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11. Zach de la Rocha from Rage Against the Machine.

Zacarías Manuel “Zack” de la Rocha (born January 12, 1970) is an American musician,poetrapper and activist best known as the vocalist and lyricist of Rage Against the Machine. While attending junior high school, de la Rocha became involved in the punk scene and played guitar for a band called Juvenile Expression with Tim Commerford. His interest in bands like The ClashSex Pistols, and Bad Religion turned into an appreciation for other bands like Minor ThreatBad Brains, and The Teen Idles. Soon after entering high school, Zack joined the straight edge band Hardstance. De la Rocha and Hardstance bassist Mark Hayworth eventually formed the hardcore band Inside Out, which gained a large national underground following. They released a single record, No Spiritual Surrender, on Revelation Records in 1990 before breaking up. In de la Rocha’s words, Inside Out was “about completely detaching ourselves from society to see ourselves as…as spirits, and not bowing down to a system that sees you as just another pebble on a beach. I channeled all my anger out through that band.”[4][5] After Inside Out broke up, he embraced hip hop and began freestyling at local clubs, where he met Tom Morello and Brad Wilk. Eventually, de la Rocha’s Juvenile Expression bandmate Commerford joined them and Rage Against the Machine was formed.

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Rage Against the Machine was on the main stage at Lollapalooza in 1993 and was one of the most politically charged bands ever to receive extensive airplay from radio and MTV. De la Rocha became one of the most visible champions of left-wing political causes around the world while advocating in favour of Leonard Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal, and supporting the Zapatista movement in Mexico. He spoke on the floor of the UN, testifying against the United States and its treatment of Abu-Jamal. Rage’s second and third albums peaked at number one in the United States, but did not result in the political action de la Rocha had hoped for. He became increasingly restless and undertook collaborations with artists such as KRS-OneChuck D, and Public Enemy

The best Rage Against the Machine songs showcase the band’s unique ability to deftly mix rap and rock to deliver music of the most powerful kind: politically charged, pointed and with a purpose. Frontman Zack de la Rocha’s venom and vitriol was wrapped around a message, and he was often seen performing maniacally, with his signature dreads flailing around his head, while Tom Morello’s guitar functioned like a turntable, thanks to whammy bars and wah-wahs. The rhythm section of bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk added some bluesy and jazzy heft. All those factors combined were what made the music so explosive and incendiary.

To celebrate his birthday here’s my Top 10 Rage Against Songs.

10. Freedom

9.  Testify

8.  Bombtrack

7. People of The Sun

6. Renegades of Funk

5. Sleep Now In The Fire

4. Guerilla Radio

3. Bulls of Parade

2. Know Your Enemy

1. Killing In The Name

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Weezer – Blue Album (1994). A Peak At Their Debut.

If you grew up in 90’s and you’re into rock music. Try to make this list: 30 CD’s/cassettes to buy/listen/borrow/steal in the 90’s.  There must be Nevermind (Nirvana), Ten (Pearl Jam), Superunknown (Soundgarden), Rage Against The Machine (debut album), Black Album (Metallica), Melon Colie And The Infinite Sadness (The Smashing Pumpkins), Soundsystem (311), Use Your Illusion (Guns And Roses), The Downward Spiral (NIN), maybe Dummy (Portishead) and.. Blue Album from Weezer! Rite?

No? Well you have problems with your ears :p _weezer_-_blue_albumWhat has happened in 1994.

  • Nirvana played their final concert in Munich. Few weeks later he shot himself.
  • Frank Sinatra received the Grammy Awards Lifetime Achievement award.
  • Pink Floyd embarked on what would be their last world tour before their breakup. The record-breaking tour supported their Division Bell album, with the band playing to 5,500,000 people in 68 cities and grossing over £150,000,000.
  • Blur and Oasis started to invade USA
  • Green Day released Dookie album. Their masterpiece till now.
  • Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys is sentenced to 200 hours of community service for attacking a television cameraman during funeral services for actor River Phoenix in November 1993.
  • Pearl Jam filed a complaint against Ticketmaster with the U.S. Justice Department charging that the company has a monopoly on the concert ticket business.

You know that Buddy Holly music video directed by Spike Jonze (well known for film Being John Malkovich, Adaptation and also plenty of music videos). Remember Beastie Boys‘ Sabotage or Bjork’s It’s Oh So Quiet? I’ll stop here before i start blabbering  about him. That Buddy Holly video is one of the most anticipated video of the 90’s. Along with November Rain by Guns And Roses or maybe Smells Like Teen Spirit by Nirvana. Earned heavy rotation by MTV back then.

Weezer’s alt-rock godliness was of the likes no one had ever seen before. They were different. In the 80’s, it was all about partying, Girls Girls Girls, and hair. At the turn of the decade, it was all about anger, With The Lights Out, and grunge. Then it became laziness, Longview, and punk. So when Weezer came around, naturally the people who weren’t punks, partyers, or flannel wearing lumberjacks found their voice. Rivers Cuomo‘s simple yet effective songs became staples for every geeks collection. Bands since then have tried ripping off their geekiness (One geek band going so far as to be called Wheatus), but Weezer perfected the art of nerd long before the pretenders. When uncovering the lyrics behind the songs, you find happy little childhood dreams mixed with songs about girls and beer. Lines like “Wee-oo I look Just Like Buddy Holly. Oh-oh and you’re Mary Tyler Moore” became anthems for the whole generation. Rivers had the gift for turning a monologue of Hemingway quality into a rocking track. The 6/8 opener My Name Is Jonas is a track centered around some folkish finger picking. The literate rants are cut off midway through for a headbanging bridge thats just so random and funny. (sputnikmusic)

There have been very few albums that can change the face of music both culturally and musically. Weezer made it cool to be an honors student. Weezer made it cool to be a geek. But with Blue, Weezer made it cool to be all those things, and be rock stars. My only complaint is the upsettingly short ten songs. Weezer’s never been good at packing in the extras, but another few songs wouldn’t have killed the genius of the other 7 or 8 great songs on here. But in terms of musicianship, charm, songwriting, and cultural signifigance, Weezer’s debut album is the pinnacle of their career. Kinda sucks when you peak at your debut, eh? (sputnikmusic)

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