HANOI ROCKS Singer Says U.S. Deal Was A 'Happy Accident'

In a recent interview with ElectricBasement.com, HANOI ROCKS frontman Michael Monroe explained how the band got their latest CD, "12 Shots on the Rocks", issued in the U.S. on Liquor and Poker Music. "Well, this person who was working with us who did the deal, and who is not working with us anymore, [laughing] he actually just went ahead and did it when I told him not to sign anything," Michael said. "It was kind of like, hopefully, a happy accident, because they [Liquor and Poker] seem like they're cool and stuff. We were gonna shop the album and this guy just went ahead and did the deal. Just like that! Obviously, he's not working with us anymore, but he had signed some fax deal that they could have the record, and they're putting it out, so we're not gonna go to court for this. It's our first move back in the states and we have a dispute over the record [laughs]. That's gonna do wonders for our careers, with our reputation being that everyone thinks Andy [McCoy, guitar] is this half-dead junkie and probably think I'm dead or whatever. Screw that. But they seem like an up-and-coming, new, possibly a hot label in the future. At least now there is a buzz. It's great to have somebody that is really excited about the record than to be on a major label where you get lost. It's like, 'Sorry, we don't have time for you now, we've got J.Lo.' Until you sell a million records is when they start listening to you and by that time you don't want to have nothing to do with them anyways. But it seems like they're [Liquor and Poker] really into it and I think it could be good for both if everything goes well and everybody does the right thing. I'm hopeful, optimistic." Read the entire interview here.

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