Artist: Rage Against the Machine Bio

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Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against the Machine is an American rap metal band, formed in 1991 in Los Angeles, California. The band's line-up comprises vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk. Critics have noted Rage Against the Machine for its "fiercely polemical music, which brewed sloganeering leftist rants against corporate America, cultural imperialism, and government oppression into a Molotov cocktail of hardcore punk, hip hop, alternative metal, and funk." Rage Against the Machine drew inspiration from early heavy metal instrumentation, as well as rap acts such as Afrika Bambaataa, Public Enemy and Beastie Boys.

In 1992, the band released its self-titled debut album, which became a commercial success, leading to a slot in the 1993 Lollapalooza. The band did not release a follow-up record until 1996, with Evil Empire. The band's third album The Battle of Los Angeles was released in 1999. During their initial nine year run, they became one of the most popular and influential political bands in contemporary music.

Shortly after breaking up in 2000, the band released the cover album Renegades. De la Rocha & Morello both started low-key solo careers; the rest of the band formed the rock supergroup Audioslave with Chris Cornell, then-former frontman of Soundgarden, which disbanded in 2007, and in April of that year, Rage Against the Machine performed together for the first time in seven years at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The band has continued to perform at many live venues and festivals around the world since 2007 but have not recorded any new studio material, as of yet.

Due to a popular Facebook Campaign in 2009, the band managed to beat Joe McElderry, winner of the X Factor 2009, to the UK Christmas number one spot. This broke the chain of X Factor winners reaching the Christmas number one spot. To celebrate, Rage Against The Machine held a free gig to show their gratitude towards their fans.


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Guerrilla Radio - Rage Against the Machine

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Bombtrack - Rage Against the Machine

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Wake Up - Rage Against the Machine

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Know Your Enemy - Rage Against the Machine

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Bullet in the Head - Rage Against the Machine

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Testify - Rage Against the Machine

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Sleep Now in the Fire - Rage Against the Machine

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Take the Power Back - Rage Against the Machine

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Renegades of Funk - Rage Against the Machine

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Freedom - Rage Against the Machine

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Calm Like a Bomb - Rage Against the Machine

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People of the Sun - Rage Against the Machine

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Settle for Nothing - Rage Against the Machine

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Fistful of Steel - Rage Against the Machine

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Township Rebellion - Rage Against the Machine

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Vietnow - Rage Against the Machine

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Born of a Broken Man - Rage Against the Machine

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Maria - Rage Against the Machine

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Down Rodeo - Rage Against the Machine

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Mic Check - Rage Against the Machine

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Revolver - Rage Against the Machine

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Voice of the Voiceless - Rage Against the Machine

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Tire Me - Rage Against the Machine

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Born as Ghosts - Rage Against the Machine

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Without a Face - Rage Against the Machine

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Ashes in the Fall - Rage Against the Machine

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War Within a Breath - Rage Against the Machine

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Roll Right - Rage Against the Machine

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How I Could Just Kill a Man - Rage Against the Machine

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New Millennium Homes - Rage Against the Machine

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Year of tha Boomerang - Rage Against the Machine

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Pistol Grip Pump - Rage Against the Machine

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Wind Below - Rage Against the Machine

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Snakecharmer - Rage Against the Machine

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Kick Out the Jams - Rage Against the Machine

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Microphone Fiend - Rage Against the Machine

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The Ghost of Tom Joad - Rage Against the Machine

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Beautiful World - Rage Against the Machine

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I'm Housin' - Rage Against the Machine

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Maggie's Farm - Rage Against the Machine

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In My Eyes - Rage Against the Machine

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Down on the Street - Rage Against the Machine

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Street Fighting Man - Rage Against the Machine

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No Shelter - Rage Against the Machine

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Darkness - Rage Against the Machine

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Snake Charmer - Rage Against the Machine

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