Rollins - Think Tank
Yeah, Rollins. Miserable bastard. Shouty bloke. You dont want anything to do with him. Ever listened to Rollins spoken word? You should. You may not like it, but you should listen to it. If you have, then you know what to expect here. Its Rollins, on a, er, roll, lambasting anything and everything. But with a disarming sense of humour. Its everyday observation. Its personal reflection. Its cutting. And its funny. It truly is. I know people that hate Rollins musically, but have admitted, though sometimes not too readily, that when forced to listen to his spoken word, its good.
This time round, you get 2CDs spanning 125 minutes. One recorded in Chicago this year on Rollins birthday I wanted to be in Chicago, on my birthday doing one of these he assures. Listen. I can see myself in him. The rant of people at airports. The simple things that they cant do. How it builds up. Until, by the end of your trip, youre spitting blood at anyone that even dares to breath near you. Yeaaaah. I dont even need to go to an airport to do that. Its so obvious, it needs someone to point it out to you.
Listen to his review of Baywatch. And his view of David Hasselhoff. Ever seen those dogs that have been bred too much. Or Michael Bolton with his confused look. He permanently has it.
El Nino comes in for it as well, with views that the name should be changed to something more memorable and intimidating, possibly to motherfucker, or possibly to, the first four Black Sabbath albums ... Bakersfield was today wiped away by the first four Black Sabbath albums.
Pop in the second CD. Recorded in Australia 97. First thing is a hilarious account of Rollins the rock star fucking up onstage, and doing the rock thing. You have to hear it, and irrespective of whether you like his band or not, just imagine your own favourite band in the situation. Its classic. And totally destroys the myth of the guy being overly intense and too serious. Like when he knocked himself out 30 seconds into a gig in Brazil.
And then you get Marius. The tale of Rollins visit to a 17 year old Australian in hospital dying of leukimia. Another side of the man. How he was hit by, as he claims, the most intense thing hes ever heard, of a 17 year old saying I want to die with my eyes open, not in my sleep. You kind of know that its going to end with mention of his death. And it does, but the way its spoken, maybe its just me and dealing with things, but it hits you, and I can feel the tears in there.
And thats how Rollins spoken word is. A reflection of his thoughts, his experiences. Its life. I remember seeing a show about 5 years ago. And how everyone was splitting sides laughing. And then, in one sweep, he kills it all with the tale of his friend, Joe Cole having been murdered in front of him. Hammerblow. Thats how it is. Life. Sometimes funny, sometimes intense. Sometimes almost unmanageable. I can get a great deal more understanding out of life and this CD than I can out of say Korns dealing with things. Different things for different people.
I dont know how many times youll listen to a spoken word CD. Me, Ill listen to this quite a few times, cos its funny. This is a situation, rare for me, where I want to see the video, because you know that with Rollins spoken word, you need the visuals of his face and his actions as hes performing. Its like Bill Hicks in that the CD makes you roar, but you just know that shit, I wanted to SEE what happened then.
But, if youre looking for an intro to Rollins the man start here. Or go to the spoken word gigs in November, which, by the time you read this, have probably already been. Ill be one of them laughing in Derby.