Throwback Thursday – Rage Against the Machine: ‘Rage Against the Machine’

It’s Thursday, it’s a throwback album, what more could you want? Get ready to whip out your best head banging and air guitars, as Rage Against the Machines self-titled debut album from all the way back in 1992 is an essential listen for rock fans (although you must have been hiding under a rock if you haven’t already heard it!).

Released November 3rd 1992, Rage Against the Machine peaked at number 1 on the US billboard with their self-titled album, a masterclass in mixing hip hop styled lyrics with heavy rock styled tunes. The album features 10 tracks, including the famous “Killing in the Name”, which famously became Christmas number 1 in 2009 selling over 500,000 copies, in a controversial campaign named “Rage Against X-Factor”, a campaign to stop the X Factor finalist reaching number 1. The album also features in ‘Rolling Stone’ magazines 500 greatest albums of all time, placing at number 365.

Killing In The Name – Rage Against The Machine live at PinkPop 1993

The name “Rage Against the Machine” actually came from a throwaway song from lead singer Zack de la Rochas’ last band. They soon became one of the most controversial bands around speaking on politics and being a band that just say ‘fuck it’, and not caring about what anyone thinks. De la Rocha was one of the most popular frontmen around at the time, with his politically influenced lyrics and his stand out from the crowd attitude. The lyrics really portrayed this attitude, including lyrics such as “Why stand on a silent platform? Fight the war, fuck the norm!”, from track 9 on the album, “Township Rebellion”.

Proper music to rock out to and go wild. Rage Against the Machine are one of them bands that make you want to put your middle finger up to the world, and how often do you get to do that right?

Favourite song on the album: “Bullet in the Head”

Listen TO ‘Rage Against the Machine’ using the links below or directly from the Full Volume page for a limited time!


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