Oct 18 2011

Tom Morello & Michael Moore support Occupy Wall Street on Bill Maher

Declaration of the Occupation of New York City:

As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.

As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power. We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments. We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.

They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.

They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.

They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one’s skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.

They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.

They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless nonhuman animals, and actively hide these practices.

They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.

They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.

They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers’ healthcare and pay.

They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.

They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.

They have sold our privacy as a commodity.

They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.

They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.

They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.

They have donated large sums of money to politicians supposed to be regulating them.

They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.

They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people’s lives in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantive profit.

They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.

They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.

They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.

They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.

They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.

They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *

To the people of the world,

We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.

Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.

To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.

Join us and make your voices heard!

*These grievances are not all-inclusive.

Get money & lobbying out of the political system, both parties have become corrupt puppets of the corporate elite.

Rage against the machines Tom Morello & Michael Moore support the brave people getting maced to oblivion in the occupy wall street protests.




Jun 3 2011

Rage Against The Machine “People of The Sun” Lyrics & Music Video

Rage Against The Machine “People of The Sun”

“People of the Sun” is the second single by the American band Rage Against the Machine for their 1996 album Evil Empire. The song is about the Zapatista revolution. Lead vocalist Zack de la Rocha wrote “People of The Sun” after a visit to the Chiapas in southern Mexico. The music video for “People of the Sun” was nominated for a Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy in 1998, but it lost to the Smashing Pumpkins’ “The End is the Beginning is the End”.

“People of The Sun” has a wide variety of references, most notably the destruction of the Aztec empire by the Spanish. De La Rocha also refers to the last Aztecan Emperor Cuauhtémoc, who was tortured and eventually executed by the Spaniards.

Rage Against the Machine” were known to perform “People of The Sun” live as early as 1992, the only difference being Zack’s lyrics. A studio version was also recorded and has circulated on the internet. The original “People of The Sun” lyrics contained verses from their song “Fistful of Steel”.

This version of “People of the Sun” was first played on December 14, 1992, at the Whisky a GoGo in West Hollywood, California.

The music video for “People of the Sun”, directed by Peter Christopherson and produced by Fiz Oliver at Squeak Pictures, opens with shots of a dead Mexican Indian girl; her arm starts bleeding and the blood shows the words “Trickle down”. Statistics illustrating the plight of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation are shown from a film projector being run in a morgue. Military footage of US arms arriving in Mexico and the Zapatistas themselves are interspersed with this and shots of the band playing in front of a brick wall in about a 10 by 10 space. The version seen on MTV is the edited version; scenes of an indigenous worker being buried alive and trampled, and dead teenagers in the morgue, have been removed and replaced with military footage. The black and white documentary-style scenes of the laborer and the vaqueros are from the movie ¡Qué viva México! by Sergei Eisenstein, from the 1930s.

Rage Against The Machine “People of The Sun” Music Video

Rage Against The Machine “People of The Sun” Lyrics

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Yeah people come up

Yeah, we better turn tha bass up on this one

Check it,
Since 15 hundred and 16, minds attacked and overseen
Now crawl amidst the ruins of this empty dream
With their borders and boots on top of us
Pullin’ knobs on the floor of their toxic metropolis
But how you gonna get what you need ta get?
Tha gut eaters, blood-drenched get offensive like Tet
The fifth sun sets get back reclaim
Tha spirit of Cuahtemoc alive an untamed
Now face tha funk now blastin’ out ya speaker
On the one: Maya, Mexica
The vultures came, they tried to steal your name but now you got a gun
Ya this is for the people of the sun

Its comin’ back around again
This is for the people of the sun
Its comin’ back around again

Its comin’ back around again
This is for the people of the sun
Its comin’ back around again

Ya never forget that the wipe snapped your back, ya spine cracked for tobacco, I’m the Marlboro man uh
Our past blastin’ on through tha verses
Brigades of taxi cabs rolling broadway like hearses
Troops strippin’ zoots, shots of red mist, sailors blood on tha deck
Come sista resist
From tha era of terror, check this photo lens
Now the city of angels as they ethnic cleanse
Heads bobbin’ to tha funk out ya speaker,
On the one: Maya, Mexica
That vulture came ta try to steal ya name but now you found a gun
You’rehistory, this is for the people of the sun

Its comin’ back around again
This is for tha people of tha sun
Its comin back around again

Its comin’ back around again
This is for tha people of tha sun
Its comin’ back around again

Its comin’ back around again
This is for tha people of tha sun
Its comin’ back around again

Its comin’ back around again
This is for the people of the sun
Its comin’ back around

Of the sun


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Jun 2 2011

Rage Against The Machine “Bulls On Parade” Music Video & Lyrics

Rage Against The Machine “Bulls On Parade”

“Bulls on Parade” addresses the American military-industrial complex, a situation in which industry (the arms industry, primarily) urges government to take military action, with the intent of obtaining military contracts, to thereby increase its revenue. The idiom “bulls on parade” refers to a bull market. The symbol may also mean the muscularity of American responses to complex problems; we act like mad bulls on dress parade rather than negotiating or using less violent strategies. Also the verse, “They rally around the family, with a pocket full of shells” could refer to the composer’s belief that American politicians in both parties represent the family as an integral part of their policies, but in actuality they use this as a “scarecrow” tactic because they really have pockets full of ammo (“shells”) catering to the military-industrial complex.

The verse in the song, “Weapons not food, not homes, not shoes, not need, just feed the war cannibal animal”, refers to the military-industrial complex in the song. Another verse, “They don’t gotta burn tha books they just remove ’em” is an example of literary reference, alluding to Fahrenheit 451 and its author, Ray Bradbury’s famous quote, “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture, just get people to stop reading them.” With the words “Terror rains drenchin’, quenchin’ tha thirst of tha power dons”, the song suggests that fear of terrorism is used to manipulate the American population into supporting military action. The phrase “the terror rains” serves a double meaning, suggesting that “the terror” by the government literally reign.

The song is widely known for its popular guitar solo containing a vinyl scratch effect used by Tom Morello, done by toggling between two pickups – one on and one off – while rubbing his hands on the strings over the pickups and using a wah-pedal to create the effect that someone is scratching a vinyl disc. “Bulls on Parade” is also known for one of Tim Commerford’s more famous bass solos, during the second wah-wah riff, and right before Tom’s guitar solo.

The video for “Bulls on Parade”, directed by Peter Christopherson and produced by Fiz Oliver at Squeak Pictures, premiered on MTV’s 120 Minutes on April 14, 1996. On July 31, 1996 it was nominated for Best Hard Rock Video in the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards.

The video contains footage from the Sydney Big Day Out (25th of Jan, 1996) and their side show at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney (27th of Jan, 1996). Throughout the video shots of young people protesting in the streets with political signs, military drills, flags, and other similar images are montaged together. An antique-style film is used which promotes scratches, dust and film grain. Several scenes show people wrapping ‘Evil Empire’ banners on walls, telephone posts and posting up other propaganda posters designed by Barbara Kruger. There is a scene where a character wearing a black “Libertyville” jacket with a baseball cap is painted by the renowned Phantom Street Artist Joey Krebs who paints his iconoclastic figures on city walls. This is the actual portrait created by the street artist of Tom Morello himself. Various lyrics are flashed on top of these scenes in a scrawled sort of chicken-scratch throughout.

Rage Against The Machine “Bulls On Parade” Music Video

Rage Against The Machine “Bulls On Parade” Lyrics

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Come wit it now!
Come wit it now!
The microphone explodes, shattering the molds
Either drop tha hits like de la O or get tha fuck off tha commode
Wit tha sure shot, sure ta make tha bodies drop
Drop an don’t copy yo, don’t call this a co-op
Terror rains drenchin’, quenchin’ tha thirst of tha power dons
That five sided fist-a-gon
Tha rotten sore on tha face of mother earth gets bigger
Tha triggers cold empty ya purse

Rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells

Weapons not food, not homes, not shoes
Not need, just feed the war cannibal animal
I walk tha corner to tha rubble that used to be a library
Line up to tha mind cemetary now
What we don’t know keeps tha contracts alive an movin’
They don’t gotta burn tha books they just remove ’em
While arms warehouses fill as quick as tha cells
Rally round tha family, pockets full of shells

Rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells
They rally round tha family! With a pocket full of shells

Bulls on parade

Come wit it now!
Come wit it now!
Bulls on parade!
Bulls on parade!
Bulls on parade!
Bulls on parade!
Bulls on parade!


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Jun 1 2011

Rage Against The Machine “Bombtrack” Music Video & Lyrics

Rage Against The Machine “Bombtrack”

“Bombtrack” is the song by Rage Against the Machine that opens their self-titled debut album. Like most of Rage Against the Machine’s songs, the song’s lyrics discuss social inequality, proclaiming that “landlords and power whores” were going to “burn”. The intro riff was composed by Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello when he was playing with the band Lock Up, and, upon hearing it, they told him it was too “heavy”. Impressed by their song, Rage Against The Machine named it Bombtrack in reference to hip hop terminology in which the word ‘bomb’ means ‘the greatest’.

Rage Against The Machine’s music video for “Bombtrack” features the oppressive Government of Peru which was backed by the U.S. The video exposes some of the crimes committed by the Peruvian Government. Enjoy this video.

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Rage Against The Machine Bombtrack Lyrics

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Ughh!
Hey yo, it’s just another bombtrack…ughh!
Hey yo, it’s just another bombtrack…yeah!
It goes a-1, 2, 3…

Yeah, it’s just another bombtrack
And suckas be thinkin’ that they can fake this
But I’m gonna drop it at a higher level
‘Cause I’m inclined to stoop down
Hand out some beat-downs
Cold runna train on punk ho’s that
Think they run the game

But I learned to burn that bridge and delete
Those who compete…at a level that’s obsolete
Instead I warm my hands upon the flames of the flag
To recall the downfall
And the businesses that burned us all
See through the news and the views that twist reality

Enough
I call the bluff
Fuck Manifest destiny

Landlords and power whores
On my people they took turns
Dispute the suits I ignite
And then watch ’em burn

With the thoughts from a militant mind
Hardline, hardline after hardline

Landlords and power whores
On my people they took turns
Dispute the suits I ignite
And then watch ’em burn

Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn
Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn
Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn
Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn

Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn
Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn
Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn
Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn

It goes a-1, 2, 3
Another funky radical bombtrack
Started as a sketch in my notebook
And now dope hooks make punks take another look
My mind ya hear and ya begin to fear
That ya card will get pulled if ya interfere

With the thoughts from a militant militant mind
Hardline, hardline after hardline

Landlords and power whores
On my people they took turns
Dispute the suits I ignite
And then watch ’em burn

Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn
Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn
Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn
Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn
Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn
Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn
Burn, burn, yes ya gonna burn
urrrrrrrrr


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May 31 2011

Rage Against The Machine “Testify” Music Video & Lyrics

Rage Against The Machine “Testify”

Rage Against The Machine’s song “Testify” about misrepresentation of world events by the US media. News anchors relay lies into the homes of Americans because that’s all the Americans, being empty people whose only concerns are the media’s showcase of glamour and gossip, can handle. The only way for people to survive is through the opiates that they partake of every day in the form of celebrities and media. It uses the party slogan for the Oceania government in the book 1984: “Who controls the past, controls the future. Who controls the present, controls the past.”

Rage Against The Machine’s music video for “Testify” features the Presidential Race of 2000 and shows Al Gore and George Bush where basically the same person as they said the same things. Michael Moore directed this video.

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Rage Against The Machine “Testify”

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The movie ran through me
The glamour subdued me
The tabloid untied me
I’m empty please fill me
Mister anchor assure me
That Baghdad is burning
Your voice it is so soothing
That cunning mantra of killing
I need you my witness
To dress this up so bloodless
To numb me and purge me now
Of thoughts of blaming you
Yes the car is our wheelchair
My witness your coughing
Oily silence mocks the legless boys
Who travel now in coffins
On the corner
The jury’s sleepless
We found your weakness
And it’s right outside your door

Now testify
Now testify
It’s right outside your door
Now testify
Yes testify
Its right outside your door

With precision you feed me
My witness I’m hungry
Your temple it calms me
So I can carry on
My slaving sweating the skin right off my bones
On a bed of fire I’m choking on the smoke that fills my home
The wrecking ball is rushing
Witness your blushing
The pipeline is gushing
While here we lie in tombs
While on the corner
The jury’s sleepless
We found your weakness
And it’s right outside your door

Now testify
Yeah testify
It’s right outside your door
Now testify
Now testify
It’s right outside your door

Mass graves for the pump and the price is set
And the price is set
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set
And the price is set
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set
And the price is set
Mass graves for the pump and the price is set
And the price is set

Who controls the past now controls the future
Who controls the present now controls the past
Who controls the past now controls the future
Who controls the present now?

Now testify
Testify
It’s right outside your door
Now testify
Testify
It’s right outside your door


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May 29 2011

Rage Against The Machine “Sleep Now In The Fire” Lyrics and Music Video

Rage Against The Machine Sleep Now In The Fire

The music video for the song which was directed by Michael Moore with cinematography by Welles Hackett, features the band playing in front of the New York Stock Exchange, intercut with scenes from a satire of the popular television game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire which is named “Who Wants to Be Filthy F#&%ing Rich”. Quoted at the end of the song is Republican politician Gary Bauer stating that, “a band called ‘The Machine Rages On’ – er – ‘Rage Against the Machine’, that band is anti-family and it’s pro-terrorist”, following an incident outside of fellow Republican Alan Keyes’ 2000 primary campaign town hall event, where Keyes jumped into a mosh pit formed while Rage Against the Machine was playing. Actor Garrett Wang is briefly seen in the video enjoying the music.

The shoot for the music video on January 26, 2000, caused the doors of the New York Stock Exchange to be closed. In fact, the Stock Exchange locked its doors mid-day in response to fears of crowds gathering to watch the filming. This was not recorded as a closure as trading on the exchange floor continued uninterrupted.

“We decided to shoot this video in the belly of the beast”, said Moore, who was detained by police for an hour and threatened with arrest during the shooting of the video, as the band had a permit that allowed them on the premises, but did not have a sound permit. The band was escorted from the site by security, after band members attempted to gain entry into the Exchange.

The video was nominated at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Rock Video but lost to Limp Bizkit’s “Break Stuff”, causing the infamous incident where bassist Tim Commerford climbed a large piece of the award show set in protest of losing to Limp Bizkit.

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Rage Against The Machine Sleep Now In The Fire Lyrics

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YEAAAH!

The world is my expense
The cost of my desire
Jesus blessed me with its future
And I protect it with fire
So raise your fists and march around
Dont dare take what you need
I’ll jail and bury those committed
And smother the rest in greed
Crawl with me into tomorrow
Or i’ll drag you to your grave
I’m deep inside your children
They’ll betray you in my name

Hey!
Hey!
Sleep now in the fire

Hey!
Hey!
Sleep now in the fire

The lie is my expense
The scope with my desire
The party blessed me with its future
And i protect it with fire
I am the nina, the pinta, the santa maria
The noose and the rapist, the fields overseer
The agents of orange
The priests of hiroshima
The cost of my desire
Sleep now in the fire

Hey!
Hey!
Sleep now in the fire

Hey!
Hey!
Sleep now in the fire

For it’s the end of history
It’s caged and frozen still
There is no other pill to take
So swallow the one
That makes you ill
The nina, the pinta, the santa maria
The noose and the rapist, the fields’ overseer
The agents of orange
The priests of hiroshima
The cost of my desire
Sleep now in the fire

YEAAAH!

Sleep now in the fire!
Sleep now in the fire!
Sleep now in the fire!
Sleep now in the fire!


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May 28 2011

Rage Against The Machine “No Shelter” Music Video & Lyrics

Rage Against The Machine “No Shelter”

“No Shelter” is a politically charged song released by Rage Against the Machine in 1998 that was featured on the Godzilla soundtrack. It can also be found as a bonus track on the Australian and Japanese release of The Battle of Los Angeles in 1999. The song is about how the mass media distract the public from more important issues in the world and manipulate people’s minds.

The song discusses consumerism and criticizes the feigned rebelliousness of teenaged consumerism, mentioning Nike and Coca-Cola particularly. Its central theme, however, is media control over public sentiment. In particular it attacks the historical accuracy of Steven Spielberg’s film Amistad.
Despite appearing on the Godzilla soundtrack, the song contains the following line attacking the film series:

“Godzilla, pure motherfucking filler, get your eyes off the real killer.”

This video has a retro, 1920s “Golden Age” theme. It resembles the Industrial Revolution with scenes of workers in assembly lines, while company owners oversee the operations. The band plays throughout the video in a room that seems to be part of an abandoned building or factory. In the “board room”, executives and developers plot out a sort of “helmet” with a video screen that covers the face. They experiment by putting the helmet on a teenager who is perturbed and upset. The video screen displays a mouth smiling. The executives declare the helmet a success, and shake hands. They take the teenager away in a van, and kill him in a remote area. Because the song was released for the 1998 film Godzilla, satirical “spoofs” of the movie’s phrase “Size does matter” appear on billboards in the city scenes. They are:

  • “Mumia Abu-Jamal’s cell is this big” (a tiny cell) — “Justice does matter!”
  • “The crater at Hiroshima would stretch from here”… (zooms out to other end of city)… “to here.” — “History does matter!”
  • “Babies born into poverty in the U.S. each year would fill this building” (large building) — “Inequality does matter!”
  • “Land stolen from Mexico equals five states” (darken area of US map, covering from California to Texas) — “Imperialism matters!”

Interspersed throughout is a montage depicting the impending execution of Sacco and Vanzetti; the video ends with the executioner throwing the switch to their electric chairs.

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Rage Against The Machine “No Shelter” Lyrics

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The main attraction, distraction
got ya number than number than numb
Empty ya pockets son, they got you thinkin that
What ya need is what they sellin
Make you think that buyin is rebellin’
From the theaters to malls on every shore
The thin line between entertainment and war
The frontline is everywhere, there be no shelter here
Spielberg the nightmare works so push it far
Amistad was a whip, the truth feather to tar
Memories erased and burned to scar
Trade in ya history for a VCR

Cinema, simulated life, ill drama
Fourth reich culture, Americana
Chained to the dream they got ya searchin for
The thin line between entertainment and war

There’ll be no shelter here!
The frontline is everywhere
There’ll be no shelter here!
The frontline is everywhere
There’ll be no shelter here!
The frontline is everywhere
There’ll be no shelter here!
The frontline is everywhere

Hospitals not profit full
The market bull’s got pockets full
To advertise some hip disguise
View the world from American eyes
Tha poor adore keep feeding for more
Tha thin line between entertainment and war
fix the need, develop the taste
Buy the products or get laid to waste
Coca-Cola was back in the veins in Saigon
In Rambo 2, he got a dope pair of Nikes on
Godzilla pure motherfuckin’ filler
Get your eyes off the real killer

Cinema, simulated life, ill drama
Fourth reich culture, Americana
Chained to the dream they got you searchin for
Tha thin line between entertainment and war

There’ll be no shelter here!
The frontline is everywhere
There’ll be no shelter here!
The frontline is everywhere
There’ll be no shelter here!
The frontline is everywhere
There’ll be no shelter here!
The frontline is everywhere

American eyes, American eyes
View the world from American eyes
Bury the past, rob us blind
And leave nothin behind

American eyes, American eyes
View the world from American eyes
Bury the past, rob us blind
And leave nothin behind

Just stare!
Just stare!
Just stare!
Just stare!

and live the nightmare!


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May 27 2011

Rage Against The Machine Guerrilla Radio Music Video & Lyrics

Rage Against The Machine “Guerrilla Radio”

Rage Against The Machine’s “Guerrilla Radio” is the second track from the 1999 album The Battle of Los Angeles by the band Rage Against the Machine. The band won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance for this song. It has remained one of their signature tracks.

Rage Against The Machine “Guerrilla Radio” music video was shot by production company Squeak Pictures in Los Angeles in October 1999 and directed by Honey, i.e., the husband-and-wife directorial team of Laura Kelly and Nicholas Brooks. The video which, among others, touches upon the exploitation of garment workers, parodies the popular late ’90s Gap commercials directed by Pedro Romhanyi. These ads featured attractive young people singing songs while against a white backdrop, wearing Gap clothing. The phrase “everybody in denial” (the ‘denial’ being Gap brand leather, vests, etc) then flashes loudly across the screen.

Guerrilla Radio’s music video begins with bland, generic, elevator music being played. There are shots of sweatshop workers (UNITE! union members playing themselves) at their tables, against a white backdrop. Shortly, the phrase “everybody in denial” is flashed on screen. The band is then seen standing against a white background, calmly playing their instruments. As the song picks up, pictures are seen of a man putting money from the workers in his pockets, taking a girl away from her mother, and the band playing live in a dark, strobe-lit room.

Rage Against The Machine “Guerrilla Radio” Music Video

Rage Against The Machine Guerrilla Radio Lyrics

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Transmission third world war third round
A decade of the weapon of sound above ground
No shelter if youre looking for shade
I lick shots at the brutal charade
As the polls close like a casket
On truth devoured
Silent play in the shadow of power
A spectacle monopolized
The cameras eyes on choice disguised
Was it cast for the mass who burn and toil?
Or for the vultures who thirst for blood and oil?
Yes a spectacle monopolized
They hold the reins, stole your eyes
All the fistagons the bullets and bombs
Who stuff the banks
Who staff the party ranks
More for Gore or the son of a drug lord
None of the above fuck it cut the cord

Lights out guerilla Radio
Turn that shit up

Contact I highjacked the frequencies
Blockin the beltway
Move on DC
Way past the days of bombin MCs
Sound off Mumia guan be free
Who gottem yo check the federal file
All you pen devils know the trial was vile
Army of pigs try to silence my style
Off em all out that box its my radio dial

Lights out guerilla Radio
Turn that shit up

It has to start somewhere
It has to start sometime
What better place than here
What better time than nowAll hell cant stop us now
All hell cant stop us nowAll hell cant stop us now
All hell cant stop us now
All hell cant stop us now
All hell cant stop us now


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Mar 30 2011

One Day as a Lion “Wild International” — Music Video & Lyrics

One Day as a Lion “Wild International”

One Day As A Lion is a music project that was started in 2008 by Zack de la Rocha, the vocalist of Rage Against the Machine and Jon Theodore, former drummer of The Mars Volta. The duo blends elements of rock, rap, and punk. One Day as a Lion released their debut EP in July 2008.

The band’s name was taken from an infamous black and white graffiti photograph taken by Chicano photographer George Rodriguez in 1970 reading “It’s better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb.”

On July 16, 2008, the song “Wild International” was made available to stream on the band’s MySpace profile and was given its Australian radio premiere by Triple J and American radio premiere by KROQ in Los Angeles.

When Zack de la Rocha was asked about the song, he said,

“…that song is a response to the way we saw the U.S. government try to reframe the conflicts of the world. Particularly when the Soviet Union had collapsed, there was no way to subject the country to the kind of fear needed to justify what I consider to be an ill distribution of wealth. After 9/11 you could see that reframing taking place. The specter of Communism no longer haunted the U.S., justifying its actions in Latin America and all over the world. What filled that void were Al Qaeda and the Muslim world in general. That song is, in an abstract way, addressing the way the right has distracted people from this huge rush of wealth from the bottom to the top.

“Beyond that, I’m speaking toward a deeper sentiment that I feel and I know a lot of people feel. Most of the songs have to do with redemptive moments that come in the face of some real indignity. And that’s the current that I’m trying to tap into, because I think that for a lot of people — for the real participants who live in the shadows and work at car washes and are forced to cross the border and are struggling and facing the real economic consequences — they’re often left out off the debate because of the language they speak or even the terminology that they use.

“So it stems from my own frustration. It stems from seeing how things have been developing politically, and watching so much dissatisfaction and people very upset about the way the country is going. And watching all of that frustration steered back into a more traditional political process.”

When told the song seemed anti-religious, he said,

“I don’t see it as an anti-religious song. I see it as the West has been using Christianity as a way to justify its actions when in reality, those figures, Christ and Muhammad, were rebels. These two religious figures have been co-opted to justify power, although they fought against the abuses of power and the expansion of empire. It’s almost like, what would Christ and Muhammad do?”

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One Day as a Lion “Wild International” Lyrics

One Day as a Lion "Wild International"

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They say that in war
That truth
Be the first casualty
So I dig in selector
I the resurrector
Fly my shit
Sever your neck
Wider than ever
With my tongue
Dipped in funk arsenic
Burn this illusion
This lie
This straight arson shit
Your arsenal stripped
Power ain’t full jackets
And clips
It’s my ability
To define phenomenon
Raw Crenshaw ’84
Boogie down before
L.A.
When the war break off
Where you be take off
Stand in full face off
With the M1 millimeter
Let the rhythm
Of the chamber hit ’em
Let the rich play
Catch with ’em
Better yet make ’em eat
‘Em and shit ’em
Till they
So full of holes
That they drown
In their own
I’m like a nail stuck
In the wrist
Of they Christmas
Don’t need radio
To leave their family
A witness

Muhammad
And Christ would life
Would lay
Your body down
To a tune
So wild international
In the desert
Full of bullets
Let your body rot
With my chrome
With my verse
With my body rock

In this era
Where DJs behave
Be paid to be slaves
We raid airwaves
To be sane
And what’s raining
From the station
Cash fascination
Like living dead
Fed agents
Distract us fast
From a disaster’s
Wrath for sure
Air war was flooded
Like the 9th ward
On the AM, on the AM
Turn and face them
Hatred and mayhem
Slay them, dangerous
I take razor steps
It’s the swing
From the bling
To the bang on the left
It’s the murderous return
Boom back full strap
Your six
That got clipped
You can’t clap back
With minimal lift
And criminal flow
I’m killing them soft
And billing them for
Everything stole
And once again
I’m that nail
In the wrist
Of they Christmas
Watch me
Make their family
A witness

Muhammad
And Christ would life
Would lay
Your body down
To a tune
So wild international
In the desert
Full of bullets
Let your body rot
With my chrome
With my verse
With my body rock

Muhammad
And Christ would life
Would lay
Your body down
To a tune
So wild international
In the desert
Full of bullets
Let your body rot
With my chrome
With my verse
With my body rock

International
International

Muhammad
And Christ would life
Would lay
Your body down
To a tune
So wild international
In the desert
Full of bullets
Let your body rot
With my chrome
With my verse
With my body rock

Muhammad
And Christ would life
Would lay
Your body down
To a tune
So wild international
In the desert
Full of bullets
Let your body rot
With my chrome
With my verse
With my body rock



Mar 7 2011

Rage Against the Machine “Freedom”—Music Video & Lyrics

Rage Against the Machine “Freedom”

“Freedom” is one of all Rage Against the Machine’s time greatest videos. “Freedom” was a single released by Rage Against the Machine from their self-titled album in 1994.

The video for “Freedom” was directed by Peter Christopherson and produced by Fiz Oliver at Squeak Pictures. It premiered on MTV’s 120 Minutes on December 19, 1993. According to CVC Broadcast & Cable Top 50 chart, “Freedom” was the Number 1 promo in January 1994.

The Music Video for “Freedom” is focused on the case for Leonard Peltier, who was one of the leaders of the American Indian Movement (AIM). The band is performing live in a small venue throughout the video. During the video, footage from the Peltier case is examined and detailed with shots of Peltier and other members of AIM. There is also a reenactment of what took place on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The footage of this reenactment is from Michael Apted’s 1992 documentary Incident at Oglala.

During most of the music video quotes from Sitting Bull and general AIM information taken from Peter Matthiessen’s 1983 study of the Peltier case, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, scrolls along the bottom of the screen. The video ends with a picture of Peltier in prison and the phrase “justice has not been done”.

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Rage Against the Machine “Freedom” Lyrics

Freedom - Rage Against the Machine

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Uggh!
Pull, pull
Wuh! (Sung sorta like Michael Jackson)
Come on!
Uggh!
Solo, I’m a soloist on a solo list
All live, never on a floppy disk
Inka, inka, bottle of ink
Paintings of rebellion
Drawn up by the thoughts I think

Yeah!
Come on!
The militant poet in once again, check it

It’s set up like a deck of cards
They’re sending us to early graves
For all the diamonds
They’ll use a pair of clubs to beat the spades
With poetry I paint the pictures that hit
More like the murals that fit
Don’t turn away
Get in front of it

Brotha, did ya forget ya name?
Did ya lose it on the wall
Playin’ tic-tac-toe?

Yo, check the diagonal
Three brothers gone
Come on
Doesn’t that make it three in a row?

Spoken quietly: “Anger is a gift”

Come on!
Uggh!

(Guitar solo)

Check that!
Uggh!
Come on
Yeah
Uggh

Brotha, did ya forget ya name?
Did ya lose it on the wall
Playin’ tic-tac-toe?

Yo, check the diagonal
Three million gone
Come on
‘Cause they’re counting backwards to zero

Environment
The environment exceeding on the level
Of our unconciousness
For example
What does the billboard say
Come and play, come and play
Forget about the movement

Spoken quietly: “Anger is a gift”

Yeeeaaahhhh!
Uggh!
Awww, bring that shit in!
Uggh!
Hey!

Freedom…yea…
Freedom…yea right…
Freedom…yeeeaaahhh!
Freedom!
Yea!
Freedom!
Yea right!
Freedom!
Yea!
Freedom!
Yea!
Right!