In the triumvirate of entry level HXC frontmen (Rollins/McKay/Danzig), I’d say Rollins at least attained some kind of popular fame and acceptance. His post-BF band ‘Rollins Band’ got decent MTV time with ‘Liar’, he was in movies and (shockingly) people wanted to hear his opinions on all kinds of stuff in the mid-90s. He seems to have fallen into that Grumpy Old Man role that every early HXC dude seems to take on, but IDGAF about him anymore anyway.
But back right after BF broke up he put out this hidden gem under his own name. I picked this cassette up in like ’88 in some weird record store and that was the *only* time I ever saw the album for sale. I played this thing non-stop for years, and I was literally the only person that ever liked it. People would ask me to turn it off. Chicks would hate when I sang ‘Ghost Rider’, and I’ve never ever met another person that even heard of this album. IDK – maybe I don’t get out much..
Looking back, I find it weird, since this is basically like Black Flag 2.0. It’s got great Rollins lyrics (kinda Bukowski-esque slice of low down LA life stuff), and jammin music. It’s even got a Pettibon-like cover! But no one ever seemed to be into this…
Highlights: Crazy Lover, Hot Animal Machine & Ghost Rider – but the whole album is damn good! (and kinda old-timey!) I’m not saying this holds up or anything, but next time you get trapped by some NPR nerd talking your ear off about seminal BF albums, drop this one on ‘em!