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Twenty years ago this month, Rage Against The Machine turned the music world upside down with the release of their self-titled debut album, a seamless blend of rap, funk, and hard rock, fiercely political lyrics, and pure, unadulterated rage. Their music remains as powerful and relevant as ever, still challenging fans and people alike to think for themselves and break free from the clutches of assimilation and ignorance.

Four studio albums (one of which was a cover album) and two decades later, Rage Against The Machine is one of the greatest and most influential bands in music history. They are awesome musicians, intelligent people, rock legends, future hall of famers, and one of the best, if not the best band to emerge from the great city of Los Angeles.

Of all their songs, “Killing In The Name” is easily their most famous, the song which defines them both musically and thematically. Not to mention the song concludes with one of the simplest, yet effective lyrics that capture what Rage Against The Machine are all about: “Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me!”

I'm so glad I grew up during the height of RATM's success, a time when they were dominating the charts and raising hell. Last summer, I was fortunate enough to see RATM for the first time in concert at L.A. Rising at the L.A. Coliseum (the picture above is of the band at the Coliseum a few days before the concert), which was a night I will never forget. Even if they never release another studio album, I'm happy that their relationship as friends and a band is rock-solid right now, and I know they will reunite for more live shows in the near future.

Rage Against The Machine will never die.

"It has to start somewhere...
It has to start sometime...
What better place than here...
What better time than now...
All Hell can't stop us now!
All Hell can't stop us now!
All Hell can't stop us now!
All Hell can't stop us now!
All Hell can't stop us now!
All Hell can't stop us now!"

Note: Rage Against The Machine’s 20th anniversary re-issue of their self-titled debut album, which is newly remastered and contains bonus tracks, is out in stores today. Standard and deluxe versions (which includes a DVD) are available.

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Psycho-Pirate-99 at 11:24 AM Nov 29

Great blog! I love Rage!

Threat Poet
Threat Poet at 04:48 PM Nov 29

I was so fortunate enough to see them live in concert back in '97. Fuckin' Rage Against The Machine.

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