Former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins will do his best to entertain punk fans around the world with his new quarantine radio show ‘The Cool’.
With millions of people currently in self-isolation amid strict social distancing regulations, Rollins will take to the airwaves to provide some musical release with his latest endeavour. The four-hour program, which will feature bootleg tapes and streams of full albums and EPs, will also include personal anecdotes, deep cuts, and rare recordings.
Rollins, detailing his many reasons for taking on this project, said: “The first is that I wanted to make a show that felt like those great hangouts you might have done where you and some friends descend on someone’s house, everyone brings some records and the jam session goes and goes.
“Also, I know that you might be spending some long spells in your dwelling, so I wanted to make a show that conformed to that,” Rollins added in a press release.
“For many years, I’ve had this idea for a long-form show,” Rollins said in a statement. “I mean really long-form. Like hours. To do it terrestrially would be difficult because I would be crowding other shows out. But if it was online, hey. It’s as many songs as I want, language issues are not a factor, and if anyone gets bored, they can just turn it off or mark the time they checked out and resume later.”
Rollins continued: “The idea is that you’re in your room and Engineer X and I come over with a bunch of records. We play you songs, I tell you stories, and we do time together. Now that many of us are under some kind of confinement, we might as well get some good listening happening. Let’s go long! It’s kind of like the show we do on Sundays but without time constraints or worrying about FCC compliance. It’s an extra slice of pizza. It will be completely indulgent.
“Fanatic, of course, and hopefully, as Iggy Pop, the Undisputed Heavyweight Champion Of Rock And Roll says, ‘a real cool time’.”
The very first episode of The Cool Quarantine is available to stream now on KCRW.