Michael Monroe embarked on a solo career when his previous outfit, Hanoi Rocks, disbanded around the unfortunate death of drummer Razzle due in part
Micheal Monroe - Not Fakin' It (Mercury) 1989
Jail or Rock 'n Roll." (4:31)
Monroe's debut "Nights Are So Long" was a colloboration between Monroe and the Dead Boys vocalist Stiv Bators, and dedicated to deceased Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle. Because of legal problems this album saw limited distribution and became the demo for this, his first major label solo album. The album featured guest appearances from Anton Fig (Kiss/Frehley's Comet & David Letterman), John Reagan (Frehley's Comet), Nasty Suicide (Hanoi Rocks) and from Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, Little Steven. Overall a good glam rock album with an overly clean production. My favorite track is the cover of Nazareth's "Not Fakin' It" and the campy opening track "Dead, Jail or Rock 'n Roll." The musicianship is as good as can be expected and Monroe's vocals are excellent. However, as with Hanoi Rocks I find Monroe's material to lack a lot of hooks, which is essential to this type of music.