I think you should all listen to some Henry Rollins stories tonight. I've seen him do his spoken word thing once a year since around 1912. These are a few of my favorites.

Here he is on destroying Iggy Pop:

Wait, let's back up. Here's the first time he met Iggy.

He had some awesome teen jobs with Ian MacKaye.

Working at the movie theatre.
Working at Hagen Daz (5:55),
with rat poison (8:35):

And, working at the pet store:

That last one cuts off early. The punchline goes, "...and Ian's looking at me like 'now's the time for you to shut the fuck up', and I yell, 'THAT WAS US!'"

If anyone can find his story of recording a cover of Funkytown with RuPaul, please let me know. More importantly, I require a copy of the actual song.

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9 Responses:

  1. I went looking for that a while ago - apparently it was never released, which is tragic. All I got is a partial clip of Henry (dressed as Superman, go fig) DJing some event and playing the tune:

  2. That was awesome! Did I really just watch 20 minutes on my tiny laptop screen without realising it I actually appreciate Iggy more after watching that. And Henry. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Tim says:

    I thank you for your executive decision about my evening's entertainment. I had no idea Henry Rollins was so amazing.

  4. I don't want to like Rollins. He's an asshole. But I do.

  5. Jon Konrath says:

    I saw him on his birthday in 96 and that's when he had the routine about the RuPaul recording in his set list. Think Tank was recorded on 2/98 and 10/97, and it had dropped out of his set by then. (Or it was cut when they condensed 17 hours of talking down to 2 CDs.)

    I can't find a good source of Rollins spoken word boots. If this was Jimi Hendrix, I'd be replying with seven links.

  6. M.E. says:

    So this is all bullshit, right?

  7. Also, here's his selection of jazz tunes, grouped for evening (CD1) and night (CD2) listening -
    Rollins' Choice: Selections from Blue Note

  8. Matt says:

    I just discovered The Ruts thanks to this post. Thanks!