GUERRILLA RADIO

Tim Commerford, Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Brad Wilk

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE                                       1999                                                                   Epic Records

The lead single from the album The Battle of Los Angeles.
Chart: #69 (#6 Modern Rock). Time - 3:26. Flip Side: "Without a Face (Live Version)". Released in U.S.A. Oct 12, 1999.

Recorded in the USA, Sep 1, 1998. Produced by Brendan O'Brien. Engineered by Nick DiDia.

Rage Agains The Machine feels they are getting out the word on common people. The song has been interpreted as about the 2000 Presidential election and media manipulation of it.....to a statement about the worthlessness of democracy in the United States.... to a statment that large corporations are corrupt and people can change this by electing the right people. - Larry -

Personnel

   Zack De La Rocha - lead vocals
   Tom Morello - guitar
   Tim Commerford - bass
   Brad Wilk - drums

TOM MORELLO - 1999 - Artikel

"first of all, it's a rocking jam. [laughs.] And that can't be discounted. But I feel that Rage Against The Machine has operated like a guerrilla radio station, broadcasting communiques from behind enemy lines since 1991. I think that that's pretty clear."

"[making reference in the song to sweatshops] I think that it's less a matter of personal preference and more that that's one of the more glaring issues facing us and one that our audience can relate to. The demographic that is targeted by the clothing manufacturers who employ sweatshop labor is the same demographic that buys Rage Against The Machine records. A couple of years ago when we were involved with the Garment Workers Union Unite ... Actually the video itself the sweatshop workers in the video are real union members from the Garment Workers Union. No one from central casting is in that."

"[making reference in the song to the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal] there was a tremendous victory just the other day where there was a stay of execution granted. So, it will go on to the federal appeals process where, for the first time in the history of the case, there will be the opportunity to have a hearing. And it's not going to be the biased Pennsylvania courtroom. There's room for optimism. In 1995, when the execution was overturned, it was in large measure due to the tremendous amount of national and international pressure, and so the same is needed again."

YOU TUBE STUDIO TRACK VIDEO YOU TUBE LYRIC VIDEO YOU TUBE LIVE Reading, Pennsylvania, 2000 Transmission third world war third round A decade of the weapon of sound above ground No shelter if you're lookin' for shade I lick shots at the brutal charade As the polls close like a casket On truth devoured A Silent play in the shadow of power A spectacle monopolized The camera's eyes on choice disguised Was it cast for the mass who burn and toil? Or for the vultures who thirst for blood and oil? Yes a spectacle monopolized They hold the reins and stole your eyes Or the fistagons The bullets and bombs Who stuff the banks Who staff the party ranks More for Gore or the son of a drug lord None of the above fuck it cut the cord Lights out Guerrilla Radio Turn that shit up Lights out Guerrilla Radio Turn that shit up Lights out Guerrilla Radio Turn that shit up Lights out Guerrilla Radio Contact I highjacked the frequencies Blockin' the beltway Move on D.C. Way past the days of Bombin' M.C.'s Sound off Mumia guan be free Who gottem yo check the federal file All you pen devils know the trial was vile An army of pigs try to silence my style Off 'em all out that box It's my radio dial Lights out Guerrilla Radio Turn that shit up Lights out Guerrilla Radio Turn that shit up Lights out Guerrilla Radio Turn that shit up Lights out Guerrilla Radio Turn that shit up 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