Liar (Rollins Band song)

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"Liar"
Single by Rollins Band
from the album Weight
Released 1994
Format Vinyl, CD and Cassette
Recorded 1993 & 1994
Genre Alternative metal, blues rock
Length 6:34 (4:19 radio edit, 4:49 video edit)
Label Imago
Producer(s) Theo Van Rock
Rollins Band singles chronology
"Low Self Opinion" "Liar" "Disconnect"

"Liar" is a song by Rollins Band and the lead single from their fourth full-length album, Weight, released in 1994. It was the album's only charting single and one of the group's best known songs. "Liar" is something of a live favorite for Rollins Band, with its spoken verses usually improvised or changed somewhat from the studio take.

Both a short edit (4:19) and a longer "video edit" (4:49) were distributed as CD singles in various territories, often with one or more unreleased tracks from the Weight sessions added; these and other outtakes were included in the 2004 release Weighting.

The video edit of "Liar" was featured in the song's music video and features a different vocal track and slightly different lyrics in the opening section. Directed by Anton Corbijn, the video itself features alternating depictions of vocalist Henry Rollins: during the song's verses, he is dressed in a plain black T-shirt as he speaks in a calm, soothing tone about trust and friendship; during the chorus segments he is shirtless and painted red, wildly jumping and flailing about as he screams derisively at his audience. He is also seen dressed in a Superman parody costume, a police officer uniform and a nun's habit.

Upon release, the "Liar" video gained heavy airplay on MTV and appeared on Beavis and Butt-head. In the episode, Beavis becomes excited about the chorus, repeating the word "Liar!" in the same way he typically says "Fire! Fire! Fire!". Butt-head comes to the conclusion that lying is "cool."

"Liar" was named the 64th best hard rock song of all time by VH1.[1] It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. Rollins Band performed the song at the 37th Grammy Awards Ceremony.

Accolades[edit]

Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
1994 Studio Brussels Belgium "Best Songs of the Year (1994)" 21 [2]
2004 Kerrang! United Kingdom "666 Songs You Must Own (Alternative Rock)" * [3]
"*" denotes an unordered list.

Charts[edit]

Year Chart Peak
position
1994 Bubbling Under Hot 100 9
1994 Mainstream Rock Tracks 40
1994 Modern Rock Tracks 26

References[edit]

  1. ^ "spreadit.org music". Retrieved February 6, 2009. 
  2. ^ "Studio Brussels – Best Songs of the Year (1994)". Studio Brussels. Retrieved January 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Kerrang! – 666 Songs You Must Own (Alternative Rock)". Kerrang!. Retrieved January 18, 2010.