0026. Rollins Band – Weight [1994]

Weight_(album)_cover

Mmmm… Rollins.  My first introduction to Henry Rollins was the video for Liar that I saw on Beavis & Butthead.  Either that, or at some point when MTV still played music videos.  It scared the piss out of 10-year-old me.  Rightfully so, wouldn’t ya say?

Great shit, right?  I never thanked Henry for scaring the piss out of me.  Maybe I’ll do that if I meet him again.  That’s one of the first videos that taught me to learn more about things that scare me (in direct contrast, I would later discover, with much of humanity).

Henry Rollins’ music and spoken word helped pull me out of one of the most intense depressions of my life, and I couldn’t thank him enough for that.  He’s one of the main reasons I started a podcast, in fact.  I never got to see Rollins Band live, but I’ve seen Henry’s spoken word shows a number of times.  All fantastic, and he was very gracious about meeting people after the show, even though I can easily imagine he was exhausted.

Anyway, this album was the launchpad for me into the work of Henry Rollins, and I hope against hope that this post will make a fan out of someone else out there.

Wikipedia Says:

Weight is the fourth full-length studio album by the Rollins Band, released on April 12, 1994 (see 1994 in music). It featured the band’s biggest hits, “Liar” and “Disconnect,” which gained rotation on MTV and gained popularity after being featured on Beavis and Butt-head. The song “Civilized” was also used as the closing theme for Dennis Miller Live from 1994-2002 on HBO.

Track listing

All songs are credited to Rollins Band

  1. “Disconnect” – 4:57
  2. “Fool” – 4:26
  3. “Icon” – 3:41
  4. “Civilized” – 3:54
  5. “Divine Object of Hatred” – 4:01
  6. Liar” – 6:34
  7. “Step Back” – 3:58
  8. “Wrong Man” – 4:19
  9. “Volume 4” – 4:39
  10. “Tired” – 3:46
  11. “Alien Blueprint” – 3:45
  12. “Shine” – 5:26

Accolades

Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
1994 Metal Hammer United Kingdom “Albums of the Year” 7 [2]
1994 Melody Maker United Kingdom “Albums of the Year” 34 [3]
1994 Sounds Germany “Albums of the Year” 47 [4]
1995 RAW United Kingdom “90 essential albums for the 90s” * [5]
*” denotes an unordered list.

Chart performance

Album
Chart Peak
Australian Album Chart 10 [6]
UK Albums Chart 22 [7]
New Zealand Chart 26 [8]
Swedish Album Chart 29 [9]
U.S. Billboard 200 33 [10]
Dutch Album Charts 35 [11]
Singles
Year Title Peak Chart positions
US
Main
US
Mod
UK[12] NLD[13]
1994 Disconnect 27
Liar 40 26 27 28
“—” denotes singles that were released but did not chart.

Personnel

Rollins Band
Additional musicians and production
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