parodies by nacrowe
been a crazy week with DONALD TRUMP getting his tacky FLORIDA pleasure palace raided by the feds on monday. dont know if anything will come of it but i see no reason not to celebrate it nonetheless.
back in november 2019 i did a show on one of my favorite bands growing up RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE. not only are they one of the best live bands ive ever seen, but they are one of the few political bands whose sonic onslaught and INNOVATION matches and maybe even exceeds that of their relentlessly strident PROGRESSIVE POLITICS. my big gripe with bands like the MC5 or THE CLASH was always that they would talk a big game, but then aurally it left more than a little be desired in terms of stepping away from traditional song structures and being EXPERIMENTAL. guitarist TOM MORELLO is renowned not only for his flawless technique but also his disregard for the instrument itself, often utilizing various IDIOSYNCRATIC, self-directed techniques meant to render his instrument as DJ turntables. for MORELLO, everything is fair game including tapping, plucking bending, pulling, unplugging and feed-backing sometimes al at the same time. ironically he has a spartan gear setup which makes his sonic landscapes that much more impressive. he is very much the embodiment of INTENT TRUMPING TECHNIQUE.
for me personally listening to RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE has always been a godsend, especially in the years since i returned from working and living extensively abroad. coming back home during the TRUMP years was tough and i felt utterly gutted and isolated by what i saw my country devolving into. i had spent time in developing countries, military dictatorships and more than one failed/struggling democracy. to see members of my extended family fall under the spell of TRUMP was demoralizing. listening to RAGE helped me cope with that aggression and attempt to do my part in fighting the guy. in that regard i am still immensely proud of the music video DEER GOD did in collaboration with DOLLTITS half a decade ago for their clever anti-TRUMP song "LOCKER ROOM TALK." definitely check it out.
for me the legacy of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, irregardless of whether they ever decided to record a new album, is their authenticity and ability to fully realize their intention. they are a singular force of nature and have inspired people to persevere even when your country is turning to shit. same goes for all their solo and side projects over the years such as PROPHETS OF RAGE, AUDIOSLAVE, ON DAY AS A LION, WAKRAT, STREET SWEEPER SOCIAL CLUB and THE NIGHTWATCHMAN.
its all good.
oh and by the way, that is not a MAGA hat im wearing in the embedded video below. my brother got it at a PROPHETS OF RAGE show and it says "MAKE AMERICA RAGE AGAIN." just wanted to be extra clear on that point. dont want to be confused for a MAGA loser.