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Compiled + Maintained: Gavin Rattmann rattmann@cts.com
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Update: 21 March 1998
Copyright(c) 1998 Gavin Rattmann

The purpose of the Rage Against the Machine Unofficial Frequently Asked Questions (RATM FAQ) file is to provide a resource for everyone who wants their questions about the band Rage Against the Machine, its recordings, and its activities, answered cohesively and reliably. Nothing here is guaranteed correct. It generally follows the FAQ format.

The document that was known as the "Obscure References FAQ" a long time ago is now contained in Section [7].

See Section [9] for information on additions, changes, usage.

Enjoy, and send your comments, suggestions, and QUESTIONS.


Contents



GENERAL RAGE INFORMATION
 
What is Rage Against the Machine?
Rage Against the Machine is a band who formed in 1991 in Los Angeles. Their first private performance was at a friend of Tim's living room party, and they decided they had something. They took their name from the title of Zack's previous band's unreleased second album. They played a few shows, and were almost immediately contacted by several labels. However, they all seemed to think the politics were a gimmick, and Rage didn't bother with them. Their earliest demos were recorded "before ever playing live" and were for sale at their shows, and they made and sold about 5000 copies. They signed with Epic after a short time, and their self-titled debut album on Epic (a division of Sony) was released in November, 1992 (see C-2). They toured in support of various bands and gained more and more recognition; their debut album went platinum; the rest is history.

However, it goes far deeper than just the title of a band, in the minds of many fans. Here is, in fact, a fan to explain:

Lee Smith phy4dls@cabell.vcu.edu:

"'Rage' by definition is violent uncontrolled anger. Rage is being fed up with the Machine to the point of taking action.

"The Machine is what we have come to know of as our governments, our politics, our economies, the people and corporate conglomerates that have come to dominate our society in this day and age. The Machine is the oppression of people everywhere, from Mexico to China to the United States.

"The Machine is the politics that keep the people out of power; keep the poor in their place and the rich in the lap of luxury. The polluting fuel that runs the Machine is money. The Machine has brainwashed the people with the media that they control, and now the people have begun to believe that the Machine is the only way to survive.

"Rage Against The Machine is a people's movement everywhere to try and push back the corporations, the governments, the empowered moralists from controlling our lives.

"Rage Against the Machine is about enlightening people, and changing minds and attitudes towards a brighter future for all the people of the world."

Did they ever break up?
Zack has said, "No, we never broke up."

Because of their almost-immediate signing with Epic and the subsequent touring, they didn't really know each other as well as they would have liked. So, they rented a house and one car in Atlanta to live together for a while to get ready for the next album, and they just about went crazy. They talked about breaking up, but decided that wouldn't be right and didn't.

Did they perform at Lollapoolaza?
Rage played in 1993's Lollapalooza tour. Lollapalooza is a showcase of various alternative bands and acts (at least it used to be) that tours the US each summer with a different lineup of guests. They also performed at four stops in the southeast US in 1996.
Did they perform naked or something?
At the 1993 Lollapalooza (see [1-3]) stop in Philadelphia, they got up on stage naked with PMRC (one letter per person) painted across their chests, electrical tape on their mouths and with the guitars feeding back for fourteen minutes and just stood there in protest. They played a free show a few days later to make up for not performing their music. The PMRC is the Parents Musical Resource Council, a group founded by Tipper Gore, that promotes music censorship through stickers and ratings on albums and other such means (see [2-1-2-1]). For those of you who just have to know, yes they were completely naked. Tom wasn't even wearing his hat. It was broad daylight; the audience got quite an eyeful. You can find pictures around if you really must see for yourself.
What happened on Saturday Night Live?
This is more than you ever wanted to know about the incident, from Rock Out Censorship's official statement, by Kenny Moore:

Many of you were left wondering why Rage Against The Machine performed only one song when they appeared on Saturday Night Live on April 13th. We hope that many of you, once you know about what went down behind the scene, will join us and never watch the show again, and to express your opinions in writing or by phone to Saturday Night Live and NBC executives.

As many of you know, the show was hosted that night by ex-Republican presidential candidate, and billionaire Steve Forbes. According to RATM guitarist Tom Morello, "RATM wanted to stand in sharp juxtaposition to a billionaire telling jokes and promoting his flat tax...by making our own statement."

To make that statement, RATM hung two upside-down American flags from their amps. Seconds before they took the stage to perform "Bulls on Parade", SNL and NBC sent stagehands in to pull the flags down. The inverted flags, says Morello, represented "our contention that American democracy is inverted when what passes for democracy is an electoral choice between two representatives of the privileged class. America's freedom of expression is inverted when you're free to say anything you want to say until it upsets a corporate sponsor. Finally, this was our way of expressing our opinion of the show's host, Steve Forbes."

RATM first attempted to hang the flags during a pre-telecast rehearsal on Thursday, SNL's producers "demanded that we take the flags down," says Morello. "They said the sponsors would be upset, and that because Steve Forbes was on, they had to run a 'tighter' show." SNL also told the band it would mute objectionable lyrics in "Bullet In The Head" (which was supposed to be RATM's second song). SNL even insisted that the song be bleeped in the studio because Forbes had friends and family there.

On show night, following the first performance, and the flags being torn down, RATM were approached by SNL and NBC officials and ordered to immediately leave the building. Upon hearing this, RATM bassist Tim Bob reportedly stormed Forbes' dressing room, throwing shreds from one of the torn down flags.

"SNL censored Rage, period. They could not have sucked up to the billionaire more," said Morello. "The thing that's ironic is SNL is supposedly this cutting edge show, but they proved they're bootlickers to their corporate masters when it comes down to it. They're cowards. It should come to no surprise that GE, which owns NBC, would find 'Bullet' particularly offensive. GE is a major manufacturer of US planes used to commit war crimes in the Gulf War, and bombs from those jets destroyed hydroelectric dams which killed thousands of civilians in Iraq." Morello noted that members of the Saturday Night Live cast and crew, whom he declined to name, "expressed solidarity with our actions, and a sense of shame that their show had censored the performance."

Because NBC is not a department of the U.S. Government, they were within their rights to run their show as they see fit by censoring Rage Against The Machine's performance. However, we as intelligent viewers and citizens have the right to choose what shows we watch and make our opinions known about how shows are being run. When SNL made the decision to censor RATM, they did so because they were worried what the sponsors of the show would think. They did not take into consideration what the progressive minded fans of RATM would think of their decision, or even what fans of their supposedly irreverent brand of comedy would think of their decision. This is a slap in the face to all of us. If it were not for the fans and viewers of the show, there would not be a show there for the corporations to sponsor. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to send a strong message to the suits at NBC that we as viewers will not tolerate programming decisions such as these. It is the nature of the television industry that if the viewers are there, the corporate advertisers will come. If some of the corporate suits get their feathers ruffled over some controversy, but the ratings are still there, other sponsors will be lining up to advertise with a popular show. However, if a show takes a noticeable nose-dive in the ratings, ALL the sponsors will be abandoning ship. To assist in sending the message to NBC that we will not tolerate their decisions to censor artist's free expression, we urge everyone to write or call NBC Viewer Services and express your "RAGE" at this blatant act of censorship.

Send your message to: NBC-TV, 30 Rockefeller Plaza, ATTN: Viewer Services, New York, NY 10020. Phone: (212) 644-2333.

What is the relationship between them and xxxx band?
 
Tool
Brad and Tom played "Calling Dr. Love" on the KISS tribute album with Maynard James Keenan (Tool) and Billy Gould (Faith No More). They called themselves Shanti's Addiction. Maynard does the "I've got no patience now..." interlude on RATM's "Know Your Enemy." Tom Morello is thanked on Tool's "Opiate" EP, and Tool is thanked on Rage's debut album. Also, there is this: Tom and Adam Jones, the guitarist from Tool, supposedly went to high school together and played in a garage band called Electric Sheep (with Adam on bass). This info is found in various places but I don't know the ultimate source of it.

Here is the info I have currently:

- A video, from MTV's Headbanger's Ball about 3-4 years ago, which has Tom and Maynard joking together about Tom beating him up in high school.
- A quote from Danny Carey, Tool drummer, speaking about the formation of Tool: "I met Adam [Jones, guitarist] through Tom Morello of Rage (Against The Machine). And I was living beside Maynard."

So when I see something from one of the musicians themselves directly saying if it was Adam or Maynard, this section will get quite a bit shorter.

The best Tool homepage: http://toolshed.down.net/

Pearl Jam
Rage opened for them on at least one date in 1992 and they thanked the group on their first album, and Brad may have played drums "with Eddie Vedder" but that's not for sure.

The best Pearl Jam homepage: http://www1.ixa.net/horizons/

Public Enemy
Chuck D, PE's "lead man," and the band are good friends. Zack has performed with him at various shows, and he is rumored to have something to do with the next album. He also interviewed Zack, Tom, and Tim for Rip magazine. Rage will hopefully be producing at least one track on Public Enemy's upcoming album, and vice-versa. Rage has also covered the Public Enemy song "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos".

A Public Enemy homepage: http://www.defjam.com/artists/pe/enemy.html

Downset
This is sort of an anti-connection, really. The bands share a lot of fans, and their styles are very similar, which has led people to think Downset is ripping off Rage because Rage is much more well-known. Downset obviously does not like this, and they had at least two separate songs on early 7-inches and whatnot, devoted entirely to ripping Rage and Zack. I have removed the lyrics themselves from this FAQ in the interest of saving space; no one cared anyway.

The best downset. homepage: http://www.downset.demon.co.uk/

Porno for Pyros
Stephen Perkins (drummer for Porno for Pyros) played "trashcan percussion" in the interlude to "Know Your Enemy" with Maynard James Keenan from Tool, and also played with Zack, Tom and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers during the Radio Free L.A. broadcast. Perry Farrell (vocals, Porno for Pyros) is also thanked on both albums and had a hand in their selection for Lollapalooza (which he founded).
The Prodigy
Tom and Liam Howlett, who puts together most of The Prodigy's material, collaborated to create "One Man Army" for the Spawn soundtrack in the spring of 1997. Tom created the guitar and Liam worked with it, each creating their parts across the world from each other over the phone. Tom has said he'd love to work with him again.
Wu-Tang Clan
Zack is a huge Wu fan and listened to them all through the 1996 tour, so they asked the enormous rap group to join them on their 1997 summer tour. The tour went very well, despite occasional weirdness on behalf of the Wu; on several occasions, they collaborated on stage. The RZA and Rage's version of "My Country 'tis of Thee" as performed on an early date in the tour was completely spontaneous, and they did it from time to time. The Wu withdrew from the tour about halfway through, citing "internal conflicts."
Snoop Doggy Dogg
Tom, Tim and Brad redid Snoop's song "Snoop Bounce" in the studio, for a Snoop single. I have heard the song, but don't know anything about the single. Feel free to mail me anything to add here.
The Alkoholiks
Zack remixed a track for them for their album "Contents Unda Pressure," and also played bass and drums on the track "Liquidation."
Isn't being on Epic hypocritical?
I believe Tom says it best:

"A lot of labels contacted us, and lots of them just didn't seem to understand what we wanted to do. They kept talking about the message of the music as a gimmick. They were interested in us just because there was a buzz... They saw us as the latest local rock band to be hyped. But Epic agreed to everything we asked--and they've followed through... we never saw a conflict as long as we maintained creative control. When you live in a capitalistic society, the currency of the dissemination of information goes through capitalistic channels. Would Noam Chomsky object to his works being sold at Barnes & Noble? No, because that's where people buy their books. We're not interested in preaching to just the converted. It's great to play abandoned squats run by anarchists, but it's also great to be able to reach people with a revolutionary message, people from Granada Hills to Stuttgart."

How can I contact Rage?
Rage Against the Machine PO Box 2052 Los Angeles, CA 900069

email: RAGEemail@aol.com http://www.ratm.com/

See Section [8-*] for more information.

Are Rage communists, or what?
This is a touchy subject. Tom seems to be, what with the hammer and sickle, "commie" hats, Sendero Luminoso support, and all, and he also seems to belong to the RCP, the Revolutionary Communist Party. Or not; until we hear from Tom one way or another we will never know. The other members of the band, I have no idea.
What does Rage have against sampling?
They don't have anything against sampling in the least. It is commonly thought that because of the disclaimer in the liner notes that they somehow disapprove of it. Not true. They are simply proud of the fact that they can create those sounds without the use of machinery aside from their instruments.

Note that they changed that disclaimer slightly in Evil Empire...

Does Rage hate white people?
Some people apparently think this. No, they do not. Rage is against all discrimination. Besides, how can a band hate whites when the bassist and drummer are white, the guitarist is half-white, and the vocalist is of mixed race? Some people just don't get it.
Tattoos on the band
Everyone but Tom apparently has at least one. Zack has Dr. Martin Luther King on his left shoulder. Brad has a huge swirly thing, according to him it is the number 3, on his left shoulder to his elbow and a lion's head on his right upper arm. Tim has a thick black armband above his left elbow and a tribal round thing on his right pectoral. There is also a green head with a red head punching through it above his right elbow; a huge face extending across exactly half of his back, neck to waist; and a large design over his entire left leg. The solid black color seen on the cover of Spin is probably body paint for the photo shoot, the rest is real. He also has a nipple ring in the Killing in the Name video.
I heard on the radio...
A common preface to moronic, unfounded statements. Haven't you been paying attention? "Turn on the radio, nah, fuck it! Turn it off!" Deejays love to sound like they know something you don't by spewing out rumors. Don't listen to them, listen to the band and press releases.
Rage should go to China/Cuba/(other "communist" country)!
Here's an excellent quote from Tom Morello to shut people like this up with:

"I am enormously proud to be an American. I would say that the things that our corporate-controlled government has done at best are shameful and at worst genocidal--but there's an incredible and a permanent culture of resistance in this country that I'm very proud to be a part of. It's not the tradition of slave-owning founding fathers, it's the tradition of the Frederick Douglasses, the Underground Railroads, the Chief Josephs, the Joe Hills, and the Huey P. Newtons. There's so much to be proud of when you're American that's hidden from you. The incredible courage and bravery of the union organizers in the late 1800's and early 1900's--that's amazing. People get tricked into going overseas and fighting Uncle Sam's Wall Street wars, but these are people who knew what they were fighting for here at home. I think that that's so much more courageous and brave."

What was Radio Free LA?
RFLA was a project Tom put together and hosted to bring politics to the forefront of commercial radio, at least for a little while. It was made available free to any radio station interested in carrying it, and was funded by Sony. It featured interviews with VERY prominent world figures, such as Mumia Abu-Jamal, Noam Chomsky, and Subcommandante Marcos. Between the political talk was music; Zack, Tom, Stephen Perkins and Flea collaborated to redo all the songs off Evil Empire in their own unique style. Beck performed and spoke, and a series of hilarious "edited" presidential speeches were aired. Also, several young activists spoke on behalf of youth rights and for the garment workers union; Michael Moore put forth some of his own brand of political humor as well. It lasted a little over 2 hours, and was cut off in some areas because of this. Tom hopes to put together another show in the future.

http://www.radiofreela.com/

Is that WWF theme a Rage song?
Sometime in 1997 a couple of "wrestlers" in the World Wrestling Federation who call themselves "Degeneration X" started using, as their introductory music, a song that sounds like a really, really bad ripoff of a Rage song (not one in particular, just the sound). Since there are apparently enough stupid people to actually think it was a Rage song and mail me about it, it needs to be said: IT IS NOT A RAGE SONG. The only information I have about who may have done it is, possibly, a band called "Sevendust." Although, if they did not do it, this could be considered slander (it is a really, really horrible song).
The Guilty Parties
 
Who are the members of Rage?
 
Zack de La Rocha, vocals/lyrics
Zack was born January 12, 1970 in Long Beach, CA and is primarily Chicano in descent. His parents separated when he was a child. His father was an artist (see 2-1-1-1), and he grew up with his mother in Irvine, CA. Before Rage, Zack sang in a very well-known hardcore band called Inside Out and played guitar in a band called Hardstance. He writes and performs poetry and organizes local shows in addition to his Rage-related activities. He is also currently involved in building a community center near his home.
Is Zack related to Beto de la Rocha?
Beto is Zack's father. He was a founding member of Los Four, a group of Chicano artists who created murals in Los Angeles and was crucial to the early Chicano mural movement. He had a breakdown in 1983, during which he and a young Zack destroyed all of his work. He then isolated himself in his house, becoming devoutly religious. When Zack would visit him on the weekends he was forced to take part in his fasting and other activities, generally very detrimental to a young boy. Beto has since reemerged and runs an ice cream shop in LA and has performed poetry with Zack. After experiencing his son's work, he has taken up painting and writing once again.

Beto's ice cream can be found at:

560 N. Westlake Valencia, CA 90026 413-7861

Does Zack speak Spanish?
Nope. I suspect he is learning, however.
Tom Morello, guitar
Tom Morello was born in New York City May 30th, 1964 and grew up in the Chicago suburb of Libertyville. His father was a member of the Mau Mau guerrilla army which freed Kenya from British colonial rule, see section [2-1-2-1] for information on his mother. Tom graduated from Harvard in 1986 with an honors degree in Political Science. Before joining Rage, Tom was in an LA band called Lock Up, which released a weird album on Geffen.
Tom's Mom
Tom's mom, Mary, is Italian and Irish and founded Parents For Rock & Rap (see [6-4]), an anti-censorship organization, in 1987. She recently won the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award for her work in the organization in June of 1996. She traveled with Rage when they were with Lollapalooza, and introduced them as "The best fucking band on this tour." She still does this whenever she is at a show.
The "commie" hat
To the best of my knowledge, he made his various hats that say "commie" on the front. He might have gotten them at Revolution Books in Los Angeles, but most likely he made them.

This is probably also a good place to say that underneath those hats, Tom has no hair. He had a huge 'Fro in college, but went bald.

Tim Commerford, bass
Tim's father is an aerospace engineer. He is the youngest of five kids, and his mother was a mathematician who died of brain cancer when he was twenty. He and Zack have been friends since elementary school, and it was Zack who turned him on to playing bass; he was with Zack back during the Inside Out hardcore days as well. He follows Brad Wilk's philosophy of being in the band for the music, but has since decided it is also about "education." He writes poetry on the side, and loves jazz music.
Why does Tim keep changing his name?
Tim was listed as "Timmy C." on RATM, then as "Tim Bob" on Evil Empire. He has said that he will change his name for every album, though he has given no reason why.
Brad Wilk, drums
Brad was born September 5, 1968 in a hospital/sanitarium in Portland, Oregon. After watching money ruin his father as a child, he tries to put minimal worth in material things. He became involved with Rage through his placement of an ad in a periodical, and Tom responded. He is in the band for the music, and is not especially politically inclined. He has mentioned a weird connection to the number 3 throughout his life, and little "3"'s are plastered all over his drumkit.
What equipment does the band use?
Many thanks to Rog Patterson, the band's production manager, for this (mostly) definitive information. There are still some specifics I don't have, but I'll get them some time. These may not be current past the 1996 tours.
Zack de la Rocha, vocals
*Microphones*

Audix OM-7

Tom Morello, guitar
*Guitars*

Tom's main guitar is a Strat-style body modeled after a Kramer with an extra-wide rosewood Performance neck. The hardware is from all different guitars. Tom also brings a stock Fender American Standard Telecaster along on the road, just to be safe. Other guitars have also been seen in various photographs and performances, but specifications are unknown. Tom claims they are all "mongrels." Note: The custom is the blue one, with "Arm the homeless" written on it, and a small red/yellow hammer and sickle sticker. The Telecaster is yellow. One of his other "backup" guitars has "Sendero Luminoso" written on it and is black and white. Also, this information is pretty old and may be wrong following all the recent touring. On the 1997 tours, he started bringing a 12-string Gibson SG along for certain songs, but any modifications or whatever aren't known yet.

*Effect pedals*

1. Dunlop Crybaby 2. Digitech Whammy 3. Ibanez (custom) Delay 4. DOD EQ Delay 5. Ibanez Flanger

*Amplifiers*

Stock 50-watt Marshall JCM 800 2205 Head

Tim Commerford, bass
*Guitars*

Modified Fender Jazz Bass Rickenbacker 8-string

*Effects pedals*

Marshall Guvnor distortion pedal feeds one amp stack. Whole stack switched in or out as required.

*Amplifiers*

2 Ampeg SVT-II Pro heads, each driving an Ampeg SVT 8x10" cabinet

Brad Wilk, drums
*Drumkit*

Pork Pie (custom made)

*Cymbals*

Zildjian

What other bands would I like?
Bands similar to Rage that are popular with Rage fans include:

Korn - 311 - Downset - Juster - Orange 9mm - Snot - Deftones

These bands typically share the rap-metal style, but have their own variation on it. Tool is also popular, but doesn't really sound like Rage at all.


RECORDINGS
 
What does xxxx in the lyrics to xxxx mean?
What was formerly known as a separate FAQ file entirely has now been assimilated into this one. It can be found as Section [7] now.
Rage Against the Machine
 
What is going on with the monk on the cover?
The burning monk on the cover of Rage Against The Machine is Thich Quang Duc, an elderly Buddhist monk. He is immolating himself on a main intersection in Saigon, Vietnam on June 11, 1963 to protest the rule of Ngo Dinh Diem, the American-backed leader of Vietnam who was leading an anti-Buddhist campaign in southern Vietnam. This action was witnessed and filmed by many members of the American media and led to the end of the Diem rule in Vietnam. This photo won the 1963 Pulitzer Prize.
What is that I hear in "Wake Up"?
Right around 4:38, some whispering starts in the background. Zack is reading a portion of a COINTELPRO document. COINTELPRO was the FBI's COunterINTELligence PROgram, which functioned during the 60's and 70's to covertly disrupt civil rights organizations such as the American Indian Movement, the Black Panthers, the SDS, the Women's movement, Martin Luther King, etc. The document he is reading outlines FBI goals to disrupt black civil rights actions and states, in part:

"Prevent the rise of a messiah who could unify and electrify the militant black nationalist movement. Malcolm X might have been such a 'messiah;' he is the martyr of the movement today. Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, and Elijah Muhammed all aspire to this position... King could be a real contender for this position should he abandon his supposed 'obedience' to 'white liberal doctrines' of nonviolence and embrace black nationalism..." "Prevent violence on the part of the black nationalist groups. This is primary importance, and is, of course, a goal of the Counterintelligence Program. Through counterintelligence it should be possible to pinpoint potential troublemakers and neutralize them before they exercise their potential for violence..."

And so on. The full document, and thousands more were made public only recently through the Freedom of Information Act, can be accessed in Ward Churchill and Jim Vandel Wall's book, _The COINTELPRO Papers: Documents from the FBI's Secret Wars Against Domestic Dissent_, South End Press, Boston (MA), 1990. Page 110.

How do I make that buzzing sound in "Bullet in the Head"?
Pull your amp plug out of your guitar and touch it to the strings. Note: if you do this with a high power system, there is a rare but plausible scenario where you could die. Electrocuting yourself could ruin your carpet, so don't do this. Tom has a special mechanism to prevent frying himself, but you don't. So be careful.
What are the lyrics to "Killing in the Name"?
These are not in the liner notes, for whatever reason (they are the only ones missing). There is no authoritative lyrics sheet that I know of, so if you have a better guess that what is here, send it to me.

Killing in the name of Some of those that work forces are the same that burn crosses (x4)

Killing in the name of (x2) Now you do what they told ya (x11)

Those who died Are justified By wearing the badge, they the chosen whites You justify Those that died By wearing the badge, they the chosen whites (x2)

Some of those that work forces Are the same that burn crosses (x4) Killing in the name of (x2)

Now you do what they told ya (x4) now you're under control (x7) Now you do what they told ya (x8)

Those who died Are justified By wearing the badge, they the chosen whites You justify Those that died By wearing the badge, they the chosen whites (x2)

Fuck you, I won't do what you tell me (x16) Mother fucker!

Evil Empire
 
What does "Evil Empire" mean?
Evil Empire is what former US President Ronald Reagan referred to the USSR as in a speech in 1982. Here is what Zack has to say:

"It's a title I thought was a bit [...]. Ha ha ha. Toward the end of the Cold War, the Reagan administration constantly tried to breed this fear in the American public by referring to the Soviet Union as the Evil Empire. We've kind of come to understand that you can pretty much flip that on its head to see that the US has been responsible for many of the atrocities in the late 20th century."

Who is that kid on the cover?
That kid is named Ari Meisel, and he is 15 or so years old. He attends (or attended) the United Nations International School in New York. The original artwork is derived from _Crimebuster_, which is (C) Mel Ramos.

At least, that was the info for that kid when the album came out. Some of it may have changed.

What is "_Crimebuster_?"
The previous information I had guessed on has turned out to be correct. Mel Ramos is a pop artist who teaches at the state college in Hayward, California. The original graphic was a painting that Rage modified somewhat. If you would like to see the actual, original painting, it can be found on the WWW at this location:

http://tesla.csuhayward.edu/~art/crime.html

What are all those books in the liner notes?
Consider it a reading list... and note than some of these may not exactly be available at your local library, though most are. This is the complete list of books, as compiled using both the CD and LP liner notes.
Title Author
The Age of Reason Jean-Paul Sartre
What Uncle Sam Really Wants Noam Chomsky
Play It As It Lays Joan Didion
The Black Panthers Speak Philip Foner, ed.
Power at Play: Sports and the Problem of Masculinity Michael A Messner
90 Years of Ford George H. Dammann
Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller
Live from Death Row Mumia Abu-Jamal
The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X (with Alex Haley)
Rebellion from the Roots: Indian Uprising in Chiapas John Ross
The Anarchist Cookbook William Powell
Race for Justice: Mumia Abu-Jamal's Fight Against the Death Penalty Leonard Weinglass
Hegemony and Revolution: A Study of Antonio Gramsci's Political & Cultural Theory Walter L. Adamson
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man James Joyce
Guerilla Warfare Che Guevara
The Media Monopoly Ben H. Bagdikian
The Fire Last Time: 1968 and After Chris Harmon
Democracy Is in the Streets James Miller
Joe Hill Gibbs M. Smith
50 Ways to Fight Censorship & Important Facts to Know About the Censors Dave Marsh
Bob Marley: Spirit Dancer Bruce W. Talamon
The Wretched of the Earth Frantz Fanon
Soledad Brother: The Prison Letters of George Jackson George Jackson
Killing Hope: U.S. Global Intervensions since World War II William Blum
Chronicles of Dissent Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian
Class Warfare: Interviews with David Barsamian Noam Chomsky and David Barsamian
The Marx Engels Reader Robert C. Tucker
The Teachings of Don Juan: a Yaqui Way to Knowledge Carlos Castaneda
Promissory Notes: Women in the Transition to Socialism Sonia Kruks, et al.
Johnny Got His Gun Dalton Trumbo
Marxism and the Oppression of Women toward a Unitary Theory Lise Vogel
East Los Angeles: History of a Barrio Ricardo Romo
Inevitable Revolution: The United States in Central America Walter ??????
Chicano Politics: Reality and Promise 1940-1990 Juan Gomez ??????
The Ghost of Chance William S. Burroughs
First World, Ha Ha Ha!: The Zapatista Challenge ???????
Culture of Narcissism: American Life in an Age of Diminishing Expectations ???????
The Aesthetic Dimension: Toward a Critique of Marxist Aesthetics Herbert Marcuse

If you can fill in the missing authors' names, feel free to mail rattmann@cts.com with the information.

What is Zack saying at the beginning of Bulls on Parade?
"Come wit' it now." It may sound vaguely like "Quit it now" on the album, but live it is clearly "Come wit' it now."
How do I make those cool sounds before Revolver?
That sound is made by a special guitar. One day Tom was visiting the Ibanez (guitar makers) headquarters and had a chance to test out a new guitar they were building. Apparently, while messing with the guitar, Tom discovered that when you put that guitar's pickup selector in the "in between" on/off position, this weird little chirping noise is heard and can be manipulated with the tone knob thanks to some weird defective internal pickup. Tom immediately bought the guitar and has used it for this song since. He is, in fact, using this guitar in the picture on the inside of Evil Empire.
What singles are there?
Note: This information is strictly for CD versions. There have been several vinyl editions of some of these, but until someone lays that info out and sends it to me, I will not try to sort it out. Be aware that what is presented here is not complete in this respect.
"Bombtrack"
The domestic Bombtrack single has the album version of Bombtrack, the "swing" version of the song with an extra verse (which later becomes part of Without a Face) from the BBC radio show "Evening Session" with Mark Goodier, and a live version of Bombtrack with a small speech by Zack about Leonard Peltier. Cover is red with a picture of Che Guevara, inside has a background of a building being knocked down with a wrecking ball.
My "Bombtrack" single says "Pinkpop" on it. What is
that?

Pinkpop is a European music festival that Rage has played at for several years. This special edition has a slightly modified cover and different tracks, making it into a sort of "super-single" because it has all the non-album tracks from the Bullet in the Head, Freedom, and Bombtrack single combined with the album track Bombtrack.

"Bullet in the Head"
Tracks are the album-verion "Bullet", a remix by Sir Jinx, and "Bullet" and "Settle for Nothing" live in Amsterdam. In addition to the standard CD formats, there is a vinyl version, with "limited edition" red vinyl, with blood coming out from the center hole of the record. Tracks are the album-verion "Bullet", a remix by Sir Jinx, and "Bullet" and "Settle for Nothing" live in Amsterdam.
"Killing in the Name"
This was a single that was only released on the first European tour, and is thus very difficult to find. Contains the album track of "Killing", plus "Darkness (of Greed)" and "Clear the Lane," both from the original demo sessions. The vinyl version has "white vinyl." If you know what the artwork is, feel free to let me know; I have never seen this record.
"Freedom"
The album track, plus live recordings of Take the Power Back and Freedom from the 1993 Vancouver show. The cover is black, says "rage against the machine" on top, and "Freedom" on the bottom.
"Bulls on Parade"
The BOP single has the album version of BOP, and a live performance of the Allen Ginsberg poem "Hadda be Playin' on the Jukebox" set to music by Rage. It is over 10 minutes long. The cover artwork for the import is a shot of a militia-style family wearing camouflage and carrying guns in their living room; the little girl is wearing a beauty pageant costume. The back wall is covered with hunting trophies and stuffed animals and the like. The cover of the domestic single is a simple drawing of a microphone with a grenade for a mouthpiece.
"People of the Sun"
There are two versions of the People of the Sun single. There is a domestic release, which has the album "People of the Sun," "Without a Face" (Live), and "Zapata's Blood" (Live). The cover is a black and white photo of a sickle, corncob, and Aztec-style feather lying on a gray background. There is also a European release which has a colored tint to the cover and different tracks: the album version of "POTS", and "Killing in the Name" and "Bullet in the Head, album tracks from RATM.
"Down Rodeo"
This is not an actual single, although it started off being the next one from Evil Empire in late 1996. The only track on the promotional radio discs is the album version of Down Rodeo; the cover artwork is a man and woman walking hand-in-hand through the bombed out ruins of a city; B-52 bombers are flying overhead. The artwork is supposedly by Winston Smith, who has done work for Green Day and Jello Biafra.
"The Ghost of Tom Joad"
Although it probably won't be made available for commercial sale, this single was included in the packaging for the video as a "free bonus single." It contains the studio recording of their version of Bruce Springsteen's song, see section [5-1-1-3] for more information. The cover is purple, black, and white and shows a policeman on horseback with a billy club attacking a group of people who are throwing broken bottles and things. A legion of police officers is seen in the background. Europe seems to be getting an entirely different version of this single, however-- it has three songs instead of one. In addition to the studio version of Tom Joad, live versions of Vietnow and Tom Joad from the Irvine Meadows show on the video are included.

COOL THING: If you look closely, the police officer's badge has a piece of black tape over the ID number. Officers do this when they are engaging in activities they shouldn't be; they don't want their ID to be seen by whoever might report them.

"Vietnow"
Contains the tracks "Vietnow" from Evil Empire, "Clear the Lane" demo track, "Zapata's Blood" and "Black Steel" from the "People of the Sun" EP. The cover is a black and white photograph of an older lady, seen from the back, carrying a radio and walking down a mountain.
What about other stuff? (Miscellaneous)
 
This record appeared in my mailbox...
A 7" 45 RPM record (vinyl) was sent to all members of the fan club. What fan club, you ask? Never had your mail answered three years ago? Well, it turns out Rage's manager was a jackass and the fan club address had become backlogged with thousands of pieces of mail. Rage dumped the manager, and sent this, in a packet with information on the EZLN (see section [6-1]), as a sort of apology.

"Fuck Tha Police" is taken from the Mumia Abu-Jamal benefit (see section [6-2]) in Washington DC on 8/13/95. "Bombtrack" is the "swing" version from Mark Goodier's Evening Sessions, on the BBC.

Another record just showed up!
Another 7" 45 RPM record (vinyl) was sent to all members of the fan club in November of 1997, in the same style as the first one.

"The Ghost of Tom Joad" is the studio version recorded in Atlanta, and the b-side of "Vietnow" is from the August 23, 1997 Detroit show.

What about soundtracks and compilations?
Rage is featured on...

Higher Learning soundtrack: "Year of the Boomerang" (see section [4-3-2])

The Crow soundtrack: "Darkness" (also known as "Darkness of Greed" and "Genocide") (see section [4-3-1])

Tonnage (Sony) compilation: "Freedom" (Live, see [3-4-4])

Insanity (Columbia) compilation: "Bullet in the Head" (Remix) "Bombtrack" (from "Evening Sessions")

And they also have "Bulls on Parade" from the Free Tibet Concert on the live album from that festival.

People of the Sun EP
This is a 10" vinyl released by Revelation Records, which is the hardcore label which released recordings by Zack's previous two bands. My best guess is that Sony couldn't release "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos," which has Chuck D performing with Rage, due to copyright reasons or something. So they went to RevRec. The track listing goes like this: "People of the Sun" (album track), "Without a Face" (Live), "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" (w/Chuck D), "Zapata's Blood" (Live), "Bulls on Parade" (album track), and "Hadda Be Playin' on the Jukebox" (Live). There is Zapatista (see section [6-1]) literature in the liner notes. This is essentially a compilation of the "Bulls on Parade" and "People of the Sun" singles, with the Chuck D track thrown in.
What is this double-CD?
Sony has released a double-CD set; The Australian version of RATM (although I don't know how it differs from the domestic version) packaged with "Anger is a Gift," which contains 4 tracks: "Year of the Boomerang," "Darkness (of Greed)," "Freedom (remix)," and "Take the Power Back (Live)."
What is "Live and Rare"?
This looks to be an official Sony release, though I have never heard an official word. It is a collection of all the b-sides from all singles up to People of the Sun, and was available as a promo for the Japan tour dates in summer 1997. So, it may be an official import, but the band MOST LIKELY did not have anything to do with its release, making it unofficial in some sense.
Rage Against the Machine: The Video
Towards the end of the Summer 1997 tour, the band decided they should put together a video, as they had a huge backlog of video showing the Rage live experience. They taped the last two shows of the tour, then added stuff from 1994, 1996, and all the music videos up through "People of the Sun." It is an official Epic release, and can be found at most music stores.
Who is that woman who talks about censorship?
That is Tom's mother. See section [2-1-2-1] for more information about her.
Various weird things
* During the Reading Festival footage, you can see some guy sitting on stage roll a joint, in the back by the bass amps.

* Brad alternately is and is not wearing a black shirt during "The Ghost of Tom Joad." You can see this type of thing again in several of the video clips.

* Send any more interesting things you may have noticed...


MEDIA PROPAGANDA
 
What is the significance of...
 
...the guy's face on the shirts, singles, and posters?
The guy on the Bombtrack single is Che Guevara, a leader of the communist revolution in Cuba and attempted revolutions elsewhere in Central America and eventually in Africa. He is seen on old TV propaganda from Cuba on CNN every now and then. He was a dashing revolutionary with a very romantic image. Rage also has the same image painted onto Tom's amp cabinet.
...the kid with the gun to his head?
The guy with the gun is General Nguyen Ngoc Loan, head of the South Vietnamese National Police. The kid getting shot is a Viet Cong terrorist.
...the woman on the poster and shirt?
This artwork is from the cover of _Promissory Notes: Women in the Transition to Socialism_, by Sonia Kruks, et al. (See [3-3-3].)
...the four guys with guns and hoods?
These are Zapatista freedom fighters. See [6-1] for further information.
...the "nuns with guns"?
The origin of this artwork is unknown, but Tom saw it one day and thought it was so amusing he bought the rights to it.
What songs are music videos?
There have been several Rage videos. MuchMusic in Canada apparently airs these videos unedited, while MTV in the USA heavily censors them. They are collected on the official video, up till "Ghost of Tom Joad."
"Freedom"
The video for "Freedom" deals with the case for Leonard Peltier, who was the leader of the American Indian. Rage is playing live at a small club for the musical portions of the videos. Throughout the video, the Peltier case is detailed with shots of Peltier, members of AIM, and a reenactment of what took place on the Pine Ridge reservation. The video clips of this reenactment are from the documentary "Incident at Oglala." During most of the video, quotes from Sitting Bull and general AIM information scrolls along the bottom of the screen. The video ends with a picture of Leonard in prison and the phrase "justice has not been done." See section [6-3] for more information on the Leonard Peltier case.

COOL THING: Brad plays with his drumkit facing the back wall in this video, as he was prone to doing in 1994. Supposedly, he felt like mixing up the stage scene that people are used to. After a while he set up huge truck mirrors in front of him so he could still see the crowd while playing.

"Bombtrack"
Due to the fact that this video doesn't appear in the official video collection of what they had done through Evil Empire, I seriously doubt it exists. However, if it does, this is what I have heard:

Supposedly, this video dealt with the Shining Path, a Maoist revolutionary group in Peru. The band is seen playing in a cage, in a mockery of the actual treatment of the leader of the Shining Path's captured leader. When caught by the Peruvian government, Abimael Guzman was put in a literal cage for the media to see, much like an animal at a zoo.

"Killing in the Name"
This video is entirely shots of the band playing live. The club sizes are larger than the "Freedom" video. In the beginning, they show a picture of Brad with long hair yelling some sort of obscenity at the camera. The video flashes throughout all the band members; towards the end of the video during the "Fuck you..." part, there is a fan on stage trying to jump off while a large security guard is repeatedly grabbing at him and roughing him up. Then, Zack comes over and starts getting in the guy's face and yelling at the much bigger guard as the fan dives out into the crowd.
"Bullet in the Head"
This video is more of the band playing live; however, it is an actual performance in its entirety. It takes place in a weird warehouse, with equipment lying around and sound guys doing stuff; Zack jumps between two rows of lights the entire time. The video's sound is the actual peformance, as opposed to a dub of the album track like most videos. It was likely made before the first album was released.
"Bulls on Parade"
An outdoor stage performance of Bulls on Parade from the Big Day Out Festival in Australia and a club performance in Sydney is interspersed throughout clips of young people organizing in the streets with political signs, military drills, flags, and other similar images. Several scenes show people scrawling things on walls and posting up propaganda. Various lyrics are flashed on top of these scenes in a scrawled sort of handwriting throughout. Antique-looking film is used with scratches, dust, etc.

COOL THING: Towards the end of the video; if you look really close, in the scene where a person in black with a baseball cap paints a figure on the wall, his jacket says "Libertyville" and something else. As said in [2-1-2], Tom is from Libertyville and wears the high school's shirts and hats pretty often. Looks like he recruited from his home town for actors in this video...

"People of the Sun"
The video opens with shots of a dead Latino girl; her arm starts bleeding and the blood shows the words "Trickle down." Statistics illustrating the plight of the Zapatistas are shown from a film projector being run in a morgue where the bodies of dead Latinos are stored. Military footage of US arms arriving in Mexico and the Zapatistas themselves are interspersed with this and shots of the band playing in front of a brick wall in about a 10 by 10 space. The version seen on MTV is the edited version; scenes of a Mexican worker being buried alive and trampled, and dead teenagers in the morgue, have been removed and replaced with military footage. The black and white documentary-style scenes of the laborer and the vaqueros are most likely from the movie "Que Viva Mexico" by Sergei Eisenstein, from the 1930's.
What songs have appeared in movies?
Zack has said that he wishes their music was in more movies, so maybe that is something we can look forward to.
The Crow
"Darkness" is heard coming from a car's sound system as it drives past the hot dog stand that the cop and the girl eat at several times during the movie. It is also found on the soundtrack.
Higher Learning
The earliest version of "Year of the Boomerang" is on the Higher Learning soundtrack, and is played when Remy is hanging his posters in his dorm room and when Malik is running down the hall. A differently-mixed, older version of "Tire Me" is played during the first standoff with Remy's gun.
Natural Born Killers
"Bombtrack" and "Take the Power Back" do not appear on the soundtrack, but appear in the movie. "Bombtrack" starts when Mickey Knox grabs the shotgun and starts shooting after telling the joke in prison; the guitar-picking intro to "Take the Power Back" begins as he herds the people out of the cell. It cuts off right before Zack starts rapping.
Are there any Rage bootlegs (rare and live recordings)?
Yes, there are nearing a hundred to the best of my knowledge. Complete listings can no longer be found due to the huge explosion recently, but there are several web pages which come close. Start here:

http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Towers/1823/propnet.html

Are these illegal? Where can I get them?
http://www.liii.com:80/~jek/amb-faq.html

This is the URL for the alt.music.bootlegs (newsgroup) FAQ. It has everything you ever wanted to know about them, and then some.

What ones are good?
Due to the fact that there are dozens of boots available, it really is impossible to pick the "best," but some are better than others. Ask around with people who know to get the inside track. With the recent explosion of boots from the latest tours, you should be able to find some good ones. Don't buy them unless you listen first!
LIVE
 
I heard a song I didn't recognize...
If it was in the last year or two, it was likely a cover. Prior to that, it was probably just a song they never released or a "reading". For a very long time, Rage didn't do covers at all on a regular basis. That is not the case now however. The fate of the simply "unreleased" songs is not known at this time. The "Demos" section is only here for completeness.
Covers
 
"Fuck tha Police"
By the rap group NWA, off the album "Straight Outta Compton". Occasionally played live, most well known performance was August 13th, 1995 in Washington D.C. at the "Free Mumia Abu-Jamal" concert. The recording can be found on bootlegs and the 45 (vinyl record) sent to fan club members (see section [3-5-1]). Officially released.
"Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos"
Originally by the rap group Public Enemy (see section [1-6-3]) on the album "It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold us Back". Played occasionally on the 1996 Evil Empire tours, most notably at Pinkpop '96 where Chuck D came out to do the vocals with Zack. Found on the People of the Sun EP and a few other miscellaneous places. Officially released.
"The Ghost Of Tom Joad"
A cover of the song by Bruce Springsteen, off the all-acoustic album of the same name. Musically, it was reworked considerably by RATM. Played at every show from 1997, with the possible exception of the secret club gigs. Recorded in the studio in Atlanta during the 1997 US amphitheater tour. Officially Released.
"Sound of Da Police"
Originally a KRS-One song, from the album "Return of the Boom Bap." This was covered occasionally throughout the 1997 tours, starting on the European festival circuit. Some may remember this as "that whoop-whoop song", as not many recognize the original. Not officially released.
"Clampdown"
Originally a Clash song, off the album "London Calling" which was released in 1979. Rage covered this their very first show ever, October 23, 1991. Unknown if they ever did it again.
"Readings"
 
"Hadda Be Playing On The Jukebox"
This song has been released on the People of the Sun EP as well as the "Bulls On Parade" single, but is still regarded with confusion. It is RATM's version of the Allen Ginsberg poem. This song was mainly performed live in 1993, where Zack would read from a book as the band backed him with a bebop/jazz soundtrack.
"The House of Rage" or "Rape"
The true name is unknown, if it ever had one. This song was played at the Universal Amphitheater at the KROQ Acoustic X-Mas on 12.12.93. It was THE only time it has been played. During this "song", Tom Morello did vocals, both reading and screaming passages from the King James version of the Bible while Tim and Brad thrashed in the background, to no true rhythm. The passages were, in order:

Exodus 20:1-7 Romans 3:10-14 Proverbs 31:10-15 Romans 3:20

Totally Unreleased
 
"Producer"
This song was done live throughout 1994, especially during the European Festival season and at the Leonard Peltier Benefit on 4.29.94 in Los Angeles, CA. Since that time, it has not been done. This song is regarded as one of the very finest original Rage songs ever by most everyone who has heard it, and it is very unfortunate it never reappeared. The name is definitely "Producer," as Zack can be heard saying it very quietly before the song starts on a recording of the 1994 Glastonbury festival show. If anyone has any information on what happened to this song, please contact the author at rattmann@cts.com
"Testify"
This song was played at the Universal Amphitheater at the KROQ Acoustic X-Mas on 12.12.93. As far as is known, this was one of the few, if not the ONLY time it has been played. Don't look for this song to be played again in the future, many of its lyrics later became "Down Rodeo". If anyone has more information, contact the author at rattmann@cts.com
"End of the Tunnel"
The only known time this song was played was at "The Medicine Show" on November 25, 1992. Although the music was entirely different, lots of its lyrics later became "Wake Up," so it'll probably never reappear.
"Hit the Deck"
I have very, very little information regarding this song. It was performed during their very first show October 23, 1991 in the CSUN (Cal State Northridge) Quad, but everything else is pretty much unknown. The title is assumed.
Demo songs
The following songs were on RATM's studio demos (see Section [1-1]), but otherwise have never existed. Note, these are simply the "fan names" given to the songs.

"Autologic" "The Narrows" "Mindset's a Threat"

Don't look for these songs to be released or performed live.

Other Non-Album
Several other songs have been released, but don't fit the earlier categories.
Clear the Lane
This song has appeared all over the place. First, it is one of the "Demo songs" from 1991 that was never really played live; it has since made its way onto several bootlegs, most recently "Vietnow." It is also found as "Get Down" on fan recordings, but the official name is "Clear the Lane." It will probably not ever be played live.
Zapata's Blood
A song that made its first appearance May 11, 1996 in England. It evolved over the course of the 1996 tours, and is a very different song than much of what Rage has done. It details the situation of the Zapatistas over an improvised groove. Although it changed often, the most well-known version has been put on various recordings several times. It appears on the "People of the Sun EP" and the "Vietnow" single, as well as on the video (in a shortened form).
Song xxxx didn't sound the same when I heard it live...
Rage has changed many songs since they were released on the albums and singles, likely to keep them interesting to play after 5 years of playing some of the same songs. This is a song by song list of the most noticeable live changes. Much of this information was provided by Kirk Smith kirksm@umich.edu.
"Bombtrack"
Tim helps on vocals during "BURN!" part.
"Killing in the Name"
* Often, back in the earlier days, before heading into the song, Zack would quote from Eldridge Cleaver's "Soul On Ice:" "They use force, to make you do, what the deciders, have decided you must do."

* Another part of the song has changed live numerous times. It has been done any of 3 different ways: "were the same that bore crosses"; "were the same that burnt crosses"; "were the same that burnt churches" (added on 1996 tours, relevant to the time where numerous chuches, primarily of Black attendance, were being burnt in the southern United States).

* During the "Fuck you...." part, Zack will normally salute everyone with the finger and the crowd back to him.

* Tim always does vocals on the part for "and now ya do what they told ya" as Zack does "and now your under control". The album version is just Zack mixed on top of himself.

"Settle for Nothing"
* At the end of the song (the louder vocals part), instead of screaming the part "if we don't take action now, we'll settle for nothing later" over and over, Zack will normally yell something similar to "if we don't take action now, now, now, now... we'll settle for nothing later."
"Bullet in the Head"
* Tim will often do vocals on the part for "they say jump, you say how high."
"Know Your Enemy"
* At the end, during the "yes I know my enemies" part, Zack never includes the word "ignorance" as is on the album.

* Maynard James Keenan, who does the vocals on the "I got no patience now..." part on the album, will do the vocals if for some reason he is in attendance at the show. If he isn't, which is the norm, Zack will either do them himself, or just let the band play without including them.

* During shows in 1994, instead of saying "as we move into '92....," Zack would use the following lyrics: "As we move into '94, bringin' the people's war."

"Wake Up"
* On the album, there is the part where Zack reads from the COINTELPRO documents, right before the "WAKE UP!" end of the song. This is never done live. Often, Zack will totally improvise about something on his mind, or else, he will just leave the rhythm section to play.
"Fistful of Steel"
* Zack often will dedicate this song to all the women at the show (as an expression of empowerment, not romance).

* Since at least 1996 or so, this song has had MANY lyrical changes to add a definite feminist theme to it; changes like "Mad girl grips the microphone" and "she" instead of "I" or "he." He also says "Her" instead of "The" in the song's final chorus.

"Township Rebellion"
* This has always been the least-performed of any songs off the first album. Beginning on the 1996 tours, the end part of the song ("...when ignorance reigns, life is lost") was often added to the end of "Freedom" to close out shows.
"Freedom"
* About 99% of the time, a concert is closed with this song. If you don't hear it, and they leave the stage, there'll almost surely be an encore.

* On the second chorus live, instead of saying "Brotha did ya forget ya name," Zack will often say "Sista" in place of "Brotha".

* The song will normally stop when it is time for the "anger is a gift" part. And that line is said MUCH louder than on the album, often screamed as "Your anger is a GIFT!" to the crowd. Typically, before the second "Anger is a gift," zack will often include the following lines: "Forget about yourselves, forget about your history, forget about your culture, and just buy, just buy..."

"People of the Sun"
* This song has been performed live since the band began doing shows. When Evil Empire was being done, the lyrics were completely reworked by Zack, and since its release, to my knowledge, the version with original lyrics has not been performed. The original lyrics were entirely different with the exception of the chorus and title.

* Tim does vocals for the part "It's comin' back around again".

"Vietnow"
* Tim will do tons of vocals on this song, every few lines. It isn't worth it to list them, there are so many.
"Tire Me"
* This song was first performed on the tours during 1994, and has gone through many lyrical versions (such as found in the movie Higher Learning (see Section [4-3-2]). An early version, performed at the Peltier benefit show in early 1994, didn't have any other lyrics besides "You're tryin' to tire me, tire me." However, the song has not changed musically at all.
"Without a Face"
* This song was first performed on the tours during 1994. First a nearly instrumental version appeared, but it was very short (30 seconds or so) and had a different bassline. Then, Zack added lyrics, although it still had a different chorus, which did not include the words "without a face". The song was then referred to as "White Walls" or "Across the White Wall" and had Tim singing parts of it.

* The second verse of this song first appeared in the version of Bombtrack performed on the well-known "Mark Goodier's Evening Session" from Europe in the summer of 1993. At that time, it was the third verse on that version of "Bombtrack."

"Roll Right"
* This song was first performed during the few shows RATM played during the summer of 1995, as was the case with "Revolver." Although the chorus was basically the same, the lyrics in the verses were totally different then.

* Starting in mid-1996, a new, more mellow and funky version of this was being played. The lyrics were the same, however, the music was much slower. From interviews with Tom, it seems as though the actual music played was sort of just improvised. This redone version of the song has normally been done just before "Freedom" to close out shows since that time.

"Year of tha Boomerang"
* This song has not been performed live since around 1995, though it was common in 1994. It changed little between the time it was originally done and the Evil Empire version; the original had the guitar-screech throughout the whole song, instead of just the chorus.
Stage/Setup Layout
* Normal band stage alignment when viewed from the crowd: Tim at left, Tom at right, Brad in center-back, and Zack everywhere. This setup has been the same in every single show, picture, and video. However, Brad played with his drumkit facing backwards for a while.

* Zack and the microphone stand: Zack is very mobile in his vocal performance. However, once in a while he will use a mic stand during some songs. He has been known to use it during the following: "Snakecharmer", "Tire Me", "Producer", "Hadda Be Playing On The Jukebox" (while he reads from a book), "The Ghost of Tom Joad", and "Revolver" (occasionally).

* The only prop Rage has consistently used throughout shows has been the upside down American flag draped over the bass amplifiers. It has been graffitied in various ways, and says "Failed," "Simmering T" and sports a huge circle-A (for "Anarchy") on the left side. Various versions of it have been seen, with other grafitti like "666" and "You've been tricked" and so on.

* For the 1997 US summer tour, Rage used large scale stage props for the first time, probably due to the size of the venues (amphitheaters). The back of the stage was a huge mural, with 8 boxes on it. The boxes had sayings and pictures to match. Several of these same boxes make appearances in the "Bulls on Parade video."

Who prays loudest? Who salutes longest? Who follows orders? Who is bought and sold? Who is free to choose? Who is beyond the law? Who dies first? Who laughs last?

* In 1997, during the break before the encore, a roadie would put a full-size cardboard cutout of the "Stormtrooper," the soldier for the evil Empire from the Star Wars movies, on the drum stand. It holds a gun, pointing at the crowd.

* In 1997, an introductory song of sorts was played with the stage bathed in red light before the band comes out. It was the "Communist International," better known as the national anthem for the Soviet Union when it still existed.

Miscellaneous live information
* Opening a show: Rage will open a show NORMALLY with one of a few songs - often either "People of the Sun", "Bombtrack", or (between 92-94) "Take the Power Back".

* Closing a show: Rage will close with "Freedom" about 99% of the time. Starting in '96, a portion of "Township Rebellion" ("...when ignorance reigns life is lost") was added to the end of "Freedom" to close out shows.


POLITICAL
 
Ejercito Zapatista Liberacion Nacional
The Ejercito Zapatista de Liberacion Nacional (EZLN, Zapatista National Liberation Army in the Spanish language) is a leftist revolutionary group in southeastern Mexico. It principally operates in the state of Chiapas, although its demands and influence are national. The members of the EZLN are primarily indigenous people from the Lacandon Jungle region of Chiapas, Mexico. The EZLN has around 12,000 troops, 2-3000 of whom are fairly well-armed. There are 11 general demands of the EZLN, as outlined in the 1st Declaration From the Lacandon Jungle; they are: work, land, shelter, food, health, education, autonomy, freedom, democracy, justice, and peace. The EZLN took its name from the Mexican revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata, who led the armies of the south in the Mexican Revolution, developed the Plan de Ayala (see Section [7-2-7-3]), and was eventually betrayed and killed. The movement was born just over 12 years ago in the Lacandon jungle.

Zack has visited the region to "help out" the EZLN on several occasions, and often wears a shirt with "E Z L N" written on the chest. Several Evil Empire songs deal with this subject as well. For further information, see [6-4] and [7-2].

Mumia Abu-Jamal
Information provided by Refuse & Resist! (see section [6-4])

At the time of his arrest, he was a prominent radio journalist and president of the local chapter of the Association of Black Journalists. Mumia was also a strident critic of Philadelphia's racist police force, and was affiliated with the Black Panthers. One evening in 1981 when Mumia was moonlighting as a cab driver, he came upon a cop beating his own brother. The street was full of people (the bars had just closed) when Mumia ran to his brother's defense, and after the ensuring conflict, Mumia was sitting on the curb shot in the body, his brother was bleeding from the face, and the cop lay dead. Following his arrest, he was beaten several times by police and was said by police to have confessed to the murder of the police officer. Mumia has always maintained that he did not kill the cop, and a number of witnesses blamed another man who fled the scene. Prosecutors argued for the death penalty by reciting his history in the Black Panthers and quoting his political writings. Mumia was to be put to death for consorting with radicals and upholding revolution. Mumia sits on death row because of who he is and the political views he advocates. He exposes police brutality and racism and stands with revolutionary peoples throughout the world.

Rage performed in the Mumia defense fund benefit in the Capitol Ballroom, Washington, DC on August 13, 1995. A bootleg of this performance called "Killing Your Enemy in 1995" can be found (see section [3-5-1]).

Leonard Peltier
Leonard Peltier was a leader of AIM, the American Indian Movement. In the late 1970's, at Pine Ridge, a group of FBI and ATF agents approached a building where Peltier and other AIM members were trapped. A siege and shootout followed where 2 FBI agents were shotgunned to death. Peltier was arrested and plead not guilty, however he would not reveal who did the shootings. He has since resided in the Federal Prison at Leavenworth, Kansas. There is an excellent film by the name of "Incident at Oglala" which details his case, as well.

Rage gave a free concert for him which raised $70,000+ for his defense fund, and give out information about the case whenever possible (see section [6-4]).

Evil Empire liner notes

Anti-Nazi League
PO Box 2566
London N4 2HG, England
171.924.0333

Committee to Support the Revolution in Peru
PO Box 1246
Berkeley, CA 94701
415.252.5786
http://www.csrp.org/

FAIR
130 W. 25th ST.
New York, NY 10001
email:
fair-info@fair.org http://www.fair.org/fair/

International Concerned Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal
PO Box 19709 Philadelphia, PA 19143
215.476.8812
email:
mumia@aol.com http://www.xs4all.nl/~tank/spg-l/mumia002.html

Parents for Rock & Rap
PO Box 53
Libertyville, IL 60048

Leonard Peltier Defense Committee
PO Box 583
Lawrence, KS 66044
913.842.5774
email:
lpdc@idir.net http://www.unicom.net/peltier/index.html

Refuse and Resist
305 Madison Ave. STE. 1166
New York, NY 10165
212.713.5657
email:
refuse@calyx.com http://www.calyx.com/~refuse/

National Commission for Democracy in Mexico
601 N. Cotton STE 1-103
El Paso, TX 79920
915.532.8382
email:
moonlight@igc.apc.org


LYRICAL REFERENCES
 
Rage Against the Machine
 
"Bombtrack"
 
"I call the bluff, fuck manifest destiny"
"Manifest Destiny" was the social theory in the USA in the 19th century which claimed that the USA and its white, Christian citizens were chosen by God. Because of this "choosing" they were entitled to any land they pleased, despite who already owned it (not limited to Native Americans; also including other countries), with the purpose being that they spread their religion of Christianity and their concept of "civilization" to the other, "inferior", people of the world.
"Killing in the Name"
 
"The same that burn crosses"
Referring to the practice, by the Ku Klux Klan, of burning crosses in the front yards of people they wish to threaten.
"Take the Power Back"
 
"Like the motherfuckin' Weathermen"
The Weathermen were a militant sub-group in the late-1960's politically-focused Students for a Democratic Society. The Weathermen were known for bombing buildings at various college campuses and similar activities to illustrate their point. SDS distanced themselves from the Weathermen after the bombings started.
"Settle for Nothing"
 
"I got a 9 a sign, a set, and now I got a name"
A "9" refers to a 9-millimeter handgun, a popular weapon with street gangs due to its effectiveness and relatively low cost.
"Bullet in the Head"
 
"A yellow ribbon, instead of a swastika"
A yellow ribbon is used, in the United States, to signify support for its troops in foreign wars. A yellow ribbon was most recently used to show support of US troops in the Gulf War, the focus of the song. A swastika is the symbol of the Nazi Party, now illegal, in Germany, and of Nazism in general.
"They load the clip in omnicolor"
A color-imaging technique used in television and film, similar to Technicolor.
"Sleeping gas, every home was like Alcatraz"
Alcatraz, known as The Rock, was an island prison several thousand feet into San Francisco Bay near San Francisco, California. It was a virtual torture chamber for society's worst criminals. A breakout attempt occurred there May 2nd, 1946, sleeping gas was one of the weapons used to subdue the inmates. It is now a major tourist attraction.

In addition, during the 1960's, a band of Native Americans who claimed ownership of the island took it over and held it for over a year. The conflict ended suddenly when the federal government used sleeping gas in a surprise attack.

"Wake Up"
 
"Standin' with the fury that they had in '66"
1966, the year of the founding of the Black Panthers, the most prominent Black Power group of recent times (probably ever).
"And like E-Double, I'm mad"
E-Double is Erick Sermon from EPMD, and they wrote a song called "I'm Mad."
"Hoover, he was a body remover"
J. Edgar Hoover, FBI director 1924-1972. One of the most powerful men in Washington during his time as Director, he formed the FBI into what exists today. He was a sworn foe of communism, and was regarded as one of the nation's leading patriots by many people. He was legendary for turning a blind eye to civil rights causes and rights-violations of suspects.
"...they went after King when he spoke out on
Vietnam"

Martin Luther King Jr., the US's foremost civil rights leader, assassinated in 1968. A pacifist, he was one of the nation's strongest critics of the US's involvement in the Vietnam conflict.

"Flip like Wilson, poetry never lacking that finesse"
Flip Wilson was a prominent black comedian in the mid-60's.
"Then I stick and move like I was Cassius"
Cassius Clay, now Muhammad Ali, was one of the greatest boxers the world has ever seen. In June of 1967, Ali was given a 5 year prison sentence for refusing to enter the US army on the basis of his Islamic beliefs. The Supreme Court overturned the sentence in 1970. Ali was the most notable figure in the anti-war movement to chose prison over fighting.

A second interpretation has recently appeared: Cassius was one of the conspirators who assassinated (by stabbing) Caesar in Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar," with their motivation declared as Caesar becoming too power hungry.

"...they murdered X, and tried to blame it on Islam"
Malcolm X, a leading proponent of black nationalism and the Islamic religion, was assassinated in 1965. He had been a minister of the Nation of Islam, but was suspended because of his dissenting views after a time. He formed his own group, Afro-American Unity, which became a rival of the Nation of Islam. His death is attributed by the authorities and his family to the Nation of Islam, but conspiracies abound stating otherwise.
"Fistful of Steel"
 
"Visions of the MOVE"
The MOVE organization is a coalition of black activists whose focus is the teachings of John Africa and who were under various forms of harassment from the Philadelphia police until their house was bombed by them in 1985. Mumia Abu-Jamal (see Section [6-2]) is affiliated with the organization as well.

If you can provide more in-depth information on this subject, contact the author at rattmann@cts.com.

"Steppin' into the jam and I'm slammin' like
Shaquille"

Shaquille O'Neal, a basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers, whose style is pure strength to force the jam from inside the key using his tremendous size (300 lbs).

"Township Rebellion"
 
"In Johannesburg or South Central"
Johannesburg, South Africa, focal point for racial tensions in the formerly apartheid-governed country. South Central, Los Angeles, California. A minority-dominant and profoundly poor section of LA that has garnered national attention due to the various rap groups and artists that it has produced. Intense gang activity.
"To the cape of no hope"
The Cape of Good Hope is off the coast of South Africa, and is the "horn" of Africa. See also Section [7-1-8-1].
Evil Empire
 
"People of the Sun"
 
"Since 1516, minds attacked and overseen"
1516, the year that the Spaniards arrived in Central America and began their systematic destruction of the indigenous culture and religion. They did not leave until several hundred years later.
"Blood drenched, get offensive like Tet"
Tet is the Vietnamese New Year. In late 1967 U.S planners decided to let troops celebrate over Tet, despite intelligence they had that made this a VERY bad idea. During most of the U.S forces were relaxing, and on January 30 the offensive began. At about that time 20,000 North Vietnamese Army were spotted at Khe Sanh. Troops were sent to attack, and all of a sudden 84,000 Viet Cong were spotted along 22 major U.S installations. This is what was now known as the Tet offensive. The U.S. beat back all of the attacks, but a physical victory was never the goal of the VC and NVA. Their goal, which was met, was to turn public opinion against the war. This was due in a large part to the fact that the newsman got caught in some close quarters fighting and had plenty to say about the ordeal. The film "Full Metal Jacket" by Stanley Kubrick has an excellent account of this series of battles (though it is not the focus of the movie).
"When the fifth sun sets, get back, reclaim"
The Aztecs believed that 4 worlds existed before the present universe (worlds = suns). Each one was ruled by a different god of a different element, and we are currently in the fifth sun.
"Spirit of Cuahtemoc, alive and untamed"
Cuahtemoc was the leader of the Aztec empire during the Spanish siege of Technochtitlan, in 1521. After the city's fall, he was captured, deceived, tortured, and killed by the Spaniards. This lyric does NOT refer to the mayor of Mexico City, Cuahtemoc Cardenas. This man was simply named after the Aztec leader.
"I'm the Marlboro man"
Marlboro brand cigarettes, whose primary advertising technique is a handsome cowboy on the range smoking a cigarette. He is known as the Marlboro Man. The original Marlboro Man recently died of lung cancer. This ad campaign will be eliminated very soon following federal anti-tobacco legislation
"City of Angels does tha ethnic cleanse"
Nickname for Los Angeles, California. California's Proposition 187's goal was to eliminate and deny all federal assistance to anyone not able to prove residency, primarily immigrant Latinos.
"Bulls on Parade"
 
"Either drop the hits like De la O..."
De la O was a dynamite/explosives expert who was a great asset to Emiliano Zapata in the Mexican war for Independence. Some notable actions were blowing up trains and making a particularly critical arms cache accessible to the rebels at one point in the fighting.
"...or get tha fuck off tha commode"
A "commode" is a euphemism for a toilet in the United States.
"That five sided fist-a-gon"
A twisting of the name Pentagon. The Pentagon is in Washington, D.C., and is the headquarters of the Department of Defense of the United States. The "fist" indicates the force often exercised by the military.
"Vietnow"
 
Introduction (Rather subjective. By the author.)
This song is one huge reference to the extremely popular, and extremely right-wing, radio shows hosted by such people as Rush Limbaugh, Watergate convict G. Gordon Liddy, and son of Ronald Reagan, Michael Reagan. Liddy teaches how to kill federal agents with "head shots, people, head shots," Limbaugh speaks about the "liberal media," "feminazis," and "eco-wackos." Other popular topics of discussion include: The evils of socialism and communism; the "invasion" of America by illegal immigrants; the United Nations as a Trojan horse for letting other countries take over America; the small clique of Jewish bankers in the basement of the World Bank in New York that controls the world's economy; the ever-popular black helicopters that are just off our shores waiting to invade; and the "coming Apocalypse" as written in the Bible (any minute now).
"Crosses and kerosene"
See section [7-1-2-1].
"The same one that ran around Managua wit a sword"
Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, was a large Indian town in the 16th century. It was then taken by the Spanish. In 1931, Managua was destroyed by a severe earthquake and fire, and subsequently rebuilt. In 1972 another earthquake occurred, resulting in more than 10,000 casualties. Much of the former city center has never been rebuilt. During the Iran-Contra affair in the mid 1980's, Oliver North (see B-3-d) and company funded the counterrevolutionaries in Nicaragua, based in Managua.
"Check out tha new style that Ollie found"
Oliver North, whose conviction in the Iran-Contra scandal of the 1980's was overturned on a technicality, now hosts an extremely right-wing radio talk show and has run for Senate.
"Comin' down like bats from Stacy Coon"
Former Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. Stacey Coon was one of the four LAPD policemen videotaped beating black motorist Rodney King in the early 90's. He was the only one to be convicted. The 1992 LA riots followed the trial (and acquittals).
"Tire Me"
 
"Colorful words for the Laos frontiersmen"
The "Laos Frontiersmen" are the Hmong tribe from Laos, which the CIA used and then set about to destroy once their objectives were achieved. The CIA used the Hmong region as a big airstrip in which to drop supplies for the Hmong rebels. When the helicopters and aircraft left Laos to return from whence they came, they carried poppies and refined heroin to other regions where they were able to sell it, thus funding their covert operations.
"I wanna be Jackie Onassis"
Jackie Onassis was the wife of John F. Kennedy and later Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis. She was the symbol of glamour and "good" for many people of her generation. An auction of her and Kennedy family belongings at Sotheby's in New York in 1996 raised millions of dollars for the middle-aged Kennedy children. Incidentally (or not, probably), she died very close to the same time as Richard Nixon, and Zack has said that "This song was written to celebrate the death of Richard Nixon."
"Down Rodeo"
 
"Funk tha track my verbs fly like tha family stone"
Sly and the Family Stone, a funk band from the 1960's and '70's. They were critically important influences toward the development of rap as a musical style, as well as the establishment of funk itself.
"Rollin' down Rodeo with a shotgun"
Rodeo Drive, in Beverly Hills, California is one of the most expensive streets in the world, where stores sell such things as three thousand dollar purses. The stereotype of Rodeo Drive's patronage is that it is predominately white. Rodeo Drive is where Julia Roberts shopped in the movie "Pretty Woman," and is a good representation of it.
"Plead the Fifth 'cause you can't plead the first"
In the US Constitution, the 5th Amendment gives trial witnesses the right to refuse to testify on the grounds that what they say might incriminate themselves. The 1st Amendment to the US Constitution guarantees the right to free speech, assembly, and press.
"My man Fred Hampton"
A member of the militant Black Panthers, Hampton was a 20-year-old Illinois state leader. He was gunned down in his bed with fellow Panther Mark Clarke in an early morning raid of the group's Chicago headquarters on Dec. 4, 1969. The attack, aided by the help of an informant/spy, was masterminded by the city's police force and the FBI's powerful counterintelligence program (COINTEL-PRO).
"Fuck tha G ride"
A G ride is a euphemism for a fashionable car, especially in hip-hop culture. Derives from "G" being short for "gangster."
"Without a Face"
 
"Jack for Similac, fuck a Cadillac"
Similac is a popular brand of baby formula, sold in powdered form (just add water). A Cadillac is a luxury car, made by Chevrolet, and only affordable to the wealthy. A popular car with drug dealers and gangsters as well as the elderly.
"'Por Vida'"
"Forever," or "For Life," literally, in Spanish, "Por Vida" is a phrase used most often in a cultural manner, as in "La Raza Por Vida," which means, roughly, "the Latino race and culture for life and forever." It is a concept.
"Mais [maize], was all we needed to sustain"
Maize is the strain of corn grown in most of South America. "Mais" is also the Spanish word for corn in general.
"Ya down with DDT"
DDT is a banned pesticide, widely used prior to the "discovery" that it is a class-A carcinogen (cancer-causing agent). The wipeout of hundreds of species can be attributed to its use, which still occurs in less developed regions such as Central and South America. It was recently internationally banned, but use continues where options are not viable.
"Path is Luminoso"
"Sendero Luminoso" means "Shining Path" in English and is the name of one of the leftist revolutionary guerilla groups in Peru. It was close to capturing the country at one time, but was put down by the new US-backed Peruvian government under Alberto Fujimori. It is treated as a terrorist organization instead of a political party by the governments of most countries.
"Headin' north like my name was Kid Cisco"
The Cisco Kid is a fictional Latino who, with his sidekick Poncho, was a cowboy in a series of old American western movies.
"Wilson's hand around my throat"
Pete Wilson, Republican governor of California, campaigned almost entirely on an anti-immigration platform and is a leading proponent of such measures as Proposition 187, which aims to cut all benefits to illegal immigrants. Prop 187 is being contested in the courts and is currently inactive.
"Another SS curtain call"
The Schutzstaffel, known as the SS, was the secret police for the Nazi political party and Hitler's personal guard when he came to power in the 30's through to Germany's defeat in World War II.
"Wind Below"
 
The "Wind Below"
The "Wind Below" refers to a book called _Chiapas: The Southeast in Two Winds a Storm and a Prophecy_, by Subcommandante Marcos. Marcos is the unofficial spokesperson of the EZLN in Mexico and the second section of the book is entitled "The Second Wind: The Wind From Below." The line "We in wit tha wind below," is a reference to the whole of the Zapatista movement itself.
"NAFTA comin' with tha new disaster"
The North American Free Trade Agreement, which was hotly contested in the United States political scene, allows for free trade between Canada, the US, and Mexico. Proponents said it removed trade barriers, and detractors said US businesses would ship all their manufacturing to Mexico because of the virtual slave labor available there. What has actually occurred is subject to interpretation.
"Tha Plan de Ayala's kin"
The Plan de Ayala was a plan made by Emiliano Zapata prior to the Chiapas rebellion. Its main idea was to give land to the landworkers. The slogan of the plan is "Tierra y Libertad" (Land and Freedom).
"IMF shifts and poison lips"
The IMF is the Internation Monetary Fund, which is associated with the World Bank and the United Nations and controls much capital around the world. It is reported that the IMF has sent military equipment, weapons and the like to the Chiapas area to assist the Mexican army in fighting the Zapatistas (see Section [6-1]).
"Tha fincas overseers"
In the jungles of Mexico, a finca is a form of ranch house or a plantation-style farm, where the workers are essentially slaves to the owners of the land. The meaning of this word has shifted quite a bit, and now can also be considered just a big house as well as the more traditional plantation meaning.
"She is Chol, Tzotzil, Tojolobal, Tzeltal"
Indigenous Central American Mayan tribes, nearly wiped out during the Spanish invasion. Historically and currently the under-class in Mexican society.
"Ejidos and Ovaries"
An "ejido" is a communal farm formed when the "campesinos" in Mexico, especially in the Chiapas region, take over a farm to form a collective. Basically, it is a Mexican communal farm owned by no one.
"GE... NBC... Disney... ABC..."
Major multinational American corporations and broadcasting conglomerates. GE owns NBC (among many, many other things), and Disney owns ABC (also among many, many other things). The Disney merger likely happened after the lyrics were written, and is therefore an interesting coincidence. GE has owned NBC for years. See Section [1-5] for information regarding the censorship of Rage Against the Machine by NBC on their program "Saturday Night Live."
"Roll Right"
 
"Shock ya like Ellison"
Ralph Ellison wrote "Invisible Man," in 1952. A fictional account of a black man in a white world, it is now regarded as a classic and widely read in the US school system. In its time it caused a great disruption because of the harsh truthfulness and the power of Ellison's prose.
"Gaza to Tiananmen"
The Gaza Strip is a narrow band of desertlike land along the western Mediterranean coast. It has been fought over by Israelites and Palestinians for many years and is a continuing territorial dispute. Tiananmen Square, in Beijing, China, was the site of a massacre of demonstrating pro-democracy students in June of 1989.
?? "Sickest stilo"
"Sick" is a word used to mean "cool" or "good" in the hip-hop culture. A "stilo" is a stiletto, a long, thing knife. Note, these are only guesses, I don't really know.
"Take 'em to, the 7th level"
The 7th level (sphere) of hell, as according to Dante's Inferno. It was reserved for the warmakers and usurers.
"Year of tha Boomerang"
 
The "Year of the Boomerang"
See Section [7-2-9-3].
"Dark now in Dachau"
Dachau was a Nazi-run concentration camp in World War II. It was the primary site for the grotesque medical experiments performed on prisoner Jews, twins, Gypsies, and so on.
"Grip tha cannon like Fanon"
Frantz Fanon wrote such works as Wretched of the Earth, wherein he denounced the third-world colonization practiced by prosperous nations. One of Fanon's most famous speeches was called the "Year of the Boomerang." In the speech he talked about the oppressor's force boomeranging back to destroy him in the form of colonial revolutions. He was referring to the Algerian War, specifically.
"Goin' out heavy sorta like Mount Tai"
Mount Tai, or Tai Shan, is part of the Tien Shan mountain range. It is the section that lies in China near the village where the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius was born. It is 5000 ft. (1,500 m.) high. In the "Little Red Book" of quotations of Chairman Mao Tse-Tung, Mao utilizes an ancient Chinese proverb to say that to die for the people is "as heavy as Mount Tai" and to die for the imperialists is "as light as a feather." This is in the section of the book titled "Serving The People."
Non-Album
 
"People of the Sun" [original lyrics]
 
"Testify"
 
"My Mao Tse Tung gets offensive like Tet"
Mao Tse Tung was the leader of the People's Revolution in China, and is regarded as one of the most influential communist thinkers the world has seen. He put forth a particular type of communism, emphasizing the agrarian peasant revolution.
"Do me like Mumia Abu-Jamal"
See section [6-2].
"Campin' like Hampton"
See [7-2-5-4] for information on Fred Hampton.
"Let Saigons be Saigons"
A play on the phrase "Let bygones be bygones", as in, "Forget the past, don't worry about it." Saigon was the name of the capital of South Vietnam, it is now known as Ho Chi Minh City.
"Wait a Ho-Chi-Minute"
Ho Chi Minh was the leader of the Vietnamese communist underground movement throughout much of the 20th century, right into the Vietnam war. He led the Vietnamese peoples' war against French colonialism for the whole of his life.

Any non-partisan additions to this section are welcome.

"Tune to the word of Jose Marti"
Marti was a Cuban poet and essayist, and is considered Cuba's national hero. Most of his time and energy was spent on political action to free Cuba and preached about how Latin America should unite. In 1892 he founded the "Cuban Revolutionry Party" and was its primary leadership. In 1895 he landed in Cuba as one of the heads of a rebels and killed in the battle with Spaniards in Ros Dios, in Eastern Cuba. There are monuments to him found throughout Cuba, in the same manner as Che Guevara.
"Plead the fifth..."
See section [7-2-5-3] for information on the Fifth and First amendments.
"Nobody MOVE..."
See section [7-1-7-1] for information on the MOVE organization.
"Hadda Be Playin' on the Jukebox"
I do not believe that I possess the knowledge of the 1950's-1960's that is needed to accurately break down this HUGE poem/song. If you believe you are up to the task, please mail me and we'll see what we can work out.
"Zapata's Blood"
The entire song tells the story of the Zapatista movement, and is quite straightforward. See section [6-1] for clarification on the origin, purpose, and goals of the movement.
"The Ghost of Tom Joad"
This song is based on the book _The Grapes of Wrath_ by John Steinbeck. Set in the 1930's, the book tells the story of the fictional Joad family. They lose their farm in Oklahoma and have nowhere to go but to California, looking for a chance to own land of their own. They make this journey with thousands of other families, and the residents of California resent the invasion. The main protagonist is the eldest son, Tom Joad, who kills a policeman after he watches his teacher being beaten to death by the police. He is then forced to leave the Joad family when the police come looking for him; the final verse of the song is taken almost directly from the book. The parallels which can be drawn between this book and the current situation with Latino immigration into California are innumerable. It is truly an American classic, and is recommended reading for all Rage fans (and responsible citizens in general).
RAGE ON THE INTERNET
 
Are Rage on the internet?
Tom is, yes. Tim and Brad, I have never heard one way or another. In one interview Zack said he was just starting to learn about the internet and computers, but he also said it could turn out to be a bad thing, because it allowed people to just talk about things instead of actually doing something about them.
Are there official homepages?
http://www.epiccenter.com/

http://www.ratm.com/

There are two; one at Epic's WWW server, which has some nice video clips and occasional news, and another at www.ratm.com which is run by some web-building company and is basically useless except for merchandise ordering. Rage sells its t-shirts for $10 and hats for $12 at shows, and the same goes for the large selection available at this site. Don't pay $16 at the mall when you can pay $10 here!

What is with that e-mail address?
RAGEemail@aol.com

It is NOT answered by anyone in the band, so don't send "You guys rule!!!!!" because that doesn't really accomplish anything. Feel free to send thoughtful mail there, they will usually give a reply.

Where can I talk to other fans?
I do not currently know of any fan mailing lists that are worth checking out.

However, if you don't mind putting up with much off-topic crap and weird advertisements, Rage has a newsgroup: alt.music.rage-machine It was started by myself with help from a few others in September of 1996 and is carried most anywhere. If this newsgroup does not appear on your news-server, you will need to request it from your access provider. This person can usually be reached at support@(your domain name here)>.

What about "fan pages?"
There are many, many fan pages, and I do not even want to try to list them. 99% of them are totally useless and consist entirely of ripped artwork and ripped information from other webpages, with no credit given.

TIP: If you are thinking of starting a Rage web page, and don't have something specific that NO ONE else has done, don't bother.

If you would like to check out a "complete" Rage fan site, which is a composition of other pages' material with some new stuff thrown in, you should visit:

http://ragesite.home.ml.org/

The Propaganda Network will make a reappearance sometime in the near future, as it has undergone many changes and staff shakeups. I'll add the address to the FAQ homepage when it goes up. Until then, the above fan page is probably the best out there.

Fan Resource sites
General Rage info: http://ragesite.home.ml.org/ Discography: -not currently available- The Unofficial FAQ: http://www.users.cts.com/sd/r/rattmann/rage/ The RATM Concert Chronology: http://www.radix.net/~wanamaker/ratm/propnet/index.html
The FAQ'S FAQ
 
The Guilty Parties
Mail your threats, complaints, suggestions and questions to me at rattmann@cts.com My name is Gavin Rattmann, and I am a high school student near San Diego, California. When I first got on the net, there were about 4 Rage pages and the original mailing list. Aaron Klink had a FAQ at his page (listed above) but I felt Rage deserved a real effort. That is when this thing came about. I took Aaron's shell (which you can't really detect any more) and spent a weekend creating it from magazine articles, interviews, personal knowledge, the mailing list archives, and the recordings themselves. Actually, the Obscure References FAQ (R.I.P.) came first, then this closely followed. First version was .1, which only the list ever saw. And now this huge "information compendium," as I called it in my college applications, sits before you...

Speaking of the list, the people on there gave me heaps of feedback on the first draft, which was extremely useful. Only a partial list of all the people who have helped me out with this thing appears below, and I wish I had everyone. Mail me to add your name to this list if I have missed you.

THE INCOMPLETE LIST OF CONTRIBUTORS:

Of very special note.. these guys are the BEST:

Gaz Jones gjones@cs.man.ac.uk
- For help with many discography aspects, FIRST Rage page on net, and has done the FAQ->HTML program
Aaron Klink
aklink@umich.edu
- Created original FAQ, some lyrical references
Lee Smith
phy4dls@cabell.vcu.edu
- For the personal observations in
[1-1].
Greg Yurkovic
yurkovic@sun0.muhlberg.edu
- For the list of Evil Empire books
Kirk Smith
kirksm@umich.edu
- For video summaries, mass live info, various stuff


Yazan Fahmawi
yazan@escape.com
Joseph Insane
jinsane@atnet.it
edwink@indosat.net.it
HOXTW306@bus.orst.edu
POSER@soap.rhein-main.de
bm916@torfree.net
George Morris
morris@voicenet.com
Nishant Taneja
dtaneja@learn.senecac.on.ca
Jason Bromberger
jasonb@accessus.net
Joey Simpson
simpson@ziplink.net
Roland Stadler
r.stadler@mail.tic.ch
Paul Andersen
pca@sirius.com
Mike Collins
x-phile1@ma.ultranet.com
Kenny Luong
slowburn@idirect.com
My Dad (Glenn Rattmann)
RedAdder2@aol.com
B. Rogers
Alexis Craig
Aidan Rantoul
rantoul@direct.ca
Matthew Atkinson
Matthew.G.Atkinson-1@ou.edu
Marcus Butler
marcusb@wsp1.wspice.com
Anders Quarfordt
anders.quarfordt@swipnet.se
Perry Fect
perfecto@usa.nai.net
Yannet Lathrop
Yannet.M.Lathrop-1@tc.umn.edu
Mario Ortegon
maortego@etzna.uacam.mx
Nothing@world.std.com
Peter Olejnik
peter.olejnik@odyssey.on.ca
justin@aris.ss.uci.edu
Dave Wanamaker
wanamaker@radix.net
Minuk Kim
mkim@adnc.com
Tripp Long <a href="mailto: