A Rollins In The Wry
Henry Rollins

Label: Quarter Stick
Duration: 1:04:23
Genre: Spoken Word

You'd never peg Henry Rollins, former frontman for Black Flag, an '80s thrash metal band that enjoyed cult-like success, for a liberal, politically correct kind of guy. The muscle-bound, militant-looking Rollins, who later enjoyed a diverse career as an actor, author, and television host of Night Visions (Fox Network), has seen more success as a non-musician. A Rollins in the Wry reveals another side of the artist -- spoken-word performer. The contents of this entertaining CD were taken from two shows recorded in the spring of 1999 at Los Angeles' Café Luna. On tap: 13 tracks of Rollins' musings on society, politics, pop culture, and his career. By far, one of the funniest skits is "Clintonese." "They should teach Clinton in college," says Rollins of his admiration of the former president's savvy verbal performance during 1999's impeachment trial. "Red light, green light, yes or no?...and he's like 'What?'" Another winning moment comes by way of "Language," where Rollins reads a letter that he received from a fan named Boris from the Czech Republic. He extracts one part of the letter, which he describes as, "One of the greatest sentences I have ever read in my life." Boris writes: "On two concert I'm should of collected photo, but small, fat technologist be insane." Rollins' interpretation: "He took his roll of film to Rite Aid and had a bad experience. I think Boris got his film f*cked up by the technologist." In fact, Rollins seems to have a fixation with Rite Aid. The store even gets its own self-titled treatment. This is an engaging listening experience. Rollins' commentary leaves no stone unturned -- gender idiosyncrasies, homosexuality, the media, the tragedy at Columbine (where he takes a serious turn), and other topics. His vocal delivery is dynamic; listeners could easily envision his facial expressions and contortions as if they were sitting at Café Luna. And Rollins has no problem pointing the finger at himself -- a sure-fire way at gaining trust and a connection with audiences. He is honest, without offending, and gives the impression that he genuinely has no biases -- he's just a curious observer of life. And the world, through Rollins' eyes, is an interesting, offbeat, and funny place.

Amazon Review
On the track "Clintonese," Mr. Henry Rollins sums up the former United States president's Paula Jones case deposition: "Basically, he had 800 spears a minute thrown at him for five hours, and dodged every one of them." Rollins throws plenty spears of his own on his latest spoken-word album, recorded from a series of weekly shows at the Cafe Luna club in Los Angeles. He nearly always hits his targets--which range from people who shop at Rite-Aid to his own tired pick-up lines--and he does so with a dexterity and penchant for free association that is both brutally funny and honest. "A Rollins in the Wry" is, without a doubt, a comedy album. While he may not be quite as incisive as Dennis Miller, as prone to screaming as Sam Kinison, or as pissed-off as Bill Hicks, Rollins combines elements from all three in a way that assures you'll be laughing and, later, playing your favorite cuts for your friends. "--Mark Huntsman"

Death To Poets0:58
Never Again3:24
The United Colors Of West LA9:20
Rite Aid4:57
Men In Make Up6:06
Future Parents6:37
Original Release: 2001-02-20
Composer: Henry Rollins
Arranged By: Henry Rollins
Producer: Henry Rollins
UPC: 36172006328