Spin #27 : Rage Against The Machine : Self-Titled

Musicians on Album: Zack De La Rocha (vocals), Tom Morello (Guitar), Brad Wilk (Drums/percussion) and Tim Commerford (Bass Guitar).




Rage Against The Machine : Self - Titled Year Released : 1992 (2012 repress) Produced by Garth Richardson and RATM Label: Epic/Legacy/Sony Music Price Range: $50+AUD Speed: 33 1/3 RPM Album Before : N/A Album After : Evil Empire (1996) Further Listening : Renegades - RATM covers album -2000 LP : 1 x Black LP Mood for enjoying: High energy music requires you to play loud through headphones or playing it in the day time so it doesn't wake anyone up. This album is a huge Mood lifter!!! Track Listing:

LP Side A

Bombtrack - 4:02

Killing In The Name - 5:14

Take The Power Back - 5:36

Settle For Nothing - 4:49

Bullet In The Head - 5:08

Side B Know Your Enemy (feat. Tools Maynard James Keenan) - 4:57

Wake Up - 6:06

Fistful of Steel - 5:32

Township Rebellion - 5:22

Freedom - 6:06

What's in the Sleeve ? 1 x black LP, paper inner sleeve with printed lyrics and record details

"Crank the music up! Bring that shit in! uggh! Yeah, the movement's in motion with mass militant poetry. Now check this out, uggh!" ~ Take The Power Back - Side A

Welcome to Spin #27 - Rage Against the Machine - Self-Titled


Here is another oldie-but-goodie from my childhood that had a significant affect on me. This week I have chosen to spin the Self-titled debut album by Rage Against The Machine, released in the early 90's. I remember hearing this album years later (as when it was released I was only 3 years old). Similar to 'Black Sunday' by Cypress Hill that I reviewed a couple of weeks back, this album just had that energy I needed at the time of growing up. I don't think that I have come across someone that doesn't like at least one or two songs from Rage Against The Machine (RATM). Also, I have really enjoyed reliving my youth in the last couple of Spins with the early 90's picks.


I will play this one loud on the loungeroom set up but use my headphones when I sit and write this spin. I want our children to hear this one because the BASS and energy will get them up and dancing. So I have the loungeroom record hutch (custom made by me) ready to go, Sherwood Turntable (PM-9805) and Receiver (RX-4508) with Sennheiser headphones ready to go. Do as De La Rocha commands and 'Crank the music up!'

From Left to Right: Tom Morello, Zack De La Rocha, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk

 

Drop the Needle (of course means place the stylus nicely on your wax):

The cover of Rage Against the Machine's 'Self-Titled' album is very confronting and at the time growing up I didn't fully comprehend just what it was. Now that I am older, I understand that the photo was taken to capture a horrible moment in time and provoke feelings by the viewer. Having it put onto an album cover was just another way to get a wider viewing of a Vietnamese Buddhist monk practicing self-immolation in 1963. The ultimate imagery of Protest, right up there with the Tiananmen Square protester of 1989.

First track on the album and start of Side A starts with an absolutely belter of a song that is instantly recognisable. I remember dancing around to this as a teenager and the sounds of 'Bombtrack' brings those memories right back. If you are looking for a pump up song whilst working out or going for a run, then put on 'Bombtrack' and enjoy. The bass builds and builds until the vocals of De La Rocha start. I like the lyric, "Hardline, hardline after hardline" as it really gets you pumped up. De La Rocha growling towards the end is a welcomed touch and I wish I could have seen these guys perform live back in their peak.


'Killing In The Name' is another song with a heavy bass line introduction that takes command and demands respect so skip this one if you dare. Let the Stylus play through and make sure to nod your head along with headphones on if you want to get the best experience. As I am sitting here with the headphones on I have my eyes closed to really absorb the music, so close your eyes as you hear Morello shred it up on this track. Wilk is hitting the kit hard and the production on this 'Music on Vinyl' pressing is right up there with the best of them. I wish that I had a bigger set up for records like this one as it hits on so many levels. I like how they work the beat, bass and riffs to the lyrics, "Now you do what they told ya" and as always, Morello's guitar work will melt your face!!! Song doesn't have any lyrics on the lyric sheet, yet every other song does , strange as it is such a massive song. The drumming outro as De La Rocha says "Fuck you I wont do what you tell me" gets me everytime and I am pumping my fist in the air in our loungeroom. I'll admit it because that is why I listen to music and that is in order to evoke emotions/feelings. You will probably be doing the exact same thing.


Want a rest? too bad. The next song is called 'Take the Power Back' and boy is it impressive. I like how there are no synths, samples or keyboards on this album too. It's a 4 piece band set-up with old school drums, bass, guitar and passion vocals. "It's the beats and lyrics they fear, the rage is relentless. We need a movement with a quickness, you are the witness of change and to counteract, We gotta take the power back".....goosebumps every time. Make sure its loud, you'll thank me later. I feel like the live version would have so much area for improvisation and expansion. Wilk, Morello and Commerford work so well together and it shows on a song so well crafted as this. The end of the song has a nice slowness to it with Wilk on the