Rage Against the Machine is Back on the Charts in Wake of Political and Social Unrest

2020-06-15

Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine – Story by Charles Ken, photo by Anne Erickson

Rage Against the Machine’s self-titled debut album has re-entered the Billboard 200 charts, likely due to the album’s political message being relevant to today’s social unrest

Rage Against the Machine’s music is hitting a chord decades after it first came out.

The recently reunited rap-metal band’s self-titled 1992 is back on the Billboard 200 charts, re-entering the chart at No. 174 this past week.

When it first came out, “Rage Against the Machine” the album peaked at No. 45 on the Billboard 200. The album, which is one of Rage’s most popular, has also been certified three-times Platinum by the RIAA.

Rage Against the Machine’s music has always been political, and the reason for the chart showing is likely due to the continuing protests against racism and police brutality throughout the United States. Rage’s music has often covered those issues.

In other news, Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello was trending on Twitter this past week after tweeted back to a Rage fan who criticized the guitarist for bringing politics into his music, even thought the group’s music has always been candidly political.

“What music of mine were you a fan of that DIDN’T contain ‘political BS’?” Morello said in a tweet. “I need to know so I can delete it from the catalog.”

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Posted by Charles Ken | Alternative, Music, Rock, Rock News

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