Son of a bitch!

Here are three things I Rage Against:

1. Loose Leaf Lettuce

2. Women (or men) that keep loose change under their breasts

3. Footloose–The novel, not the movie

I LOVE loose women.

Now, time to get serious and talk about Rage Against the Machine, and specifically Evil Empire. Even before the music this album had a tremendous influence on me. If any of you can remember the inner sleeve has a picture of books, one of which is Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller. For some reason that book, in that picture, spoke to me. It was because of that inner sleeve that I read it, and as it turns out it is my favorite piece of art (of any kind) of all time. So, I have RATM and this album to thank for introducing me to such a great book and author—the best ever in my opinion.

I think the timing of this album, it came out when I was a senior in high school, really lends to it being my favorite album by Rage. It certainly starts off on a terror with People of the Sun, Bulls on Parade and Vietnow. It really never lets up.

There aren’t a ton of really heavy bands that I don’t find goofy in one way or another, Rage is among the minority for me, Refused also come to mind.

RATM had a decent influence on my political philosophy, and I think they still do to this day, they might have also been the reason I read Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States. I guess what I mean to say is that they are more than just a band to me, Zappa, Cobain and Lennon have been that way for me as well but not with the same type of intensity, I suppose. Oh, and Katy Perry’s Eye of the Tiger—side note, she really doesn’t look old enough to have wrote that for Rocky.

I was fortunate enough to see Rage in Nashville in the fall of 99. That concert, more than any other I have attended, felt like a HUGE event. There were protesters outside yelling at us as we entered, GangStarr opened and then…..RAGE. Never before or since have I witnessed a whole stadium of people move in unison quite like that. I get fired up again just thinking of it.

Here’s one off Empire that always got me going.

…and the end of this track makes me feel like I could run straight through a brick wall.

I picked a copy of this one on vinyl used for 18.99. I think that was a pretty fair price, but I wonder who the fuck sold it back.

Maybe they were just down on their luck and really needed the money, BUT I bet if they would have tried they could have blown somebody for at least what they got for the album, so that kind of angers me. Speaking of Rage, I detest the Harvey Danger song Flagpole Sitta.

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