Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine:
Released late in 1992 on Epic records. (Sony)
Produced by: Rage Against the Machine and GGGarth
Guity Parties: Zack de la Rocha - Vocals, Tom Morello -
Guitars, Timmy C. - Bass, and Brad Wilk - Drums.
Contains tracks: Bombtrack, Killing in the Name, Take the Power Back,
Settle for Nothing, Bullet in the Head, Know your Enemy, Wake up, Fistfull
of Steel, Township Rebellion and Freedom
Total Running Time: 52:58
Rage got together in 1991, wrote the majority of the songs on this
album in a manner of 2 months, made a 12-song demo tape, played a few
shows in the L.A. area, and were signed onto Epic among hundreds of
record labels requesting contract. This album didn't recieve much play
time on either MTV, or the radio, but it's sales still climbed, and
made Rage Against the Machine a popular album. This album most
effectively demonstrates Rage's "rap meets metal" combination -
proving that they were the only band to get the formula right, and
make it work. This is the album most resposible for the entire
"rock-hop" revolution that took over the mainstream music industry.
Rage made their presense known with this album, as a political
threat, and as a musical one.
The Name...."Rage Against the Machine":
The actual phrase was the title of an Inside Out song. Inside Out is a
hardcore band on Revelation Records that Zack was in before they
broke up and he formed RATM with Tom Morello. "Rage Against the
Machine" was the working title for Inside Out's second album, but
since they broke up, it seemed the most suitable name to sum up the
band's sound, politics, and mission." The common question is, then,
"what machine are they raging against?". According to Tom Morello,
"The machine can be anything from the police in L.A. that can tear
motorists from their cars and beat them to a pulp and get away with
it, to the state capitalist machine that tried to make you just a
mindless cog and sortof 'behave' and never confront the system and
just look forward to the weekend and the next six pack of beer."
The machine has come to mean any form of illegitimate authority that
dehumanizes and degrades.
The Burning Monk on the Cover:
The Monk's name is Thich Quang Duc, an elderly Buddhist monk,
immolating himself on a main intersection in Saigon, Vietnam on June
11, 1963 to protest the rule of Ngo Dinh Diem, the American backed
leader of Vietnam who was leading an anti-Buddhist campaign in southern
Vietnam. This action was witnessed and filmed by many members of the
American media and led to the end of the Diem rule in Vietnam. This
photo won the 1963 Pulitzer Prize.
Inspired by Rage's political viewpoints, this song's main theme is
about general authoritive oppression, ranging from landlords and
powerwhores, to "democratic" authorities.
Killing in the Name:
Some members of the police force were, and are, members of the
Ku Klux Klan as well. How legitimate can a power structure or a
religion be when the people that compose the operation are in a dark,
warped mindset? Ah fuck you, I won't do what you tell me.
Take the Power Back:
The title to this song says it all. Zack merges all the forces that
be (school, government, culture, media) into one massive form of
authority that robs culture in the name of uniformity and must be
Settle For Nothing:
Possibly written in first person from the point of view of a
frustrated youth in the slums.
Bullet in the Head:
Don't blindly accept your gang, your religion, or even your nation.
The people who walk complacently through life accepting all that is
put in front of them, might as well have bullets in their heads.
Television is a weapon used to pacify those who watch it into the
living dead. Until people take control of their lives, they are
mindless components of the entire machine.
Know Your Enemy:
When we can identify those who are out to make us conform and follow
blindly, we are more effective in creating change. Schools are
notorious for this, and Zack identifies his teachers as his enemies
because they told him to fight his own humanity.
This song describes the operations of the FBI's "counter-intelligence"
program - which was to suppress any dissident movements in the 60s.
Anyone from Malcolm X to Martin Luther King Jr. was silenced for
speaking out against the government's injustices and illogic. This
song appeared on the Matrix - at the very end of the movie.
Fistful of Steel:
This song definately displays Zack's MC skills; and it is generally
dedicated to women in the audience as a sign of respect - not necessarily
This song relates human freedom to the situation in South Africa.
"Freedom should be fundamental: In Johannesburg, or South Central."
The video for this song is focused on Leonard Peltier, the American
Indian Movement leader who was framed by the FBI, and has rotted in a
jail cell for the past 20 years. The general theme of this song is
the U.S. government/media/corporations are able to convince all
Americans of their "freedom", while secretly blinding them to any
other reality: Making the freedom seem so much more of a reality.
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