

Competent.

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Wed Jan 27 2021
2

Ice Cream Summer sounds like Weezer. Rest of album is just okay but heard worse on this list.

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Wed May 26 2021
2

Spotify only gave me a few songs from this album to listen to? And what I did listen to, I wasn't a fan of.

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Mon Apr 12 2021
2

A decent listen, Lots of the bands I used to listen to would name these guys as among their influences, but I have never got around to checking them out. I quite like, it didn't sound as dated as I expected, and the songs are really catchy. It does all get a bit samey quite quickly though.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
2

It only let me hear like 3 songs, they were alright i guess

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Mon Jul 12 2021
2

Fun at times, but annoying at more times than that. It felt like the guitars and vola swere fighting against each other rather than complementing each other.

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Wed Mar 17 2021
2

Could only listen to a couple songs on Spotify. The two songs were good though

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Mon Jun 07 2021
2

2/5

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Fri Apr 02 2021
2

Not very fond of the genre

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

Cute Finnish New York Dolls impresarios. Their English is as good as Johansen's but their joi de vivre duller, identity crises absent and wildness overwhelmed by too much attention on 'the look' and too little on gay abandon. Tooting Bec Wreck is a passable Stranded in the Jungle imitation though. Let's hope we get In Too Much Too Soon next so we can see how this shit's really done.

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Fri Jun 11 2021
2

You wanna talk 80s as pejorative? How about 80s as performative? I think what’s missed by the received wisdom that Hair Metal was an aberration is the fact that they actually embodied the fun that they had physically in their music. And just because something’s fun, doesn’t strip it of merit. Quite the opposite. Fun is essential. That being said, it has to be paired with at least one memorable song. This felt like musical candy floss without the aftertaste. Which is to say I remember snaffling down on it and getting a kick at the time. I couldn’t hum you a single snatch of a single song now, though.

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Mon Jun 21 2021
2

every other song is not available on spotify, how annoying. nice intro, deceiving probably. first song is okay, not crazy about it. same goes for the rest of the songs on the album. nothing special. lick summer love is the only song i like a little bit more and its not on spotify :/

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Sun May 16 2021
2

Back to Mystery City fait une entrée fracassante dans le classement des albums avec une pochette moche.

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Fri Jun 25 2021
2

Definitely an 80s feel but not really good 80s. I was not familiar with any of the songs. No need to listen to again.

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Thu Sep 02 2021
2

Non descript inoffensive and ultimately unremarkable hard Rock. 2.5 🌟

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Mon Sep 06 2021
2

Aika tyhjänpäiväistä pehmorokkia. Vaikka onkin suomalainen bändi, niin ei pysty ihan kolmosta antamaan.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
2

Not even their most popular album. Very very generic 80s pop

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Mon Sep 13 2021
2

Very much reflective of the time -- early 80s rock/pop -- and I can see why it would popular. Didn't really do it for me, though. Not sure exactly why, but part of has to with the feeling I get when listening to most of their songs that there's just too much going on and not often in a way that brings it all together.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
2

Didn’t hear anything that interested me, sounded like very underwhelming generic late 80s/90s rock BUT then I saw the date and the fact that this inspired a lot of future bands like Guns N’ Roses. Still very underwhelming, but 2 stars instead of 1 for being ahead of its time.

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Fri Sep 24 2021
2

really plain hair-metal

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Thu Oct 14 2021
2

I feel like this might be the album that created pop punk (as opposed to punk or new wave). Whether that is a good thing or not, I leave to you. I must be honest, it did very little for me... I can see how it might have been important, but it's too affected, too studied to do anything for me. A lot of the noises are right, but they feel constrained by a hideous politeness.

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Fri Oct 22 2021
2

80s cheese

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Wed Nov 17 2021
2

Bleh. Boring rock from the 80s

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Thu Nov 18 2021
2

Has a razor-thin punk edge to the glam rock that this definitely is. Malibu Beach Nightmare has a Ramones surfer music vibe and then weird rockabilly harmonica but it's a banger. They are somehow 'heavier' than more traditionally melodic glam rock whilst still having a very intense 80s vocal curl. Lick Summer Love is a horrendously rapey narrative in the way that the 80s kind of excused a lot in media. Beating Gets Faster has a Blue Oyster Cult feel that really stands out. The good - Malibu Beach Nightmare, Beating Gets Faster, Back to Mystery City. The low - Lick Summer Love

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Wed Dec 15 2021
2

Must admit I only ever knew the story of Razzle and didn't bother to ever listen to this band. Coming from Sweden or Switzerland or wherever it was I guess what they did was different, but I feel like many other LA bands were doing this genre much better than Hanoi Rocks were at the time.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
2

Nothing groundbreaking

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Wed Dec 22 2021
2

Eh.

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Wed Dec 22 2021
2

If I judged this record by the album cover photo alone, I would had given this a hard pass! It was produced by a couple ex-Mott the Hooples (NOT Ian Hunter or Mick Ronson), so it slightly has their sound, as well as maybe the NY Dolls and some riffs from the Dictators, though not done nearly as good as those bands. Parody at best, I expected worse, but they can still go back to mystery city, please.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
2

Meh. I like the beats but the lyrics are rather cheeseball

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Wed Feb 02 2022
2

Generic.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
2

Wow. This seems...random. For years my only exposure to Hanoi Rocks was from the car accident with Motley Crue (I can only hope they're not on this list) that killed their drummer. A bit of reading shows these guys (from Finland) were *hugely* influential on the early 80s hard rock scene, bringing a mix of glam and metal. Ok cool music history moment but what about the music? Yes as it turns out this has a strong early 80s sound but it's more Bowie+New York Dolls+Poison. If that's your bag. Aside from the fact that this sounds like a demo (I'm reminded of Van Halen's unreleased mid-70s demo that sounds similar yet better than this) the album is filled with simple melodies and predictable if not bad good-time party hooks, it's.... fine. So why is this on the 1001 list? Influence? I could be mean and complain that bands that merely influenced some emerging trends but weren't any good themselves should probably not be on this list (...but then i'd just be talking about the horrific abomination that were the Velvet Underground and that's playing dirty). "Sailing Down The Tears" sounds like a coke-fueled bash with Slash playing aside a drunk Alice Cooper. To sum up: this sounds like a good high school band that played their dance in 1983 and then should have gone to college and gotten better at songwriting instead of becoming Poison a few years later. 3/10 2 very dim and generous stars: early 80s "hard rock" for 13 year olds. At least there's melody.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
2

Somewhat generic post punk sounds.

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Wed Feb 16 2022
2

I guess good for them for figuring out the 80s rock sound by 1983. It's pretty middle of the road, wouldn't turn it off but wouldn't turn it up

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Sun Feb 27 2022
2

This is a sleazy unremarkable glamrock album which grabs their influences from Alice Cooper to the New York Dolls. The songs are very stock-standard, 13-in-a-dozen. Never bad, but never achieving anything more than mediocrity. Thus far, 50 albums in, I have the feeling that the creators of the list of 1001 albums you must hear before you die never really enjoyed hard rock much because the inclusion of the albums are terrible, even though there's so much greatness to be found in the genre.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
2

Well, this is mock rock at iut's worst I think, a pastiche of the New York Dolls, with sub Sex Pistols and Adam and the Ants. I get a Mott the Hoople without the talent or irony vibe. (Not surprising as it was produced by Dale Griffin & Overend Watts) I can get what they were trying to do but for me it is a mediocre punk/glam offering. If I had to choose a favourite Track it would be the title track. Not one for me I am afraid.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
2

Not as bad as I expected. But still bad..

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Sun Mar 13 2022
2

Non descript inoffensive and ultimately unremarkable hard Rock. 2.5 🌟

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Wed Mar 23 2022
2

I mean...I didn't HATE it, but I can't say there was anything memorable about this album for me. I guess my fave track was Malibu Beach Nightmare, and I have a memory of liking the first few tracks MUCH more than the second half of the album. Not a BAD album but would never re listen.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
2

This is music that a band would play in a cutaway gag from 30 Rock. Gotta respect that man’s hair tho.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
2

Only thing I know about this band is that their drummer was the guy Vince Neil killed. This is mostly glammed up new wave - I was expecting hair metal, which would have been preferable. Amateur hour. 2.5/5.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
2

Very inoffensive in what feels like a novel way.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
2

Nothing special, had to listen via YouTube which is never a good experience

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Wed Apr 27 2022
2

The only possible reason this could be on this list is because the author has some nostalgic memories of listening to this while drinking beer in the parking lot after high school with his buddies or something. This is pretty bland and generic glam rock.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
2

Dude whatever. This is absolutely not something you need to listen to before you die. This is something you find in your dad's CD rack and even he would be like "I don't remember this one". A 2/5 since I don't actually hate the songs here, they're really simple and kind of boring, but I can still listen to them. I'm mostly just baffled at why this was included.

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Sun May 15 2022
2

Ok.

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Wed May 18 2022
2

Scores low on the 'why is it on the list' scale (as far as I can tell it's special because... they're from Finland?) Gains back 2.5 stars for some rather fun and catchy glam rock bops.

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Thu May 19 2022
2

Hard rock, tunge trommer, rimelig skinger vokal, et par okay numre

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Thu May 19 2022
2

nah

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Fri May 20 2022
2

min første tanke va at detta såg plagsomt ut va heldigvis litt bedre men ikkje så veldig likte tooting bec wrecked for den va litt joy division aktig i starten

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Fri May 20 2022
2

It tinges with hair metal production and punk music. It sadly doesn’t do either of these things very well. To quote NOFX “I don’t think Hanoi Rocks.”

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Wed Jun 01 2022
2

Good last song.... why is this on the list?

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Thu Jun 02 2022
2

An odd kind fusion of glam rock and punk. I mean, it wasn't bad by any means but probably won't be in my rotation.

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Thu Jun 09 2022
2

Rock is my bag, but this is not. Very forgettable!

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Sun Jun 12 2022
2

Didnt really grab me

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Wed Jul 06 2022
2

This is not what I thought Hanoi Rocks was going to sound like. Am I crazy? As a glam rock consumer of the mid to late 80s, I thought they arrived much later than they actually did. So this is kind of a nice surprise, though still pretty thin. Engaging songs, but nothing that made me want to hear it twice.

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Thu Jul 14 2022
2

hair band 80's sound. Not very distinctive to me, just okay.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
2

This is pretty bland and generic, though its not as much of a torture session as yesterday's

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Sun Aug 14 2022
2

Was a solid rock album. Pretty generic sounding for the era.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
2

Get ekki sagt að þetta finnska 80s hár-rokk hafi heillað mig mikið.

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Wed Aug 24 2022
2

Me pareció un tanto punk

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Fri Sep 09 2022
2

Interesting album. Couldn’t get into it, but I get the appeal frm the point of someone who appreciates rock/metal ina different way than I do.

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Sat Sep 10 2022
2

Late-to-the-game 70s style glam rock from 1983.... which I have nothing against. What I have something against is the lack of good songwrighting. Nothing here makes me want to listen to this again. 2/5

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Wed Sep 14 2022
2

bland

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Thu Sep 15 2022
2

For this to be one of the albums I have to listen to before I die, it is not easy to find on some services. However, after work - it is very glam 80s rock - which can be fun when you are in the mood for it.

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Wed Sep 21 2022
2

Maybe it’s because I had to listen to it on you tube instead of iTunes but it got old kinda quickly.

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Thu Sep 22 2022
2

Thought it was fairly "meh" for glam rock. Didn't particularly dislike it but nothing stood out either.

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Wed Sep 28 2022
2

j'ai peu de choses à dire

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Mon Oct 10 2022
2

Nothing of note to be honest - all a bit samey apart from the intro track.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
2

Känns son The Hives har hittat inspiration från detta finska band. Tror att plattan behöver ett par lyssningar för att sätta sig.

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