Recorded at a radio station in Australia on their 1990 tour, Insert Band Here is a fantastic time capsule recording of the original line-up of the band as they punish everyone within hearing distance. They hit hard on every track, the solos are blistering, and the ferocity bleeds out of your speakers and permeates everything. Highlights include a very stripped-sounding What Have I Got, the always-excellent You Didn’t Need and, improbably (though it works, here), a cover of Cheech and Chong’s Earache My Eye.
I never got to see this incarnation of the Rollins Band in concert myself, largely because I wasn’t into this kind of music when they were doing it. Sad, I know. But if their recent tour with X is any indication, they may well be back together again. We’ll just have to wait and see about that one, but I can always hope!