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YMMV: Rage Against the Machine
  • Anvilicious/Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped
  • Cargo Ship: Tom Morello x Arm the Homeless, apparently. More people might have noticed if the music wasn't so badass. (Tom's "Arm the Homeless" guitar is the one he uses for the band's F#-minor songs, like "Bulls on Parade", "Guerrilla Radio", "Know Your Enemy" and "Bombtrack", among others.)
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome: A grassroots movement sought to take their song "Killing in the Name" to the Christmas number one spot in Britain, and, by extension, prevent the winner of The X Factor from getting it, which had been the case for the past four consecutive years. It succeeded, outselling the #2 by 50,000 sales with downloads alone. Made more awesome by the band donating their earnings from the sales to charity and celebrating their victory by announcing a free gig in the UK in 2010.
    • Their show in Santiago, Chile in 2010, which Tom Morello described as the craziest crowd he's ever seen for anyone, anywhere. Have a look at it.
  • Face of the Band: Both Zack de la Rocha and Tom Morello. Many people probably won't have heard of Tim Commerford or Brad Wilk until looking at this page.
  • Memetic Mutation: FUCK YOU, I WON'T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME!
  • Misaimed Fandom: They really, really reacted poorly to Paul Ryan claiming to be a fan. In general, a lot of fans also just like the music and don't pay attention to the band's politics.
  • Most Annoying Sound: Some listeners complain that the high-pitched squeal that behind the best of "Maria" is like nails on a chalkboard.
    • That sound could also be considered Nightmare Fuel.
    • Also those annoying notes at the beginning of Ashes in the Fall. (It's Tom using his whammy pedal to turn his guitar's pitch up two octaves.)
  • Narm Charm: Due to all the Angrish and Anviliciousness, especially a couple decades removed from when it was first produced...
  • Tear Jerker: "Born of a Broken Man" and their cover of "Beautiful World" by Devo.
  • What Could Have Been: They're a hardcore leftwing rock band who broke up right after the election of George W. Bush. They reformed, just in time for Bush to leave office. Fortunately, Sarah Palin was on the campaign trail.
    • Lampshaded hilariously by The Onion with "Where are you now, when we need you most, Rage Against The Machine?"
    • They started writing an untitled collaboration with Tool for the soundtrack to the film Judgment Night, then both bands decided they weren't happy with it and left it unreleased. A very rough demo would surface as a bootleg - much of the verse lyrics are mixed too quietly to be intelligible and may have been placeholders anyway. RATM apparently did like the riff they used for the song's instrumental outro though; They reused it as the chorus for "New Millennium Homes".

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