The Henry Rollins Show

Did anybody catch The Henry Rollins Show on IFC this year? 20 episodes of edgy, uncut conversation with celebrity guests and an array of musical guest artists that were a refreshing alternative to the same old boring, mainstream, pop icons that one typically sees on television. This was great stuff! Henry Rollins (for those of you who live under some kind of rock) was lead singer for Black Flag during the 80’s, fronted his own band during the 90s, and does spoken word appearances around the world. The guy is a genuis, and a maniac, and so f**king angry about all the s**t that goes down in the world. The celebrity conversations were interesting to watch – totally uncensored conversation, but it was “Teeing Off” that I couldn’t wait to watch each week. Henry would just go off on something that really was pissing him off, but with the kind of articulate, intellectual rage that only a deranged savant could dream up. Cerebral angst at its finest! The musical guests were an eclectic mix of cutting edge artists doing completely uncensored performances and interviews. I thought I’d died and gone to Heaven when SLAYER! appeared in Episode 18 and performed “Cult” off their just released “Christ Illusion.” You can watch a video of the performance online, as well as an online-only performance of “Disciple” off their previous album “God Hates Us All.” AWESOME STUFF! (For those who don’t know me, Slayer is one of my favorite bands, and their new album is the best thing they’ve put out since “Seasons in the Abyss” – maybe better!) For the final episode, the Rollins Band reunites after almost 10 years and performs “Volume 4” off what I consider to be their best album, the alternative metal oriented “Weight.” Most of the other musical acts were more tame, but still with an edge that commercial radio/tv just can’t get comfortable with. I really hope this show comes back for another season.

About Ted C. MacRae

Ted C. MacRae is a research entomologist by vocation and beetle taxonomist by avocation. Areas of expertise in the latter include worldwide jewel beetles (Buprestidae) and North American longhorned beetles (Cerambycidae). More recent work has focused on North American tiger beetles (Cicindelidae) and their distribution, ecology, and conservation.
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2 Responses to The Henry Rollins Show

  1. Anonymous says:

    From Betty:

    I heart this show. My fav.

  2. Robert says:

    Heavy metal. It has to be the secret to your speed!

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