"We are against everything you stand for"
Rage Against The Machine have hit out Nigel Farage, branding him as a ‘pissweasel’ for adopting a pun on their name for his new podcast.
The famously leftwing and vocally political band started trending on Twitter over the weekend, after their account slammed the Brexiteer and former UKIP leader for calling his podcast ‘Farage Against The Machine’.
“This pissweasel IS the machine – peddling the sort of inane, blame-heavy bullshit that the guys in RATM have been raging against since day one,” read the Tweet.
While the account is maintained by fans, it is fully endorsed the band – with the sentiments echoing those of guitarist Tom Morello, who has taken issue with Farage in the past.
“Hey UKIP & Nigel Farage: Stop using ‘KILLING IN THE NAME’ for ur racist/rightwing rallies,” he Tweeted in 2012. “We are against everything you stand for. STOP. IT.”
This weekend saw British radio DJ Jon Morter, who famously helped get ‘Killing In The Name’ to the top of the singles chart back in 2009, also the rallying cry – defining the term ‘pissweasel’ as “the perfect description of the pathetic, racist, bullshit-peddlar some know as ‘Nigel Farage’.”
Farage also made headlines in the music world recently for hailing Noel Gallagher as a ‘lad’ for his comments on Brexit, and ‘a legend’ for his Anti-Corbyn stance.
Meanwhile, fans remain hope of a Rage Against The Machine reunion, after bassist Tim Commerford told them to “keep their fingers crossed“.
The ‘Killing In The Name’ and ‘Sleep Now In The Fire’ rock icons first split in 2000, before reuniting for a run of reunion shows around the world between 2007 and 2011. Three of the band have teamed up with members of Cypress Hill and Public Enemy to form Prophets Of Rage, and while frontman Zack De La Rocha has been working on solo material and Commerford is working with new band Wakrat, the bassist has revealed that RATM could reform in the coming years.
“I am a fan of [RATM] as much as I am a member,” he told Kerrang! “And, like any RATM fan, it’s something I hope can one day happen.
He added: “I am hopeful, because I believe that’s how you do it… That’s how you make things happen, by connecting with people in a real way.
“We’re like brothers and the future is bright. RATM is not broken up, we never broke up. Keep your fingers crossed.”