virus: Re: Rage Against "Rage Against the Machine"

Hakeeb A. Nandalal (
Wed, 30 Oct 1996 08:49:14 +0000

KMO wrote :-

> Hakeeb, I'm telling you that I see something of value here. You seem to
> be saying that there is nothing of value here. Am I injecting the above
> message or extracting it? Is it more likely that I'm seeing value where
> none exists or that you are failing to see value due to some
> misconceptions you entertain regarding the lyricist's political
> convictions?

The reason I apologized to you up-front before I wrote my diatribe was I was playing Devil's Advocate. It was a
mental exercise to set up the frame of mind of a conservative and how he sees young protest groups in general.
As you pointed out, it had little or nothing to do with "Bullet" but was an attack on the clichis found in rock
songs. I'm sorry for not explaining that before.

I actually like "Rage" especially their new song "People of the Sun" which concerns the plight of poor
Mexicans. Again the reference to Pink Floyd and Roger Waters was a throwback to more olden times when their
form of subtle protest was the "rage".

By far Waters' best work is the "Amused to Death" album where he goes full force against the hypocritical Gulf
War and the long-range attacks he called "The Bravery of Being out of Range". The CoV should make "What God
Wants" its anthem.

One of my favourite subtle digs against religion can be found on "Dark Side of the Moon", from "Breathe
(Reprise)" :-

"Far away across the field
The tolling of the iron bell
Calls the faithful to their knees
To hear the softly spoken magic spells"

Just for the record, NewsWeek recently did a piece on "Rage" praising their lead guitarist's talent and the
group's sincerity in general. It's not everyday that a top news magazine does that.

BTW, how do you know "Rage" is unaware of memetics?

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