Andy von Münchaussen

Written by Petri Pakkanen
Translated by Hannu Hakonen


PROLOGUE


This article is based on enormous amount of work which we have done for years while scraping together this site's history part, line-up lists, trivia information, discography and biographies. While going through Andy's interviews you will find that his role character, Andy McCoy, deserves to be documented as well. His adventures and tales are almost a part of the national treasures of Finland. Hopefully you will take the same kind of attitude like mrs. Angela McCoy:


”Andy's talked MANY STRANGE STORIES. It depends on the time and his mood whether they are true or not. Sometimes they're coloured and sometimes just pure confusing bullshit. This Real McCoy really has two sides and that makes this man what he really is: a man that we all love and love to hate.” (Angela McCoy)


”When you ask Andy about the same things over the years he tends to twist the tales, he's not denying that.” (Angela McCoy)


”It's not a bad idea to use Andy-filter when you watch such TV programmes (SubTV's Noriko Show)” (Angela McCoy)


DO YOU WANNA HEAR THE TRUTH OR THE COOL LEGEND?


Andy: ”If ye're intelligent, like me, ye can do whatever ye want. Just by talkin'. You can earn millions or be a president of the state. That's fuckin' simple. What else did Hitler do than just talk and talk but he wasn't intelligent enough.” (Suomi 9/1984 – John Fisher)


According to that, Antti Hulkko has followed his own guideline for decades now. The masterpiece of his talks is the imaginery character of Andy McCoy who once was a tiny street kid in Stockholm but turned out to be a world famous musician. This imaginery character was fitted into the body of his maker who actually came from Oulu, Finland. Though Andy represents different generation than his colleagues Danny, Remu and Irwin, he continues their legacy of being an entertainer that the citizens couldn't resist. Unlike Danny, Remu and Irwin, Andy's also been successful beyond Finnish borders but still his character has got many same kind of sides like those mentioned and most of all, his stories are the kind that we love – and don't care whether they're true or not. Infact, the more they sound impossible and unbelievable the more we love them. There are lots of tales (oh, and how many there are about Andy) going around and if we've gone through all we know, we can always make up new ones...


Our purpose is to collect together the pieces of character named Andy since the beginning of his story. We're sure that original articles don't quote him or others perfectly and that's why Andy's told that the most of the articles about him are wrongly interpreted or simply just a pack of lies. On the other hand, he has again and again voluntarily agreed to give interviews – What you leave in behind, you will find in front of you.


Andy: ”They always drag my name up even if I just barf on the street. Then they exaggerate it as an overdose 'cause they don't care if it was food poisoning or something. Of course media use me, they sell 40 000 copies when my face is on the cover. I've tried to organize it in the way that no Finnish artist should give interviews for free. Papers should pay for every article 'cause they make money out of it.” (Karjalainen/STT, 7 January 1996)


Andy:”I don't give a shit what papers print about me and my housing problems or other stuff. Those are good publicity for my new record. Ya know, there have been many such stories circulating over the years by now. That doesn't bother me. Ilta-Sanomat had fuckin' many chances when they wrote such shite.” (Soundi, 10/1996 A, ”Mehän valloitamme maailman”)


Yellow papers told that Andy had been acting badly in the restaurants of different towns in Finland. Angela: ”Most of the articles were inaccurate.” (Me Naiset, ?/1995, ”Miljonäärin tytär, muusikon vaimo Angela”. Minna Kemppainen / Ari Ojala)


We have shortened the interviews used in this article but still haven't made any crucial changes into them. Andy has told two different kinds of stories in his books: Andy McCoy – Hanoista ikuisuuteen and Sheriffi McCoy. First book was evaluated by old bandmates like this:


Michael Monroe: ”Holy Moly... I guess as an expert I have to give my reviews of a book recently published in Finland: ”Andy McCoy's collection of fairy tales”. This book, that reminds me of porn-magazines and their sensation-seeking style, has got nothing to do with real life. It's this storyteller's own personal and very imaginery view of how things went. I don't want to go through specific details so I'll leave this book into its own meaningless value. Just keep in mind that a story always has three sides: yours, mine and the truth. Finnish saying fits this book perfectly: 'Se on vaivainen lintu, joka omaan pesäänsä sontii'. Meaning 'Don't shit where you eat'. It's pity that a good reputation and memory of Hanoi Rocks is ruined so cheaply just to make money.” (Suosikki-magazine)


Michael Monroe: ”But I say that Andy's book is totally nonsense. Whatever he's written can be either true or false.” (Soundi-magazine)


Nasty Suicide: "I try to talk as little as possible. That book is full of crap and everybody who's followed our story knows that. I sincerely think that Andy should focus his brains and gifts to something more intelligent than just trying to slam his old bandmates. The title itself is very annoying. Hanoi Rocks wasn't a man called Andy McCoy. There were four other blokes making it up and the background force, especially Seppo Vesterinen who did all he could and almost sold his soul for us. It was a big thing for five young kids but I can't understand that someone's imagining for being the only one behind all of that. Andy made himself as an idiot when he let that book out and so did Kullman. This is all I can say about the issue and perhaps I said too much.” (source ??)


It is useless trying to find the truth from this article – the words ”Andy” and ”truth” don't really fit into the same sentence. Perhaps it was Miettinen who wrote the best way about Andy at Soundi-magazine: ”I don't know if I just try to defend Andy but he's always been this kind of a bloke. He was a very cocky teenie when he was fifteen when he played punk rock at Briard and lied about his trips to New York.”


Like every big conartist, Andy also left many clues behind so it is easy to reveal this hoax to future generations. One clue was revealed at Noriko Show (SubTV, 10 October 2004). In this show 100% Finnish actress dressed up as a Japanese TV reporter and she lures her guests to talk more than they perhaps should. Then she just takes her mask off and reveals the joke. Show contained lots of wordplays and funny moments when Finnish guests tried to explain themselves in English. In this programme Andy (while thinking that this interview will be shown only in Japan) told such stories that he never had done before. Of course he could have said that he doesn't want the show to be transmitted in Finland but he didn't do so and therefore Andy revealed at least partly to us the real side of his stories.


“OI, THERE'S A FLY IN MY OINTMENT”


In the eighties Andy's stories were enormous. I mean E-NORM-OUS or he was just simply joking. I have to admit that Andy's stories at that time usually had a small glimpse of truth in them but when the nineties came the stories just grew bigger and bigger. In the nineties he wasn't anymore just talking bull. He was now talking bullshit. In addition to these BS-stories he added the fuel to the fire himself – starting from a fire at a hotel to the falling down from the balcony.


I'M A GYP, SEE


Michael Monroe: “I don't know why Andy claims to be half Swedish and half gypsy.”


Andy: “Razzle fancied Finland and especially Finnish gypsies.” (Andy at Hanoista ikuisuuteen)


Have you had anyone who had influenced your outlook? Andy: “Fuck yeah, I love the Finnish gypsies. This one's here is a gypsyshirt, what I've got on. I take my girlfriend to see them. I think they're the coolest thing when thinking about Finns. In Spain the local gypsies there don't dress up as cool as here. Not anywhere, man, where I've been. Where I've seen gypsies. Especially dames in Finland are the best dressed up women in Finland. That style, man. Those big earrings and chains they keep in their earlopes. I love 'em. They're the only ones who talk with me without any prejudice.” (Scandal, 3/1985, “Poika nimeltä Andy”)


Andy has just heard that the family of his father's side comes from Greece. That's why he has a Bouzouki at his home with his guitars, antique furniture and historical artifacts. Andy: “Look at me skin. It's dark without sunbathing. And me face is from Greece too...” (Seura, 17/1991)


Andy: “They many times think me as an Arab. I got a tan tho' it's just shitbrown coloured. I remember once at Seutula (a.k.a. Helsinki-Vantaa airport) when I came from abroad – that was a time when my Finnish lingo was much worse than now – they kept me for two fuckin' hours there and wondered how this guy's got a Finnish passport. My mom had to come to the airport with my birth certificate. That was quite amusing... Nevertheless I have gypsy blood in my veins I think myself as an individual. Not a part of any group. Just Andy.” (Iltalehti, 16 September 1995, “Rock Cowboy ratsasti kaupunkiin”, Kari A. Nurmela)


Andy tells a story of his father who is a gypsy and a horse trader. His father used to paint this old horsey in black and rub tar to its teeth. When you punch holes to horse's eyelids and blow air through them to the back of the eyeballs it gets the horse to look like a young stallion and you can easily sell it. And two weeks later father's friend went to the same farmhouse and asked did they have old horses for sale. At this point, the new owner had realised this hoax and sold the horse for few Grand. And then they re-made this trick. That same horse went from house to house. (Soundi, 9/1994, “Hanoi Rocks on haudattu”, Juho Juntunen)


Andy: “There have been many artists in my family-line. My grandpa, accordionist and mandolin-player Eino Ahlgren was fuckin' popular amongst the gypsies. I remember when I was a wee bairn I watched him play. The accordion had zillions of small buttons and his fingers went 10 000 miles per second.” (Rumba, 8/1995, “Kolmessa vuorossa Rock'n'rollin sylttytehtaalla”, Tomi Hämäläinen)


...When Angela leaves, Andy starts talking about gypsies. He himself thinks he's a gypsy and tells he's a sort of a quarter-gypsy. This looks like to be very important issue to him. Andy: “Grandpa, who was a 100% gippo, said to me that I'm the only real gypsy in the family. When I was four I ran away for the first time. I had to go on the road, man. One very famous gypsy singer is my auntie and my guardian angel. She said to me, that I'm like a bird, I just fly and sing. She always kept preaching that I shouldn't drink but it's easier said than done.” (IS-Viikko, 20 May 1995, “Kiitos kunniasta, mutta legendat on kuolleita”, Mikko Vienonen)


Andy: ”…Me and Remu both have gypsy blood running in our veins.” You mentioned your gypsy roots. Are you proud of them? Andy: “Yeah but it was fuckin' hard when I was the only dark kid in the school. I had to conk the toughest bloke in order to stop this bullying. My grandpa's a gypsy, very talented accordionist and mandolin player. Very cool personality.” (City, 5/1995, “Andy McCoy – Hanoista tulevaisuuteen”, Pete Suhonen)


Andy is very enthusiastic about his gypsy roots. Years ago he wanted to add to his image some romantic gypsy stuff. Andy: “When I was a wee laddie, grandpa, who was a real virtuoso accordionist, said about me that I'm the only real gippo, though I was half-blooded. Maybe it was my attitude. Music was the thing for me then. Of course when I was at school I had to show who was the toughest bloke. One guy was always slamming me as a gypsy. I thought that that won't stop 'till I conk him. Fuckin' horrible fight came along. That was fifty-fifty. We both were bleeding. I think I was winning at the end but the teacher separated us. After that, no problems at all. Gypsies haven't come to me asking or begging money. They're too proud for that shit.” (Iltalehti, 16 September 1995, “Rock Cowboy ratsasti kaupunkiin”, Kari A. Nurmela)


Andy: “We both (Andy and Remu) are Finnish gippos. Remu is a very good friend of mine. I have nothing bad to say about him. I believe he thinks likewise. I had a vacation and me and Remu went through fifteen gigs around Finland. Everything was okay, it was my name that filled those places. People thought it was interesting that we both have gypsy-blood in our veins.” (Iltalehti, 16 September 1995, “Rock Cowboy ratsasti kaupunkiin”, Kari A. Nurmela)


Andy, a thirteen year old skinny street kid from a suburban area of Helsinki, went to Stockholm where his friend tattooed a picture of a knife with wings to his arm. In the knife is written Lord Of The Gypsymen. (Me Naiset, ?/1995, “Andy ja hänen enkelinsä”, Asta Leppä / Ari Heinonen)


Andy: ”I got a Cripsy logo tattooed in my shoulder. Ya know how ya earn it? Just get involved in a knife-fight. I got two long scars...” (Rumba, 19/1996, “Lopunajan talk-show”, Tomi Hämäläinen)


Andy: “I haven't lived like I was in a monastery. But I'm still standing. That's given me a fuckin' rich life. I've just lived my own life. My life's got lots of gypsy influence. That comes from my roots. But everything what I've learned, I've learned from the streets. There are lotta copycats but they're just lame.” (Helsingin Sanomat, 17 September 1995, “Legenda nimeltä Andy McCoy”, Jouni K. Kemppainen)


Andy McCoy, who is known world widely as the guitarist of Hanoi Rocks, had horror moments at Kruununhaka District in Helsinki last Saturday. Mr. McCoy was at his local bar (Kolme Kruunua) playing gypsy violins when the concert was interrupted by a man with a gun. Andy: ”I was playing a piano when this middle-aged man behind me took a pistol from his pocket. My cousin luckily managed to grab his hand before anything happened and the gun dropped on the floor.” Andy continues about the court verdict given to him before the incident: ”In court I was free'd from all the charges. After that we spontaniously decided with my relatives to entertain the customers. We all had a groovy feelin' before this incident. I was playing a piano and my relatives guitars. We played some gypsy music like Golden Earrings.” (Iltalehti, Monday 4 November 1996, ”Andy McCoy yritettiin ampua”, Mika Lindqvist)


In one interview by Iltalehti Andy claims his father is a gypsy and his mother Finnish-Swedish. Both claims are purely products of imagination. Like the fact that he was in anger when he left his home for good at the age of thirteen. Also to this same category can be included claims about Alexander Hulkov who lives in Russia and the head of the gypsy family in Gothenburg whom Andy will replace when he will be dead. (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)


Andy's father, Risto Hulkko (61), left the hectic banking world about a decade ago and moved back to his childhood home at Pelkosenniemi to take care of his old mother and his own burn-out. Mother died couple of years ago. After that he has lodged at his cottage in the middle of the forest... (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)


Andy's father, Risto Hulkko, doesn't have a single drop of gypsy blood in his veins. He's almost like a spitting image of Andy with same facial features, brown eyes, very notable nose and mouth. Those come from Andy's grandfather's mother Hilja Hulkko who came from distinctive Pöykkö family that lived in Rovaniemi. Her ancestor had studied at Uppsala University and moved from Mynämäki to Kemi at the 17th century to work as a chaplain. Risto Hulkko's father's grandfather was Pekka Hulkko who had worked for a timber company and built a farm at Rovaniemi's Pöyliövaara. His son Arvid Hulkko moved to Kemijärvi in the early 20th century to work as a chief clerk at Kemiyhtiöt. At Kemijärvi a cute Hilja Pöykkö was working at his uncle's shop. To Arvid and Hilja were born a daughter and twelve sons. One of them was Andy's grandfather, foreman Oiva Hulkko. He moved to Pelkosenniemi in the early thirties. Andy's mother's grandfather's ancestors (surname Alatalo) are from Pelkosenniemi, near Pyhätunturi. His mother's grandmother's ancestors (surname Rytilahti) are from Kemijärvi. (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)


Risto Hulkko: ”Antti knows the truth but that truth's not fitting into his image.” (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)


Iira Palotie: ”Andy snatched my prestigious jewellery and turned it into a gypsy ring. He always talked about his gypsy cousins he thought as relatives.” (Seura, 33/2002, 16 August 2002, ”Poliisiakin tarvittiin, kun rock-tähti kävi kylässä”, Rosita Lesonen)


Andy: ”I'm minority. I'm a drom. Finnish gypsies are called as Finnticks in our language but I'm Cindicarlo. That's different tribe. We gotta different body features. We're not so interbred like Finnish gypsies. If you look at 'em, they're fat and short.” (Andy at SubTV's Noriko Show, 10 October 2004)


(Translator's note: if you started thinking about the wordplay ”I'm a gyp, see” I will clarify that a slang word ”gyp” means: cheater, to cheat)


HULKKO, HULKOV, McCOY


Andy: ”I was at Stockholm and the first Briard album was released then. I had some name I used but I can't remember it. It was something like Dela von Affenbach... When I came back, in the back cover read Andy McCoy. That was fine by me, so why change it anymore. It confuses the fans if you change it later, so be it. Pete Malmi invented this Andy McCoy name. He invented the name that is today known all over the world.” (Soundi, 10/1996).


Andy: ”McCoy is my mother's grandmother's name and they've called me as Andy since I was a kid. I took McCoy as an artistic name quite early in my career. It was when I made my first record. I was thirteen. My real name's Hulkov, that's a Russian name. My greatgrandfather's from Odessa, though that's not in Russia. Hulkov is a Romany word and means cup of wine.” (Andy at SubTV's Noriko Show, 10 October 2004)


FATHER AND SON


Andy has good relations with his family, like a good ol' gypsy should. He loves his mom, brother who sells computers and sister who works at a kindergarten. He doesn't have much sympathies left for his father. Andy: ”He's somewhere in Germany. I last saw him when I was thirteen. Who needs that kinda bloke who beats his wife and kids. At thirteen I started to beat back and once I kicked his ass so badly that I had to leave.” (IS-Viikko, 20 May 1995, ”Kiitos kunniasta, mutta legendat on kuolleita”, Mikko Vienonen)


Andy: “I was visiting my parents and somebody had given me...” (Soundi, ?/?)


Andy moved back to Finland with his family when he was fourteen in 1976. After that he lived mostly at address Pieni Villasaarentie 6 until he was eighteen in 1980. Father and son have met many times, even at Andy's home village at Pelkosenniemi. Risto Hulkko: “Antti is the only child from the three that hasn't visited the cottage. But at Pelkosenniemi he has visited, even with his first wife Anastasia who was Sebastian's mother.” (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)


CITY OF OULU a.k.a. STOCKHOLM


Ilkka Hulkko: ”Andy's born at Pelkosenniemi but he never had lived in there. He's lived at Oulu. We moved there in '62.” (Apparently the right year was 1964). (Andy McCoy – Hanoista ikuisuuteen)


1962 - Pelkosenniemi village, Lehtikangas – Antti was born at his grandparents' house. At Lehtikangas, living rock-legend spent his first two months. (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)


1962 – Kemijärvi (Antti 2 months old)
1963 – Kemijärvi, Tohmo (Antti approx. 18 months old)
1964 – Oulu (Antti approx. 2 years old)


The family lived at Kemijärvi from December 1962 to Spring 1963 when they moved into a bigger house at Tohmo. It wasn't until 1964 before they moved to Oulu, next door from Tervahovi. (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)


1967 – Pelkosenniemi (Antti approx. 5 years old)


Risto Hulkko says: ”We took care of things in a way that our third child, a daughter, was also born at Pelkosenniemi.” That was because Antti's father didn't want her to forget her roots. When Risto moved to Bremen, Germany in the late summer of 1967 to study, the rest of the family moved to Pelkosenniemi to his childhood home. Antti even went fishing to Savukoski with his uncle-Matti and cousins. (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)


196? – Oulu, Toppila's Mustasuo (Antti approx. 6-8 years old)


Later, before moving to Sweden, they lived at Mustasuo at Toppila. (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)


Ilkka Hulkko: ”Antti went to primary school and passed the first two classes in Oulu before we moved to Sweden.” (Andy McCoy – Hanoista ikuisuuteen)


1971 – Pelkosenniemi (Antti approx. 9 years old)


In 1971 Castrol Oil Company offered a job in Stockholm to Risto Hulkko. He accepted that and went there to make pre-move arrangements. During this time Antti had started the third class at Pelkosenniemi primary school. 'Shy and kind boy' says teacher Jouko P. Lindfors about the future rock legend. (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)


Ilkka Hulkko: ”Before the move Andy had gone through three months of the third class at Pelkosenniemi primary school.” (Andy McCoy – Hanoista ikuisuuteen)


At Pelkosenniemi, there's still a children's playing cottage where Antti was playing Batman when he was nine years old. (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)

1971 – Stockholm (Antti approx. 9 years old)
1976 – Helsinki, Pieni Villasaarentie 6, Vuosaari District (Andy approx. 14 years old)
1980 – Stockholm (Andy approx. 18 years old)


In 1976 Risto Hulkko received a job from Helsinki and the family moved to Vuosaari District in Helsinki as tenants. Antti attended Puotinharju's Swedish language school but didn't continue his studies and went to work for a cleaning company. He went to art school for a while but then dropped out. Risto Hulkko: ”Then Pelle Miljoona asked him to join his band as a guitarist and the rock world swallowed him. By then he was still living at home. It wasn't until 1980 when Hanoi Rocks was formed that he moved to Stockholm to conquer the world. Son flew away from the nest. I remember when Seppo Vesterinen was visiting our home and I insisted that all the contracts must be legally and properly made in order to avoid bankcruptcies like Dingo had later. He was quite smart man – he spoke seven languages and was teaching at Art School.” (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)


Andy: ”I was at school in Sweden for three years 'cause it was easier. Then I came back here and started at Östra Svenska Läroverket in Kulosaari. I didn't even understand their accent, I mean Finnish-Swedish accent.” (Scandal, 3/1985, ”Poika nimeltä Andy”)


In his book ”Sheriffi McCoy” Andy tells about an essay he wrote when he was at school in Sweden (probably in 1977). He wrote that his family moved to Stockholm in 1964 but in reality they moved to Oulu. It wasn't until 1971 before they moved to Stockholm.


In Apu-magazine in August 1999 Andy claimed that he had only been the first two weeks of his life at Pelkosenniemi. He claimed that his mother then came back from a vacation to Oulu and then they moved to Belgium and after that to Sweden when he was three. (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)


Andy: ”I grew up in Sweden and Belgium. My parents moved back here (Finland) when I was nine. I left the country when I was fourteen.” And he also tells that: ”I was born a month too early beside an arctic hill in northern Finland but when I was two weeks old they took me to Belgium where my family was living. When I was a wee laddie I twice came to Finland to spend holidays.” (SubTV's Noriko Show, 10 October 2004)


In his book ”Sheriffi McCoy” Andy tells about their trips to Pelkosenniemi: ”In summer-times we went to Kemijärvi and Pelkosenniemi and all the relatives came to see us. It was then when I saw Pyhätunturi arctic hill for the first and last time. I was five and we climbed all the way to the top which was an insane and physically distressing achievement. I have no ties to that place since the childhood. Please, don't ask me how things are going there 'cause I really don't know.” Naturally Andy doesn't know what's going on at Pelkosenniemi nowadays but otherwise it is suspected he's aware about the village because his brother Ilkka lived there. First born son Ilkka moved to Pelkosenniemi to attend the school. Risto Hulkko: ”We didn't know that there was going to be a Finnish language grammar school in Stockholm. Ilkka moved to Pelkosenniemi and participated the secondary school there." (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)


GITBOX AND FITBA'


Andy: ”My dad was cool 'cause he bought me the best and most expensive set available. I could even press the strings all the way down though I was young. I was lucky, he gave me the perfect classical guitar but in smaller size.” In this same article Andy tells that he started playing piano when he was four and changed that to guitar when he was seven. (Seura, 17/1991)


Andy has told that he learned music from his grandfather who was playing mandolin and accordion at weddings and such. Andy: ”Grand-dad had many instruments in small sizes. He had a guitar that fitted perfectly my small hands. He gave it to me when I was four. He showed me the chords and I learned little by little.” (Sheriffi McCoy, 2001)


Father Risto remembers Andy's creativity: ”He was very talented when it came to drawing but it wasn't until we went to Stockholm that we saw how good he was also in music. We had a female lawyer as a neighbour and her boyfriend was a Jamaican musician. It was their son who taught English to Antti. It didn't take long to learn Swedish and guitar playing. He dropped football out of his interests nevertheless he was accepted to Lindingö's Junior League.” (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)


Andy: ”I can play straight from the notesheet. With piano also. But with piano ye have to give me ten minutes. With a guitar I don't have that problem. If I have to compose and write it down to notesheet, that's also OK. It helped a lot that my mom taught me everything about music theory – musical scales and harmonies.” (Iltalehti, 16 September 1995, ”Rock cowboy ratsasti kaupunkiin”, Kari A. Nurmela)


Andy: ”I was seven or eight when I learned to play slide. I was snurgin' from the school and was hoofin' around at the Stockholm's Culture House. There was one old nigger, later I heard that he was J.B. Hutto. He was using a slide with his Telecaster and I had my smush wide open like 'how ye do that?' and so. He showed me few open chords. Ten years later someone told me that J.B. Hutto had learned these things straight from Elmore James. And I learned straight from J.B.” (Rumba, 8/1995, 21 April 1995, ”Kolmessa vuorossa Rock'n'rollin sylttytehtaalla”, Tomi Hämäläinen)


Andy: ”I was growing up at Stockholm. When I was seven or eight the local trainers thought I was suitable to play fitba' and perhaps some day become a pro. It was AIK that wanted me, one of the biggest clubs in Stockholm but it was guitar that stopped that career and fitba' vanished from my life.” (Sheriffi McCoy-book, 2001)


Hanoista ikuisuuteen –book tells about Andy's art hobby in the eighties like this: Andy went to free art school but he got bored quickly and slammed their fat nude models. He told at home that he just couldn't stare at those ugly women and that there should be laws for what is art and what is not. In 1990's Andy told about London Royal Academy of Arts in a same way: ”I should've been a real artist. I was at Royal Academy of Arts in London but I could stand that thing for only two months. We were in London with Hanoi and I got a fake I.D. I was supposed to be eighteen to attend the academy and I also got the fake diploma that I had passed that Läroverket or whatever it was Junior High School. I just took one of my friend's papers who got good degrees and made some photocopies. Changed names and such. Suddenly my average degree increased from 5.6 to 9.1 haha... I had 10+ in art, music and English but all the others degrees were crap.” (Rumba, 8/1995, 21 April 1995, ”Kolmessa vuorossa Rock'n'rollin sylttytehtaalla”, Tomi Hämäläinen)


SMALL-TIME BUSINESSES


Andy: ”When I was a kid, I was a teenie... no, child model. I used to work as a model. All kind of stuff to telly, catalogues and such. This was because they had difficulties to find dark kids. Also my bone structure must have been cute.” (SubTV's Noriko Show, 10 October 2004)


Andy: ”I used to work as a gay prostitute in Stockholm. I just couldn't hold of any steady jobs. I did anything for money and once I had it I wanted more 'cause who wants to be poor.” (Suosikki, ?/?)


In some interview you told that you worked as a prostitute in Stockholm. What are your thoughts about that nowadays? Andy: ”That doesn't hurt me. It made me sick for many years and it made me really depressed but... now it seems so long gone. But now when I start thinkin' 'bout it, it makes me sick.” (Scandal, 3/1985, ”Poika nimeltä Andy”)


SAY IT IN McCOY


There are claims that you quite often speak ”normally” good Finnish. Is there truth about that? Andy: ”That's a load of crap. I sometimes speak slowly when I want to clarify something. But when I speak English or Swedish I speak fastly, without an accent. But when I lived in Sweden I almost forgot the whole Finnish vocabulary.” (Scandal, 3/1985, ”Poika nimeltä Andy”)


When I met Andy McCoy in Jyväskylä at Real McCoy movie display, I gave him and his manager Tiina Vuorinen a ride (with Daihatsu Charade) from city centre to Dance Hall Lutakko. It took about ten minutes. My mates were envy. The manager spoke to Andy and called him Antti. Andy talked much better Finnish than in publicity.” (Andy Datsunin kyydissä, http://www.yle.fi/radiomafia/sailio/sivu.36.shtml)


The truth is that every now and then I have difficulties of understanding Andy McCoy's talk. Especially if there are strange people around. When you're alone with him, his speak is much clearer. (Soundi, 9/1994, ”Hanoi Rocks on haudattu”, Juho Juntunen)


Risto Hulkko: ”We had a female lawyer as a neighbour and her boyfriend was a Jamaican musician. It was their son who taught English to Antti. It didn't take long to learn Swedish.” (Iltalehden Viikkolehti, Saturday 25 September 1999, “Ei pisaraakaan mustalaisverta”, Raija Parikka)


Andy: ”Now people have realised that Swedish was my first lingo when I was a kid. They've seen that I don't have a speech defect. I learned Finnish when I was eight. That has also helped Swedish press and radio to contact me which didn't happen earlier. And television and all. They're totally surprised, 'what! he speaks fluent Swedish' and that.” (Soundi, 12/2001, ”Andy McCoy ratsastaa jälleen”, Juho Juntunen)


Andy: ”I spoke Finnish really badly. Once at Helsinki-Vantaa airport I had a pitchblack hair and a three day beard. Cops yelled at me that I had a fake passport and that I couldn't even speak Finnish. They wanted some proof that I was a Finn. Wow, I thought, neat to come back.” (Seura, issue 17/1991)


Andy: ”Besides to that I don't speak fluently Finnish. I can't even read a Finnish book or write in Finnish.” (Karjalainen, 7 January 1996, STT)


Andy: ”I run out of Finnish words very quickly and it doesn't sound good (to sing in Finnish).” (Soundi, 9/1994, ”Hanoi Rocks on haudattu”, Juho Juntunen)


In one of his school essays (1977) Andy wrote that his mother tongue's were Finnish and Swedish and that he was fluent in both. He clarified that Swedish was still little bit better than Finnish. (Sheriffi McCoy-book)


BEST MATES


You haven't talked about Finnish rock much. What's your relationship with Remu? Andy: ”I've never met him. Surprised, eh? But I respect him 'cause he made one of my all-time favourite albums – Roadrunner. Järvinen was my good friend.” Andy: ”Remu is a very interesting person. I respect him. The only other Finnish musician I can say the same is Dave Lindholm...” (City, 5/1995, ”Andy McCoy – Hanoista tulevaisuuteen”, Pete Suhonen)


Andy joined Remu's band early in June and at the same time announced that at Tavastia Rock Club he plays only couple of songs. Remu: ”Andy thought that the rest of us play and he only walks around with a hay in his mouth and a pint in his hand and tells the crowd 'Heey, good feelin', eh?'. Then he comes on stage, plays couple of songs and then gets the fuck outta there. Then he perhaps might join us for encore songs.” When Remu asked Andy to join his band and the tour, Remu made it very clearly that he can't afford to pay millions. Still he tried to treat him well. Remu: ”Car has driven him to and fro and we've asked what the big guitar hero wants to eat. I can't offer him a better deal in this backyard country, goddamn it. Perhaps they have better systems at the big world.” Arno Carlstedt (Remu's manager): ”Remu has some hearing problems at one of his ears and when Andy played too loudly Remu yelled at him that don't play so loud. That was it. Andy thought he was the star of the show so he took it as a personal insult. Andy told that' if you yell at me I will hit you on the head with my guitar'. Luckily he didn't do that.” Remu: ”If one is humble and begs forgiveness... I'm not the right person to judge anybody. I got nothin' against him. It was fuckin' cool to play with him and all's been gone to the town.” (Ilta-Sanomat, Thursday 20 July 1995, ”Remu Aaltonen pillastui Andy McCoylle”, Tarja Penttinen)


Andy: ”We both (Andy and Remu) are Finnish gippos. Remu is a very good friend of mine. I got nothin' bad to say about him. I believe he thinks the same way. Well, I had a vacation and we played about fifteen gigs all over Finland. Everything went okay, it was my name that filled those places. People think it's interesting that we both have gypsy blood in our veins. I have a name that is known all over the world but Remu is only known in Finland. Then I had to stop giggin' and I assume it came as a surprise to Remu. Remu is a sweet person but I think papers distorted the story and Remu's words. I know exactly what he told to papers, I even participated one interview. Next day we read the papers together and it was 'what the hell?' feelin'. We never had a row, Remu was just sorry about the fact that I couldn't play with him at Tavastia.” (Iltalehti, 16 September 1995, ”Rock cowboy ratsasti kaupunkiin”, Kari A. Nurmela)


Andy: ”Remu is a very good friend of mine. We have gone through flea markets together so long that I've forgotten.” (Iltalehti, Tuesday 31 August 1999, ”Tsiigaa, miten hienoo kamaa”)


Andy: ”Yeah, Dave, Remu and Juice are all touring together now. That is so fuckin' lame. They tried to hire me as their guitarist. That's so greedy it smells miles away. I declined immediately nevertheless what they were offering. I got some moral values. Think about me playing with Juice. The music's too slack. Juice should only write lyrics and that's all, stay behind his typewriter. He makes excellent Finnish lyrics but to sing? Fuck, no way. He sounds like some redneck from the outbacks of Savo who tries to be like a cityfolk. And what about Remu's playing nowadays. He doesn't play the drums well after the dog team accident. This is nothin' personal, I just feel that way. Dave, Remu and Juice will pull the crowd in 'cause people are so curious. But I don't believe they have something new to offer that will make them wild. Oh, those boys, it's easy to get dough. But it is true that if you make music, you can't explain that you're doing it for non-commercial reasons. As soon as the music's wrapped and for sale you're commercial, you're a product. It's useless to fight against that. But that doesn't mean you have to stick into same kinda music. I believe that the most boring thing to fans is to sell an album to them that is exactly the same kind like the previous one.” (Soundi, 12/2001, ”Andy McCoy ratsastaa jälleen”, Juho Juntunen)


Andy: ”It was the same tour when Iggy for the first time didn't have to pay half of his reward to mafia 'cause they knew who was my wife and that his father's from Palermo, Sicily.” (Seura, number 17 1991)


Andy: ”It was quite embarrassing in Japan when the audience were screaming my name louder than the band could play. I had to say 'em that hey, I'm here with Iggy Pop so please respect him and enjoy the gig. Then they calmed down.” (Sheriffi McCoy-book, 2001)


Andy: ”From South-America we flew back to New York, where I was hangin' around with Iggy. I taught him how to play guitar.” (Sheriffi McCoy-book, 2001)


Andy: ”It was a clear hierarchy: me and Iggy were the stars and Alvin, Seamus and Paul were the band.” (Sheriffi McCoy-book, 2001)


Andy: ”To me the whole thing was a joke. I met him (Kurt Cobain) twice but I can't say I knew him well. Suicide's always disrespectful, real loser's shit.” (IS-Viikko, 20 May 1995, ”Kiitos kunniasta, mutta legendat on kuolleita”, Mikko Vienonen)


Andy: ”We played at a bigger venue in Rotterdam than Everly Brothers. Phil Everly's a nice fella but Don Everly's a real prick... I once plugged him into the face at one nightclub.” (IS-Viikko, 20 May 1995, ”Kiitos kunniasta, mutta legendat on kuolleita”, Mikko Vienonen)


Alvin Gibbs told the same story a little bit differently in his book Neighbourhood Thread – On Tour With Iggy Pop. After Andy had heard that one of his idols, Don Everly, was staying at a Holiday Inn Hotel (Ghent, Belgium), Andy asked Gibbs to come with him to meet Don. They reached his hotel room (373) and according to Gibbs the story went like this:


”I told to Andy that 'hey, his door's open but you just can't walk in like that... maybe he turns to violent or something'. I received a typical McCoy-answer: 'Bollocks, don't be a sissy. Don Everly's my hero. He'll be glad 'cause now he has the chance to meet me'. I took couple of steps backwards and Andy marched into the room. I didn't see anything what was going on inside but I heard every word of the conversation.
Andy: 'Hi, Don. I'm Andy McCoy and I'm...'
Don Everly: 'Who the hell are you?'
Andy: 'Hey, I'm your biggest fan...'
Don Everly: 'I don't give a shit who you are. You're leaving this room and you're leaving NOW.'
Andy: 'Chill out, man...'
Don Everly: 'You can't come into someone's room without knocking first. Get the hell outta here before I throw you out.'
Andy: 'Wait! You misunderstood me. I...'
Don Everly: 'I said GET OUT!'
Andy rolled backwards and landed on his arse at the corridor carpet. Don closed the door angrily just before Andy's nose. I helped Andy to get back on his feet and before I opened my mouth to say something, like 'I warned you', he stood up, cleaned his clothes from dust and straightened his hat. As we were walking back in the corridor Andy turned to me and without a hint of irony in his voice he said: 'I've always thought Don Everly's a prick'.” (Alvin Gibbs: Neighbourhood Thread – On Tour With Iggy Pop)


Andy: ”I started a trend when I married Angela. Axl Rose wanted to be married in the same church.” (IS-Viikko, 20 May 1995, ”Kiitos kunniasta, mutta legendat on kuolleita”, Mikko Vienonen)


Angela: ”I'm an actress and I give lessons. Keanu (Reeves) is one of my students. Reporters have often wondered what's that pale scar in the neck of Sharon (Stone). I'll explain that to you now. She hasn't tried to commit a suicide. Nobody's tried to kill her. When she was a little girl she was riding through a wired fence and one wire cut her throat.” (Me Naiset, ?/1995, ”Andy ja hänen enkelinsä”, Asta Leppä / Ari Heinonen)


McCoy explained later that the hat that was stolen from him had sentimental value. There was e.g. a pin that was given to him by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. (Ilta-Sanomat, 18 September 1995, ”Andy McCoy sai raivokohtauksen kesken konsertin”, Pirkka Siltari)


When the normal day routine starts at Sherman Oaks, Andy takes care of his band businesses and Angela calls her movie and model agents. Every now and then she meets her best friend Sharon Stone or cooks a good dinner to his husband. (Me Naiset, ?/1995, ”Miljonäärin tytär, muusikon vaimo Angela”, Minna Kemppainen / Ari Ojala)


Andy: ”I met Chuck Berry in Stockholm when I was eleven. I asked his autograph. I've asked autographs only twice in my whole life. After that I didn't care even if I had met Bob Marley...” Pete Malmi: ”You've met Bob Malmi.” Andy: ”I met Bob Marley.” Andy: ”But then Baryshnikov. We were in Boston touring with Shooting Gallery and we lived at the same hotel with Baryshnikov. All the drinks went to his tap and then I felt his hand on my thigh. Oh, that was his purpose all the time, he wanted piece of arse. Well, I asked his autograph for my wife 'cause she wasn't going to believe me that I meet such people, haha...” (Rumba, 19/1996, ”Lopunajan talk-show”, Tomi Hämäläinen)


Andy: ”This is baby game (in Finland), but in The States or UK no-one dares to come on stage after me. They've asked me to warm-up many bands 'cause usually after the first show the band says that I can't come anymore. I've been touring for the past twenty years and I know how to get the crowd into right feeling. They don't dig at all that the warm-up band gets better reception than them.” (Helsingin Sanomien NYT-liite, ?/1996, ”Hyveitä, paheita & rock'n'roll”, Ilkka Mattila)


Andy: ”I believe that your fate is the one you make. And I also know that I'm the biggest star in Finland, no doubt about that. Yeah, okay, kids dig Ville Valo but if we look at the situation all the way, who's more important?” Andy: ”Of course I knew Phil Lynott but it ain't the heavy metal what kids nowadays listen, it's more like a hard rock.” (Soundi, 12/2001, ”Andy McCoy ratsastaa jälleen”, Juho Juntunen)


Angela: ”It's useless to think that nobody cares what's happening in Finland. For example, Madonna copies everything from Andy, like that Indian hat. There are too many ”coincidences”, at least twenty... okay, more like twelve.” (Se, 7/2003, ”The McCoys Show: Kaunottaren ja kulkurin todellista elämää”, Mari-Leena Kuosa)


HIT FACTORY


Andy: ”If you dig rock'n'roll but not our album (Andy McCoy & Pete Malmi: Briard), you're lying that you dig rock'n'roll. This is not folk music like some Eppu Normaali (Finnish band) and there's a big difference. This music fits perfectly to the radio in the States. I've lived fourteen years there so I guess I know something about that country.” (Karjalainen, 7 January 1996 / STT)


During the next months Andy will concentrate on making a new album. Andy: ”I've got fourty songs ready.” (Seura, number 17 1991)


Andy: ”I could sign a record deal tomorrow if I want to. I've always had deals but I don't depend on them.” Andy: ”I always have songs ready. For this new record I have about sixty-five songs.” (Ilta-Sanomat, 4 May 1994, ”Olen unohtanut millainen Suomen kesä on”, Pasi Kostiainen)


Andy: ”Yeah, first summer in Finland for eight years and this has been very nice summer. I've written helluva lot of new songs for my own and Bach-McCoy records but I'm still kinda late like usually. I'm a fuckin' perfectionist.” (Soundi, 9/1994, ”Hanoi Rocks on haudattu”, Juho Juntunen)


Andy: ”I haven't done demotapes since the start of Hanoi Rocks. And we didn't do then, it was before that. Pelle Miljoona I think. We didn't do demos then. I think I've never done demotapes.” Andy: ”Listen to the latest album of Mike Monroe. 'I play all the instruments myself', yeah. It's gonna be such crap that way, and it was. I wished he'd gonna make a good album but I was really disappointed. Mike lives in an illusion that he's Andy McCoy and Michael Monroe at the same time. It is very neglective when you think that he's a talented multi-instrumentalist and still fucks around with that. He should hire some talented songwriter.” Andy: ”This album (Andy McCoy & Pete Malmi: Briard) will be released in Japan. Probably at The States also. I don't see any reasons not to do so 'cause this is a fuckin' good record. I believe I will have a solid fan base in UK. But we first go to a small tour in Finland. Possibly we continue touring outside Finland and then you don't see us for a long long time.” Andy: ”After all ”I really hate you” is a fuckin' poor version of Hanoi's ”Tragedy”. (Soundi, 10/1996, ”Mehän valloitamme maailman”)


Andy: ”We did this whole LP (Andy McCoy & Pete Malmi: Briard) together and then I went to India for six weeks and I re-write the songs there 'cause I forgot what kinda songs they were. When I came back that (Pete Malmi) said that he couldn't recognize the songs anymore.” Andy: ”But ”River of dreams” is one of my best songs ever. I mean really big hit songs. I still have eight or nine that kinda songs ready to be used. Come on, think about it if I put them all into one album! It's shitty that if your first album sells hugely but second doesn't and the record company just say 'bye, bye' then. That has never happened to me.” (Rumba, 19/1996, ”Lopunajan talk-show”, Tomi Hämäläinen)


Briard Revisited album will be released by BMG. Artists announced that they chose BMG because they gave them total artistic freedom and the biggest advance cheque. ”They have good cards, if they just know how to play them,” Pete Malmi said. Andy: ”They don't screw things up, but if they do, I'll take care that the whole BMG in USA will hear about that. As soon as they heard there about the deal I've made here, they said they want to hear the things as soon as possible which is a good thing I guess.” (Helsingin Sanomat, NYT-liite, ?/1996, ”Hyveitä, paheita & Rock'n'roll”, Ilkka Mattila)


Andy: ”When this book (Sheriffi McCoy) will be translated into other languages I assume it will sell at least million copies. And this is just part one. Next one's coming out next year. They will release it as one volume in abroad. I think they print it in 44 or 47 languages and they're gonna sell it all over the world. I must make a second part 'cause so many funny things have been left out from the first one. Like during the Cherry Bombz times a pilot of a private jet let me drive his plane. I asked can I make a thousand yard drop and then instantly back upwards. He said, yeah, do this and do that, and then I did it and the locals saw that fuck, Andy's driving that metal bird.” (Soundi, 12/2001, ”Andy McCoy ratsastaa jälleen”, Juho Juntunen)


Andy: ”News about me in public are totally different than what I really am when I'm in Finland. I usually spend five months in here. I go back to The States by christmas and nobody's said I'll come back. And now when I'm gone I will not come back before it's warm in here. I want to make a record somewhere with a warm climate. I make two albums now infact. The other one's my wife's Angela's first solo album and then I'm working on me and Mike's thing that is infact Hanoi. Angela's album will be released sometimes next year. That's fuckin' hard stuff and I wrote the songs. Those cool pop songs are going to Angela and it's sorry to see that Mike's not understandin' that many good hit song are now away from Hanoi's album. I'd rather write those songs with Mike but he wants to play harder songs. But that's okay for me 'cause it's funnier to play these songs. I believe that Angela's record will be a fuckin' big hit all over the world. She has a good image and a perfect body for a woman. She's just the gal that makes guys to drool.” Andy: ”England is perhaps the most important country and we've got a fuckin' good and fanatic following there.” (Soundi, 12/2001, ”Andy McCoy ratsastaa jälleen”, Juho Juntunen)


Andy: ”I think I'm little bit out at the moment. I haven't checked out new guitarists. I've been so deep into writing songs. I got fifty new songs ready, and then I'll finish that book.” Andy: ”I own the name Hanoi Rocks but I don't see any good reasons to use it. The only point is that fans connect that name to us.” (Soundi, 12/2001, ”Andy McCoy ratsastaa jälleen”, Juho Juntunen)


Andy: ”Hanoi Revisited starts to make a new album. Most of the songs are mine. Mike also has some songs and I have to admit that he's developed as a songwriter. Okay, not everything he writes are diamonds but there can be fuckin' good chorus part or something. I then re-write them. That collaboration works perfectly that way. Mike never has had any hit songs in his albums. I can write hit songs. I have eleven hit songs already in my back pocket, but it would be crazy to put them all into one album. I wish that the record will be released late Spring. Record should be out five weeks before the tour kicks-off. I believe that we can make it so we can be the main performers at summer festivals. Now I'm focused on marketing the album. I make all the financial decisions. Of course I talk with Mike about the alternatives we have but he's counting on me and I'm counting on him. He knows that I'm not fuckin' around.” (Soundi, 12/2001, ”Andy McCoy ratsastaa jälleen”, Juho Juntunen)


Andy: ”Now I have time to concentrate on music 'cause I'm not interested in groupies. I've had enough of 'em. I once calculated that I've fucked with 2000 girls. And dope isn't interesting me anymore. What there is to learn more about heroin? Nothing.” Andy: ”And that coarse way that the film's (Real McCoy) soundtrack happened. I'm in the middle of makin' it and the director comes one day to say that the recordings will be stopped next day. I was just like 'what the fuck?' That kinda news is usually told three weeks before so that I can make those songs ready. Now the soundtrack's full of half-finished stuff. There are some fuckin' good songs but they ain't ready yet.” (Soundi, 12/2001, ”Andy McCoy ratsastaa jälleen”, Juho Juntunen)


WRIST AND SHOUT


Andy: ”I've been offered to make some music to movies. They pay well but like I've said that once you've seen dough then it's no longer important. People who talk about money are usually those who haven't seen it.” (Soundi)


So he (Andy) thinks that house at Sherman Oaks in Los Angeles is his final home. He also has a house at Bangkok. When I went to see Andy, he asked me to take five bottles of long drink with me. When we met, instead of his house he decided to take me to the local Moroccan restaurant. First thing he did was to bum fags and long drinks. I only had to light his first fag because after that he lighted the others from the fag-ends. After the interview and normal bye-bye's he wanted to borrow twenty dollars. He claimed that his credit card was at his music agency. After we'd separated Andy suddenly ran after me and asked about the rest of the long drinks. I gave him three bottles but kept two as a reward. Andy said he's happy now but still wouldn't change a day in his life, except that one day when Andy got bored with his boozer wife and left Cherry Bombz although they were going to sign a record deal with Chrystalis next day. Today he said he has less problems than then when he had one million dollars in his bank account. (Soundi, 9/1994, ”Hanoi Rocks on haudattu”, Juho Juntunen)


Andy: ”That band (Shooting Gallery) owes me about 67 000 bucks. Record company was half a million in red 'cause of that record.” (Rumba, 8/1995, 21 April 1995, ”Kolmessa vuorossa rock'n'rollin sylttytehtaalla”, Tomi Hämäläinen)


Andy laughs and tells that he's not as stupid as The Beatles. He's well aware of his copyrights. Royalties come very often to his bank account. Because of this he and Angela have houses at Los Angeles and also at Bangkok. L.A.'s house is bigger, like ”a mansion”, where they live most of the year. They have excellent security system and a 38' Lincoln Continental at garage. And few sports cars. Couple of them were wrecked some time ago, Jaguars. (Me Naiset, ?/1995, ”Andy ja hänen enkelinsä”, Asta Leppä / Ari Heinonen)


Man who has a ”big'n'mighty mansion” in a secured area in L.A., '38 Lincoln Continental, ”big black BMW with some numbers after it” and MR-2 convertible sports car, you could easily think that he could afford a trip to the dentist.


Andy: ”I've been thinkin' that this album (Building On Tradition) will sell million copies world wide. It's musically stronger than any Hanoi album. My publisher is excited about it and I gotta good back up.” (City, 5/1995, ”Andy McCoy – Hanoista tulevaisuuteen”, Pete Suhonen)


But million copies? Not at all bullshit. Let's count: JVC release this in Japan and 200 000 Japanese fans buys it. CBS in America sells maybe 100 000, perhaps in continental Europe the same amount. In UK approx. 50 000. Finland 10 000 and so on. Small river might finally turn into an Amazon in few years time. If that happens it definitely will be Andy's biggest album so far. Hanoi Rocks's thirty albums have sold (depending on different sources) approx. 7 – 30 million copies. (City, 5/1995, ”Andy McCoy – Hanoista tulevaisuuteen”, Pete Suhonen)


Andy: ”They offered me one million bucks for leaving Angela. You can pretty easily guess who made that offer.” Phew, one million. That's a lot of money. There are rumours that your wife Angela Nicholetti has financially steady background. Have you bought these L.A. facilities with her money? Andy: ”No, that was my dough. But that '38 Lincoln Continental was my wedding gift.” Are you a good driver? There are rumours about that too. Last summer you told that you learned to drive while on hash. Andy: ”I wrecked couple of Jaguars when I was learnin' to drive but now I'm pretty safe driver.” Jaguars? I assume Angela must be wealthy too. Andy: ”They own one of the fastest race horses in the world. It won the Kentucky Derby and I guess it'll win again this year.” (City, 5/1995, ”Andy McCoy – Hanoista tulevaisuuteen”, Pete Suhonen)


How much royalties you receive from Hanoi Rocks albums? Andy: ”Let's say that I get more than a bank manager earns. Those royalties are about sixty per cent from my total income. But when this financial depression hit Europe couple of years ago, record sale dropped thirty per cent. But now it's back in the usual sales again.” What does money mean to you? Andy: ”It gives freedom but it also gathers bums around you. When I suddenly was skint I managed to separate real friends from bums.” Some record company from Japan has offered to you (Hanoi Rocks) a big amount of money for a re-union tour. What's keeping you? Andy: ”Yeah, they offered two and a half million to each of us but that contract had a clause for live album and other things. I was having a grub with Makkonen in New York and we both had a feelin' that it would be fuckin' neat to play together again. But we can't, we have our own deals and we can't get outta them. It'll take couple of years before we have fulfilled our obligations. And some McCoy&Monroe Band wouldn't suit 'cause everybody would immediately think us as Hanoi Rocks and we don't want that.” (City, 5/1995, ”Andy McCoy – Hanoista tulevaisuuteen”, Pete Suhonen)


Tiina Vuorinen: ”Sometimes I think that my head's going to burst. This job is about keeping up with schedules and organizing things. Usually this has worked well. It took enormous amount of work to get this thing together.” Andy orders double-Bailey's with ice and looks at the ornaments at the wall. Andy: ”Those are real gypsy belts. You can't buy them from stores. Fuck, where's the owner, I wanna buy 'em.” After a thorough thinking Andy decides to buy the whole bar. Vuorinen gets between them and lures Andy and Angela to a cab and to concert venue. In the cab Andy drinks his glass empty. Andy: ”All the gigs have been sold out. Check it, yesterday was a Sunday and still full house.” Andy McCoy's image is that facts aren't as important as style. Everything's got to sound correct: lots of money, few houses, expensive guitars, jewellery... The harsh truth is that all those millions he earned while playing at Hanoi Rocks are long gone. Of course hefty royalty cheques comes every now and then and new album has given him good advance rewards but the spending is also astronomical. According to Vuorinen, Andy has spent 30 000 Finnish Marks (approx. £3000) during the last 10 days. To debts, guitars... To Rock'n'roll life. (Helsingin Sanomat, 17 September 1995, ”Legenda nimeltä Andy McCoy”, Jouni K. Kemppainen)


Andy: ”When I came to Finland I asked where's my collection of two thousand records. They said that they have given them to my little sister and that she's sold almost all of them. That was a fuckin' cruel thing to do. I had all the Gnidrolog's and everything.” (Rumba, 19/1996, ”Lopunajan talk-show”, Tomi Hämäläinen)


Andy: ”The only reason why I drink booze is that I'm on a rehab at the moment, business as usual. It's expensive to pay daily 2000 marks for heroin in Helsinki.” Andy: ”I did a single with XL5. I changed my style a bit so guitars don't sound anymore like my normal style. They paid me well, that's why I did it. D'ya think I was there for fun? In the contract states that they pay me by the Teosto rates, that's three per cent from each single sold and the video has the same rate. I said, fuck yeah, you get one guitar solo for that money and it's cheap. Manager said that they were doing a favour for me. I asked him to think who really is doing favours, eh? Ask anybody which one's better known, XL5 or Andy McCoy. I'm doing you a favour, ye fuckin' idiot.” (Soundi, 10/1996, ”Mehän valloitamme maailman”)


Andy: ”Couple of weeks ago when she (Angela) had a birthday I bought her a car. I want to cuddle her 'cause she's the right one for me.” Andy: ”It's not necessary for me to buy that much. Fans send me every week some awsome presents. Think about it, they have saved money for those presents maybe for two years. You can't refuse takin' them. And still I don't make music just for money. After Andy-movie some producer contacted me and offered a million buck role from a movie where I was supposed to play Devil. I said no way. It's too distressing when some filming crew follow you all the time.” Andy: ”I love gold and jewellery. Angela's and mine married-rings are so expensive that I can't keep it all the time.” (Iltalehti, Tuesday 31 August 1999, ”Tsiigaa, miten hienoo kamaa”)


Andy claims that he is still known all over the globe. He still has half-a-family in USA and most of his money comes from there. Andy's house and a car will be found in California. Andy: ”Well, there was somethin' good in that film. The only thing that pisses me off is the director. But that was his last hit movie, he's done nothin' good after that. Film's screen play is 99% mine and I haven't seen a penny since that. Think about it, when we were doing that film I received a minimum wage and if you divide that to five working days. I had to stay by the phone 'cause we never knew when the call came.” Andy: ”But it's a good movie but it would be great to see some money coming to me. Nice to hear that the director buys mansions and things. I haven't got shit, and if I don't soon get something it'll be a lawsuit ahead.” Andy: ”There's only one other guy in Finland that has done the same, Ralf Örn. Two hit songs ”Säpinää” and ”Vaatteet on mun aatteet”. Kaija Koo sang the girly parts. But no money to me. But hey, I believe that what you give gets back to you. That's fuckin' sure. How's Pekka Lehto today? Down and out but everything's fuckin' fine for me.” (Soundi, 12/2001, ”Andy McCoy ratsastaa jälleen”, Juho Juntunen)


Andy: ”I calculated that I spent four and a half million dollars to schmack. But you have to divide that to every day during that seventeen year period.” (Soundi, 12/2001, ”Andy McCoy ratsastaa jälleen”, Juho Juntunen) (That's 6205 days so that will be 725 dollars per day...)


”TO ALL UNITS: WE HAVE A 415D AT THE LOCAL NIGHTCLUB. OVER.”


Rock star Andy McCoy was involved in a brawl at nightclub in Jyväskylä and the police was needed in the site. According to the guitarist the portier of the nightclub assaulted on him. Andy: ”He grabbed my scarf and twisted so long that I passed out.” Andy McCoy was trying to enter the nightclub about 2am. Mr. McCoy told that he was looking for his roadies after the concert and said to portier that he was only going inside for a moment. Mr. McCoy's wife Angela Nicoletti stayed outside and waited for her husband. Andy: ”Then two blokes came after and hit me, grabbed my scarf and twisted so long that I passed out.” (Ilta-Sanomat, 17 June 1994, ”Andy McCoy väittää: Yökerhon portsari kuristi minut tajuttomaksi”)


Tiina Vuorinen was told by the hotel staff that it was infact Mr. McCoy who tried to hit the portiers. Vuorinen: ”That's ludicrous. Why a skinny and small man like Andy would have wanted to fight with a bodybuilder portier? Andy just wanted to dance with his wife. He didn't have but fifty marks because I didn't give him more.” Andy: ”At least three blokes saw this. We have three witnesses.” One of them called the police and according to Miss Vuorinen, Mr. McCoy was unconscious and lying on the floor. Vuorinen: ”Police saved Andy. I don't know what would have happened without them – he was lying on the floor and wasn't moving at all.” Mr. McCoy remembers that after the recovery the police took him back to his hotel. They suggested it would be better to stay inside and wait for the situation to calm down. Andy: ”They also said that I can make a report if I want to. I gotta think about it. I first go to doctor and if something's smashed I'm gonna do it.” Jyväskylä police confirms that they received a call from the nightclub. According to their reports it wasn't an assault but a ”disturbance”. The patrol had calmed down the situation without a further action. (Ilta-Sanomat, 17 June 1994, ”Andy McCoy väittää: Yökerhon portsari kuristi minut tajuttomaksi”)


Court has finally given verdicts about an incident happened a year ago. Andy McCoy (32), whose real name is Antti Hulkko and who is notorious for his unhealthy lifestyle, was finally lured to the courtroom after it was threatened to give him a fine for his behaviour. Municipal court dismissed D.A.'s prosecution and the Town representatives aren't willing to continue the process to the Court of Appeal. Tarja Nurmi-Berggård's (who is known society lady in Helsinki, filmstar and 1959 Miss Finland) silver candlesticks she received as a wedding present appears to be still and perhaps forever missing. (Ilta-Sanomat, Friday 2 June 1995, ”Kuka varasti ex-Miss Suomen kynttilänjalat? Andy McCoyta epäiltiin, syyte hylättiin”)


Police received last July a report of missing candlesticks that are worth over 6000 Marks (approx. £600). They disappeared from ex-Miss Finland and her husband's luxury apartment. Two days earlier the owners' offspring held a party that lasted until 3am. The guests included Andy McCoy, Nurmi's own son and some other richfolk youngsters from Helsinki. The group had met Marja Melin at Cafe Roma. A rock musician who was in very ”confused state” came to meet Melin's and Nurmi's sons at one table. They decided to take him with them to the afterparty. According to young men, when they reached the apartment Andy McCoy started immediately to admire the ”awsome apartment” and art pieces inside. They played guitars and when it came 3am they decided to go to sleep. Others woke up at morning to a rattle they thought was caused by Andy McCoy who was apparently leaving. There was no-one escorting him out because others went to thank the hosts. The dismissal of the candlesticks was noticed much later. The finger of suspicion was pointed immediately towards the rock musician. Andy: ”I don't have to steal anything, man, I got enough money to buy what I want.” (Ilta-Sanomat, Friday 2 June 1995, ”Kuka varasti ex-Miss Suomen kynttilänjalat? Andy McCoyta epäiltiin, syyte hylättiin”)


The ex-Hanoi Rocks guitarist who had returned to Helsinki from the paradise known as America announced he earns 10 000 marks a month (approx. £1000) and his assets are over 400 000 marks (approx. £40 000). Although one of the party members remembered that the guitarist had boasted how he stole all the gear he needed to play in a band. In court it was inspected carefully was there a chance that someone else might have stolen the candlesticks. Young host was absolutely sure that others couldn't have done so. He argued that all the other guests who were his friends have never behaved badly when visiting his home. On the other hand the court didn't find support to the claim of Andy being the thief. (Ilta-Sanomat, Friday 2 June 1995, ”Kuka varasti ex-Miss Suomen kynttilänjalat? Andy McCoyta epäiltiin, syyte hylättiin”)


Andy McCoy barely had a sigh of relief after this candlestick prosecution when he was again sued to Helsinki Municipal Court. Rock musician was prosecuted of forgery and an attempt to buy narcotics with a false prescription. (Ilta-Sanomat, Friday 2 June 1995, ”Uusi syyte pillerireseptistä”)


Finnish rock legend Andy McCoy a.k.a. Antti Hulkko (32) didn't arrive yesterday to Helsinki Municipal Court where he was prosecuted of forgery and an attempt to buy narcotics with a false prescription. The case was supposed to start at 9am but when the guitarist didn't show up the court ordered the police to collect mr. McCoy for the next session. Just after ten mr. McCoy called the bailiff and announced he had a stomach ache and fever. Rock musician promised to get the court a statement from his doctor. Municipal Court changed their verdict about the police escort and he was ordered to come to the court by himself or he would receive a 1000 mark (approx. £100) fine. District Attorney: ”Mr. McCoy forged the prescription signed by a doctor from Helsinki by adding 50 tablets of Temgesic in it. He is also accused of trying to buy those tablets with his forged prescription. He sent someone else to do those errands.” (Ilta-Sanomat, Friday 7 July 1995, ”Andy McCoy ei tullut oikeuteen”)


Rock guitarist Andy McCoy, 32, was convicted at Helsinki Municipal Court for forgery and an attempt to buy narcotics with a false prescription. The verdict was that Mr. McCoy a.k.a. Antti Hulkko will receive a fine of 4900 marks (approx. £490). Andy: ”I'm on a legal Temgesic cure at the moment. Angela took one of the old prescriptions with her when she went to pharmacy. She didn't know that there was some shit in it what I've written.” Outside the court room Andy claimed that he had no intention of using the forged prescription. Andy: ”I once joked with the prescription and wrote something in it. I was supposed to be an artist, ye know.” Andy: ”I'm no drug abuser. How could I then play in concerts that are against drugs and tell kids that that shit's gonna ruin your life.” Andy was supposed to be in the court a month ago. Yesterday he managed to come to the court in time because the bailiff reminded Andy by calling him. Andy still gets angry when he is reminded about the last accusation of stealing ex-Miss Finland Tarja Nurmi-Berggård's silver candlesticks. Andy had been to the party hosted by Nurmi-Berggård's offspring. It was later discovered that the 6000 mark candlesticks had been disappeared and Andy was the main suspect. Municipal Court however never found any proof for those suspicions. Andy: ”That was a real American style con. I was warned about those guys. But I thought I could move freely around in here.” (Ilta-Sanomat, Wednesday 2 August 1995, ”Andy McCoy sai sakot pilleriväärennöksestä”)


Antti Hulkko was arrested three weeks ago during one Saturday night at his local bar at Kolme Kruunua in Liisankatu Street in Helsinki. Andy: ”Many cops with plain clothes and suits came in. They talked about some drug thing and then intruded my home with the dogs. I was arrested and they interrogated me for two days.” There Mr. McCoy realised he was suspected of selling hard drugs. Andy: ”Somebody had snitched me during the previous interrogations. This was a part of something really big. Something about drugs that had been smuggled from Estonia. This was like a really large pyramid where I was the lowest level.” Andy's part was taken up at Vantaa Municipal Court in Friday. Andy and his wife Angela Hulkko confessed they had used heroin for few times but denied of selling it. Andy: ”This happened last August-September. They offered me heroin and I slipped. That happens to every junkie. Though you had been on the wagon for long you still have a taste for it for the rest of your life.” Mr. and mrs. Hulkko could have received a fine for their conduct but because they had done so much anti-drug work they were given an amnesty. Andy: ”And justice for all. This whole scene was irrational. It's my business if I slipped.” Angela: ”This would have never been such a big case if this had happened where we come from.” (7 Päivää, 45/1996, ”Olen ikuisesti riippuvainen huumeista”, Tanja Hakamo)


Andy McCoy, who is known world widely as the guitarist of Hanoi Rocks, had horror moments at Kruununhaka District in Helsinki last Saturday. Mr. McCoy was at his local bar (Kolme Kruunua) playing gypsy violins when the concert was interrupted by a man with a gun. Andy: ”I was playing a piano when this middle-aged man behind me took a pistol from his pocket. My cousin luckily managed to grab his hand before anything happened and the gun dropped on the floor.” Angela: ”I had time only to shout 'Watch out, there's a guy with a gun, get out'.” Andy McCoy suspects this happened because of the news of a drug bust he was involved in (Iltalehti, 1 Nov). Andy: ”In court I was free'd from all the charges. After that we spontaniously decided with my relatives to entertain the customers. We all had a groovy feelin' before this incident. I was playing a piano and my relatives guitars. We played some gypsy music like Golden Earrings.” (Iltalehti, Monday 4 November 1996, ”Andy McCoy yritettiin ampua”, Mika Lindqvist)


When a couple from Helsinki gave Hanoi Rocks guitarist Andy McCoy and his wife Angela a chance to live with them it didn't take long before the police was called in to remove them. Mrs Iira Palotie and her husband-to-be mr. Martti Ruuskanen first met Andy McCoy and his wife Angela about a year before this incident. Ex top athlete Iira knew Michael Monroe before meeting mr. McCoy. (Seura, number 33 16 August 2002, ”Poliisiakin tarvittiin, kun rocktähti kävi kylässä”, Rosita Lesonen)


Iira Palotie: ”When Mike's wife Judy died last summer I met Andy for the first time. He was fun, really mellow. Of course if we hadn't liked them, we never would have invited them. But if I had known what kind of a hell they brought in with them I would have stayed away from them.” (Seura, number 33 16 August 2002, ”Poliisiakin tarvittiin, kun rocktähti kävi kylässä”, Rosita Lesonen)


Andy and Angela lived in Kallio District in Helsinki and they and their friends visited each others frequently. Iira said that during this time she and Martti trusted them completely. In last March Andy called Iira and told that they had a plumbing accident. Andy and Angela asked could they move into their apartment for couple of weeks. ”We thought then that two weeks would be fine. No problems. We infact told them that they could live with us for the whole month.” Iira and Martti picked up their stuff from Kallio. (Seura, number 33 16 August 2002, ”Poliisiakin tarvittiin, kun rocktähti kävi kylässä”, Rosita Lesonen)


Iira Palotie: ”During the first days Angela cooked and cleaned. I have never had such tasty meatballs what she did. They built an altar at the downstairs where was a Bible, pictures of Madonna and Andy's book. They read the Bible and prayed.” Month passed by and the fixing of the ”damage” just continued. They didn't pay any kind of rent. Iira Palotie: ”We wandered that how long this fixing would last. But they explained it in a way that we believed them. In June Martti went to search their home in Kallio but in the door where they were supposed to live was a totally different name. They explained that the landlord's relative was living temporarily in their apartment.” This wasn't an explanation they bought. Next explanation was that the rent of their apartment was raised by 300 euro's. Iira Palotie: ”They only thought of themselves. They didn't eat at all and when they were awake they were completely out of this world. Their personalities changed totally during this six months.” Iira Palotie: ”In June we tried to be away from our home because we just couldn't stand them. Angela was keeping her eyes on me all the time and was even sending text-messages.” (Seura, number 33 16 August 2002, ”Poliisiakin tarvittiin, kun rocktähti kävi kylässä”, Rosita Lesonen)


Iira Palotie: ” Andy snatched my prestigious jewellery and turned it into a gypsy ring. He always talked about his gypsy cousins he thought as relatives.” On 25 July Iira called the police because Angela had a knife and she was acting threatening way. Iira Palotie: ”She tried to hit me and Martti with the knife but we managed to take it away from her. She still scratched me so that I kept bleeding. We have reported this to the police.” Police waited that the couple packed their bags and left the apartment. Iira Palotie: ”After that I noticed that Angela had also packed some of my clothes as well. How can people of celebrity act that way?” (Seura, number 33 16 August 2002, ”Poliisiakin tarvittiin, kun rocktähti kävi kylässä”, Rosita Lesonen)


Iira Palotie: ”Martti found some white stuff and threw it into the toilet. I found Andy's false teeth and needles stashed under the mattress.” In addition to this, Andy's friends assaulted on two of Iira's and Martti's friends. Iira Palotie: ”They were waiting in a car when our friends had left us the next day after this incident. Big blokes took them into the car and beat them. We noticed what happened and called the police. We have also reported this to the police. After that I've used other routes when I've returned home.” (Seura, number 33 16 August 2002, ”Poliisiakin tarvittiin, kun rocktähti kävi kylässä”, Rosita Lesonen)


Martti is also losing money (16 000 Euro's) he invested to the company that is producing Hanoi Rocks's next album. Martti Ruuskanen: ”I own five per cent of that company. When they started to run out of money they asked for another 16 Grand. They offered me more shares in return. They bombarded me the whole February but I didn't agree. Those money are gone and also those 18 Grand I invested into the London based RHP company (RLF Music Oy?). I assume that the director who lives in Monaco has used them all by himself.” (Seura, number 33 16 August 2002, ”Poliisiakin tarvittiin, kun rocktähti kävi kylässä”, Rosita Lesonen)


Andy and Angela McCoy's lodging at their friends apartment has raised many reports to the police. Police is investigating the issues between the two sides at the moment. According to Andy's manager the accusations towards McCoy's are wrong. Police is also investigating assaults that concern McCoy's and the couple from Helsinki. The Helsinki City Centre Police tells that on 17 July in Lauttasaari District was a row between them and the police was called in to calm the situation down. (Iltalehti, 16 August 2002, ”Rikosilmoituksia tehty puolin ja toisin”, Anne Ruotsalainen)


Andy's manager Helinä Härmä is furious because the media has twisted the facts. Härmä: ”There have been reports and accusations from both parties. The facts that have been announced in the media are totally crap.” Härmä admits that the McCoy's have lived in an apartment of their friends in Lauttasaari but there are lots of misunderstandings in the issue. Härmä: ”We check with Andy what has happened and we give a statement later when we have clarified this. We announce the things that concern Andy.” (Iltalehti, 16 August 2002, ”Rikosilmoituksia tehty puolin ja toisin”, Anne Ruotsalainen)


The couple that invited the McCoy's are aware of the accusations and reports made of them. Iira Palotie: ”I just hope that I don't have to be in any kind of a contact with the record company anymore. I'm just worried about Angela. Hope she gets back to America where her parents are and forms a family and everything she's dreamed of.” They claim they are innocent but Andy's and Angela's manager feel the same way about the McCoy's. The couple wishes things will be clarified as soon as possible but they are going to demand compensations about injuries Angela had caused. ”Yeah, some scars and other injuries have occurred because of Angela's scratching. I have to do something about them. My knees have gone worse, I've tried to rehabilitate them for long,” she said. These investigations started a month ago when the couple asked Andy and Angela to move out. This lead to a brawl and Angela threatened her with a knife (that was still attached in a sheath). According to the police files it looks like that both men tried to calm the situation down. (Iltalehti, 16 August 2002, ”Rikosilmoituksia tehty puolin ja toisin”, Anne Ruotsalainen)


FOOLIN' AROUND


Rock star Andy McCoy almost caused a fire at the hotel Jahti's corridor in Kuopio on Saturday night. He almost burnt himself because his scarf caught the fire. One of his band's musicians prevented the major catastrophe by suffocating the burning textiles. Tiina Vuorinen: ”The damage is about few thousand marks.” Hotel Manager Nykänen told that Andy's manager Tiina Vuorinen promised to compensate the hotel. The incident happened at 4am when mr. McCoy returned to hotel from a concert. Star guitarist sat down on a chair in the corridor and it is assumed that he lighted a cigarette and fell asleep after that. A member of his band came to see him and put the fire down. Both then returned to their hotel rooms and left the corridor with full of smoke. Later a roadie of the band saw the smoke, got scared and called the fire department. Also police was called in. They found the rock star from his room but they couldn't interrogate him because of his condition. "I have never seen such a crazy person in my life,” hotel manager Nykänen said about his guest. It is assumed that they will send a bill to him about the damage and the cleaning work. (Ilta-Sanomat, 19 September 1995, ”Andy McCoy oli vähällä polttaa itsensä hotellissa”, Pirkka Siltari)


A well known rock musician Andy McCoy fell from third floor balcony at Lauttasaari District in Helsinki on Saturday night. His leg was broken and he had some injuries in his face but it could have ended much worse. Andy McCoy is known for his alcohol galore lifestyle but when this accident happened he was sober. Why he fell is still a mystery but according to the police there are no suspicions of crime involved. He is especially remembered at his local bar (Kolme Kruunua) in Kruununhaka District where he has spent lots of time. (Iltalehti, Wednesday 13 May 1998, ”Kuuluisa rock-tähti putosi parvekkeelta”)


Tiina Vuorinen: ”He likes to climb everywhere and accidents happen every now and then. Andy's also used to climb on PA system.” (Iltalehti, Thursday 14 May 1998, ”McCoyn tippuminen oli onnettomuus”)


WHITE HORSES AND ANTTI HULKKO'S EAR MEDICINE


Andy: ”I wasn't even eight years old when Toufikh, our Moroccan friend, was visiting his homecountry. He was ten and smuggled hash in his mouth. We burned it and really dig that. We started to buy hash on weekends and then we played fitba', fought and played guitars.” (Sheriffi McCoy-book, 2001)


Andy: ”I had a very bad heroin addiction for ten years but now I'm clean and without medication. I was saved by the same doctor that saved Slash of Guns'n Roses. I took Slash to see him.” Andy: ”Once in India I wanted to stop. There some faqir gave me something he said was medicine and I lied down on a bed for two days and couldn't move. Later I was in a mental institute for a week but they threw me out after seein' I wasn't crazy.” Andy: ”Because of schmack I lost everything. I didn't have a single guitar anymore and I lost my house in London. Because of it I sold everything.” Andy: ”I was then (after Cherry Bombz) a legalized junky. At Helsinki I got all the opioids from the pharmacy. In England the state gave me morphine once a week. I got all the papers for that.” (Seura, number 17 1991)


Andy: ”I came to L.A. I did a tour with Iggy Pop and at that time I was clean. That was 1989. When I came back to home I thought I had 400 000 dollars in my bank account. But it was 10 000 in red. Anastasia had spent it all to schmack. Then I had enough of it. The divorce was fuckin' expensive but it was worth it. Now I'm clean.” Andy was taken to hospital four times because of heroin. Andy: ”It cost me 200 000 dollars, almost a million marks, to get me back into condition.” (Seura, number 17 1991)


Andy: ”Sometimes I snort cocaine, that's okay. I use Valium once a week when I go to sleep, especially if I had met lawyers and record company bosses during the day. Angela usually hides the Valium 'cause I could easily take 'em all at once but sometimes she gives me one pill.” Few weeks ago Andy went to see the doctor for a routine inspection. Andy: ”The doc said that I have a body of a top athlete. My weight is between 52 and 54 kilo's and I'm 172 centimetre's tall. I lost my teeth 'cause of schmack. That and methadone destroys your bonestructure. Now I fix my teeth with 20 000 dollars.” (Seura, number 17 1991)


Angela: ”My father liked Andy since the first time he met him. Our relationship to my parents is still good. They were the first ones whom we told when Andy slipped back into cobics. They got him the best private doctor L.A. has.” (Me Naiset, ?/1995, ”Miljonäärin tytär, muusikon vaimo Angela”, Minna Kemppainen / Ari Ojala)


Andy: ”I survived and I still am in pretty good shape. I've seen all the sides what life can offer to ye. I've woken up from the hospital bed after an overdose and I've seen how my friends kill themselves some slowly and some fastly. I've been running after every skirt in town and fucked with many girls. I've done all that but I've grown up.” Andy: ”Once the cops stopped me in California when I was coming back from my trip to Mexico border. I had six kilo's of Kef at the back of my car. They looked at the car and found the bag that reeked of Marijuana. They just said that throw that away, there's too much of it. When I had dumped the Kef they let me go. They said I didn't look like a dealer.” (Soundi, 9/1994, ”Hanoi Rocks on haudattu”, Juho Juntunen)


Andy: ”I got rid of schmack after I got bored with it. There's a medication, and I don't mean Methadone, that takes all the pain away. They used it in The States but when they discovered that it'll turn narcs completely healthy they pulled it off 'cause Methadone's such a big business.” Andy: ”'Million miles away' was very powerful song. 'Lost in the city' was written when I was in drunk. 'Mental beat' and 'Underwater world” when I had snorted cholly. There are many hash-songs.” Andy: ”You can take me as an example. I've used Brown Buddha every day for the past two years now and I never had a feelin' I just gotta have it. Think those who have boozed two years in a row. Think about their cold turkey?” (City, 5/1995, ”Andy McCoy – Hanoista tulevaisuuteen”, Pete Suhonen)


Andy: ”I've taken so much China White that it wouldn't fit into this fuckin' table,” he said and stretches his arms towards the ends of the table. Andy: ”I hate speedfreaks. They talk lotta shite. Look at the blokes that are my age and have used speed. Really awful. I still look young though I'm 33 except Methadone ruined my teeth.” (Helsingin Sanomien NYT-Liite, ?/1996, ”Hyveitä, paheita & Rock'n'roll”, Ilkka Mattila)


Andy: ”The only reason why I drink booze is that I'm on a rehab at the moment, business as usual.” (Soundi, 10/1996, ”Mehän valloitamme maailman”)


Every now and then Andy lacks energy to concentrate on music just because of heroin but according to him the good thing about heroin is that it doesn't wear your looks. If he had shaved he would still be looking like a 22 year old. But when you're on heroin you still eat and sleep well. The problems come across only when you run out of it and you want some more. Andy: ”And I'm not interested in schmack. There's nothin' new to me to learn from dope. Nothin'” (Soundi, 12/2001, ”Andy McCoy ratsastaa jälleen”, Juho Juntunen)


Andy: ”And I'm no social service but I spent couple of millions to the band's (Shooting Gallery) members. Then I realised that they used it to buy dope. Fuck, I got angry 'cause I was clean at the moment. I was so disappointed that I also fell for it. I had to leave the fuckin' L.A. or I never would have got rid of it. I calculated that I spent four and a half million dollars to schmack. But you have to divide that to every day during that seventeen year period. I'm a guy with a golden arm. One of my friends, an ex-addict, gave me that name. Perhaps because I spent so much dough on it. Today it makes me sick to think about sticking needles into my body. And think that it was normal to me to have five or six fixes a day. Today I have a fear of needles, even if they just take an ordinary blood test.” Andy: ”After I quit schmack I've had no problems with the cops. And they're okay, they just do their jobs.” (Soundi, 12/2001, ”Andy McCoy ratsastaa jälleen”, Juho Juntunen)


Andy never doubts his condition to play. Andy: ”When I get on stage everything's clear again. I've done this so long and I know that I always can play.” (Helsingin Sanomat, 17 September 1995, ”Legenda nimeltä Andy McCoy”, Jouni K. Kemppainen)


”HIT ME WITH YOUR RHYTHMSTICK”


Ordinary youngish Finnish person passes by with two dachshunds. The other dog started to sniff around Andy's guitar without understanding he was playing with fire. Andy: ”Shit! Get that fuckin' rat away or I'll kick it.” Poor dog doesn't realise what the guitars mean to Andy and Andy doesn't realise what the dogs mean to their owner. ”It doesn't matter if you're some sort of a rock star but you don't talk to my dogs that way,” he shouts back. The scene almost turned to violent but photographer calmed Andy down. (IS-Viikko, 20 May 1995, ”Kiitos kunniasta, mutta legendat on kuolleita”, Mikko Vienonen)


Rock star Andy McCoy raged in Kuopio the other night after realizing his hat was stolen. He stopped playing and kicked the security officer who tried to calm the situation. (Ilta-Sanomat, 18 September 1995, ”Andy McCoy sai raivokohtauksen kesken konsertin”, Pirkka Siltari)


Andy: ”...and I saw Ralf (Örn) once in a corner of a street. When I walked towards him he ran away. I guess he thought that dang-dang-dang I beat the shit outta him. And I could have done that, I don't know. Some people really need clobbering sometimes. They should be more humble.” (Soundi, December 12/2001, ”Andy McCoy ratsastaa jälleen”, Juho Juntunen)


Rock personality Andy McCoy and the drummer of Popeda had a brawl behind a stage at rock festivals early in July. This was started after his wife's Angela's hat was stolen and Andy hit the drummer with a beer bottle. Andy: ”That's a load of crud. I had a small row with the bloke and I threw water from the bottle on him. That shouldn't harm anyone. Incredible how these stories grow. Like in school when we had a wordplay and the first student whispers something to the second and he tells it forward to the third and so on until the story reaches the last student and voilá, the story's completely different by then. He's a cool dude when he's sober. Well, we fixed this thing right away. Arska said he was sorry and everything was okay.” (Iltalehti, 22 July 2003, ”Andy McCoy kolautti Popedan rumpalia pullolla päähän”, Heta Hyttinen)


GIRLS, GIRLS, GIRLS


Andy: ”Angela is my real girlfriend though I have slept with 2000 women during the past ten years.” (Seura, number 17 1991)


Andy: ”Now I've got time to concentrate on music 'cause groupies don't interest me anymore. I've had enough of them. I once counted that I have fucked with over 2000 women.” (Soundi, 12/2001, ”Andy McCoy ratsastaa jälleen”, Juho Juntunen)


27 year old Angela's movie career has just begun. (Seura, number 17 1991)


Angela studied psychology at the university but found herself at the restaurant business. She worked as the manager at one of the restaurants at Sunset Boulevard. Angela: ”I remember I asked Andy to perform with his band at our restaurant. I didn't know then that I'd marry him someday.” Angela and Andy met for the first time in 1989. Angela was then engaged to musician Izzy Stradlin. They were celebrating their friend's birthday with Guns'n'Roses at local Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles when Andy walked in. Angela: ”I heard lots of crap about him. They said he was a junkie, a guy you must avoid. We talked and I noticed that the rumours weren't true.” (Me Naiset, ?/1995, ”Miljonäärin tytär, muusikon vaimo Angela”, Minna Kemppainen / Ari Ojala)


That was the only time they met because Andy was still married and Angela still engaged but when they met next time they both were free. They were married in April 1990. They took Angela's parents advice and legalised their relationship at Las Vegas. That didn't take any ceremonies, no preparations or sending invitations to the relatives all around the world. After Angela got bored with modeling she attended one famous private acting school and graduated three years later. After that she has been to many films and commercials although that breakthrough role is still waiting somewhere. (Me Naiset, ?/1995, ”Miljonäärin tytär, muusikon vaimo Angela”, Minna Kemppainen / Ari Ojala)


Andy: ”That Real McCoy movie is totally fiction, like everybody knows nowadays. I got a wife who teaches acting so I guess she was a big help when we made that film.” (Soundi, 12/2001, ”Andy McCoy ratsastaa jälleen”, Juho Juntunen)


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