Thursday, July 18, 2013

Top 5 Songs: The Battle For Los Angeles


Today's edition of the Top 5 revolves around a kick-ass album by a little group you may have heard about:
Rage Against The Machine.

Yeah, them.

I first was exposed to this group by a friend of mine, who was singing "Bulls on Parade" from their Evil Empire album. I took a listen, and became an instantly hooked. Blending the best all the musical influences that influenced the group members, from Rap/Hip-Hop, Funk, Punk, Rock, and everything in between, RATM became a new politically-minded group that said what they felt, and meant what they said. Protesting and "raging" against injustices they felt were being perpetrated for no other reason than to benefit those that loved to subjugate and profit of other people's misery and pain.

They formed in 1991, and broke up in 2006. But have since reunited, and have been touring strong ever since.

Today I'm picking my top 5 songs from the Battle For Los Angeles album that rocked back in 1999, and still rocks even now.

5). "Testify"

Great video right?
I did mention how politically

4). "Mic Check"/"Calm Like A Bomb"
                               Mic Check

                                Calm Like A Bomb

Had to include these two in the same column. Why? Well just listen to the songs and try and convince me they don't belong the list. Go on, I dare ya';)

3). "Born of a Broken Man"

I love, LOVE the lyrics to this song, like this one in particular:

"My fears hunt me down
Capturing my memories
The frontier of loss
They try to escape across the street where
Jesus stripped bare
And raped the spirit he was supposed to nurture
In the name of my
In the name of my

Born of a broken man
But not a broken man
Born of a broken man
Never a broken man"

Oh my God, how could you not love that?
The "Born of a broken man, never a broken man" doesn't just have apply to men, but women as well. Hell, anyone that came/comes from a dysfunctional family or whatever type of messed up situation can readily identify with the message here.

So inspiring......

2). "Sleep Now In The Fire"

If you hear this one, and it doesn't make you want to get off your ass and dance or mosh, then you're clearly dead.

1). "Guerrilla Radio"

As  soon as you hear the beginning riff, you know the shit's on!

 "The bullets and bombs
Who stuff the banks
Who staff the party ranks 
More for Gore or the son of a drug lord
None of the above fuck it cut the cord

Lights out 
Guerrilla Radio Turn that shit up!"

"It has to start somewhere It has to start sometime
What better place than here, what better time than now?

All hell can't stop us now
All hell can't stop us now
All hell can't stop us now
All hell can't stop us now
All hell can't stop us now
All hell can't stop us now"

I'm telling you, listen to this track, and hell the whole album while you go to the gym, jog, or just want to get worked enough to tell the boss or that nosy neighbor off, ha ha.
Hell go be like Shlomo, and go protest. Whatever you do, this album will get your ass pumped for something. maybe start a revolution somewhere. Hey, it could happen:)

That's me for this week,
have a good to great weekend my loyal Morbidites;)


Randomnerd said...

I never really listened to RATM, but reading the lyrics to that last one got me pumped. :)
I can definitely see Shlomo listening to it on the way to videoing one of his protests. He's definitely one of the "Gets things done" people.

Dale Bagwell said...

@Randomnerd: You should, you really, really should take a listen. Most, if not all the songs, will get you pumped up like a jolt from coffee or something. It's that.....intense.

and yeah, I can easily see Shlomo listening to this on his way to a protest rally:)

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