Liar (Rollins Band song)

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"Liar"
Single by Rollins Band
from the album Weight
Released1994
Format
Recorded1993–1994
Genre Alternative metal [1] [2]
Length
  • 6:34 (album)
  • 4:19 (radio)
  • 4:49 (video)
Label Imago
Songwriter(s) Rollins Band
Producer(s) Theo Van Rock
Rollins Band singles chronology
"Low Self Opinion"
(1992)
"Liar"
(1994)
"Disconnect"
(1994)

"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 is one of the group's best known songs.

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<i>Weight</i> (album) 1994 studio album by Rollins Band

Weight is the fourth full-length studio album by the Rollins Band, released on April 12, 1994. It featured the band's biggest hits, "Liar" and "Disconnect", which gained rotation on MTV and gained popularity after being featured on Beavis and Butt-head. The song "Civilized" was also used as the closing theme for Dennis Miller Live from 1994–2002 on HBO.

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Background

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 .

Weighting is a 2004 album by the American alternative rock/metal group Rollins Band that consists of songs recorded during sessions for their 1994 album Weight and live performances from the same era.

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 wears glasses and a plain black T-shirt and speaks in a calm, soothing tone about trust and friendship; from one verse to the next, his arms and face become increasingly stained with black paint. For 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.

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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 rules." [3]

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"Liar" was named the 64th best hard rock song of all time by VH1. [4] It was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. Rollins Band performed the song at the 37th Grammy Awards Ceremony.

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Despite the song's popularity, Rollins himself would later reveal on BBC's HARDtalk that "Liar" was originally performed at shows as a joke with no refined chord structure and was actually recorded with the intention of being a b-side and to not even be featured on Weight . However, when the record label heard it they immediately recognized its potential to become a hit and proposed it be the lead single.

Accolades

YearPublicationCountryAccoladeRank
1994Studio Brussels Belgium "Best Songs of the Year (1994)"21 [5]
2004 Kerrang! United Kingdom"666 Songs You Must Own (Alternative Rock)"* [6]
"*" denotes an unordered list.

Charts

Chart (1994)Peak
position
Australia (ARIA) [7] 65
US Bubbling Under Hot 1009
US Mainstream Rock Tracks40
US Modern Rock Tracks26

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