RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Released Their Fabulous Eponymous LP 30 Years Ago Today

Back in time

3 November 2022

Californian crossover rebels RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE released their
self-titled debut opus 30 years ago today. Thanks to the astounding anthemic
single Killing In The Name (more than 660 million streams on Spotify) the band
attracted millions of fans in no time, which benefited the sales of LP too.

Despite a long career with a couple of hiatuses (1991–2000, 2007–2011,
2019–present) RAFTM only recorded/issued 4 LPs.

The image on the cover was a crop of a notorious picture by photographer
Malcolm Brownefeaturing the self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức,
a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, in Saigon in 1963. He wanted to get attention
for President Ngô Đình Diệm’s oppressing of the Buddhist religion.

Pitchfork wrote: “Rage Against the Machine’s debut is a radical fistful of funk, rap, and rock. Through its power, it remains an essential call to activism and a necessary lesson on how to withstand the opposition. The speed with which Rage wrote and recorded its first screeds is paramount to understanding why, now a quarter-century after its release, Rage Against the Machine remains an essential call to activism and a necessary lesson on how to withstand the opposition. While taking on the most powerful institutions of consolidated American power, Rage Against the Machine were having the time of their lives. You can hear it in most every note. For millions, Rage Against the Machine helped shape a spirit of necessary and electric defiance, of yelling out loud and over and over, “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me.” May it remain relentless.” Full review here. Score 9/10.

Singles/clips: Killing In The Name / Bullet In The Head / Bombtrack

– KILLING IN THE NAME –

– BULLET IN THE HEAD –

– BOMBTRACK –

Stream the full album via Spotify…

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RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Released Their Political Rap Metalhouse Debut 25 Years Ago…

Going back in sonic history…

2 November 2017

Band: RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE (Los Angeles, CA, US)

Album: self-titled debut

Released: 3 November 1992 – 25 years ago…

Rolling Stone wrote: “This debut album is a grenade that keeps exploding. Among Nineties albums, only ‘Nevermind’ and ‘The Chronic’ rival it for cultural impact. RATM made hip-hop-tinged funk metal the new rebel music, taking over the alienation beat from grunge slackers
and making Marxist sloganeering seem badass. Rage were machinelike, yes, but built to
change worlds.”

Cover sleeve: “A photo of the self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, in Saigon in 1963. The monk was protesting President Ngô Đình Diệm’s administration for oppressing the Buddhist religion. The photograph drew international attention and persuaded U.S. President John F. Kennedy to withdraw support for Ngô Đình Diệm’s government. It was taken by Associated Press correspondent Malcolm Browne.

Turn Up The Volume!: says: The first band that made me like metal madness because they did it the way nobody else did back then. With overwhelming intensity, with ferocious rage, with forceful scream along raps, with biting messages & scorching concerts…

Three Top Tracks: Killing In The Name / Bombtrack / Bullet In The Head

* KILLING IN THE NAMEtimeless molotov cocktail

* BOMBTRACK loud and clear

* BULLET IN THE HEAD “Ya gotta bullet in ya fuckin’ head!”

The Furious Full Album…

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