The . . . odd . . . opinions of Henry Rollins

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Has anyone seen the interviews with Henry Rollins he does for VH1? He provides sound bites for just about every program they have now, and honestly, everything he says is so uncharacteristic. He says things about him liking Wham, hair metal (saying he prefers them to overly seriously political bands... wasn't he in one?), it was all very odd. He also said something about him not liking Morissey.

David Allen, Friday, 25 April 2003 04:08 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

dear lord, i hope he doesn't catch indie guilt.

donut bitch (donut), Friday, 25 April 2003 04:27 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Rollins can surprise you sometimes with some of his opinions and self-deprecating humor. i like a lot of his standup, although i get annoyed when he on and on about easy targets like Michael Bolton or U2. i mean, sheesh, let it go.

Al (sitcom), Friday, 25 April 2003 05:11 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

has anyone else seen that program on the bbc that is like a real life version of robot wars, presented by... henry rollins!

its camp as hell!

Robin Goad (rgoad), Friday, 25 April 2003 10:50 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

ARGGGGHHH!!1 I hate it! It took over the timeslot that belonged to the beloved TIME TEAM!!!

However, Henry Rollins on Time Team would be great. He's got all those muscles, they'd be good for digging.

"Now, Henry, what do you think about the Saxon era?"
"That is clearly dirrrrrt!"

kate, Friday, 25 April 2003 10:53 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i like his spoken word stuff - he's a top guy for my money... and if he doesn't like morrissey then he's even better as far as i'm concerned

Dave Stelfox (Dave Stelfox), Friday, 25 April 2003 12:03 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

For a punk, he sure is a VH1-loving, Details-magazine-posing muhfugga. But whatever. It's not like he was the heart of Black Flag anyway.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Friday, 25 April 2003 12:09 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

if steven wells made music. self righteous, repetitive, old, tired, dull

gareth (gareth), Friday, 25 April 2003 12:13 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Yes, but his early stuff was inspired and necessary!!!

kate, Friday, 25 April 2003 12:15 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

black flag was never seriously political, though... unless you consider "fuck this town/run by pigs/taking the rights away/from all the kids" to be seriously political

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Friday, 25 April 2003 12:19 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I do. It's like "Fight For Your Right".

Ally (mlescaut), Friday, 25 April 2003 12:26 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

or "tv party"!

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Friday, 25 April 2003 12:32 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Fritz is right. Black Flag didn't really have ideas. They had riffs, and they had frustration. Sometimes that's all you need.

Kenan Hebert (kenan), Friday, 25 April 2003 12:33 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I didn't say they were dumb or even apolitical - just that their politics were pretty street level & kid-style

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Friday, 25 April 2003 12:52 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

A lot of what Rollins says is just to patronize the person he's talking to though..

From Thinktank:
English guy: "Oh, Mr. Rollins - you're from the U.S. So I guess you like Bon Jovi."
Rollins: "LIKE him? LIKE Him?! I LOVE THAT GUY! Bon Jovi ROCKS!"

... Rollins also claimed to like the song "Funkytown"..

dave225 (Dave225), Friday, 25 April 2003 12:52 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Rollins was hilarious on that VH1 80's show.

Rollins on hair metal vs. punk : "This song is about people in Nicaragua - STOP SMILING!

Kerry (dymaxia), Friday, 25 April 2003 14:09 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

black flag was never seriously political, though...

Does SOA count as political?

die9o (dhadis), Friday, 25 April 2003 14:36 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

that's kind of a "if a tree falls in the forest" question, doncha think?

Fritz Wollner (Fritz), Friday, 25 April 2003 14:40 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Not only does he LIKE "Funkytown", he has recorded a cover version of the song with RU PAUL ...or so he said when I saw him speak like 6 years ago. It was for a compilation of some sort, but never ended up being released.

Bobby D Gray (bedhead), Friday, 25 April 2003 17:28 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

'Details posing', 'camp as hell', records duet with Ru Paul; don't you see the man is gay gay gay!!

Sean (Sean), Friday, 25 April 2003 19:55 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Him and Danzig should get together and get married in Vermont, that'd be so great.

Ally (mlescaut), Friday, 25 April 2003 19:58 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

if I recall his criticism of Morrissey boiled down to, "won't that fag stop whining?"

amateurist (amateurist), Friday, 25 April 2003 20:03 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

^Rollins=OTM (officially targets Morrissey?)

buttch (Oops), Friday, 25 April 2003 20:26 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

black flag and steven wells are both great.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Friday, 25 April 2003 22:16 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

He makes me ill. I think I met him once but I can't even remember - thank god for repression.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 25 April 2003 22:22 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

or as Morrissey would likely say: "He's vile"

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 25 April 2003 22:22 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

I'm sure I have no idea what you're talking about.

Henry Rollins (Arthur), Friday, 25 April 2003 22:23 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

did anyone see those great rollins fashion spreads that motorbooty did? henry modelling in calvin klein ads etc.? priceless.

someone said: "if I recall his criticism of Morrissey boiled down to, "won't that fag stop whining?""

pretty rich from a closet case.

Jade Pillar, Saturday, 26 April 2003 15:43 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Henry Rollins on Full Metal Challenge, with that woman who is obviously a primary school teacher they've kidnapped and forced to host a TV show (see also: Fearne Cotton) is a) scary and b) shit. His presenting skills consist of talking a lot, then shouting a bit, and then talking some more.

And he's shit in the Jackass movie as well.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Saturday, 26 April 2003 15:51 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

He is great in CSI.

Andy K (Andy K), Saturday, 26 April 2003 16:18 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Wasn't he hosting a Twilight Zone-knockoff at one point? He's sorta like the closest American equivalent to what goes on in the BBC where somebody's bit of fame was long spent but they're still everywhere unavoidably. I mean, even Paula Abdul and Monica Lewinsky had to be exhumed first.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 26 April 2003 16:23 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

"And he's shit in the Jackass movie as well."


What wasn't shit in the Jackass movie?

David Allen, Saturday, 26 April 2003 16:37 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, Ned, he was hosting the short-lived Night Visions for Fox, which I never got to see. Did anyone see that? If so, what was he wearing? A tux, or maybe a black t-shirt with leather pants? I was curious how they were gonna pull off a 21st century Rod Serling look.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 26 April 2003 16:39 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

oh, and his last solo album, Nice, is easily some of the most tolerable stuff he's ever done. "Up For It" and "Let That Devil Out" are surprisingly fun.

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 26 April 2003 16:40 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

What wasn't shit in the Jackass movie?

The scenes that actually involved shit

Nate Patrin (Nate Patrin), Saturday, 26 April 2003 16:41 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Also: MY THROAT MUSCLES ARE COMPLETELY SHREDDED

Nate Patrin (Nate Patrin), Saturday, 26 April 2003 16:42 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Henry Rollins on Full Metal Challenge, with that woman who is obviously a primary school teacher they've kidnapped and forced to host a TV show

I assume you are speaking of Cathy Rogers, creator and host of Scrapheap Challenge and (more importantly) keyboard player from Heavenly. Black Flag and Heavenly team-up = classic regardless of the quality of the show.

Miranda (Miranda), Saturday, 26 April 2003 19:35 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Wasn't the original co-host of Scrapheap Challenge the vocalist from Marine Research? There's probably a pattern here.

What wasn't shit in the Jackass movie?

David: you = fool. Ryan Dunn shoving a toy car up his ass is obviously the finest achievement of humanity.

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Saturday, 26 April 2003 19:41 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

He's sorta like the closest American equivalent to what goes on in the BBC where somebody's bit of fame was long spent but they're still everywhere unavoidably

Lenny Henry to thread!

Dom Passantino (Dom Passantino), Saturday, 26 April 2003 19:42 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

hollly shit. I didn't know she was in Heavenly (she looks different with the racoon eye make up)! Jeepers! Those two need to COLLABORATE!

Anthony Miccio (Anthony Miccio), Saturday, 26 April 2003 19:46 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

When I say host of Scrapheap Challenge I mean former host, as she and the current host of Full Metal Challenge (assuming things haven't changed, I only saw it once) are one and the same. Sorry if I confused, or maybe I didn't confuse anyone and I am the one who is confused.

Anyway I get a huge kick out of seeing Cathy on teevee since Heavenly is one of my favorite bands ever - and then pairing her with Hank Rollins is just too strange to even be real.

Miranda (Miranda), Saturday, 26 April 2003 19:58 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Hank's my dog. Really, the politics of Hank didn't factor into Black Flag lyrics to much seeing as Greg Ginn wrote most of them.

But, really, he's been around long enough to not be too-punk-for-Madonna and tuned in enough to make educated political statements. Who cares if he rags on easy targets like Bono and the Hummer H2, he still will hit on shit I haven't had the time to think about in my meager 23 years.

I agree with most of the stuff he says, and the rest I find entertaining anyhow.

Hank's my dog.

Helltime Producto (Pavlik), Sunday, 27 April 2003 00:02 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

i like that song he does where he goes "i wanna be Devine!" he's not even trying to hide it anymore. i heard he is starring in the next john waters movie as pee wee herman's twin brother

bob snoom, Sunday, 27 April 2003 11:06 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Whoa. I so hope that's true.

Ally (mlescaut), Sunday, 27 April 2003 20:25 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Unless Henry's performing with his band, doing a talking show, or writing a book, you can pretty safely assume he's doing whatever he's doing FOR MONEY. Cathy Rogers is hott, by the way.

Bryan (Bryan), Sunday, 27 April 2003 22:30 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Does he do the other stuff for free?

Ally (mlescaut), Sunday, 27 April 2003 22:58 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

If Ayn Rand were a tatooed muscled bound man delving into stand-up comedy??????????
http://www.objectivemedicine.org/images/Ayn_Rand_III.gif

Black Flack, Monday, 28 April 2003 00:05 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Yes he does, Ally.

Bryan (Bryan), Monday, 28 April 2003 00:11 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

How do I get him to come over my apartment and do it, then?

Ally (mlescaut), Monday, 28 April 2003 01:02 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

Groan...

Bryan (Bryan), Monday, 28 April 2003 01:11 (sixteen years ago) Permalink

don't you have to be over 4 foot 8 to have a Twitter

starland vocal banned (Neanderthal), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 03:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

goddamnit henry, stop being so dramatic. either make twitter your bitch or shut the fuck up.

In all fairness, he was likely doing pushups when he tweeted that.

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 10 May 2011 03:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

Pushups with one arm, typing/texting with the other.

Mark G, Tuesday, 10 May 2011 11:02 (eight years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

that's why he's on Vh1 it's for ADULTS

da croupier, Thursday, 2 June 2011 13:25 (eight years ago) Permalink

relevant tweet re life being too short for "sissy boys writing namby pamby songs about girls they never had in the first place": https://twitter.com/henryrollins/status/70739869713960960

da croupier, Thursday, 2 June 2011 13:27 (eight years ago) Permalink

No, he's off to see Dinosaur Jr.

Mark G, Thursday, 2 June 2011 13:29 (eight years ago) Permalink

REAL MUSIC

da croupier, Thursday, 2 June 2011 13:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

xxxp watching VH1 is a pretty good way to stay angry

got a whole lotta gloves (snoball), Thursday, 2 June 2011 13:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

If the Twitter feed is to believed, he is in India or somewhere making snake/bug documentaries for National Geographic

total ass retain (MaresNest), Thursday, 2 June 2011 13:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

https://vimeo.com/89659920

Kornblud (admrl), Thursday, 12 June 2014 17:29 (five years ago) Permalink

woah

sinister porpoise (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 12 June 2014 18:00 (five years ago) Permalink

:D

mh, Friday, 13 June 2014 01:37 (five years ago) Permalink

ahahahaha

Who whom kissed? (imago), Friday, 13 June 2014 01:46 (five years ago) Permalink

Go to his vimeo page - some of the other videos are hilarious. There's one where his assistant has drawn sideburns on him in an effort to encourage him to grow them out.

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Friday, 13 June 2014 01:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Loved this guy as the psycho coach in Jack Frost

what else has he been in

Master of Treacle, Friday, 13 June 2014 03:07 (five years ago) Permalink

1,000,000 music documentaries

rage against martin sheen (sic), Friday, 13 June 2014 03:49 (five years ago) Permalink

he's a cop in lost highway

sci-fi looking, chubby-leafed, delicately bizarre (contenderizer), Friday, 13 June 2014 03:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Johnny Mnemonic

EZ Snappin, Friday, 13 June 2014 03:51 (five years ago) Permalink

He's a cop in The Chase as well.

He plays a very tiny role as muscle in Heat.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 13 June 2014 03:56 (five years ago) Permalink

Most recently he's been a white supremacist on Sons of Anarchy

sinister porpoise (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 13 June 2014 14:04 (five years ago) Permalink

I like Rollins, though he is pretty weird and always has been.

This makes me like him less but we were all young once!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8HGb7yo4SFM

(maybe) (admrl), Friday, 13 June 2014 14:11 (five years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

as someone who has struggled with depression pretty much my entire teenage + adult life, i am pretty sick of people FREAKING OUT that henry rollins wasn't being 100% nicey-nice about suicide

example (crüt), Monday, 25 August 2014 19:50 (four years ago) Permalink

a lotta people responded as if he were a cruel and clueless happy instead of a person who kept himself alive a certain way imo

but idk, i wouldn't have written that piece

difficult listening hour, Monday, 25 August 2014 19:57 (four years ago) Permalink

i said this on the robin williams thread, but as much as i hated that original piece, his apologies seem sincere in a way apologies rarely do now.

you couldn't even wear a fedora if your lifes depended on it (stevie), Monday, 25 August 2014 19:58 (four years ago) Permalink

The problem, for many, was not that his views as first expressed were not "nicey-nice," it's that they were uninformed. In response to the furor he has a new column in which he says in part:

As you might imagine, I got a few letters about my recent column about suicide. Actually, it was a lot of letters. For days. I read them. No matter how angry or instructive, I appreciate them all because they were written with complete sincerity, even if some had only two words, the second being “you.”

After reading carefully and responding as best I could, it was obvious that I had some work to do in order to educate myself further on this very complex and painful issue. I am quite thick-headed, but not so much that things don’t occasionally permeate.

In the piece, I said there are some things I obviously don’t get. So I would like to thank you for taking the time to let me know where you’re coming from. None of it was lost upon me.

I cannot defend the views I expressed. I think that would be taking an easy out. I put them out there plainly and must suffer the slings and arrows — fair enough. I won’t attempt to dodge them. However, that doesn’t mean that I can’t be taught a thing or two. I have no love for a fixed position on most things. I am always eager to learn something. I promise that I will dig in and educate myself on this and do my best to evolve. Again, thank you.

http://www.laweekly.com/westcoastsound/2014/08/25/henry-rollins-more-thoughts-on-suicide

curmudgeon, Monday, 25 August 2014 19:59 (four years ago) Permalink

i'm just enraged that my friends are STILL linking to the 900th wave of thinkpieces that have emerged from this

example (crüt), Monday, 25 August 2014 20:01 (four years ago) Permalink

oh i hadn't even seen that followup, yeah.

This state has made me have to do things in a certain way to remain operational.

anyway yeah i get it crut fuck writing tbh

difficult listening hour, Monday, 25 August 2014 20:07 (four years ago) Permalink

crut totally otm

rockist raccoon (Drugs A. Money), Monday, 25 August 2014 21:24 (four years ago) Permalink

I get that Rollins has to get R Lee Ermey on his ass sometimes to get himself thru the day but his comments were still insensitive

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Monday, 25 August 2014 21:45 (four years ago) Permalink

Henry spent a lot of time in The Shed

ruffalo soldier (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Monday, 25 August 2014 23:58 (four years ago) Permalink

i'm just enraged that my friends are STILL linking to the 900th wave of thinkpieces that have emerged from this

feel like we're at peak thinkpiece-economy, at some point general exhaustion has to settle in, no?

Now I Am Become Dracula (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Tuesday, 26 August 2014 01:48 (four years ago) Permalink

hmm, good point - have 3000 words in for me on the subject by breakfast.

you couldn't even wear a fedora if your lifes depended on it (stevie), Tuesday, 26 August 2014 09:09 (four years ago) Permalink

The . . . low self- . . . opinions of Henry Rollins

am0n, Tuesday, 26 August 2014 16:44 (four years ago) Permalink

nine months pass...

how so

( who ALSO my boss and his sister!) (sic), Tuesday, 9 June 2015 22:57 (four years ago) Permalink

can you summarize so I don't have to listen to the henry rollins podcast

Joan Crawford Loves Chachi, Tuesday, 9 June 2015 23:29 (four years ago) Permalink

weird teen on ritalin gets told to toughen up by well-meaning teacher

( who ALSO my boss and his sister!) (sic), Wednesday, 10 June 2015 00:17 (four years ago) Permalink

The podcast has been pretty fun so far, kind of a throw back to his earlier talking records (Sweatbox, Human Butt, etc)

chr1sb3singer, Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:22 (four years ago) Permalink

how so

Yeah, I guess you summed it up. But it was also a little creepy and off in that Rollins way (and I like Henry, he's just weird)

maybe/whatever/so what/boring (admrl), Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:36 (four years ago) Permalink

I didn't think it was creepy at all.

chr1sb3singer, Wednesday, 10 June 2015 15:47 (four years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Henry Rollins and shelves. A thread. pic.twitter.com/hwnpOcgDLS

— Simon (@iamsimonyoung) April 6, 2019

Dan Worsley, Sunday, 7 April 2019 18:14 (two months ago) Permalink

A+

Theorbo Goes Wild (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 7 April 2019 18:21 (two months ago) Permalink

Assuming all of Henry's targeted social media ads are for black or grey t-shirts

chr1sb3singer, Monday, 8 April 2019 13:04 (two months ago) Permalink

I’m always ready to lol at Rollins but I gotta admit a lot of those are pretty nice looking shelves tbf

One Eye Open, Monday, 8 April 2019 13:29 (two months ago) Permalink

I was thinking to myself, I'd love to have a big room just so I could put a bunch of shelves up for my stuff. It would be cool to have it all laid out like that.

earlnash, Monday, 8 April 2019 16:26 (two months ago) Permalink

tbf, musician/spoken word/author/collector guy is exactly who I would expect to be hanging around shelves all the time. Next thing you know, they'll have a photo essay of librarians posing with books.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 8 April 2019 19:49 (two months ago) Permalink

Turned on KCRW Sunday night while working and happened to hear his show. Henry’s gonna Henry as a talker, but with the music there was lots of good rare interesting stuff.

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 21:34 (two months ago) Permalink

he should post to ilm with all the CDs he's hoarding

findom haddie (jim in vancouver), Tuesday, 9 April 2019 21:43 (two months ago) Permalink


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