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Rage against something…

So apparently Rage Against the Machine is getting back together. Initially, I was cheered by this, because I still listen to their old stuff since musically, it’s amazing. Tom Morello, the guitarist, is a genius. But then it started to dawn on me what this will really mean.

For those of you not familiar with the band, it’s a radically and militantly liberal and socialist outfit. They’re proud of their politics and many of their songs are chiefly about politics. They all have messages. But I’m not sure they’re really the message that’s all that good right now. For example, one of the issues they championed was “immigration reform”, in the form of amnesty for all illegals and completely open borders. Nail in the coffin: Michael Moore directed one of their music videos.

When Rage broke up, the musical elements (guitar, bass, drums) reformed into Audioslave with another vocalist and began making music under the new moniker. The name was different, the political message was gone, and with it, almost all of the Rage style, much to my dismay. So this reformation means maybe new, more Rage in the classic style; it does occur to me that maybe they’ll rethink their style and change it completely.

Just seems to me that there’s nothing quite as persuasive to the starry-eyed teenage as a strong political message presented by a rock band. I’d really hate for them to tip the scales in the ’08 election towards the Marxist end of the political spectrum.

I do have hope though, because I’m not sure even re-united Rage can stand up to the towering might of Fred Thompson.

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  1. May 18, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    “I’d really hate for them to tip the scales in the ‘08 election towards the Marxist end of the political spectrum.” Would you rather it tip toward the Fascist end of the spectrum instead? I don’t like either end.

  2. hobershort
    May 18, 2007 at 6:01 pm

    Touché.

  1. November 15, 2007 at 2:46 am

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