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Thu Aug 16, 2012, 09:04 PM

Tom Morello: 'Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against'

Rage Against the Machine's guitarist blasts Romney's VP pick and unlikely Rage fan

By Tom Morello
August 16, 2012 6:44 PM ET

Last week, Mitt Romney picked Paul Ryan, the Republican architect of Congress's radical right-wing budget plan, as his running mate. Ryan has previously cited Rage Against the Machine as one of his favorite bands. Rage guitarist Tom Morello responds in this exclusive op-ed.

Paul Ryan's love of Rage Against the Machine is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades. Charles Manson loved the Beatles but didn't understand them. Governor Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen but doesn't understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, Rage Against the Machine.

Ryan claims that he likes Rage's sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don't care for Paul Ryan's sound or his lyrics. He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage.

I wonder what Ryan's favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of "Fuck the Police"? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!

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http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/tom-morello-paul-ryan-is-the-embodiment-of-the-machine-our-music-rages-against-20120816#ixzz23lFFD5L3

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Reply Tom Morello: 'Paul Ryan Is the Embodiment of the Machine Our Music Rages Against' (Original post)
tuvor Aug 2012 OP
JI7 Aug 2012 #1
The Doctor. Aug 2012 #35
bunnies Aug 2012 #2
whatchamacallit Aug 2012 #3
corkhead Aug 2012 #4
Bjorn Against Aug 2012 #25
rbrnmw Aug 2012 #5
calimary Aug 2012 #14
limpyhobbler Aug 2012 #6
Raster Aug 2012 #21
riverbendviewgal Aug 2012 #7
REP Aug 2012 #8
Initech Aug 2012 #13
Jennicut Aug 2012 #9
RZM Aug 2012 #20
silverweb Aug 2012 #10
Ebadlun Aug 2012 #11
rocktivity Aug 2012 #12
calimary Aug 2012 #15
patrice Aug 2012 #16
reformist2 Aug 2012 #17
RZM Aug 2012 #18
BrooklynBoy Aug 2012 #22
LadyHawkAZ Aug 2012 #19
swayne Aug 2012 #23
tex-wyo-dem Aug 2012 #24
Bjorn Against Aug 2012 #26
Tunkamerica Aug 2012 #27
Scuba Aug 2012 #28
Blue Owl Aug 2012 #29
brentspeak Aug 2012 #30
Dragonfli Aug 2012 #31
WillyT Aug 2012 #32
dogknob Aug 2012 #33
zinnisking Aug 2012 #34
rlw17 Aug 2012 #36
JI7 Aug 2012 #37

Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 09:05 PM

1. i was waiting for this response

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Response to JI7 (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 06:22 PM

35. Exactly what I expected to hear.

 

They do not disappoint.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 09:10 PM

2. This is fantastic.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 09:11 PM

3. Ha awesome!

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 09:15 PM

4. In all seriousness, Tom would be a more qualified VP imho.

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Response to corkhead (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 04:22 AM

25. He actually would have some qualifications, he has a degree in Poli Sci from Harvard

Tom Morello is a very bright guy and he actually would make a good politician, he would never do it however because he prefers agitating from the outside rather than engaging in party politics.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 09:17 PM

5. makes me love RATM even more

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Response to rbrnmw (Reply #5)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 10:39 PM

14. No kidding! Me too!

I LOVE Tom Morello and I really appreciated it when he went out in the cold to hang with Occupy - AND brought his guitar!

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 09:22 PM

6. Paul Ryan = huge poser. nt.

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Response to limpyhobbler (Reply #6)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 11:15 PM

21. and that's being awfully damned charitable.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 09:22 PM

7. awesome

I am going to buy a few albums of the band from Itunes..

They deserve my support. What a great article.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 09:27 PM

8. Maybe Ryan thought it was "BULL on Parade" and it was about him

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Response to REP (Reply #8)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 10:32 PM

13. No - with Ryan it's "Bullshit On Parade"

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 09:33 PM

9. How can one like a band but not enjoy listening to their lyrics?

Or even pay attention to them? I can understand why Ryan would say he likes them...he is part of Gen X after all. But still. I think he is a liar.

I have been listening to Rage since I was in high school in the 90's and I totally love Tom Morello. Unlike Ryan, I actually love Morello's lyrics.

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Response to Jennicut (Reply #9)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 11:12 PM

20. Morello didn't write most of RATM's lyrics

 

Zack De La Rocha did. On their second album, for instance, Zack was given all of the lyrical credits. That's why so many of their songs are about the Zapatista movement, which was De La Rocha's pet cause.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 09:38 PM

10. Beautiful.

I've loved Tom Morello for a long time, but I love him even more for this (if that's possible).

Rage on, Nightwatchman!

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 10:06 PM

11. I think he definitely likes 'Fuck the Police'..

and any other government employees.

Except himself, obviously.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 10:24 PM

12. This thread is useless without bomb tracks

Last edited Sat Jul 19, 2014, 09:17 PM - Edit history (3)

(Allegedly the result of frontman Zach De La Rocha spending an evening watching CNN)






rocktivity

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 10:42 PM

15. Dang! LOVE what our musicians are doing and the stands they're taking!

Last edited Fri Aug 17, 2012, 12:30 AM - Edit history (1)

Tom Morello in particular. But I also love how Bruce Springsteen refuses to meet with that lout who claims to love him to pieces - chris christie. And then there's Gerry Casale of DEVO! Did you guys see this one?

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10021141545

This one - uh - shall we say - "dogs" romney!



On edit - And don't you love how Tom Morello lumped CHARLES MANSON in with chris christie and paul ryan?!! Birds of a feather. They think they love the music but don't understand it.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 10:52 PM

16. OOoooo! OUCH!! Acid tipped barbs!

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 10:56 PM

17. What an awesome smackdown!


And I don't even care about "Rage Against the Machine" one way or the other. Maybe I need to give them a listen.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 11:08 PM

18. I would disagree with him on one point

 

That Ryan doesn't understand Rage or that Christie doesn't understand Springsteen (I'll give him Manson and the Beatles).

I think both of these guys understand the lyrics of these artists perfectly well. They know they don't stand for what the artist stands for and they don't really care, because they like the music. This kind of thing is quite common. Lyrics are very imoprtant, but I think the music is what usually moves people. Bruce could be singing about cauliflower and it would still move people, because he's a talented guy.

Take gangster rap. I think Dr. Dre is a great producer and Snoop is a great rapper. But I don't support slapping hos, calling all women bitches, or shooting somebody because they looked at you the wrong way. In fact, I abhor all of that behavior. But I like the music because the people who made it are good at what they do.

I don't think you have to buy the lyrics or even the message to be a fan of a musical artist. Music is for everybody, after all, because it doesn't discriminate. It's there for you whenever you want it. If Rage Against the Machine didn't have or desire mass appeal, they never would have signed a major-label recording contract.

Of course, he does have a point. Rage and Bruce do have messages and they are totally at odds with what Ryan and Christie do. But I've never faulted people for liking what they like.

Unless it's Madonna . . .

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Response to RZM (Reply #18)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 11:45 PM

22. Spot On

Except for the Madonna reference. I'd cite Barry Manilow

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 11:09 PM

19. TELL EM TOM!



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
Tha thin line between entertainment and war
The frontline is everywhere, there be no shelter here
Speilberg the nightmare works so push it far
Amistad was a whip, the truth was feathered and tarred
Memory erased, burned and scarred
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
Tha thin line between entertainment and war

There be no shelter here
Tha frontline is everywhere

Hospitals not profit full
Yet market bulls got pockets full
To advertise some hip disguise
View tha world from American eyes
Tha poor adore keep fiendin for more
Tha thin line between entertainment and war
They fix the need, develop the taste
Buy their products or get laid to waste
Coca-Cola is back in the veins of Saigon
And Rambo too, he got a dope pair of Nikes on
And Godzilla pure muthafuckin filler
To keep ya eyes off the real killer

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

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

Just stare
Relive the nightmare.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Thu Aug 16, 2012, 11:59 PM

23. Finally a comment from someone who is not afraid of the GOP media!!

 

Love Tom and the band!!!

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 01:49 AM

24. Love Tom Morello and Rage!

Seriously...WTF is it with these RWers anyway. It's like they live in backwards, upside-down, opposites world. Everything they say or do is exactly the opposite of what they stand for. In this case "antithetical" is the perfect way to put it. I really think that RWers are incapable of understanding or appreciating nuance, and I think it's genetic...seriously. Look at the high percentage of conservatives who think Colbert is really one of them...totally incapable of understanding satire or irony for that matter.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 04:34 AM

26. One of my favorite music videos ever, directed by Michael Moore



This video is even more relevant today than it was when it was released more than a decade ago, and at the 2:56 mark you can hear one of my favorite guitar solos of all time.

The New York Stock Exchange really was shut down during the filming of this video and Micheal Moore was dragged away in handcuffs.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 04:45 AM

27. The sound is easy to p90x-out to; he uses the karaoke version

the lyrics are easy to ignore when you have a full-on p90x rage running.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 08:11 AM

28. Here's Tom in Madison in June, supporting our effort to oust Walker.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 01:58 PM

29. Critical thinking has never been the GOP's strong suit

Irony is lost in Repukeville.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 02:04 PM

30. Read the reader comments to the original article

The GOP astro-turfers were apparently called into action.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 02:31 PM

31. Great statement! I love the last line, someone should show up with a boom box and crank it

at an upcoming Hitler youth, er I mean, "young Republicans" meeting.

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 07:39 PM

32. HUGE K & R !!!


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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 07:42 PM

33. MittPaul discusses its love of RATM!

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Fri Aug 17, 2012, 09:22 PM

34. He's the one, he likes all our pretty songs, and he likes to sing along

And he likes to shoot his gun
But he don't know what it means

etc...

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Response to tuvor (Original post)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 06:24 PM

36. How much money is Morrello worth

 

compared to Ryan? Seems like one super rich guy is pissed at someone worth less. What a hypocrite.

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Response to rlw17 (Reply #36)

Sat Aug 18, 2012, 06:49 PM

37. you sound like one dumb shit, how the fuck would that make him a hypocrite ?

he isn't going after anyone for being wealthy in itself.

you people sure are stupid.

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