Henry went out and did the work. Henry busted his ass. Henry was in the van, Henry slept in cardboard boxes, in a metal shed behind the Ginns’ house, Henry slept under a desk at the SST offices at Redondo Beach, Henry would’ve got $5 a day while they were out on the road, Henry scrounched around for whatever food he could get or whoever’s floor he could sleep on that night when they were out on tour. So anybody that has any bad words about Henry, ‘Oh, he’s an asshole, he’s a fag because he lifts weights and he hangs around a bunch of guys’, that’s all a bunch of bullshit. I’m here to shoot that down. And I won’t shoot it down with a bullet; I’ll shoot it down with a nuclear weapon. Hank’s a straight up, no-bullshit guy. As for a vocalist, he is my favorite Black Flag vocalist… after Dez (Cadena), who I like more than Ron (Reyes). Now Ron’s a better vocalist than I am. I’m a better vocalist than Dez but I’m not as good as Henry, Henry’s better than Ron and Ron is better than me and Dez is better than me. Do you get a sense of where I’m going with this?
The thing with the Black Flag vocalists is that we all brought our own little flavor to the table. And each one of us was as good as each other. My ego doesn’t allow me to say that I’m the best one because it’s all up to the listener. You go pick up the first four years, pick up Damaged, and pick up ‘Paralyzed’ or Family Man or Wasted…Again and you be the judge.
I’m not here to shoot anybody down; I’m here to pat everybody on the back. Because Black Flag was one of those bands that went through a batch of drummers, went through a few bass players and certainly had their share of vocalists. All of them were great. And the band was always amazing. At one point I saw them with Henry Rollins and I walked out. Maybe it was my jealousy, I can’t remember. I saw them later, on a Sunday in a basement club down in Hollywood and they nailed me to the back wall, I was in tears. I couldn’t move, I was paralyzed. The whole time I was thinking to myself, ‘Why did I quit this band? This is one of the greatest bands I have ever seen.’ And I’ve seen my share of greatness. I’ve seen Iggy And The Stooges, I’ve seen David Bowie And The Spiders From Mars in ‘72. I saw The Sex Pistols, I’ve seen Golden Earring and I’ve seen the Alice Cooper Band on several occasions, Sonic Youth and Turbonegro and the list goes on and on. The Germs and Ted Nugent and Rocket From The Crypt.
I’ve been a fan of music since I was about five years old. I’ve heard it, seen it, witnessed and participated in a lot of really great things. I can certainly, without any embarrassment, without any hesitation place Black Flag amongst all of those bands.