Richard’s Rants: Fuck Rage Against the Machine; no seriously.

I read an article today about Thy Art Is Murder frontman CJ McMahon leaving the band. He left because he couldn’t spend most of the year on the road and make essentially less than minimum wage. This is a band that toured on the Mayhem Fest, just wrapped up a huge tour second name on a bill with Parkway Drive, and has close to five hundred thousand likes on Facebook. According to McMahon, all of that led to sixteen thousand dollars a year for he and his bandmates.

That sucks.

It’s a sad state of affairs for the music industry, and it led me to one thought: fuck, Rage Against the Machine.

Okay, maybe just fuck, Zach de la Rocha, but fuck ‘em all anyway.

I realize I need to explain this because one does not make friends by hating on Rage. Everyone loves Rage, right? The rebels who are fighting the system, ragefighting for the common man. Well, where are they?

The link may not jump out at you, but bare with me. Here are some facts. The band still loves making music; the band wanted to continue, so, they enlisted Chris Cornell and formed Audioslave. Tom Morello stated in an interview with Rolling Stone that if it were up to him, the band would release two albums a year. They still get together and jam.

The problem isn’t friction; the problem is Zach.

Now, let me ask you a question. If sixteen million Rage Against the Machine records hadn’t passed through record store registers, would he be sitting in his Hollywood mansion right now? If millions of fans hadn’t bought concert tickets and t-shirts, would Rage have produced more albums? What if Rage had been a mid-level band? What if they were Helmet or Filter, who sold enough to make a living, but still had to tour to avoid getting a day job? Would they be touring or delivering pizzas? Nah, there would be twelve Rage albums, and they’d still be touring.

Every year around this time people start speculating about the Heavy Montreal lineup. Every year people look at each other, hope in their eyes, and say wouldn’t it be awesome if they got Rage? Trust me, they get offered every year. But that’s the safety net isn’t it? I’m not condoning hacking or identity theft, but if someone bankrupts Zach, I guarantee you Rage will announce a world tour within days.

So, now I look at the man who claimed to be screaming and fighting for the common man. I see that he got rich off of them and didn’t see the need to create anymore. Maybe, social injustice has ceased? Haha, certainly not, and Donald Trump is knocking on the White House door, it can only get worse from here.

There is a whole generation of fans out there who will probably never get to see Rage live. They won’t know what it’s like to yell, “All of which are American dreams” over and over again with twenty-thousand other people. Sure, there are other musicians who’ve made their money and cashed out. But, none of them claimed to be what Rage did.

Listening to Rage now, listening to Zach’s screeches, it sounds insincere. I think of him today, I picture him sitting in his house in Hollywood, rolling down Rodeo with his top down, enjoying the warm California sun.

Fuck you, Zach de la Rocha, fuck you. I hope CJ McMahon and every other touring musician find you and kick you in the nuts.

Written By Richard Brunette
*edited by Danielle Kenedy

About Richard Brunette 43 Articles
Richard Brunette was raised on 90s music. He vowed that he wouldn’t become one of those people who told kids music was way better back in his day, but alas he often finds himself thinking it. His first album review was Sublime’s eponymous album, and his first concert review was Pantera at Metropolis. Can you blame him for thinking it? He digs rock and metal above all, but has an open mind for anything done well and creatively. He still holds hope that the new Tool album will be released before the Expos come back to his hometown of Montreal. He is the author of a critically acclaimed novel titled the Feathered Serpent. It centers on the mythology of angels and demons and the redemption of Lucifer. He is also the captain of a pirate ship quartermastered by fellow Buckethead Jason Greenberg.


  1. I never liked Zach since the time he showed up on Alternative Nation and got pwned by Kennedy. She walked all over his politics, berated and scolded him and dominated him and instead of destroying her idiotic statements and giving her a well deserved verbal thrashing he whimpered something about just making music. He looked like he was scared of her. I was devastated. I never respected him for one second after that.

    • I haven’t seen that, and I’m not particularly a fan of Kennedy, but no doubt he looked scared and he whimpered because he had no logical responses to her arguments. Either that, or he’s stupid. Or both. Do you have a YouTube link for this? I can’t seem to find it.

  2. Hey! Just wanted to say two things. First, fuck RATM. Especially Zach. Secondly, Donald Trump isn’t knocking on the White House door anymore. He’s sleeping in the bedroom. 🙂

  3. I wish I didn’t have an urge to retrospectively dog a band I related with so much growing up, but I was also an edgy 13 year old, and their ideology was the backdrop for a dumb attitude which actually got me into a tailspin of legal troubles, which further solidified my shittiness, and held back my growth as a human being. I’d like to lump the whole of MTV into my retroactive jibber jabber as an antecedent to flyaway pseudointellectual junk food bands like RATM who just needed a popular platform to exploit wishy-washy teenagers and their parents’ money
    I hate talking shit, it’s poisonous and unproductive, the end.

  4. I too was an edgy teenager who blasted them as my anthem. Funny how post 9-11 you heard nothing from Zach. What a coward. Maybe that’s why I grew up to be a republican. You guys could have stopped me. Posers.

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