Against them! - Page 2

How relevant are Rage Against the Machine?

Guest Ann Coulter scoffed, "They're losers, their fans are losers, and there's a lot of violence coming from the left wing." In rebuttal, de la Rocha deemed the three "fascist motherfuckers" and reiterated that the band believes Bush "should be brought to trial as a war criminal," then "hung and shot." Thanks for clearing that up, Zach.

RATM's songs have more significance today then they did 10 years ago, but if RATM choose to have a voice now, will their cause be served come November should they dissolve again? It's likely de la Rocha would retreat to the rock he's been hiding under for the past seven years if the band decides to part ways a second time. Even if the rap-rock pioneers' material is tagged as anarchist propaganda for the masses, they definitely have something more to offer listeners than does, say, a Smashing Pumpkins reunion. A reassembled RATM couldn't come at a better time — and these songs are meant to be played and heard now. Perhaps this time we're ready to listen and stand up with them. *


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