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Rage Against The Machine in general
Rage Against The Machine in general
Date: 04/07/01, updated on 04/07/01 (309 review reads)
‘Rage Against The Machine’ have been called the best band ever by a hell of a lot of people, I myself have three albums of theirs, and I would say that it might just be right.
Rage Against the Machine was formed in Los Angeles in 1991. Vocalist Zack De La Rocha was previously in a band called ‘Inside Out’ and took the name "Rage Against The Machine" from ‘Inside Out's’ second unreleased album. And so the name was found, the name that would create shockwaves through both the music industry, but also the political world.
This is a timeline of what happened to the band from there:
 First public performance, somebody's living room, Orange County, California.
 Self-produced 12-song cassette released. Includes "Bullet In The Head"--this original version is later included on Epic debut album. Through fan club and at live shows, tape sells over 5,000 copies.
07/13/92 Rage supports Porno For Pyros on the latter's debut performance in Los Angeles.
09/11/92 First of two shows on the second stage of Lollapalooza II, Los Angeles, California.
10/01/92 Rage begins first European tour, supporting Suicidal Tendencies through to 10/24/92.
11/06/92 Rage Against The Machine released on Epic Records. The album remains on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart for 89 weeks, peaking at #45 in February, 1994.
12/26/92 "On the strength of the album, they must be viewed as one of the most original and virtuosic new rock bands in the nation..."-- Timothy White, Billboard.
01/23/93 Rage headlines "Rock For Choice" benefit at The Palladium, Hollywood, CA. Also appearing: Screaming Trees, Eddie Vedder, Mary's Danish, 7 Year Bitch, Exene Cervenka, Green Apple Quick Step.
03/08/93 Rage begins US tour with House Of Pain.
07/18/93 Appearing at Lollapalooza III in Philadelphia, Rage creates si
lent protest against censorship by standing naked on stage for 25 minutes without singing or playing a note. Each band member has duct tape across his mouth and a letter scrawled on his chest, spelling out "P-M-R-C" (for Parents Music Resource Center).
04/28/94 Rage organize benefit concert "For The Freedom Of Leonard Peltier," California State University, Dominguez Hills, California. Rage headlines bill including Cypress Hill, Quicksand, Mother Tongue, X and Stanford Prison Experiment, with guest appearance by the Beastie Boys. A check for $75,235.91 is later presented to the Leonard Peltier Defense Fund.
10/22/94 Rage plays "Latinpalooza," a joint benefit for Leonard Peltier Defense Fund, United Farm Workers, and Para Los Niņos, at Grand Olympic Grounds, Los Angeles, CA. Cypress Hill, Lighter Shade Of Brown, Fobia, Little Joe Y La Familia, and Thee Midnighters share the bill.
12/30/94 Higher Learning, music from film directed by John Singleton, is released on Epic Soundtrax. Includes new Rage track, "Year Of Tha Boomerang."
08/17/94 Rage Against The Machine certified US platinum for sales of one million copies. Album also certified platinum in Australia, Canada, UK, France, Belgium, and Chile; double platinum in New Zealand; and gold in Germany, Denmark, Holland, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.
08/13/95 Rage organize and headline benefit concert, Capitol Ballroom, Washington, D.C. Show raises more than $8,000 for the International Concerned Friends And Family Of Mumia Abu-Jamal. Also appearing: Handsome, Sullivan Brothers, Girls Against Boys, Chuck D. of Public Enemy, and Kathleen Hanna of Bikini Kill.
04/13/96 Rage appears on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Their scheduled two-song performance is cut to one song by the show's producers when the band's crew attempt to hang inverted American flags from Rage's amplifiers.
e video for "Bulls On Parade," directed by Peter Christopherson, premiers on MTV's "120 Minutes."
04/16/96 Evil Empire released on Epic Records.
04/20/96 Rage plays free concert, the Velodrome at California State University, Dominguez Hills, California.
05/03/96 Rage begins headlining European tour in Madrid.
05/04/96 Evil Empire enters Billboard Top 200 Albums chart at #1*.
09/11/93 Rage headlines sold-out Anti-Nazi League benefit, Brixton Academy, London, England. Supporting acts include Lush, Senser, Headswim and Green Apple Quickstep. Show raises money for League activities and publicizes 10/16/93 anti-Nazi march in London.
10/14/93 Rage begins headlining US tour with "Rock For Choice" benefit at The Palladium, Hollywood, California.
11/04/93 Sold-out headlining show, Roseland, New York City.
11/17/93 Rage begins US tour with Cypress Hill in Denver, Colorado.
12/19/93 MTV "120 Minutes" premier of "Freedom" video, directed by Peter Christopherson. Combines live performance footage with scenes from 1992 documentary Incident At Oglala and text from Peter Matthiessen's In The Spirit Of Crazy Horse.
02/01/94 "Freedom" is the #1 video in the USA, according to CVC Broadcast & Cable Top 50 chart.
11/25/97 "The Ghost of Tom Joad" single and RATM live concert video is released.
As captured on their self-titled debut album (Epic Associated), the music of Rage Against The Machine is a fierce and uncompromising meld of punk-inspired hard rock and politically-charged rap. Less than two years from the time of their first public performance in an Orange County living room party, the Los Angeles-based band has created a growing storm of both controversy and fan support. Rage's influences range (in their words) "from Bad Brains to Malcolm X, from Led Zeppelin to Che Guevara, from M
inor Threat to Martin Luther King Jr., from Public Enemy to the Clash."
Rage Against The Machine was co-produced by the band with engineer Garth Richardson, who has worked with Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ozzy Osbourne. All sounds are the product of guitars, bass, and drums; no samples, keyboards or synthesizers were used to create this music. What was used was the raw musical power and highly charged language of such key Rage songs as "Settle For Nothing," "Killing In The Name," and "Bullet In The Head." This last-named track is also the first video by Rage Against The Machine, even though FCC regulations preclude airplay.
Before signing with Epic Associated, Rage Against The Machine recorded a 12-song cassette, which sold over 5,000 copies at the band's live shows and through its fan club. In fact, the present album version of "Bullet In The Head" is taken directly from that self-released tape. In its first year of existence, Rage Against The Machine opened shows for Ice-T's Body Count, Public Enemy, and Pearl Jam. The band supported Perry Farrell's Porno For Pyros on the latter's July 13, 1992 debut performance; toured Europe with Suicidal Tendencies; and appeared September 11-12, 1992 on the second stage of Lollapalooza II in Los Angeles dates.
"On the strength of the album," wrote Timothy White in Billboard, "they must be viewed as one of the most original and virtuosic new rock bands in the nation...Rage Against The Machine generates the most beautifully articulated torrent of hardcore bedlam that one could imagine. And the hopes invested in these humming murals of urban din are equally visionary."
(Many thanks to Gavin who helped me put this together, like the huge Rage fan you are)
Since the band broke up their has been quite a lot of talk about them getting back together at some point, just without Zack De La Rocha, which he is just a li
ttle peeved about, having been the one who came up with the band name, and some people have said that he is the one that gave them such success. Being an amazing vocalist, one of the best of all time.
I have also been in many debates over this band, a lot of them have thrown up good points. One of them was when you listen to a song, what are you more interested in, the riffs or the words, is it the tune your looking for, or inspirational words. I would say it is a combination of the both, but I would also like to hear any comments at the end of this.
Maybe try and get a discussion going. Would be pretty cool.
Okay, thank you anyone who read this all, there is a band who have had a huge musical influence on me, and I just wanted to share some stuff with you. J