Rage Against The Machine Lines Up New Covers For Live Album
July 27, 2000, 11:00 am PT
In addition to the cover of MC5's "Kick Out the Jams," Rage Against the
Machine is working on a whole slew of covers for possible inclusion on the band's upcoming
"I hesitate to call them cover songs because it's completely new Rage Against the
Machine music," says guitarist Tom Morello. "In the same way that Bruce
Springsteen's 'Ghost of Tom Joad' was a cover song, yet you would never mistake it for the
original. That's basically what we are doing with these. It's completely new Rage Against
the Machine songs, which are taking lyrics from Eazy-E to [Bob] Dylan to Devo to Eric B.
and Rakim, and [we're] Rage Against the Machine-izing them."
Among contenders to be recorded for inclusion on the album include Dylan's
"Maggie's Farm," Eric B. and Rakim's "Microphone Fiend," EPMD's
"I'm Housin'," the Rolling Stone's "Street Fighting Man," Devo's
"Beautiful World," and Rush's "Working Man," among others.
RATM has already been playing "Ghost of Tom Joad" and "Kick Out the
Jams" in recent shows. MC5's Wayne Kramer was expected to join the band during the
two scheduled San Francisco shows this week until the postponement was announced on
Wednesday (allstar, July 26). Pending schedules, Kramer will likely still join Rage when
the shows are rescheduled at a later date.
The RATM live album is expected to surface on Epic Records in November. Rage is
cuurently in the studio with producer Rick Rubin working on the covers.
-- Kevin Raub