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Rollins Band

Almost immediately after the legendary punk/hardcore band Black Flag called it quits in 1987, lead singer Henry Rollins issued his first solo releases, Hot Animal Machine and Drive By Shootings (the latter an EP credited to Henrieta Collins and the Wifebeating Childhaters), featuring longtime friend Chris Haskett on guitar, bassist Bernie Wandel, and drummer Mick Green. But Rollins missed being part of a true band, hence the formation of the Rollins Band. Similar in style to the Flag's latter direction (Sabbath-esque riff-heavy hardcore metal), the Rollins Band enlisted ex-Gone members Sim Cain (drums) and Andrew Weiss (bass), while Haskett remained onboard. The group quickly made a name for themselves with their explosive concerts and nonstop touring, as soundman Theo Van Rock signed on as well (Rock's contributions were so great that he was often credited as a fifth member of the band).

A steady stream of releases followed: 1988's Life Time (produced by Fugazi's Ian MacKaye), 1989's Do It and Hard Volume, as well as the 1990 live set Turned On. 1990 also saw the release of Fast Food for Thought, a one-off experimental side project by Rollins and Weiss, dubbed Wartime. But the Rollins Band caught their big break when Perry Farrell invited them to join his inaugural Lollapalooza festival tour in the summer of 1991 (which also included such acts as Nine Inch Nails, Living Colour, Ice T, Siouxse & the Banshees, and headlined Jane's Addiction). Opening up the day's multi-band concert proved to be quite a challenge -- playing in the baking early afternoon heat while concert-goers were still arriving -- but the thousands who had never even heard of the Rollins Band were now well aware of the group's gripping, thought-provoking heavy rock. The buzz on the band was growing and their next release, 1992's The End of Silence (their first for Imago Records), proved to be their best selling album thus far, spawning such popular MTV videos as "Low Self Opinion" and "Tearing," while Henry Rollins began appearing regularly on the network as a guest VJ or on specialty programs.

Weiss left the band after the tour in support of End of Silence wrapped up (later turning up on releases by the Butthole Surfers, Helios Creed, Yoko Ono, Pigface, and Ween) and was replaced by New York City funk bassist Melvin Gibbs, recommended by Living Colour's Vernon Reid. The Rollins Band's 1994 release Weight proved to be the biggest hit of their career, due to MTV's heavy rotation of the striking Anton Corbijn-directed clip for "Liar" (which saw Rollins wearing different costumes and, at several points, covered from head to toe in red paint). A memorable appearance at Woodstock '94 followed shortly thereafter as the band continued their relentless touring schedule. 1997 saw the release of the band's debut for the massive DreamWorks label, Come in and Burn, but stagnation began setting in and Rollins dismissed his bandmates shortly after the conclusion of its supporting tour. Haskett later played on David Bowie's Hours, as well as continuing a solo career, while the others showed up on other artists' records as well. The stopgap live set, Live in Australia 1990, was issued in 1999 as Henry Rollins assembled a whole new Rollins Band lineup, consisting of L.A. rockers Mother Superior. 2000's Get Some Go Again was the new lineup's first album together. ~ Greg Prato
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Powerful, intense song! This song has a lot of meaning to me
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Started listening to Black flag in high school. Been a Rollins fan ever since.
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slimlucas14
Newberry drunk punks rules
Just ask H.R
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rollins rules !!!!!!!!!!!! ! !
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He makes fun of people who use herb and then shows up at this years Cannabis Cup because he's really interested in it. Nothing but a PR stunt. P.O.S.
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tpayne95
Seen Rollins at the Odeon in Cleveland a few years back. KILLED IT!!!
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Love H R, listening to his music & spoken word since his days with Black Flag.
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Henry has always been my favorite .
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No denying this dude is my all time favorite got my black flag tattoo in his honor
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My favorite !!!!
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Eat a brick a s**t...
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kitrina_b
Wish he would go back to recording music more, spoken word is OK but I think his real talent is in song writing as he has a unique style, similar to Morrison minus the drugs.
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Rollins is an interesting character but his music ain't that great
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Henry Rollins saved my life!
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ebonycarter2 1
This band has been one of the best..Whenev e r feeling down..put on the Rollins Band..
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HENRY ROLLINS FOR PRESIDENT!!
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Why isnt there his spoken word on pandora.
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DO IT!!!
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madmonkey419
Rollins Rulzzz. ( Proceed with Thrashing.)
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henry is the man!
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gatkinson80
Rollins is (in my opionion)a mediocre singer, but one HELLUVA performer... Great frontman for the allmighty Flag, and a really interesting and entertaining spoken word performer.
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mtcanneries
IF YOU'RE NOT PISSED OFF,YOU'RE NOT PAYING ATTENTION!!! ! ! !
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I would follow this man to the end of the Earth.
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Taught me how to be!
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Rollins lyrics always spoke to me. His music will always be my favorite. I don't care about anything else but the music. I am not a musician, so I don't care how good they are or aren't. I will fight to the death over what this band has meant to me through all points in my life.
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Rollins...wh y sooooo angry...rela x bro....you'l l get there one day.
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Saw Black Flag in concert a few times, Rollins is a genius and an awesome entertainer!
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Rollins is just not a good musician. He talks a lot over some over rated blues guitar. He was originally a roadie/super fan for BF.
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He's turned into a liberal cry-baby but I can't refute his music being great up to The End of Silence. I particularly like Henrietta Collins and the Wifebeating Childhaters.
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actually 2.13.61 is Henry's birthday
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the name of Rollins' publishing company, 2.13.61, is Joe Cole's birthday
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I saw Henry open for RHCP in Frankfurt, Germany back in 1992. Freakin intense!
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The End Of Silence Album was refreshing to hear because there is still O.G. music out there to be found!!Failu r e , M o n d o Generator etc!!!!
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I will be going to see Mr.Rollins in Tampa (Clearwater) in march and like every other time I have seen him with the band or just doing his spoken word material I will leave enlightened.
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There is obviously not enough ppl into music that actually matters and not just the same ole' crap written by amateurs who have not lived enough to have anything to say. If your into real music go buy every Rollins album you can find and go see him live when he comes to your town.
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The realest mofo in the industry, hands down!
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wheir can i get the good stuff live in australia
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Rollins Band kicks a**, but his spoken word stuff is even better, if you're in the mood for that sort of thing (especially seeing it live).
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d.musolino
i agree that black flag is kick a** but rollins is chill to
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Henry Rollins is a certified bad a**.
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rollins band saved me from insanity!!!! ! he is GOD!!!!!!!!
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bromide01
I had the double live album. It was bought around Christmas at an old record store that doesn't exist anymore. It smelled of old cardboard and the selection wasn't great all of the time. Now we enter the end times.
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Rollins suck, black flag was good but rollins sucks
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no, he doesn't.
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because David Byrne sucks!!!!
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idostuff
why so harsh on david byrne?

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