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Rage Against The Machine

Rage Against the Machine earned acclaim from disenfranchised fans (and not insignificant derision from critics) for their bombastic, fiercely polemical music, which brewed sloganeering leftist rants against corporate America, cultural imperialism, and government oppression into a Molotov cocktail of punk, hip-hop, and thrash. Rage formed in Los Angeles in the early '90s out of the wreckage of a number of local groups: vocalist Zack de la Rocha (the son of Chicano political artist Beto) emerged from the bands Headstance, Farside, and Inside Out; guitarist Tom Morello (the nephew of Jomo Kenyatta, the first Kenyan president) originated in Lock Up; and drummer Brad Wilk played with future Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. Rounded out by bassist Tim Bob (aka Tim C., born Tim Commerford), a childhood friend of de la Rocha's, Rage debuted in 1992 with a self-released, self-titled 12-song cassette featuring the song "Bullet in the Head," which became a hit when reissued as a single later in the year.

The tape won the band a deal with Epic, and their leap to the majors did not go unnoticed by detractors, who questioned the revolutionary integrity of Rage Against the Machine's decision to align itself with the label's parent company, media behemoth Sony. Undeterred, the quartet emerged in late 1992 with their official debut, Rage Against the Machine, which scored the hits "Killing in the Name" and "Bombtrack." After touring with Lollapalooza and declaring their support of groups like FAIR (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting), Rock for Choice, and Refuse & Resist, Rage spent a reportedly tumultuous four years working on their follow-up; despite rumors of a breakup, they returned in 1996 with Evil Empire, which entered the U.S. album charts at number one and scored a hit single with "Bulls on Parade." During 1997, the group joined forces with hip-hop supergroup the Wu-Tang Clan for a summer tour and remained active in support of various leftist political causes, including a controversial 1999 benefit concert for death-row inmate Mumia Abu-Jamal. The Battle of Los Angeles followed later in 1999, also debuting at number one and going double platinum by the following summer. In early 2000, de la Rocha announced plans for a solo project, and the band performed an incendiary show outside the Democratic National Convention in August. The following month, bassist Commerford was arrested for disorderly conduct at MTV's Video Music Awards following his bizarre disruption of a Limp Bizkit acceptance speech, in which he climbed to the top of a 15-foot set piece and rocked back and forth.

Plans for a live album were announced shortly thereafter, but in October, de la Rocha abruptly announced his departure from the band, citing breakdowns in communication and group decision-making. Surprised but not angry, the remainder of Rage announced plans to continue with a new vocalist, while de la Rocha re-focused on his solo album, which was slated to include collaborations with acclaimed hip-hop artists including DJ Shadow and El-P of Company Flow. December 2000 saw the release of de la Rocha's final studio effort with the band, the Rick Rubin-produced Renegades; it featured nearly a dozen covers of hip-hop, rock, and punk artists like EPMD, Bruce Springsteen, Devo, the Rolling Stones, the MC5, and more. By 2001, Morello, Wilk, and Commerford had formed Audioslave with former Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, and the group released an eponymous album by the end of 2002. With a de la Rocha solo album still not announced, Epic finally released the long-promised concert album Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium on CD and DVD in time for Christmas 2003. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Track List: Rage Against The Machine XX (20th Anniversary Special Edition)

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Track List: The Narrows (Single)

Comments

Die on rage, die on, die now.
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least five songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
I love this song
joseph.emery
No way to rise up
This band is like mainlining testosterone - Bose headphones on my Precor elliptical machine.
Definitely one of my favorite bands ever
The Irony is that Eddie and Tom are certain hall of famers, and like Cobain, the thing they hate the most will be, in the end, thrust upon them.
trollingthat m a n 5
@ttis
the door is behind you.
One of the sickest bands ever !
this is for the people of the sun
F**K YOU I WON'T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME.... MOTHERF**KER ! ! ! ! ! ! !
playa913
2edgy4me
I'M NOT RACIST I HATE EVERYONE
�� no motherf**ker . . . .
Please stop saying bad words
I f$@king love rage! They ROCK!
Go f**k yourself b**ches!
Go f**k yourself b**ches! Brokeback Marlett sucks!
Go f**k yourself b**ches! BROKE BACK Marlett sucks!
Some of those who hold office are the same that burn crosses.....
awesome music by uninformed musicians. But it still sounds good. Its about the way they are saying it, more than what they are actually saying. real talk.
Rage against the machine. They are raging. Again the machine. The machine is the government! Who agrees? �� follow me if you do
RATM badazz!!!! #1
Yaaaaaay!!! RATM! I like it!
amye45
i am at work under control doin what they tell ma :(
All Rage Is Badass
Killing in the name is the best
Sleep now in the fire is my absolute favorite
Killing in the name is my favorite song
I love RAM!!! Zack de La Rocha is awesome!!!
nicko252008
RAGE against the machine rules! Who's talking trash about rage in here?
nicko252008
E-town concrete did the RAP/rock thin waaay before.
May Rage forever play in our hearts
Mircphone explodes
Some of the most outspoken, creative music I've heard in a while.
Some of the first music I heard
Voodooing my mood so f**king awesome...
Pistol Grip Pump on my lap at all times!
The Grapes of Wrath, Steinbeck, Henry Fonda
i wont do what they tell me !!!!!!!
Wow moomoo. You are a twat!
Anger is a gift!!!
I love the mixture of rap and rock such an awesome combination
It's a real song if u don't like it listen to ur Barry manilow than ok eat a dick while ur at it maybe than you'll wake up cause freedom yeah right !
If he's a commie then I guess that makes u the government's dicksucker now doesn't it? Silly kids. Who else agrees?
He's rappin about raging against himself.
What is this commie mexican rappin about?
This is such a rad song!!!
Tom Morellos riffs make me splooje
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