Missed Connections: Rage Against the Machine

Ahh, the 90s. The decade that passed the three strikes laws, repealed Glass-Steagall, and invented the “super predator.” On a day like today—Inauguration Day, 2017—you might find yourself wishing to return to what may seem like the halcyon days of a bygone era. If today’s events left your millennial heart feeling a little heavy about the next four to eight years, you’re in luck. There’s plenty of angry music to get you through and probably a lot more to be made.

So for today’s Missed Connection entry, it’s time to take the power back with Rage Against the Machine’s eponymous debut album. If you missed this album’s release in 1992, you’re probably not alone, but you’ve definitely heard a few of its tracks. “Killing in the Name,” “Bullet in the Head,” and “Wake Up” are just a few of the speaker-shredders that make up this powerhouse of a freshman album.

So for our budding activists growing up in a new and “unpresidented” era of cronyism, ignorance, intolerance, and greed, this album might serve you well as a new staple in your heavy rotation. If the hard-hitting and relentless instrumentals don’t wake you up, the lyrics will. “As I recall our downfall / And the businesses that burned us all / See through the news and the views that twist reality,” Zack De La Rocha spits out as if he watched the Trump campaign use fake news, Facebook journalism, and shady funding to rise to the oval office back in 1992. All the while, the band’s powerful riffs drive the band forward to a Tom Morello solo that resembles the sound of a police siren being smashed into smithereens.

This November, the self-titled album will turn 25 years old. If the album’s silver anniversary isn’t reason enough to bring the boys back together for a tour, then let’s hope Trump and his cabinet of deplorables are motivation for Rage to unleash a new opus of awesome in these oh-so-uncharted waters. Actually, scratch that. Not only RATM, but lets hope a myriad of other artists follow Rage’s lead and bring their message to us, because in times like these, “If we don’t take action now, we’ll settle for nothing later!”


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