ALONG CAME SAM!
Former Hanoi Rocks and current Michael Monroe bass-player SAMI YAFFA has unveiled a new video from his forthcoming solo album.
‘Down At St Joe’s’ is the second single to be released from The Innermost Journey To Your Outermost Mind, following on from debut single ‘The Last Time’, released earlier in the summer.
Like other songs on the album, ‘Down At St Joe’s’ is a co-write with his MM bandmate Rich Jones. Yaffa explains, “Rich had already written some lyrics for my album when I decided to send this song to him. I definitely wanted this song to be included on the album because it differs from the electronic world of the other songs on the album with its down-home acoustic approach. I wanted to raise a glass with the song to thank The Faces, Stones and Dylan for their brilliance and innovation. Eventually, the theme of the lyrics was found to be the king alcohol, its pros and cons and especially how close to a complete collapse one can get if it gets to take a stranglehold on your life. Richie’s ingenious lyrics brought this song to life, and it became one of my favourite songs on the album.”
Beginning his career alongside Andy McCoy in Finnish punk pioneers Pelle Miljoona Oy, Yaffa was a founder member of Hanoi Rocks. Since leaving in 1984, he’s enjoyed a busy and varied career, holding down the low end for Johnny Thunders, Jetboy, Jerusalem Slim, Demolition 23, The New York Dolls, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts and others including his own folk-punk band Mad Juana. He even hosted his own world music TV series Sound Tracker in 2014.