John Merikoski

Date of birth:



manager of a manufacturing company


Chicago Illinois, USA

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Describe your way to Heavy Metal:

I started to listen to metal in about 78-79, i had friends who got me into bands like Ac/dc, Aerosmith, Judas Priest, Whitesnake, Saxon, Scorpions and so on

How and when did you become a collector?

I started buying alot of records in about 1979

What kind of stuff do you collect?

I've collected lots of different types of metal over the years. I've sold most of my stuff but i still have alot of Nwobhm 7".

Which styles do you collect?

NWOBHM because i like the home made, garage style of the small releases. I also like the stuff because it has great memories for me. Things like Tygers, Samson, Maiden, Saxon, Angel Witch, Mendes Prey, Raven, Venom, Tank and so on.

How big is your collection?

I have alot of magazines, memorabilia, demo casettes and CD's, but I only have about 600 records left. Most of them are 7".

Where do you buy?

I find records from friends, record lists, record fairs, internet and if i'm lucky in some secondhand stores.

Your favourite records (by heart or value):

Main stream items 7":
1) Def Leppard EP w/sleeve
2) Soundhouse Tapes w/insert
3) Crue, Toast of the town
4) Hollow Ground-Flying High
5) Persian Risk-Calling for you
6) Marquis De Sade-somewhere up in the mountains
7) Urchin-Black leather Fantacy
8) 220 Volts-Prisoner of War
9) Gotham City-Gotham City
10) Witchfinder General-Burning a Sinner

More obscure items 7":
1) Snatch Back- Eastern Lady
2) Vagabond-Yanoyo
3) Shock Treatment-The Mugger
4) Angel Street-Midnightman
5) Apocalypse-Storm Child
6) Hazzard-Snake in the Grass
7) Ricochet-Off the Rails
8) Scorpio-Taking England by Storm
9) Tyrant-Hold back the Lightning
10) Speed- Man in the Street

Do you trade / buy / sell?

Yes I am interested but mostly in buying, I do have some items to trade of sell

Any famous last words?

Thanks for the excellent page! Good to see all of these hell dogs and rivet heads still alive and kicking! Take care!