Okay folks. With the last couple of posts I wandered away from the raw, but still glittery rock'n'punk that I love. So to get back on track here's something that everyone should have.
Although unfortunately for you I'm going to waffle on a bit first. If you can't be arsed with that though just look at the big picture and jump to the comments for a nice little link.
The honour of being lauded as legendary appears to have been devalued over the last couple of decades.
It's a term that seems to be bestowed left, right and centre on any band who has sold a couple of million records regardless of whether they can actually keep a beat, or carry a tune.
At one time it had to be justified beyond a doubt before it would be uttered.
Take James Brown. he played legendary live shows, No argument about that at all. Frank Sinatra was a larger than life legend. Once again who could disagree? Elvis Presley is the King of rock and roll. Now that's legendary.
Johnny Cash? Cut him in half and it says legend through him like a stick of Blackpool rock. MC5, The Stooges, NY Dolls, Ramones, Pistols and Clash are all legends as they served as catalysts and lit a rocking flame in the hearts of the dispossessed wherever they played.
Now everyone from the Pussycat Dolls to the latest Disney corp wet dream inducing teens are classed as legends.
It's bollocks isn't it?
However Hanoi Rocks who barely got a mention in the mainstream press, and who you rarely seen on the television were without a shadow of a doubt legendary in every aspect of their existence.
From the moment they got together in 1979 they had the attitude in place and then throughout their career walked the walk and talked the talk of debauched rock and roll destruction.
Their steadfast refusal to be forced into a firm pigeon-hole and be categorized probably didn't do them any favours, but it adds to their bitter-sweet legendary tale.
Too rock and roll for the punks, too punk rock for the hair metal crews, just too much junkie business for the world to handle if truth be told, they managed to forge ahead doing just what they fuck they wanted.
To this day they are mentioned as being iconic trailblazers who influenced just about any rocker who is worth commenting on, and to me this is why they are deserving of the legendary tag.
I could have put up something from Hanoi Rocks Mark 1, but instead I thought that it would probably be a bit different to highlight the band that bowed out under the name.
Hope you enjoy.