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Metal Hammer Interview - March 97..
"There's a lot of confusion and a lot of hurt in the rear-view mirror!" says Henry Rollins of looking back at his life. The topics of shame, relationships, rejection and many more difficult emotions are covered on Rollins Band's new album, 'Come In And Burn.' Martin Carlsson checks on Hank's mental health

The last time I visited Henry's Hollywood house a couple years ago, it was as sparsely furnished as you would expect by the barefoot performer. There was a desk, a computer, a wall of CD's and vinyl from his old DC days, a stereo system and a weightlifting unit. All the essentials were methodically positioned, with no unnecessary crap in sight. Not so this time. Without anyone demanding it, Rollins has decided to personally sign the first 4,000 copies of his new book, Do I Come Here Often, the follow-up to the 50,000 plus selling journal Black Coffee Blues. Thus, the main room is completely jam-packed with books.

"Nah, this is nothing. You should've been here yesterday," Rollins shrugs. "It's just an hour a day. It takes six minutes a box, and I just put on a record and sign books for a while."

How many other overly productive 35 year olds with a career spanning almost 20 years, would take upon themselves the time-consuming, not to mention BORING task of signing 4,000 bloody books? It would seem Henry has lost none of his fire.

At the end of March, his musical vehicle, the Rollins Band, release their most hard-hitting album in five years, "Come In And Burn". "At this time in my 'career,' what's important to me is to make great music," Rollins explains. "We really don't have any excuses not to. What's the matter? Record company didn't have it together? No.

Addicted to something? No. Didn't have a guitar? No. Don't know what good music is? No. If we make a bad record, we have no one to blame.

"It's about time everyone expected us to pull off some 'eeh# record. I'm sure everyone's waiting for us to put out a 'la la la' record and get fat."

In case you didn't get it, that was some Rollins irony for you. It's nothing new if you've read his books or attended one of his brilliant and surprisingly witty spoken word performances. Rollins Band, however, is no avenue for light entertainment.

"Lyrics is where I go when I'm pissed off, depressed, angry and feeling bad. I do so many things word-wise that I assigned that thing to the band", Rollins reasons.

On 'Come In And Burn,' we primarily find ourselves in the company of a man contemplating the hardships of love and relationships between men and women.

"Birth on Planet Earth. Come in and burn. Have a relationship, get your first apartment, go into the world. Auch!"

There's 'All I Want,' "a tale about a girl I was really into, who blew me off in a very unimaginative way." But there's also numbers like the far more desperate 'Spilling Over The Side,' which see Rollins basically saying and doing anything to win over a woman, only to wake up the next day embarrassed and full of regrets. And then there's 'Rejection,' which is well, quite self explanatory.

Don't look to Henry Rollins for advice on how to succeed in your love life. That department is still something of a mystery to the muscle man.

"Yeah, nothing's ever really worked out," he says pensively. "Every few years I find a woman I'm really interested in and they're always the ones who initiate it, but it never seems to work out. But you always seem to get one to three songs out of it. When one leaves, you go, 'Yeah, that's the A-side."

The fact that most of the album was written in New York where the rest of the group reside and where Rollins rented an apartment for a year, shows up in 'During A City' and 'The End of Something." The latter track demonstrates the singer's contempt for Wall Street suit people, so strong that he wishes he could bite them!

Perhaps most intriguing of all is the cut 'Shame,' which, he admits, deals with "things that have happened to me that I can't face and can't really talk about, and they've had a big impact on my life." This is a surpising confession by someone so brutally honest, both in his oral conversations and in his published journals, that there seems to be no place to hide anything.

"I put it all out there, yeah," Rollins admits. "But everyone has things they've said or done or been that they're ashamed of. I don't think anyone gets out clean. There's a lot of confusion and a lot of hurt in the rear-view mirror. Some of it, I've been able to face and some of it, I'm working towards. It's a process. But I know there are some things that eat me up and hurt, so I decided to write a song about it.

One important aspect of an individual's personal growth, Rollins teaches in 'Starve,' is to go to the mountain: "It's basically about people abusing drugs or food or whatever. Go without a coat when it's cold; find out what cold is. Go hungry; keep your existence lean. Wear away the fat, get down to the lean tissue and see what it's all about.

"The only time you define your character is when you go without. In times of hardship, you find out what you're made of and what you're capable of. If you're never tested, you'll never define you character."

Even though he now lives a comfortable life, far from the violent struggle that marked his first years with the legendary hardcore outfit Black Flag, to this day, Rollins continues to test himself.

"You always have to keep redefining yourself, pushing for further self definition," he believes. "Absolutely. Otherwise you're just coasting and that's not for me."

'Saying Goodbye Again' is the singer's emittered reaction to the stupidity of people dying prematurely due to drug abuse. The last verse is about a close old friend of his, who was the drummer in the Stains until he OD'd.

"What a waste, what a great guy. That shit makes me sick, it's so needless. I'm sure right as he was dying, he probably knew what he'd done: 'Damn it! No way out of this. Here I go.'"

Rollins is, of course, a health freak, who gets up early in the morning, works out, puts vegetables and grains on the dining table and doesn't go near anything remotely mind altering.

But he hasn't always subscribed to this superclean lifestyle. "I smoked pot once, got drunk a few times when I was a teenager, tried mushrooms a couple of times and that's it," he states.

"Never liked it and it never rocked my world. Some peope, their body chemistry doesn't like that stuff. It just bummed me out. So you can fit all my experiences with alcohol and hallucinates into what some guys do in four days."

But what really bummed Rollins out is that you lose control of yourself and your environment whilst under the influence of substances. And 'control' is the key word to this workaholic.

There's already a gameplan that has the next two years mapped out. This includes: no more movie appearances, although he can briefly be seen in David Lynch's new flick Lost Highway, along with Marilyn Manson, an Anthology book to be issued in the fall by America's biggest publishing house Random House, plus re-edited re-releases of his literary back catalogue and a new title next year.

"What I want to do is put out one Black Coffee Blues type of journal every year. The next one's gonna be bigger and include the recording of this album and the entire tour," the writer promises. However, on a whole, the next couple of years will chiefly be dedicated to the Rollins Band.

"My manager said, 'Why put out the next album when you're 50? You've already kept people waiting.' When the tour is over at the end of this year, we're gonna write songs for two weeks and record them just like that. That record should be out in November 1998."

Only Henry Rollins can take on that kind of a work load and deal with it.

(this is the bit from the sidebar of the interview)

Lyrically intense gems from Henry Rollins

"You wear disgust like a crown" 'Low Self Opinion'-The End of Silence, 1992

"I'm a lying liar with my pants on fire" 'Tearing'-The End of Silence, 1992

"You're pathetic and you're weak/You're a fake and you lie/I'd like to crush you like an insect" 'Step back'-Weight, 1994

"No such thing as spare time/No such thing as free time/No such thing as down time/All you got is life time" 'Shine'-Weight, 1994

"I hear you say you hate pigs so much/Then why the hell do you act like one?" 'Civilized'-Weight, 1994

"I'm not a rapist in waiting" 'Wrong Man'-Weight, 1994

"Will you smile when the sheets get soaked in blood?" 'Neon'-Come In And Burn, 1997

"I can't unchain the best that screams inside me" 'Shame'-Come In And Burn, 1997

"If I saw your body burning in the street I'd put you out with gasoline"
'The End Of Something'-Come In And Burn, 1997

"Rejection never felt this good" 'Rejection'-Come In And Burn, 1997