Rage Against the Machine

musicAlthough I listen to less and less terrestrial radio these days, with MP3s so accessible and my XM satellite radio subscription, my go-to station for tunes continues to be 102.1 The Edge.

Even before this past weekend's 90s Weekend theme I could sense a dramatic increase in the frequency CFNY would play Rage Against the Machine. It seemed like every time I tuned in the station I was greeted with a Rage Against the Machine track. If you're asking me, this is a good thing.

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During my last year at Michael Power High School, I adored that self titled debut album from RATM. Already a rap and rock fan who preferred politically charged lyrics, that album blew my mind. I can't tell you how many times I spun that CD - it instantly found a home in my top ten albums of all-time list and it might still be there.

Every track was killer.

  1. "Bombtrack" - 4:05
  2. "Killing in the Name" - 5:14
  3. "Take the Power Back" - 5:37
  4. "Settle for Nothing" - 4:48
  5. "Bullet in the Head" - 5:09
  6. "Know Your Enemy" - 4:55
  7. "Wake Up" - 6:04
  8. "Fistful of Steel" - 5:31
  9. "Township Rebellion" - 5:24
  10. "Freedom" - 6:06

And these tunes hold up to this day, dammit!

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Hobo Joe

Easily one of my favorite all time bands. I was a bartender for a lot of years, circa late 90s/early 2000s. It was a cool place where the owner let us run the joint, including the music. Many a time, I'd play RATM and someone would ask for Linkin Park because they didn't care for RATM. I like LP too but I'd ask how they could like LP but not RATM (musically speaking. lyrically, that department's not even close). In a nutshell, I've deduced that RATM weren't as commercially available as LP.

December 1, 2008 @ 6:09 PM

Toronto Mike

The cover alone is Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, burning himself to death in Saigon in 1963.

Let's see Linkin Park top that!

December 1, 2008 @ 6:15 PM

James Edgar

On my all time top 10. I love those guys.

December 1, 2008 @ 8:01 PM

Buffalo Boy Mike

RATM was awesome, the self titled is easily their best.

December 1, 2008 @ 8:20 PM

Mike from Lowville

When RATM first came out and my and the neighbourhood kids heard me playing this, it made me the coolest Dad on the street. Made the rounds to most of the kids in the neighbourhood and somehow disappeared. Had to buy another copy.(hard to find) Still have the original case though.

December 4, 2008 @ 9:53 AM

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