"Some of those that work forces Are the same that burn crosses Some of those that burn crosses Are the same that hold office"Rage Against The Machine
— "Killing in the Name", from their self-titled debutnote
is a staunchly left-wing Rap Metal
band from Los Angeles, formed in 1991. Despite the band's anti-corporate viewpoint, they are signed to Epic Records
, a major label owned by Sony
. According to the band, it was a way to get the message out to a larger audience. Of course, considering the band's wide variety of appearances in corporate media, like the MTV Awards, and collaborations with Glam Rappers
, it doesn't really help their case very much.
The band was on hiatus from 2000 to 2007, during which time the band members sans singer Zack De La Rocha formed the band Audioslave
vocalist Chris Cornell. Audioslave disbanded in 2007, and RATM reunited for a show in Coachella festival, and have since toured to some extent.
The band is well known for political activism, and the liner notes usually include contact information to various organizations the band supports. They have also played at large protests, and once, when playing on Saturday Night Live
(in an episode hosted by buttoned-down Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes), displayed the American flag upside down, until stagehands came and pulled them down.
- Zack De La Rocha - vocals
- Tom Morello - guitar
- Tim Commerford - bass
- Brad Wilk - drums
Rage Against The Machine has released four albums:
- Rage Against The Machine (1992)
- Evil Empire (1996)
- The Battle Of Los Angeles (1999)
- Renegades (2000) a collection of cover versions of other bands' songs.