20 years to the day, Rage Against the Machine’s self titled debut

Twenty years ago today:

The cover features a photo of Thích Quảng Đức, a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, burning himself to death in Saigon in 1963. The monk was protesting President Ngô Đình Diệm’s administration for oppressing the Buddhist religion. The photograph drew international attention and persuaded U.S. President John F. Kennedy to withdraw support for Ngô Đình Diệm’s government.

Safe to say this album was (and is) very influential in numerous genres and crossover genres, namely rap-metal. Rolling Stone had it ranked at 368 in their first 500 greatest albums of all time list. In their recently revised list, it managed to jump up three spots to 365.

In Rolling Stone’s words:

Singer Zack de la Rocha’s radical politics found sympathetic muscle in Tom Morello’s howling one-guitar army, making a furor unheard since the MC5 and the Clash.

The album spawned a few singles:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instead of going on, I will just say this: Get out and vote, whatever your country. Contact members of your government with ALL your concerns and issues. Make your voice heard!

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