ARTIST: Henry Rollins
TITLE: Hot Animal Machine / Drive-By Shooting
YEAR RELEASED: 1987
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: If you went to Rollins concerts, yeah. Otherwise…
LINEUP: Henry Rollins, Chris Haskell, Bernie Wandel, Mick Green
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Henry Rollins decides to continue his music career after Black Flag disbands, and records an album and EP split between originals, covers and parodies.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Henry Rollins had already moved on from Black Flag and was getting some rep as a spoken-word artist when he decided to make more music – and worked with some old friends and musical acquaintances in DC to record this album and EP.
Musically, it’s more together and conventional than Black Flag, as the backing group is more straight-forward and less experimental than that punk rock standby. It fits Rollins’ voice and mannerisms well, as the front man can lean into songs and deliver his powerful bark.
What’s lacking are the songs – Greg Ginn wrote the lion’s share of Black Flag’s tunes so Rollins filled the time with some covers – and at times cringeworthy parodies on the EP. Those really drag things down and you really need to pick and choose your tracks.
It’s an OK first step for Rollins. When the Rollins band formed he would deliver the goods.
NOTES & MINUTAE: The EP was credited to Henrietta Collins and the Wife-Beating Child Haters.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: Well, the only way to get this now is with the LP and EP together. That’s why I reviewed them together.
GRADE: C: There are enough “A” cuts to justify getting this, even with the less than stellar tracks throughout the combo. But as a whole…meh.