Rage Against the Machine : Renegades


Rush released after the late-2000 split between Zack de la Rocha and the rest of Rage Against the Machine, the covers album Renegades salutes the band’s musical and philosophical roots, ranging from the old-school Bronx to the hard-rockin’ Motor City to protest-central Greenwich Village to gangsta-ridden L.A.

As could be expected, the set works best when the group focuses on material from its most recent forebears: rappers and hardcore bands. Indeed, Renegades begins with a pair of powerful hip-hop covers — Eric B & Rakim’s “Microphone Fiend” and Volume 10’s “Pistol Grip Pump” — that spotlight Rage’s immense strengths: Tom Morello’s clean, heavy riffing and vocalist de la Rocha’s finely tuned spray of vitriol, just this side of self-righteous. Another hip-hop blast (and the one closest to home), Cypress Hill’s “How I Could Just Kill a Man,” is even more devastating, an easy pick for the highlight of the album. Listeners familiar with the originals, however, may have trouble with Rage’s covers of EPMD’s “I’m Housin’,” the Stones’ “Street Fighting Man,” and Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm,” a trio of original versions whose anger and emotion were conveyed more in the lyrics than the performances.

Still, drummer Brad Wilk sets an appropriately frenetic hardcore tempo for the excellent version of Minor Threat’s “In My Eyes,” and de la Rocha stretches out well on the MC5’s “Kick Out the Jams.” With just a bare few excepions, Renegades works well, in part because Rage Against the Machine is both smart enough to change very little and talented enough to make the songs its own. [ review by John Bush ]

Track List (favorites in bold)

  1. Microphone Fiend
  2. Pistol Grip Pump
  3. Kick Out The Jams
  4. Renegades of Funk
  5. Beautiful World
  6. I’m Housin
  7. In My Eyes
  8. How Could I Just Kill A Man
  9. The Ghost of Tom Joad
  10. Down on the Street
  11. Street Fighting Man
  12. Maggie’s Farm

Album Moods
Fierce Outraged Angry Bitter Cathartic Confrontational Cynical/Sarcastic Organic Raucous Rebellious Rousing Aggressive Angst-Ridden Boisterous Brash Energetic Fiery Hostile Intense Menacing Provocative Volatile Gutsy Harsh Suffocating Tense/Anxious Urgent Visceral Uncompromising

Deee-Lite Rare Interview Surfaces

A backstage post-show interview has recently surfaced after having been lost for over 20 years. Last week we gave it to them form Album of the Week. Now we have to follow up with this kick-butt interview. It appears to have been taken for a local cable access show. What a great find!! Kier and Dmitry let you know that they never lip sync and there is a lot of phony baloney out there! At the time they were performing live with a 9 piece band.

And for our podcast subscribers. we offer it as an audio-only experience, we frankly kind of works better when divorced from the video footage.


Week of April 19, 2015

“Dead Inside” rockets to the top spot in only it’s fourth week on the chart. Meanwhile we have three new top 10’s this week.

  1. Muse – “Dead Inside”
  2. Alabama Shakes – “Don’t Wanna Fight”
  3. BØRNS – “Electric Love”
  4. Big Data – “Clean”
  5. Blur – “Go Out”
  6. Hot Chip – “Huarache Lights”
  7. Mark Ronson – “Daffodils” (f/ Kevin Parker)
  8. AWOLNATION – “Hollow Moon (Bad Wolf)”
  9. Florence + The Machine – “What Kind Of Man”
  10. The Black Keys – “Weight Of Love”
  11. Saint Motel – “My Type”
  12. Information Society – “Get Back”
  13. Matt And Kim – “Get It”
  14. Mumford & Sons – “Believe”
  15. Noel Gallagher – “In The Heat Of The Moment”
  16. Imagine Dragons – “Shots”
  17. In The Valley Below – “Peaches”
  18. Glass Animals – “Hazey”
  19. Brandon Flowers – “Can’t Deny My Love”
  20. Death Cab For Cutie – “Black Sun”
  21. Panda Bear – “Boys Latin”
  22. Haerts – “Wings”
  23. Foo Fighters – “Congregation”
  24. K Flay – “Make Me Fade”
  25. Wombats – “Greek Tragedy”
  26. ODESZA – “Say My Name”
  27. Passion Pit – “Lifted Up (1985)”
  28. alt-J – “Every Other Freckle”
  29. Kate Pierson – “Mister Sister”
  30. Incubus – “Absolution Calling”
  31. Belle & Sebastian – “Nobody’s Empire”
  32. Kasabian – “Stevie”
  33. Clean Bandit – “Mozart’s House” (f/ Love Ssega)
  34. Meg Myers – “Sorry”
  35. Bad Suns – “Salt”
  36. Weezer – “Da Vinci”
  37. Simple Minds – “Midnight Walking”
  38. POP ETC – “Running In Circles”
  39. OK Go! – “I Won’t Let You Down”
  40. Of Monsters And Men – “Crystal”