Not Fakin' It

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Not Fakin' It
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Studio album by Michael Monroe
Released September 1989 (1989-09)[1]
Recorded Atlantic Studios in New York City
Genre Hard rock, glam metal
Length 39:07[2]
Label PolyGram
Producer Michael Monroe, Michael Frondelli
Michael Monroe chronology
Nights Are So Long
(1987)Nights Are So Long1987
Not Fakin It
Peace of Mind
(1996)Peace of Mind1996
Singles from Not Fakin' It
  1. "Dead, Jail or Rock 'N' Roll" / "Shakedown"
    Released: 1989[3]
  2. "Man with No Eyes"
    Released: 1989[4]
  3. "She's No Angel" / "Not Fakin' It"
    Released: 1989[5]
  4. "While You Were Looking at Me" / "Love Is Thicker than Blood"
    Released: 1990[6]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Not Fakin' It is the second studio album by Hanoi Rocks singer Michael Monroe, released in September 1989 through PolyGram; a remastered edition was reissued through Lemon Recordings in 2003.[7] The album is Monroe's most commercially successful solo release to date, reaching No. 14 on the Finnish albums chart,[8] No. 161 on the U.S. Billboard 200,[9] and being certified gold in Japan.[8] The music video for "Dead, Jail or Rock 'N' Roll" featured Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose and received substantial rotation on MTV; it was later covered by the band Warrant for their 2002 album Under the Influence. The track "Angel" is a re-recording of the song "She's No Angel" which had appeared on Monroe's previous album, Nights Are So Long.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Dead, Jail or Rock 'N' Roll" Michael Monroe, Little Steven, Nasty Suicide 4:31
2. "While You Were Looking at Me" Steven 4:03
3. "She's No Angel" (Heavy Metal Kids cover) Gary Holton, Monroe, Stiv Bators 3:52
4. "All Night with the Lights On" Monroe, Phil Grande, Danny Lewis 3:52
5. "Not Fakin' It" (Nazareth cover) Dan McCafferty, Manny Charlton, Pete Agnew, Darrell Sweet 3:52
6. "Shakedown" Monroe, Grande 3:13
7. "Man with No Eyes" Monroe, Grande 3:58
8. "Love Is Thicker than Blood" Monroe, Martin Briley 4:14
9. "Smoke Screen" Monroe, Steven, Suicide 4:05
10. "Thrill Me" Monroe, Grande 3:27
Total length: 39:07


Chart performance[edit]

Year Chart Position
1989 Finnish albums chart 14[8]
Billboard 200 161[9]


  1. ^ a b Ginsberg, Geoff. "Not Fakin' It - Michael Monroe". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  2. ^ Not Fakin' It (CD edition "Mercury 838 627-2").
  3. ^ "Michael Monroe - Dead, Jail Or Rock'N'Roll (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  4. ^ "Michael Monroe - Man With No Eyes (song)". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  5. ^ "Michael Monroe – She's No Angel". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  6. ^ "Michael Monroe – While You Were Looking At Me". Discogs. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  7. ^ "Not Fakin It - Michael Monroe". Cherry Red Records. Retrieved 2014-03-14.
  8. ^ a b c Väntänen, Ari. "Michael Monroe". Like Kustannus. 2011. ISBN 978-952-01-0528-0.
  9. ^ a b "Not Fakin' It - Michael Monroe | Awards". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 2014-03-14.