Not Fakin' It

Not Fakin' It

by Michael Monroe
     
 

On his American solo debut, Michael Monroe adds hair band rock to his usual mix of punk, glam, and '70s heavy metal. And surprise, surprise, it works out OK. Now securely under the wing of his good buddy, Little Steven Van Zandt, Monroe basically took a faulty genre of music (hair band) and made the best album possible under the circumstances. Little Steven also does… See more details below

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On his American solo debut, Michael Monroe adds hair band rock to his usual mix of punk, glam, and '70s heavy metal. And surprise, surprise, it works out OK. Now securely under the wing of his good buddy, Little Steven Van Zandt, Monroe basically took a faulty genre of music (hair band) and made the best album possible under the circumstances. Little Steven also does some writing on this album, contributing two of the best cuts. From the first song, "Dead Jail or Rock and Roll," Monroe and Little Steven let you know where this album is headed -- directly to rock & roll Thrillsville. O "Dead Jail or Rock and Roll," the chorus goes again and again until you are pounding your fist on the table. Definitely a shock, the second song, "While You Were Looking at Me," actually upped the ante from track one. This is a classic song. Prototype Little Steven lyrics ("While you were looking at me/the world passed you by!") sung with a sneer and drenched in unrepentant attitude. This song was covered by Ian Hunter and Mick Ronson on their final tour together in 1989 with the intro: "This song has f*ck all to do with us/we just like it." Also featured is a re-remake of the Heavy Metal Kids' "She's No Angel," which was a featured dish on the first (import only) Monroe platter. This is a singalong. The title track, "Not Fakin' It," shows off Monroe's excellent taste in obscure cover songs. This one was originally performed by Nazareth on their classic, Loud & Proud. This comes on like a steaming metal locomotive and is more or less a statement of purpose: "I'm not fakin' it/fooling myself that I'm makin' it." While Monroe has the gorgeous model looks, his music is still a little too real for the masses, and apparently he knows it. The rest of the disc is packed with top-notch material, mostly written by Monroe. Getting rid of the occasional '80s hair metal guitar flourish is really the only way this album would've been any better, but heck, it was 1989. Hair ruled.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2003
Label:
Lemon Records Uk
UPC:
5013929761025
catalogNumber:
10
Rank:
51257

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Monroe   Primary Artist,Harmonica,Vocals,Shaker
Ian Hunter   Piano
Kenny Aaronson   Bass
Anton Fig   Drums
Phil Grande   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Sue Hadjopoulas   Percussion,Tambourine
Dave Hansen   Group Member
Kim Lesley   Background Vocals
Thommy Price   Drums
John Regan   Bass
Jimmy Ripp   Guitar
Mark Rivera   Saxophone
Ed Roynesdal   Piano,Keyboards
Steven Van Zandt   Background Vocals
Holly Beth Vincent   Background Vocals
Nasty Suicide   Rhythm Guitar
Stephen Innocenzi   Group Member
Suha Gur   Group Member
Brian Sperber   Group Member
Nicole Hart   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Little Steven & the Disciples of Soul   Composer
Michael Monroe   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Stiv Bators   Composer
Martin Briley   Arranger,Composer
Dan McCafferty   Composer
Pete Agnew   Composer
Manny Charlton   Composer
Michael Frondelli   Producer,Engineer
Phil Grande   Arranger,Composer
Gary Holton   Composer
Brian James   Arranger
Rod O'Brien   Engineer
Darrell Sweet   Composer
Steven Van Zandt   Arranger
Nasty Suicide   Composer
Michael Bays   Art Direction
John Scarpati   Cover Photo
William Garrett   Engineer
Charles Stettler   Management
Dawn Bridges   Publicity
Danny Lewis   Composer

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