Friday Loud: Rage Against the Machine – Killing in the name
It’s Friday Loud Time! Today’s tune is “Killing In The Name” by Rage Against the Machine. This song was released on the band’s self-titled debut album way back in November 1992 (nearly 22 years ago). It’s still my favorite RATM song of all time and if could still gather up the energy to throw my 36 year old body into a mosh pit, this song will definitely motivate me to do so.
Rap Metal maestros Rage Against the Machine were formed in 1991 in Los Angeles, California in the USA. The bands members are Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello (who will be performing at the Bruce Springsteen concerts in South Africa later this year), Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk. To date the band has released 4 studio albums and have sold more than 16 million records worldwide. Since 2011 they have been in hiatus.
If you’re angry, “Killing in the Name” is definitely the song that you should give a listen to vent out your built up anger – the F word is used no less than 17 times in the song after all. The song reflects the racial tensions that existed in United States in the early 1990’s. It was released six months after the Los Angeles Riots (an event triggered by the acquittal of four white police officers who beat black motorist Rodney King). The song’s video did not get much airplay in the USA, but drew a lot more attention in Europe.
The song peaked at number 25 on the UK charts in 1993. In 2009 “Killing The Name” was the focus of a successful Facebook campaign to prevent The X Factor winner’s song from gaining the Christmas number one in the UK for the fifth year in a row. The campaign provoked commentary from both groups and other musicians and got widespread media coverage and the song became the first single to reach the Christmas number one spot on downloads alone.
I think that’s enough babbling from me, just crank up this song below if you’re in an angry mood. Keep your headphones on if you’re in the office though, you don’t want some funny looks from your boss.
Feeling a little less angry now? Leave a comment and let me know what you think of this tune. Feedback is appreciated and welcome here. If you’ve enjoyed listening to this song, feel free to share this article with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Remember: Sharing is Caring.
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