I feel like I just missed the Rage Against the Machine bandwagon. I think I was too young to appreciate its message. Sure, I like the sound of the first, self-titled, album but I don’t think I ever really sat down to listen to (or read) the lyrics. Now, I’m too old to care what the message was.
Rage formed in LA in 1991 and released their self-titled, smash hit, debut album in 1992. The very next year they landed a spot in the ’93 Lollapalooza festival. They released three more albums before taking a seven year hiatus. In 2007 they reunited and performed together for the first time at Coachella. They continued to perform festivals until around 2011. No word on what happens next. Everything seems to point to their done but I don’t think anyone has actually stuck a fork in them.
RATM went to number one on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and number 45 on the Billboard 200 chart. The album cover features the self-immolation of Thích Quang Dúrc from 1963. In 2012, a 20th anniversary boxset was released which includes two CDs, and five DVDs.
I recommend giving it a listen. At least, give the original version a listen. It’s only 10 songs long and might remind you of all the things you were angry about in your 20s. Or 30s. Or whatever age it was when you happened to be angry about everything. Maybe now.