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Albums Of The Week: Andy McCoy | Jukebox Junkie

The former Hanoi Rocks guitarist covers the waterfront with this solo set, tackling classics by everyone from Toots and Iggy to Wanda Jackson and Chris Spedding.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Famed Hanoi Rocks guitarist and songwriter Andy McCoy taps into the rich musical history that inspired him on his loose and freewheeling covers album Jukebox Junkie.

Featuring an eclectic mix of songs originally by a diverse slate of artists — reggae legends Toots & The Maytals, David Bowie and Iggy Pop, ’80s hitmakers Squeeze, ’70s blues rockers Climax Blues Band, rockabilly queen Wanda Jackson, Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott, guitar hero Chris Spedding country music’s gentle giant Don Williams and more — Jukebox Junkie reveals the influences that allowed McCoy to write all those great Hanoi Rocks songs.

“These are songs that everyone ought to know.,” McCoy says. “I chose them from a list of 60 that I thought deserved to be bigger hits. I think this is the most colorful album I have ever done.”

Of course, famed Finnish glam-rock heroes Hanoi Rocks were never shy about wearing their collective influences on their fishnet sleeves. Starting with their acclaimed debut album, the group frequently included surprising cover versions among their killer originals — from the Carole King-penned Walking With My Angel to the bluesy folk of Hoyt Axton’s Lighting Bar Blues to the smoking hot take on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Up Around The Bend, which currently rides the top of the band’s most played songs on Spotify.

A national icon in his native Finland, McCoy has been called the Finnish Keith Richards. His over-the-top image and streetwise bending of punk, glam, and old-fashioned rock ’n’ roll inspired a generation of platinum-selling bands and musicians, including Slash and Nikki Sixx. McCoy helped introduce punk to Finland with his teenaged band Briard before befriending glamorous Michael Monroe and forming Hanoi Rocks. The band embarked on wild life-changing and death-defying thrill ride around the world, touring not just Europe, London, and America, but also Israel, Brazil, Thailand, and Japan. After Hanoi Rocks dissolved following the death of drummer Nicholas “Razzle” Dingley in Hollywood in December 1984, McCoy carried on with Suicide Twins, Cherry Bomz, a successful solo career, and a stint as a sideman to Iggy Pop.”