Self Destruction Blues

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Self Destruction Blues
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Studio album by Hanoi Rocks
Released August, 1982
Recorded 1980-1982
Genre Glam punk
Hard rock
Length 40:41
Label Johanna Kustannus, Lick Records
Producer "The Muddy Twins" (Andy McCoy and Michael Monroe)
Hanoi Rocks chronology
Oriental Beat
(1982)Oriental Beat1982
Self Destruction Blues
Back to Mystery City
(1983)Back to Mystery City1983
Singles from Self Destruction Blues
  1. "I Want You"
    Released: November, 1980
  2. "Desperados"
    Released: November, 1981
  3. "Dead By X-Mas"
    Released: December, 1981
  4. "Love's An Injection"
    Released: 1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Self Destruction Blues is the third album by the Finnish rock band Hanoi Rocks, released in 1982. Although often listed as a studio album, Self Destruction Blues is a compilation of singles and B-sides that the band recorded in 1981 and 1982. None of the tracks on Self Destruction Blues, however, appear on their previous albums. Guns N' Roses were rumoured to record a cover version of "Beer and a Cigarette" for their 1993 release "The Spaghetti Incident?". Of note is the fact that although Gyp Casino appears on the LP, his replacement Razzle actually appears on the cover.

"Dead By X-Mas" has been covered by the Japanese hardcore band The Piass in 1994, the US punk band The Hillstreet Stranglers in 2005, US punk band The Murder City Devils, the British electro group Sohodolls in 2007 and the Finnish rockabilly band Big Daddy & Rockin’ Combo in 2008.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Love's an Injection" Andy McCoy 3:26
2. "I Want You" Andy McCoy 3:14
3. "Café Avenue" Andy McCoy 3:22
4. "Nothing New" Andy McCoy 3:19
5. "Kill City Kills" Andy McCoy, Ralf Örn 4:27
6. "Self Destruction Blues" Andy McCoy 2:44
7. "Beer and a Cigarette" Andy McCoy 3:21
8. "Whispers in the Dark" Andy McCoy, Grant, Ian Vincent 3:34
9. "Taxi Driver" Andy McCoy 4:16
10. "Desperados" Andy McCoy 3:59
11. "Problem Child" Andy McCoy 2:01
12. "Dead By X-Mas" Andy McCoy 2:58
2013 Japanese remastered edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "In The Year '79 (It's Too Late)" Andy McCoy 2:16
14. "Love's An Injection (demo)" Andy McCoy 3:04
15. "Black Sabbath (featuring Razzle on vocals & Michael on drums) (BLACK SABBATH cover)" Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward 4:02


Additional musicians[edit]

  • Razzle – vocals on #15
  • Keimo Hirvonen – drums on #2 and #5

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Peak
1982 Finnish Albums Chart[2] 28


Year Single Chart Peak
1981 "I Want You" Finnish Singles Chart[3] 20
"Desperados" Finnish Singles Chart[4] 10
"Dead by X-mas" Finnish Singles Chart[5] 6
1982 "Love's an Injection" Finnish Singles Chart[6] 1