Rage On
December 18, 2012, 7:46 pm
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I enjoyed reading this interview with Tom Morello explaining to one of his old-timer Rage Against The Machine fans why people should buy his band’s new $100 deluxe box set. Indeed, he seems perplexed that it’s even a question:

That’s not what this is. This is a thank you to our fans around the globe, with a motherlode of awesome Rage Against the Machine concert footage, the original demos, video of the first ever Rage Against the Machine concert. We wanted to give our fans everything that they deserve for sticking by us for so long.

Were you at all reluctant about putting out a box set?

Oh heaven’s no. There’s no reluctance. I’m not even sure I understand the question. Why might one be reluctant?

Why indeed? would an anti-capitalist state-smashing against-machine-raging multimillionaire be reluctant to put out a box set for his mosh-pit fans to shell out another $100 on? What a dumb question.

You don’t think the box set is a product? It costs like $100.

Have you seen it? Have you seen the Rage deluxe box set?

I haven’t seen it, but it sure sounds grand. I guess I just need to see it.

I’m sorry. It’s a little out of my price range.

As a journalist, I don’t think you have to go buy it. You’re entitled to one, and I would love for you to get it so that you can report on it. Ask one of our handlers to send you the deluxe box set.

Well, naturally. ‘As a journalist’, he definitely shouldn’t have to pay for his own stuff. It’s only the rank and file fans who should be happy paying $100 to the anti-capitalist multimillionaire for some plastic circles. But a journalist? Heavens no. Talk to anarchist anti-capitalist Tom Morello’s ‘handler’ about it, I’m sure he’ll hook you up. Anyway, there’s more questions about the propriety of box sets, and more Tom Morello confusion that they would even be questions – it’s quite entertaining.

Also of interest were the digs at Paul Ryan. I had forgotten which Rage Against The Machine blowhard got into a tiff with Paul Ryan way back during the 2012 election, so I was grateful for the reminder:

There are a lot of people who just like to throw elbows and mosh in the pit and exercise on their P90X while listening to it. Paul Ryan was one of those, and that’s fine.

Oh, well that’s a relief, that people with The Wrong Opinions are allowed to enjoy Rage Against The Machine’s important music, that it’s ‘fine’. The only part I don’t get is the comment about the ‘P90X’. What in the world is a ‘P90X’? I gather (just guessing) that it’s some sort of fancy gym equipment, and so Tom Morello here is trying to illustrate how out of touch Paul Ryan is with the 99.9%, you know, because he (in Tom Morello’s imagination) owns a ‘P90X’, whatever that is. Which again, I have no idea what it is.

But hey, you know who I should ask? Because you know who – ironically, I suppose? – does know what in the heck a ‘P90X’ is?

Tom Morello, evidently. KILLING IN THE NAME OF.

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You know, I’m kind of like Paul Ryan; a guy with the Wrong Opinions, who loves me some Rage Against the Machine.

Great post. I’ve always thought this band were incredible riff/groovemasters, and retarded politically. As a Harvard Graduate, Tom Morelllo is Head Retard of Rage Against the Machine.

Comment by Pastorius


Zach De La Rocha and Tom Morello’s radicalism reminds me of Steve Sailer’s writings about how mixed race people in the modern US try to pass for non-white, so as to accrue the social and economic benefits of so being. I wonder what their white, presumably normal middle class-ish mothers think. (reminds me specifically of )

Comment by Ian

Yes, I forgot to mention the part where he talks about how he never expected to be given club dates because of the ethnic makeup of his band. Bands with nonwhites had never been allowed to play in public in LA before RATM in the early 90s, apparently.

What a drama queen.

I don’t know Morello’s (or de la Rocha’s) ethnic background or that of their parents, but both of them always struck me as the type of ‘nonwhite’ whose nonwhiteness would have never occurred to you had they not reminded you of it. Which may be all that’s really going on here, too.

Comment by Sonic Charmer

Take a look at Tom Morello’s mom’s Wiki bio. She sounds like what Barack Obama’s mom might have aspired to if she hadn’t gotten pregnant at 17.

Comment by Callowman

Quite the activist resume. If anything, Tom’s mom seems more radical than he does.

Comment by Ian

I hate Tom Morello for his music, so I’ve never really had the opportunity to hate him for his politics.

Comment by eddie

Zack de la Rocha also has “Revolutionary” roots:

De la Rocha was born in Long Beach, California, to a Mexican-American father, artist Roberto “Beto” de la Rocha, and a German-Irish mother, Olivia de la Rocha. His father played an integral part in his cultural upbringing. Beto was a muralist and a member of Los Four, the first Chicano art collective to be exhibited at a museum (LACMA, 1973). De la Rocha’s grandfather was a Sonorensan revolutionary born in Cananea, Sonora, Mexico,[1] who fought in the Mexican Revolution and worked as an agricultural labourer in the US. Later, de la Rocha would see the hardships his grandfather endured reflected in the struggles of the Zapatista Army of National Liberation.[2]
When de la Rocha was a year old, his parents separated. He and his mother moved from East Los Angeles to Irvine, where Olivia attended the University of California at Irvine and earned a Ph.D. in Anthropology. He later described Irvine as “one of the most racist cities imaginable. If you were a Mexican in Irvine, you were there because you had a broom or a hammer in your hand.”

Poor kid, had to grow up in Irvine. What a fag.

Comment by Pastorius

Sounds almost as hellish and oppressive as Obama having to grow up in Hawaii.

What is it with these guys? Are all our politicians and celebrities going to be drawn from this “white lefty mother/nonwhite ‘revolutionary’ father” caste from now on?

Comment by Sonic Charmer

I was just reading Wiki biographies of Alicia Keys, Tom Morello, and Zack de la Rocha.

You know what’s interesting about these three Revolutionaries? ALL THREE OF THEM WERE ABANDONED BY THEIR NON-WHITE FATHERS BY THE AGE OF TWO.

Morello and dl la Rocha both had Revolutionaries for fathers (as mentioned above), but Keys’ father was a Flight Attendant.

All three chose to Represent themselves according to their father’s blood, rather than their mother’s blood.

So fucking stupid. Why do we as a culture fall for this bullshit.

Comment by Pastorius

I blame our Puritan ancestors, whose ancient egalitarian leanings have taken on a weird race-denialist hue in recent decades.

Of the four families that funneled into me in the two past generations, the highest caste one was my maternal grandmother’s group of post-Puritan Unitarians. They are an appalling lot of lefties. My grandmother married a poor farmboy turned engineer, who ended up being far and away the most successful of her generation of the family. However, he was considered less enlightened than his male contemporaries, a mangy collection of alcoholic journos, Unitarian ministers and literary types. His lower status and right-wing assholery aside, you couldn’t help noticing his really nice house and obvious skills.

My mom married an ambitious right-wing asshole just like her dad, whose unenlightened political views she then bemoaned for the next five decades while appreciating his professional success and steadfastness. Unfortunately for her, I ended up becoming a right-wing asshole, too, as a result. If she’d had the foresight to get knocked up by a revolutionary brown abandoner, I could have gone around boasting about how oppressed I was while becoming a highly successful society destroyer like these dudes or the president.

Boy, am I mad at my mother!

Comment by Callowman

Wowza! You have good reason to be so.

No American ought to be denied the right to feel victimized, or to enjoy the fruits thereof.

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