Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks

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Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks
Bangkok Shocks Saigon Shakes Hanoi Rocks.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 1981
RecordedJanuary 1981
Park Studio, Stockholm, Sweden
Genre
Length36:34
LabelJohanna Kustannus
Producer"The Muddy Twins" (Andy McCoy & Michael Monroe)
Hanoi Rocks chronology
Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks
(1981)
Oriental Beat
(1982)
Singles from Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks
  1. "Tragedy"
    Released: February 1981 (Finland, Sweden), April 1982 (Japan)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]

Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks is the first studio album by the Finnish rock band Hanoi Rocks, released in 1981.

Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks was recorded in January 1981, between Hanoi Rocks' club shows. While the album was produced by Andy McCoy and Michael Monroe under the name "The Muddy Twins" (inspired by "The Glimmer Twins"), the album was recorded by Swedish Seppo Johansson, who worked at the studio.[3] Even though the album is regarded by many as good, Andy McCoy commented in the December, 1981 issue of Soundi that Johansson ruined many of the songs. Also Michael Monroe says that he can't listen to his singing on the first Hanoi-album, as his voice wasn't very good yet.[4]

The album was originally going to be titled Some Like It Hot or Some Like It Cut,[5] but Jim Pembroke suggested the name Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks, which the band ultimately chose.[6]

The biggest hit of the album was "Tragedy". "Walking With My Angel" is a cover of a song from 1961 by Bobby Vee. "Don't Never Leave Me" was re-recorded and released as "Don't You Ever Leave Me" on Hanoi Rocks' fifth album Two Steps from the Move.

The album appears several times in the 2000 film High Fidelity.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Tragedy"Andy McCoy3:54
2."Village Girl"Andy McCoy3:10
3."Stop Cryin'"Andy McCoy3:38
4."Don't You Ever Leave Me"Andy McCoy3:55
5."Lost in the City"Andy McCoy3:45
6."First Timer"Andy McCoy2:54
7."Cheyenne"Andy McCoy3:21
8."11th Street Kids"Andy McCoy3:45
9."Walking with My Angel"Gerry Goffin, Carole King2:10
10."Pretender"Andy McCoy3:30
2013 Japanese remastered edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Cafe Avenue" (original version)Andy McCoy4:55
12."Rebel On The Run"Andy McCoy2:49
13."I Love You" (demo)Andy McCoy2:07

Personnel[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Peak
1981 Finnish Albums Chart[7] 14

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phillips, William; Cogan, Brian (2009). Encyclopedia of Heavy Metal Music. ABC-CLIO. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-31334-801-3.
  2. ^ Demalon, Tom. "Bangkok Shocks, Saigon Shakes, Hanoi Rocks > Overview". Allmusic. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
  3. ^ Ari Väntänen, Michael Monroe & Andy McCoy. Hanoi Rocks: All Those Wasted Years, LIKE, 2008. Pg. 106. ISBN 978-952-01-0246-3
  4. ^ Ari Väntänen, Michael Monroe & Andy McCoy. Hanoi Rocks: All Those Wasted Years, LIKE, 2008. Pg. 108. ISBN 978-952-01-0246-3
  5. ^ Ari Väntänen, Michael Monroe & Andy McCoy. Hanoi Rocks: All Those Wasted Years, LIKE, 2008. Pg. 105. ISBN 978-952-01-0246-3
  6. ^ Ari Väntänen, Michael Monroe & Andy McCoy. Hanoi Rocks: All Those Wasted Years, LIKE, 2008. Pg. 112. ISBN 978-952-01-0246-3
  7. ^ Timo. "Suomen vanhat albumilistat: 1981".

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