AUDIO AIRSTRIKE CONSULTANTS - '86-'88
DISC ONE - HOT ANIMAL MACHINE (& Drive By Shooting EP)
|1||BLACK AND WHITE||3:11|
|3||LOST AND FOUND||2:06|
|4||THERE'S A MAN OUTSIDE||3:13|
|6||A MAN AND A WOMAN||3:59|
|7||HOT ANIMAL MACHINE 1||3:01|
|9||MOVE RIGHT IN||2:42|
|10||HOT ANIMAL MACHINE 2||3:32|
|12||DRIVE BY SHOOTING||2:01|
|15||CAN YOU SPEAK THIS||2:00|
|16||I HAVE COME TO KILL YOU||5:21|
|17||MEN ARE PIGS||2:38|
|18||THE ROAD SONG||2:36|
DISC TWO - LIFE TIME
|1||BURNED BEYOND RECOGNITION||2:56|
|2||WHAT AM I DOING HERE?||3:21|
|3||1,000 TIMES BLIND||2:57|
|6||GUN IN MOUTH BLUES||8:57|
|7||YOU LOOK AT YOU||3:31|
|8||IF YOU'RE ALIVE||2:42|
|11||MOVE RIGHT IN||7:27|
DISC THREE - HARD VOLUME
|2||WHAT HAVE I GOT||4:58|
|3||I FEEL LIKE THIS||4:26|
|6||TURNED INSIDE OUT||6:24|
|7||DOWN AND AWAY||8:20|
|9||YOU DIDN'T NEED||5:11|
|11||WHAT HAVE I GOT||4:33|
|13||DOWN AND AWAY||7:14|
DISC FOUR - LIVE 1987/1988
|4||HOT ANIMAL MACHINE 1||2:40|
|5||YOU LOOK AT YOU||3:20|
|6||GUN IN MOUTH BLUES||11:12|
|8||1,000 TIMES BLIND||3:03|
|10||JOY RIDING WITH FRANK||32:01|
Note: Track 1 incorrectly listed as LOST AND FOUND, track 4 is incorrectly
listed as HOT ANIMAL MACHINE 2
Tracks 1-4 Recorded live in Deventer, Holland (Fall 1987)
Tracks 5-6 Recorded live in Kortrijk, Belgium (Fall 1987)
Tracks 7-8 Recorded live in London, England (Fall 1987)
Track 9 Recorded live in Ravensburg, Germany (Fall 1987)
Track 10 Recorded live in Linz, Austria (1988)
Hello. Thanks for checking out all this music. Here's the story.
In 1986 the band I was on, Black Flag, broke up. I called my long time guitar-playing
pal, Chris Haskett, and told him the news. He said that it was time to make a record
and not delay. Just because we had no drummer or bass player and he was living in
Leeds, Enlgand was in his opinion not the slightest roadblock. Chris summoned the help of
London based drummer, Mick Green, and Washington DC based bass player, Bernie
Wandell. We all converged on Leeds in the fall of 1986 and wrote a bunch of songs in a
week or so. Nothing like desperation, exhilaration and fear of failure to spark the creative
senses to life. We recorded quickly and cheaply at a minimal but solid studio in Leeds with
engineer Geoff Clout. I didn't have enough money to pay for the multi-track tape so after
we finished the mixes, the master tapes were re-used the next day after we left. The result
of these recordings became the "Hot Animal Machine" album and "Drive By Shooting" EP.
That's Disc One.
The following April found Chris and I playing together with the very talented Andrew
Weiss on bass and Sim Cain on drums in their home turf of Trenton, New Jersey. I met
them on tour in 1986 when they were the rhythm section of a band called Gone. On April
7, 1987 we had our first practice in Sim's mother's basement. We were the Rollins Band.
We went on tour in May and ended up in Europe by late summer. We played and wrote
sings all across the Continent and ended up that fall back in Leeds at the same studio with
I called Ian MacKaye and asked him to produce. He flew right out and under his
moving-right-along pace, we cranked out the "Life Time" album in about five days for
about three grand. So much for Disc Two.
1988 found us on the road all over, as usual. Getting ready for our first tour of
Australia, we were in Los Angeles and we recorded a bunch of songs that became the
"Hard Volume" album. Our soundman, Theo, was the very logical choice to produce as he
was in front of the band every night and knew when we were on and when we weren't.
The name "Hard Volume" derived from a radio station play list I saw in Europe that we
had a song on. So that's the kind of music we're playing. We were pressed for time and
Theo was mixing until a few hours before his flight to Sydney. He, of course, came
through. For the re-release of this CD, I have included songs that didn't make the record
and some of the demo stuff that we cut earlier in the year. One song, "Thin Air", wanders
into the "a bit much" department, but I think it's kind of cool. We played it a few times
live and then it fell out of the set, never to return. Anyway, it's all here for your
inspection and enjoyment. Disc Three - game, set, match.
This last disc here is for those of you who somehow can stand more. The tracks are
live from our 1987 European tour, with the exception of the last jam, "Joy Riding With
Frank", which is from a show in Austria in 1988.
I hope you get off on this era of the band. It was a lot of work getting the songs,
albums and tours happening. It was a hard-working band that pulled it off under
constantly strained financial, sleep and living space shortages.
At the end of the day, there's only one thing to say ... without you, there would be none of this.
Thank You ...
Henry Rollins, July 2001
AUDIO AIRSTRIKE CONSULTANTS 1986-1988 pulls together the majority of the material released
in the late 1980's on the Texas Hotel label, and puts it together in a 4 disc boxed set. The
first 3 discs are the same reissues released on the Buddha Records label:
Hot Animal Machine,
LIFE TIME, and
The Texas Hotel disc that had not been re-released by Buddha is DO IT.
This is a signficant disc, in that it gives a recorded example of the Rollins Band's live sound from
the late 1980's. As a substitute, the Buddha releases included INSERT BAND HERE.
This boxed set brings back most of DO IT, now labelled LIVE 1987/1988. The first
three tracks of DO IT were studio tracks, and those can be found on the re-release of
LIFE TIME (also included as the third disc of this boxed set). LIVE 1987/1988 skips
over tracks 4 through 6 of DO IT, and includes tracks 7 through 15 (as tracks 1 through 9 on this
disc). Track 10 is a long jam entitled JOY RIDING WITH FRANK, which first appeared on the Texas Hotel
version of HARD VOLUME, but not on the re-released version (or disc
3 of this boxed set). Tracks 1 and 4 are mislabelled on the packaging: Track 1 is FOLLOWED AROUND, not LOST
AND FOUND. Track 4 is HOT ANIMAL MACHINE 1, not HOT ANIMAL MACHINE 2. While this disc is described
as including '100% previously unreleased tracks', this is clearly not true, unless you regard the Texas Hotel discs
Special thanks to Michiel from Holland for pointing out to me that LIVE 1987/1988 is mostly DO IT.
David Tenenbaum (02.25.03)