Great commentary show and introduction for some us to music we may never have heard before. Henry Rollins famous for his music and politics. Henry brought his concert and spoken word world view to his thirty minute talk show. Each week we were presented with great guest and Henry's piercing Q and A. Not to mention Henry himself presenting commentary before and after most episodes. Henry also added like minded individuals like Jennie Grarafolo to add their unique spin on the days events. Really well placed show airing during the summer after the Real Time With Bill Maher yearly hiatus. It was a great move to not compete with another show of the same vein and gave us the viewer a continual dose of social and political commentary if we wanted it. Great show hope it returns in the future.
Henry Rollins is taking no prisoners with the show, and you should check it out unless you have no interest in a former punk god, touring poet, and spoken word genious has to say about the world we live in. he is very well read and educated, and shows it.
Henry Rollins has been the onbject of my torn soul since the 80's. When I got into punk rock, it was a pretty weird time. punk had been ostensibly dead for some time, but no one had told it so. And Henry made it all the more messed up for all of us who wanted so dearly to be on the other side of the stage.
Black Flag had already been extremely well known as a punk/hardcore outfit, and when they needed yet another new singer, it was Rollins, a FAN, that they tapped. He changed their sound and image forever.
Long before Marky Mark wanted to be a rockstar, we had the story of Henry... And his life...
After Black Flag finally disbanded, he didn't sit on his ass, get fat, and think about a reunion tour...
Hell no, he kept up with his reading, and started another band, and started promoting his spoken word. Now, I know what you are thinking... Didn't that Jello dude from the Dead Kennedys do that too? well, if you are asking that, I am impressed, and think you would be well to message me, cause your probably at least sort of cool...
The difference here is that enry went about it his own way, and kicked, punched, and shot his way through. As much as I love Jello, he is always going to eb a bit too hippy for me. Henry on the other hand, seems to understand that sometimes the best way to get an idea through someones head is with a hammer. He is blunt, straightforward, and sincere. He is what pretty much every single punk rock geek would love to be when they grow up, even me, and according to my wife, I am already grown up, and therefore should stop telling people that I am going to be Henry Rollins when I grow up.
But most of this is about Henry Rollins, which is appropriatewhen discussing the Henry Rollins Show...
So the show itself. He seems to follow a basic format of one speaking guest, and one music guest, with a rant or three peppered in for flavor. This is of course the perfect mix for a half hour show. The guests he picks are always pretty cool, from Kevin Smith, to Johnny Knoxville, and lets not forget everyones favorite, Oliver Stone, and Eddie Izzard. So far as the music goes, we are talking S.L.A.Y.E.R., The New York Dolls (ok, 2 dolls, and a bunch of new guys they replaced the dead guys with), and Dinosaur Jr. The sound on these music sequences is super tight, being a closed studio production...
Alltogether though, if your not into Rollins as a person, you will probably not be too into his show. The only way it could be better would be to increase it to an hour, double the interview time with the speaking guest, and get some interview time with the bands too.
If your listening Henry, thats the only thing you should even consider changing for the show...
it's f***ing awesome.
Nobody does it quite like Henry Rollins. Musician, actor, writer, public speaker, comedian, and pop/subculture "aging alternative icon", he does it all, and he never goes quietly.
His show always opens up with 'Teeing Off', where he rants about whatever social issue is pissing him off lately. This is followed by a lengthy uncensored interview with an actor, director, writer, or musician he respects. After that, you get some variety between episodes, with several segue features which are usually humor segments. The brilliant recurring sketch "Rollins Reconsiders..." is always a sarcastic commentary where he pretends to change his stances on social issues, and what the world might be like if everyone did. This is usually accompanied by hilarious pictures as a literal interpretation of his unique wordplay. Following that, Heidi May introduces an uncut performance by a large variety of bands, such as Thom Yorke, the original lineup of Dinosaur Jr., Ani DiFranco, Death Cab For Cutie, and even Slayer. Finally, 'End Credits' is a short segment at the end of most episodes, where Rollins addresses some noteworthy people in history that he respects, in relation to current issues.
From socio-political rants to film and music appreciation, to completely uncensored interviews and performances, to hilarious observations and recurring sketches, the Henry Rollins Show is great variety and great entertainment. There is no show on television quite like it.
Check out the show's website at the Independent Film Channel site:
Henry Rollins takes a punt at the talk show format, combining his witty and insightful rantology with a hand picked creme de la creme of guests and performing artists. Recommended viewing for anyone with an interest in music and life subculture.
Black Flag. Yeah, yeah, yeah. The reinvention of Hank continues with this next stage on his road from angry young punk to angry older, well, punk. The format of the show is interesting in that there is one guest and one performing artist, and the rest of the show made up of short rant pieces or vox pops with people of differing opinions on a specific topic. The interviews are all incredibly interesting - Henry is a great interviewer and his guests are all extremely unusual characters. Similarly the music performances are extremely intimate and intense. As for his rants, well they're always amusing. You simply can't have enough shows on tv that question the status quo of the goverment and everything else. Nice One Henry.
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