Rage Against the Machine

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The Edge
Jacksonville, FL USA
Setlist is taken from an article in the South Florida Sun Sentinel written by Grant Lasher on April 16, 1993. Township Rebellion also appears in a small clip in a MTV 120 minutes where you can see "Bayfront Park" written on a popup tent next to the band. Grant writes: The nakedly candid "I'll-never-do-it-your-way" attitude will pummel the listener into fits of howling rage on songs like Killing in the Name, Take the Power Back, Settle for Nothing, and their first FCC banned video release, Bullet in the Head. Sorry everyone, R.A.T.M. is not another pop/MTV friendly band you'll hear 24 hours a day, nor do they plan to be. R.A.T.M.'s influences include Led Zeppelin, Minor Threat, Public Enemy, The Clash, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Producer Garth Richardson's engineering credentials range from the Red Hot Chili Peppers to Ozzy Osbourne, only enhancing the varied feel of this debut album. R.A.T.M.'s "no samples, keyboards, or synthesizers" viewpoint on recording adds greatly to the raw power that is frighteningly evident on songs such as Know your Enemy, Fistful of Steel and Township Rebellion. These songs and others were aided by former Jane's Addiction drummer/percussionist Stephen Perkins, whose work with Brad Wilk may remind the listener of a time when funk arose with George Clinton, Bootsy Collins and Parliament-Funkadelic in the '70s.

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