Michael Monroe - Whatcha Want

13 songs
40:29 minutes
***** ****
Steamhammer / SPV


When I was younger, I absolutely detested Michael Monroe and everything he was standing for. All I wanted was thrash and death metal, and in my narrow world view, Michael Monroe was the worst poser of them all. What a fool I was! Then, in the mid-Nineties, I came across his Demolition 23 album which changed a world for me. I finally began to understand true rock'n'roll, discovered the Hanoi Rocks (naturally), the New York Dolls, the Stooges and MC5, and finally learned the truth: that Michael Moore is the single most influential musician Europe has known since 1980.

That's why it was a pleasure for me to listen to Michael Moore's new album Whatcha Want. Together with Pink Gibson (aka Adam Bomb, whose latest CD has also been reviewed on this site), he wrote a couple of new songs that embody perfectly the spirit of good old time rock'n'roll, proto-punk and sleazy glam. I wouldn't call this even poser music, because I have the firm belief that Michael Monroe is truly living this glamorous life with all of his heart and soul, even though he and his mate Gibson are responsible for a part of the ozone hole the size of Luxembourg alone.

Unusual is the fact that the album starts with a coverversion: Do Anything You Wanna Do by Eddie And The Hot Rods, but what a great song that is. As I am no expert in obscure punk history, I don't know how many songs are their own, but songs like Life's A Bitch And Then You Live or Stranded (with a London Calling like opening) are glam punk classics too. The album ends on a sad version of Leonard Cohen's Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye.

OK, this may not be as perfect as the Demolition 23 album, and probably also doesn't have the magic aura of old Hanoi Rocks classics, but as a solo effort, this is very, very, very good. 9 points for a wonderful rock'n'roll album.

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