Henry Rollins Show - 040106
Always glad to see the greatest pop icon of my generation (imho) Iquickly settled down to be entranced and enthralled by Henry Rollins'premier show tonight on IFC. The first guest was Oliver Stone, anothertitan of my subconscious. My hopes and dreams were quickly and quietlyassasinated as the interview unfolded and the most interestingobservation I could make was Oliver's matching red-ish orange sportscoat and matching socks. There was a brief but expected rantsurrounding George W and the inevitable comparisons with Nixon andVietnam but not one thought provoking comment from either of thesegreat minds.
Thenext course offered by the show's menu was a letter from Henry to LauraBush sarcastically offering friendship based upon commonalities such asan "attention span that lasts over thirty minutes." Luckily I too am amember of this club and made it to the end of the show. Maybe that istoo harsh as the cinematic backdrop to the monologue of the letter wasHenry in a tub typing on a laptop or Henry washing a coffee mug in whatI assume was the run-down kitchen of the same house. The set was greatand took me back to the locales I visited in my less than mainstreamyouth.
From the first viewing of the trailer for the show I hadbeen excited about the musical guest, Sleater-Kinney. I love punk andgirls so this was bound to excite me. The song opened and instantly myheart plummeted as the vocals started. Lucky for me my 4 month old sonhad fallen asleep in my arms and I didn't feel like waking him to walkaway to get a glass of tea. Corin Tucker, I want to have your children.The song blossomed into a true punk anthem and my appreciation for theentire show was elevated enough to continue watching.
Henry thenoffered another sarcastic monologue on the Blackberry and its affect onhis life such as the further dimension sending emails anytime had addedto his sex-life.
Overall perhaps I had set the bar too highfor even my hero to clear. Where was the poetry and mental stimuli ofBlack Coffee Blues, the humor of Henry's spoken word, the angst ofBlack Flag? These were the reasons I tuned in as well as the reasons Iwas turned off. The show closed with credits rolling across the screento The Rollins Band, ever powerful and moving. Don't get me wrong, Iwill watch again next week if only because of rubber-necker syndrome. Ihope you will too cause in my book, Henry Rollins is still the greatestpop icon of my generation.
Link to the show's website: http://www.ifc.com/henry/