Rap-rock politicos Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Sleep Now In The Fire’ video is one of their best – a powerful, hilarious Michael Moore-directed clip of vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello and co storming the New York Stock Exchange in Manhattan between footage of a Who Wants To Be A Millionaire parody called Who Wants To Be Filthy F#&%ing Rich? You might remember it was nominated for Best Music Video at the 2000 MTV Awards, but lamentably lost out to Limp Bizkit’s ‘Break Stuff’, because life will probably never be fair and not all rap-rock groups are created equal.
But as well as the video expertly capturing Rage’s anti-capitalist fire, it also apparently captured one of the most surreal developments in world politics – a full 16 years before it actually happened. As pointed out by BroBible last week, look closely at the clip. The video for this slice of rap-funk history, taken from Rage’s final album proper ‘The Battle Of Los Angeles’, features something peculiar…
Is that… but… this video was released 16 years ago! That couldn’t say what we think it does, could it?
We knew Rage were a band with rare political clout, but could they really be capable of predicting the ascent of the daft-haired business tycoon and Apprentice star Donald Trump into Republican Party political superpower? Well, no. Trump had run for the Reform Party leadership back in 1999, but was pipped to the post by Pat Buchanan, who then lost the 2000 US election to the Republican Party’s George W. Bush, a man once described by Russell Brand as “that retarded cowboy fella.” So Trump’s political aspirations were already kind of known, and probably inspired the placard in question.
Eerie all the same, isn’t it?