Tom Morello on the Original Rage Against The Machine Demo: "Like a Raw Wound"
Looking back, I can remember that day clearly. It was an outdoor lunchtime concert where another friend of the band who booked us that gig and I remember that we were playing while people were walking back and forth with their lunches. You can see in the video that midway through the concert, a couple of these hesher dudes stopped to check it out. You can tell that they're not impressed, but maybe it's better than going off to geometry class or wherever. And then the end of "Bullet In The End" happens and one dude looks at the other and gives the "Not so bad, bro" look. By the end of "Freedom," they're banging their heads like they're at an Iron Maiden concert, which was pretty awesome.
Would you prefer the headbanging dudes as opposed to the Paul Ryans of the world?
Paul Ryan is welcome to headbang at a show anytime, but if he wants to enact policy that's going to hurt 99.9 percent of Rage Against The Machine fans, then he's likely to hear about it from me. One of the strengths of Rage Against The Machine has always been the music casts a wide net. Many people were drawn to the band initially not because of politics, but because of the power, aggression and the fusion of hip-hop and rock. They were exposed to a new set of ideas that could change their minds or change their lives. That's something that we as a band are pretty proud. Speaking of which, early on, the LA Weekly could never spell the band's name right in the concert section. We were once listed as Rag And Ain't The Machine, so if nothing else after 20 years, people have learned how to spell our name right.