Liar (Rollins Band song)

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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.


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.


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


  1. ^ " 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.