Rage Against the Machine
By: Steve Metler
Teacher: Mr. Averett
Due: December 12, 2008
When I think of a band I think of someone who is in this career to make lots of money and become famous. When I think of Rage Against the Machine I think of a band that is dedicated to what they stand for no matter what the cost. They are involved with so many organizations, and have played numerous benefit concerts, raising funds for the people they support. It is very unusual to hear of another band that is this involved. Rage takes negative things and turns them into something inspirational, motivational and beautiful. Rage doesn’t just make music. The provide inspiration, motivation, and an awareness to the conflicts that surround us.
Many artists try to convey messages based on beauty and love or gruesome descriptions of death and misery. Many of the songs today focus on things that are unclear and focus on the past. Also they only provide a temporary image that is lost once the CD has stopped playing. Rage Against the Machine creates a clear and powerful image directed at the way things can be. They hook you in and make you see what changes can happen if you get involved. This band also blends in leftist political thoughts to its music. The themes to their music include standing up for your rights, fighting against injustice, and many other things.
The “machine” is the government, politics, economies, and the people who dominate society in the U.S. The band “rages against” the oppression and control of peoples’ lives. –Troy Echelberger
The band originated in Los Angeles, California in 1991. They released their first self-titled album in 1992. They released “Evil Empire” in 1996 and their latest album “The Battle of Los Angeles” in 1999. In 1999 they were named the Band of the Year and their third release topped the charts for eleven weeks. Their goal is to create “an incitement to revolt” and “a way...