Top 5 Rage Against The Machine Songs

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Top 5 Rage Against The Machine Songs

Nick Boyer, Reporter

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“Take The Power Back” One of the most powerful Rage songs ever and the best message for kids in school. This song is about how the schools and teachers are lying to us about the things that they teach us and that they aren’t giving us the full truth on what they tells us. They’re only giving us one side of a many sided story. With lyrics like like “the system that dissed us, teaches us to read and write. So called facts are fraud. They want us to allege and pledge and bow down to their god.” Zack de la Rocha really gets his point off saying we need to stop just listening and questions the things these schools teach us.

“Ashes In The Fall” This song comes from the band’s third studio album “The Battle of Los Angeles” and talks about Religion, food rotting in grocery stores, and factory doors closing while school doors close and doors on jail cells open. While the lyrics are dark the guitar helps to put the listener on edge while Zack De La Rocha sings. The guitar in this song is a bunch of weird echoing sounds that are made by Tom Morello using his guitar and effect pedals. This song wouldn’t have the same scary kind of vibe it gives off without Tom Morello’s Screeching echoing guitar sounds and that’s why its one of their best songs ever.

“Down Rodeo” is a song about social inequality between the rich and poor of America, and a literal type of class warfare. “Down Rodeo” gets its name from a street in California that stretches for two miles. The famous line in the song and the part that gets everyone’s attention is right in the beginning when Zack de la Rocha says “Yeah Im rollin down Rodeo with a shotgun these people ain’t seen a, brown skin man since their grandparents bought one.” The racist white elitists have never seen a person who wasn’t white since their grandparents bought slaves. Zack being a brown skin man, is the person walking down Rodeo scaring all the white people.

“Testify” One of Tom Morello’s best drop D riffs and Brad Wilks best drum beat, Rage Against The Machine bring the heat on this song. In the music video for this song the band decided to have an alien theme where aliens land on earth plotting to take over earth. After that the video shows two president candidates at the time George W. Bush, and Al Gore combining together to make one person. The band did this because they wanted to show people that they have the same policies and views on things going on in the world. This song also became Rages opening song for concerts to get the crowd hype.

“Year of tha Boomerang” covers many topics such as racism, equality, the holocaust, and sexism. The song gets its name from French philosopher and political activist Jean-Paul Sartre who said “it is the moment of the boomerang”, referring to anti colonial violence. The song starts off win another one of Tom Morello’s weird sounds that he makes on his guitar by using a digitech whammy pedal that’s set to harmonize one octave higher. After the first verse of the song comes in and Zack de la Rocha talks about growing up in the 80s, not being told the truth, and the holocaust. Zack talks about the holocaust by saying “instructor come separate the healthy from the sick”, and “its dark now in Dachau and I’m screaming from within.” The outro of the song is Zack telling you that you now know the truth and that its your job to do something about it. “Now its upon you.”

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