HANOI ROCKS Slam 'MOTLEY CRUDE' Over Box-Set Title: 'How Low Can You Go?!'

December 2, 2003

Finnish rockers HANOI ROCKS have slammed former pals MÖTLEY CRÜE over the title of their recently released box set, "Music To Crash Your Car To, Volume 1".

In 1984, CRÜE frontman Vince Neil was arrested on drunk-driving and vehicular-manslaughter charges after a late-night liquor run turned into a tragic accident that killed his passenger, HANOI ROCKS drummer Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley, in addition to seriously injuring two people in an oncoming car.

Neil, who was found to be well over the legal blood-alcohol limit, served 30 days in jail and forked over $2.6 million in restitution.

When questioned about the moniker by Entertainment Weekly, CRÜE bassist Nikki Sixx explained that it was meant as a "sarcastic statement towards a lifestyle" and didn't make the connection between it and the accident until Neil (who couldn't be reached for comment by the magazine) expressed misgivings. But by that point, the four-disc compilation was already on the shelves.

That's little consolation for HANOI ROCKS members Michael Monroe and Andy McCoy. "The despicable title by the 'Motley Crude'… is the most tasteless and murderous gimmick to cash in on the past that we've ever heard of," they wrote in a statement faxed to EW from Finland. "There's nothing 'cool' or 'funny' about death… How low can you go?!?"

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