Biographies

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Steve Dior

Steve's first band was with Barry Jones in around 1974 with Barry Jones and Chrissy Hynde. This band was not named, gigged or recorded but when Steve "got good" on the Guitar the boys kicked Chrissie out and formed a band called the Quickspurts.

This led to The Idols which recorded a single called You with Girl That I love on the B Side. The final line-up of the Idols in 1979 was Steve, Barry, Jerry Nolan, Walter Lure and Arthue Kane.

Then there was: The Idols With Sid Vicious which is released on CD under New Rose Blue Label. After The Sex Pistols broke up, and before the end of Sid , Nancy Spungen managed to get her man a few club gigs. As documented so succinctly in the film Sid & Nancy, Sid was worthless on stage and the "fans" let it be known. The CD is strictly for collectors.

The history and times of the London Cowboys can be found here.

After the Cowboys Steve formed a band called Filthy Lucre which recorded a Album "Pop Spear" and appeared on the Johnny Thunders Tribute CD along with Jeff Dahl, Dogs, Cosa Nostra Band, Bebe Buell, Barry Jones, Jet Boys, Sil Sylvain.

Steve Dior was playing in Los Angeles in a band called the Black Tonged Bells until 2002 and is currently working with Barry again who lives close by in LA.

Barry Jones

Barry jones an Englishman whose father was I believe Nigerian, and his mother was English. He was one of the people who organized the famous Roxy Club with Andy Czezowski in London. For one hundred days the Roxy showcased the punk rock scene in London including the Sex Pistols, Generation X and Wayne County and Siouxsie. It was forever remembered via the Punk Rock Movie. Much of the film was taped there (by Don Letts of B.A.D.

Barry was in a band with Steve Dior called the "Heroes", an pop/punk band. Jerry Nolan played drums for them, some real pretty guys on stage. Anyway, Barry was working sort of a handyman job for the Deans at Max's. After Max's and the Heroes, Barry formed the London Cowboys with Steve Dior.

Barry is now living in LA.

 

Glen Matlock


1956 Born; Kensal Green, London.

1960 Uncle's 78's ; Elvis, Jerry Lee, The Big Bopper and E arl Bostik

1963 The Beat Boom. First record's - Kinks ; You Really Got Me, Beatles ; Twist and Shout E.P.

1966 Swinging London ; Pirate Radio, Luxembourg, Small Faces, The Who, The Move, Syd Barrett's Pink Floyd, World Cup.

1968 Football ; Queens Park Rangers, League Cup Final, Promotion, Rodney Marsh

1971 School ; O Level's, Skinheads, Mike Raven, Ska, Tamla, Butlins, Prog Rock, Guitar Practice

1973 Glam, The Spiders From Mars, T Rex, The Faces, A Levels, Birds

1974 St. Martin's Art School, Kilburn and the High Roads, Pub Rock, Let It Rock, Malcolm McLaren, Vivienne Westwood and Bernie Rhodes, The Stooges, New York Dolls, Steve, Paul and Wally

1975 The 101ers, Nick Kent, Tommy Roberts, The Modern Lovers, Johnny Rotten, The Sex Pistols

1976 The 100 Club, Anarchy in the U.K., Paris, Mick Jones, The Clash, E.M.I. Bill Grundy, Punk Rock

1977 John Reid, Amsterdam, Sid, God Save the Queen, Never Mind The Bollocks, The Rich Kids, Rocking Russian, Ghosts of Princes in Towers, Touring

1978 Record company politics, Revolver, The Slits, Steel Pulse, Rock Against Racism

1979 Iggy Pop, Europe, America, Soldier, New Romantics

1980 The Spectres, America, Marriage, Square one, Alcohol

1982 Micky Most, RAK Records, The Hot Club, St. Tropez, Alcohol

1984 London Cowboys, Patti Paladin, Intersong Music, Gigging, Alcohol



Jerry Nolan


Jerry Nolan was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1946. Having a soldier as a stepfather meant relocation to Hawaii where he spent his formative years. It was in Hawaii that he witnessed an Elvis Presley show, which made a lasting impression. He took up the drums and listened to the wild rockers of the day - Gene Vincent, Eddie Cochran and Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers. A further relocation to Oklahoma saw him play his first shows, drumming in strip clubs at the age of 14 before returning to Brooklyn in his late teens. He drifted into various street gangs, including the Ellery Bops, the Master Chaplains and the Phantom Lords, yet it was music which took him off the street and onto the stage. One of his street pals was Kiss’ Peter Criss, whom Jerry taught to drum. He drummed in a succession of groups in the late 60’s including Suzi Quatro’s Cradle. He also played in an outfit with Syl Sylvain until Syl got the call to join the New York Dolls. When the Dolls drummer Billy Murcia died of a drinking misadventure on their ill fated ’72 tour of England supporting the Faces, the hard hitting Nolan was the obvious replacement. At the time, Nolan told the Dolls frontman David Johansen "There’s only one guy who can fill that job and do it well. I’m the guy !" Jerry Nolan joined the New York Dolls and commenced gigging in December 1972. The band signed to Mercury Records on March 20, 1973 with Todd Rundgren producing their muddy self titled debut. The album shifted 100,000 units in the States, with Nolan’s powerhouse drumming shining through despite the dodgy production.

The band continued to tour throughout ’73, including sell out shows at LA’s Whiskey Au Go Go and a support slot to Mott The Hoople at Madison Square Garden. Despite a strong, now nationwide cult following, Mercury demanded further sales. After a further European tour and a second album ‘In Too Much Too Soon’ (again suffering from a dubious production - this time ex-Shangri-Las guru Tex Morton the culprit) was released, yet Mercury was fast losing patience. The album shipped 68,000 copies in the States and although musically tighter than ever before, and despite touring heavily throughout ’74, the Dolls found themselves without a label. The band was internally ripped apart, due to management rifts and the maintaining of ever increasing drug and alcohol habits. Enter opportunist Malcolm Mclaran who decked them out in red leather and sold them as commie rock, complete with hammer and sickle flag. Bemusing as this was, a ‘better red than dead’ attitude was never gonna cut it with the good ’ol boys down south, and again the band showed signs of dissent. Nolan and Thunders insisted on playing the new Dolls repertoire in the old Dolls style of fast, drug filled rock, yet Johansen and Sylvain wanted to break the band in using the old songs and adopting a relatively sober style. But by the time the tour hit Florida, Nolan and Thunders had had enough. They returned to New York in April ’75 whilst Johansen and Sylvain dragged the corpse of the Dolls through a tour of Japan before finally laying the band to rest in December ’76. Thunders and Nolan recruited ex-Television bass player Richard Hell and formed the Heartbreakers, who played their first shows in May of ’75. However, Hell too quickly assumed the spotlight, and was just as quickly shown the door. Exit Hell to the Void-oid, and enter Walter Lure (ex-Demons) on guitar, with Boston-ite and sometime gigolo Billy Rath on bass. This line-up would become the classic Heartbreakers line-up, who throughout ’76 established themselves amongst the top of the heap in the very healthy NY scene.

They headed to England, where punk was as much about political unrest as it was about the music, and Mclaren booked them on the ill fated ‘Anarchy’ tour as support to the Pistols and the Damned - and as has been well documented, only 5 out of a possible 20 shows were completed due to the intervention of the righteous English moral majority. In early ’77 the band signed to Track Records and released their classic debut ‘LAMF’. Once again, the production of the album was sub-standard, which caused dissent within the band, ultimately leading to Nolan quitting and returning to New York. The Heartbreakers splintered, with Thunders pursuing a solo career in ’78. Nolan teamed up with ex-Doll Arthur Kane and Steve Dior in late ’78 as the Idols, and released one single on the independent NY label Ork. Nolan also turned up in Sid Vicious’ backing band, which was captured at Max’s Kansas City for the ‘Sid Sings’ album, released in late ’79. Vicious was living with Nolan at the time of his death. Nolan’s tempestuous relationship with Thunders continued into the 1980’s, and in 1983 Nolan again found himself sitting behind the kit as part of Thunders’ Cosa Nostra Band who successfully toured France and Sweden at the time. Nolan resided in Sweden during the mid-80’s and formed his own band, the Tenerifa Cowboys, who released a couple of singles and toured extensively.

When Thunders re-mixed and re-released ‘LAMF’ in ’84, he capitalised by performing a set of reunion shows with the classic Heartbreakers line-up of Nolan, Lure and Rath. Nolan also drummed with the London Cowboys, who released the very underrated ‘On Stage’ album in 1985. The Heartbreakers toured sporadically throughout the mid to late 80’s, with Nolan often occupying the drum stool. Nolan drummed on Thunders’ only Australian tour in September ’86. The bond and loyalty between Thunders and Nolan remained strong and a subversive loyalty always existed between the two. Yet when Johnny passed away on 23rd April, 1991 - it left Jerry shaken. He had lost his brother. Within twelve months, sadly he too would be gone. Nolan’s last show was a special Thunders tribute show in New York featuring members of the Dolls and the Heartbreakers. In late 1991, Nolan was being treated for bacterial meningitis and bacterial pneumonia, yet whilst in hospital, he suffered a stroke and went into a coma from which he never recovered. He spent his final weeks on a life support system, before passing away on the 14th January, 1992. If Johnny Thunders is rockin’ n rollin’ somewhere in the unknown, you can bet your life that Jerry will be behind the kit, keeping the beat as he always did. May his memory live on, with those immortal words of David Johansen - ‘Give me one Jerry’ !

 

Mike Monroe


Michael's first solo recording was "Nights Are So Long" (released only in Scandinavia and Japan in 1987). Michael had moved to New York at the end of 1985 after sharing a flat in London with Stiv Bators (lead singer of Dead Boys and The Lords Of The New Church) for about a year following Razzle's passing and the break up of Hanoi Rocks. Stiv and Michael had worked together on some stuff & done a few demo tracks in London and also did backing vocals together on Little Steven's "Sun City - Artists United Against Apartheid" record. They were flown over to New York for the "Sun City" video shoot to participate along with names like Bruce Springsteen, Lou Reed, Bono, Joey Ramone, Jimmy Cliff, RUN DMC, Peter Wolf, Nona Hendryx & others. After the shoot Michael and Stiv stuck around in New York for a while and Michael then decided to move to Manhattan.

Michael was hoping that Stiv would be able to produce "Nights Are So Long" but as it turned out Michael ended-up co-producing it with Craig Goetsch, a sound engineer from New York. Using local musicians he recorded the album with an extremely low budget.

This is the first time Michael wrote and recorded his own original songs, in addition to a few cover versions of some of his favorite artists. Two songs "It's A Lie" and the title track "Nights Are So Long" were written by Dead Boys guitarist Jimmy Zero. Stiv had played Jimmy's demos to Michael and he decided to record them since they had never been released anywhere. About a year or two later the Dead Boys got together for a reunion single EP and recorded "Nights Are So Long" on it amongst other songs. However Michael's version was the first one to be released. Ian Hunter (ex-lead singer of Mott The Hoople) played piano on four songs on it as well.

The album was dedicated to Razzle and reflects the break up of Hanoi ("Can't Go Home Again") and the tragic consequences of such an enormous loss ("Too Rich To Be Good"/"You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory", the latter one of Razzle's favorites written by Johnny Thunders).

In the year 2002 Hanoi Rocks was reborn.

In the spring Hanoi released a single called “People Like Me” in Scandinavia which went straight to number one in Finland and sold gold.

On April 24th, exclusively for Japan a Michael Monroe EP of 6 songs was released (2 new studio tracks & 4 live, recorded over a year before in Helsinki) called “Take Them And Break Them”, which got great reviews and is of course guaranteed Michael Monroe top quality. This record ended up being the last one that Jude Wilder sang her backing vocals on and is dedicated to her lovely memory...

Since Michael has mainly concentrated on Hanoi Rocks, playing gigs in Sweden, Japan, Spain as well as finishing the Hanoi Rocks album named “13 Shots On The Rocks”.

However, Michael has also recorded a new solo album called “Whatcha Want” soon to be released on SPV (Germany) in Europe and Japan. Those who have heard it claim it’s “his best one yet” and definitely worth looking for.

Hanoi Rocks released a new CD at the end of 2002 called Twelve Shots on the Rocks.

Tony James

Generation X, Siege Siege Sputnic

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Terry Chimes

The Clash

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Rikki Sylvan

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Ron Norville

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Pete Glass

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Benny Dimassa

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Duncan Smith

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Jim Solar

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Rob Lee

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