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Henry

Black Flag

 

 

"I'M NOT SORRY FOR

 

NOT BEING SORRY"

 

THIS ONCE IN A LIFETIME INTERVIEW WAS CONDUCTED AT THE VERY

ENIGMATIC SST RECORDS OFFICE WITH LIVE ACOUSTICAL BLACK FLAG

DRIFTING THROUGH THE FLOORBOARDS.

 

[kiki] When were you first interested in spoken words?

[henry] Ever since I started talking. I started doing just talking performances about 1983, but I've been writing since I was six. I don't write poetry, like love and words over used. That's all pretty meaningless to me.

[kiki] You've appeared on several Harvey Kuberick spoken words albums...

[henry] Yes, English as a second language and neighborhood rhythm. Harvey asked me to do it and i did it. He is a cool guy. I had some stuff I wanted to do, so I went into the studio and did it.

[kiki] You just completed your tour...

[henry] Black Flag and myself did about 200 shows in about 9 months time. I did a couple of weeks on my own after the Black Flag tour ended, segued into my own little thing, which went real well on the East coast, Mid-west and places in Eastern Canada. People were real cool to me. We are recording another album and then taking off to Europe in a few weeks. A World tour.

[kiki] How does the European audience differ from American audiences?

 

 

 

[henry] I've been to Europe 3 times with Black Flag and a few times on my own. No one slams in any place wee played. I don't want to be spat on by anybody and my first inclination when someone spits on me, is to take a shotgun and aim and fire.

[kiki]The latest Black Flag release is "Family Man" which is spoken word...

[henry] The 'A' sideis basically me talking, then a jam with the 'B' side- all instrumental. It's just a thing that we do. I do shows on my own,they do shows on their own. It's part of what we do so we put it on the record.

[kiki] Let's talk about some of your spoken word pieces on the album...

[henry] As much as I don't care what other people do with their lives, I feel you need to draw the line when their lives go over their backyard fence, so to speak, cross over into my life. So, I speak in reaction to attitudes and life styles that make me have to look over my shoulders or cover my tracks. It's just the uptight attitudes. I don't mind peolpe being uptight. I just don't like it when they tighten anuses around my throat. That's when I get into it.

 

[kiki] Tell us about your juicy Hollywood Diaries...

[hemry] It's just a little thing I wrote. I write a lot of stuff that is humourous to me, and might not br funny to other people. You have to be tuned into a certain mentality. I read stuff, that to me is comedy material, and other people go, "Oh, my god", and I just go, "Like just funnin', you know!"

 

 

 

 

[kiki] So, you take success very well.

[henry] So, what does that mean? What happens when you see yourself in all these newspaper articles? What's that except some dude with a Sony Walkman and a photo guy. It's no big deal. One of the problems with life in general is people think if you're in a mag or video, that you're something special. Just tha fact that someone's going to see you doesn't make you any different than you, or me or some fool walking down the street. I'm not out to change anybody's mind. I don't want to convert anybody from listening to one thing, and turning around and listening to me. Anyone of them, or you who want to get in to it. You're more than welcome to be there. I think anything else like Prince, Bruce Springteen, Dean Martin or Punk rock bands is entertainment. It's not coming from the soul.

 

 

 

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