Rage Against the Machine, as you know, are celebrating 20 years with the special edition re-issue of their debut album. With that, and how much time has passed, in mind, Tom Morello (ya know, the guitarist...that guy with those hats) talked to L.A. Weekly about it.
Via L.A. Weekly:
What were some of the elements that went into making the album that may not have happened if it were recorded today? The mission of Rage's first record was a product of the unique musical and personal chemistry of the four musicians and it's really a record of a particular time. The underground bubble of what was to be known as alternative music had not popped, but it was fermenting. When we were writing these songs, there was no expectation of ever even being able to book a club gig, let alone get a record deal and make a platinum album people would be talking about 20 years later.
Was there any resistance from Epic when they heard the lyrical content of the songs? There was never any resistance. The record label actually suggested "Killing In The Name" as the first single, which contains the line, "Fuck you I won't do what you tell me" 16 times and one "motherfucker." They knew that this was not a band that would craft pop hits. It was also the label's suggestion to not edit lyrical content for video or for radio, which is why it exploded outside of here. "Killing In The Name" and "Bullet In The Head" were hit songs across Europe, South America and Japan where there were less stringent censorship laws.
Read more HERE and now, enjoy some classic Rage. Because. BECAUSE. Check out Maynard James Keenan's awkwardness. That and this collaboration are just a couple of reasons I adore him.
Naughty words, by the way.