Rage Against the Machine - The Battle Of Los Angeles
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Release date: 01 November 1999
You find yourself going all [B]Victor Meldrew[/B] - "What is the [I]point[/I]?...
You find yourself going all Victor Meldrew - "What is the point ? I mean Rage Against The Machine came along years and bloody years ago with their fat-as-fuckery monster metal-funk basslines, dub-style instrumental drop-outs, muscular tea-chest drumming and old Zack yelling his box off over the top and swearing like a Tourette's-stricken Noam Chomsky after his first pipe...
- Oct 26, 1999
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- Guerrilla Radio
- Calm Like A Bomb
- Mic Check
- Sleep Now In The Fire
- Born Of A Broken Man
- Born As Ghosts
- Voice Of The Voiceless
- New Millennium Homes
- Ashes In The Fall
- War Within A Breath
Friday, June 11 - Sunday, June 13
- Jul 2, 2010
What does this parade of heavyweights amount to? Refreshingly, the answer proves to be nothing very much at all.
- Dec 6, 2002
Rage rest in peace? Hardly. No justice - no peace. -Motherf**ker.
- Nov 24, 2000
Acts team up for LA show to oppose US state's controversial new immigration law
Street Sweeper Social Club to release 'The Ghetto Blaster'
Los Angeles legends also rail against American and Israeli governments
Rage Against the Machine - The Battle Of Los Angeles: Wikipedia Album Entry
The Battle of Los Angeles is the third studio album by Rage Against the Machine. It was released on November 2, 1999, and over three years after their second studio album, Evil Empire. Between Evil Empire and Los Angeles, the band released a live album, titled Live & Rare. In 2003, the album was ranked number 426 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.
The song "Calm Like a Bomb" is featured in the credits of The Matrix Reloaded. The videos to "Sleep Now in the Fire" and "Testify" were directed by documentarian Michael Moore. "Testify" is also featured in the video game Rock Band 2.
The album debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 selling 420,000 copies its first week. That week saw a busy CD release schedule. The album denied Mariah Carey's highly anticipated album the chance to open at #1. "Guerrilla Radio" was featured in Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, albeit heavily edited on the Nintendo 64 version. Both Time and Rolling Stone named it the Best Album of 1999. It was listed as #53 in SPIN Magazine's 100 Greatest Albums, 1985-2005.
The album cover art was an original artwork by the LA Street Phantom aka Joey Krebs aka Joel Jaramillo, a well-known Los Angeles artist who has exhibited at numerous galleries in Los Angeles, New York City and throughout the United States. Despite claims to the contrary, the image was not inspired by images from the 1992 street riots of LA or from images of Munich, but by the band's own music and words, and represents one in a series of images of the artist's work, which can also be seen on various street murals in Los Angeles.
The Battle of Los Angeles was heavily influenced by the novel Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell. "Testify", "Sleep Now in the Fire", "Voice of the Voiceless", among other songs, include direct quotes from the novel, and mention key Orwellian terms in the lyrics.
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The hills find peace, locked armed guard posts
Safe from the screams of the children born as ghosts
The gates, guns and alarms shape the calm of the dawn
Peering down into the basin where death lives on
The sun ablaze as Maria's foot
Touches the surface of sand
On northern land
As human contraband
Come on, check it
Through Steel walls your voice blastin' on
True rebel, my brother Mumia I reflect upon
Hungry people don't stay hungry for long
They get hope from fire and smoke as the wheat grows strong
Hungry people don't stay hungry for long
But, they get hope from fire and smoke as they reach for the dawn
A mass of hands press on the market window
Ghosts of progress dressed in slow death
Feeding on hunger and glaring through the promise
Upon the food that rots slowly in the aisle
Transmission third world war third round
Decade of the weapon of sound above ground
No shelter if you're looking for shade
I lick shots at the brutal charade
Oh wait a minute now
Ha aha c'mon
Wait a minute now