Self Destruction Blues

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Self Destruction Blues
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Studio album by
ReleasedAugust, 1982
LabelJohanna Kustannus, Lick Records
Producer"The Muddy Twins" (Andy McCoy and Michael Monroe)
Hanoi Rocks chronology
Oriental Beat
Self Destruction Blues
Back to Mystery City
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
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]

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 have recorded a cover version of "Beer and a Cigarette" for their 1993 release "The Spaghetti Incident?". Of note is the fact that although Gyp Casino plays 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]

1."Love's an Injection"Andy McCoy3:26
2."I Want You"Andy McCoy3:14
3."Café Avenue"Andy McCoy3:22
4."Nothing New"Andy McCoy3:19
5."Kill City Kills"Andy McCoy, Ralf Örn4:27
6."Self Destruction Blues"Andy McCoy2:44
7."Beer and a Cigarette"Andy McCoy3:21
8."Whispers in the Dark"Andy McCoy, Grant, Ian Vincent3:34
9."Taxi Driver"Andy McCoy4:16
10."Desperados"Andy McCoy3:59
11."Problem Child"Andy McCoy2:01
12."Dead By X-Mas"Andy McCoy2:58
2013 Japanese remastered edition
13."In The Year '79 (It's Too Late)"Andy McCoy2:16
14."Love's An Injection (demo)"Andy McCoy3:04
15."Black Sabbath (featuring Razzle on vocals & Michael on drums) (BLACK SABBATH cover)"Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler, Bill Ward4:02


Additional musicians[edit]

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

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Peak
1982 Finnish Albums Chart[3] 28


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


  1. ^ "50 Greatest Hair Metal Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. October 13, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2019.
  2. ^ Raggett, Ned. "Self Destruction Blues - Hanoi Rocks | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
  3. ^ Timo. "Suomen vanhat albumilistat: 1982".
  4. ^ a b c Timo. "Suomen vanhat singlelistat: 1981".
  5. ^ Timo. "Suomen vanhat singlelistat: 1982".