hadda been playing on the jukebox

Of course, I do love US bands. In the US, they have a lot of good bands, some great.. Well, only one for me stands out.. Rage against the machine!!!!

 
While listening to college days, or even HS days, that was the time, Linkin crap sets in. Getting famous.. But you have Limp Bizkit, Korn and Deftones with so called nu metal. New kind of rock music with a fusion of turntables and old skul hip hop then rock music. Except for Korn of course..
 
I discovered this damn band wayback high school, as they releasted their 3rd studio album, Battle of Los Angeles, which is damn great! I first look at them and heard at MTV, they’re rocking awesome. From well, simple bass of Tim C who went crazy at a MTV awards night. hehe Brad Wilk at drums hmmm simple again but just right for the band. You have a guitar god under Tom Morello, looks simple but hella good at guitars, especially when he does the rifts and standalone in betweens, damn good in live as well. He’s damn good and crazy, I love it. hehe He’s one of the best lead guitar in rock, history. period. Iconic.
 
Then another icon is in this band under the name of Zack dela Rocha. The guy with dreadlocks yet with a powerful voice and sense of fight for freedom and patriotism. I guess. hehe But he’s serious about it, look at his lyrics and how he say it. I know it’s like rap, but damn it just fits right. Well, he is also one of the iconic rock vocals we have in this generation, even not that famous, he should be in the hall of fame as well. The whole band. They are only one of the bands that not only making good music but also awareness politics and social action. If I were the president, I’ll invite them here to have a concert, for free. Of course, I’ll pay them. hehe
 
You won’t believe that because of them, if there were times I’m angry or down or in a bad mood, I listen to them, until now.. They indeed have a rage in their song. A rage that is for the better… Soothes away the anger or bitter and fear..
 
Definitely, my favorite US band.. Yes, after JD and New Order, they are next in my list. I do hope that after they united these days, they should go back to studio and do more albums!!!! You sucka!!
 
My 5th fave song from them, is a poet turned to a rock track.
 
I love the live and rare version. Way better that I recently discovered version, the studio version..
 
Hadda Been Playing On The Jukebox
 
Written by Allen Ginsberg, performed by Rage Against the Machine
It had to be flashin’ like the daily double
It had to be playin’ on TV
It had to be loud mouthed on the comedy hour
It had to be announced over loud speakers
 
The CIA and the Mafia are in cahoots
 
It had to be said in old ladies’ language
It had to be said in American headlines
Kennedy stretched and smiled and got double crossed by lowlife goons and agents
Rich bankers with criminal connections
Dope pushers in CIA working with dope pushers from Cuba working with a
big time syndicate from Tampa, Florida
And it had to be said with a big mouth
 
It had to be moaned over factory foghorns
It had to be chattered on car radio news broadcasts
It had to be screamed in the kitchen
It had to be yelled in the basement where uncles were fighting
 
It had to be howled on the streets by newsboys to bus conductors
It had to be foghorned into New York harbor
It had to echo onto hard hats
It had to turn up the volume in university ballrooms
 
It had to be written in library books, footnoted
It had to be in the headlines of the Times and Le Monde
It had to be barked on TV
It had to be heard in alleys through ballroom doors
 
It had to be played on wire services
It had to be bells ringing
Comedians stopped dead in the middle of a joke in Las Vegas
 
It had to be FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover and Frank Costello syndicate
mouthpiece meeting in Central Park, New York weekends,
reported Time magazine
 
It had to be the Mafia and the CIA together starting war on Cuba,
Bay of Pigs and poison assassination headlines
 
It had to be dope cops in the Mafia
Who sold all their heroin in America
 
It had to be the FBI and organized crime working together
in cahoots against the commies
 
It had to be ringing on multinational cash registers
A world-wide laundry for organized criminal money
 
It had to be the CIA and the Mafia and the FBI together
They were bigger than Nixon
And they were bigger than war
 
It had to be a large room full of murder
It had to be a mounted ass- a solid mass of rage
A red hot pen
A scream in the back of the throat
 
It had to be a kid that can breathe
It had to be in Rockefellers’ mouth
It had to be central intelligence, the family, allofthis, the agency Mafia
It had to be organized crime
 
One big set of gangs working together in cahoots
 
Hitmen
Murderers everywhere
 
The secret
The drunk
The brutal
The dirty rich
 
On top of a slag heap of prisons
Industrial cancer
Plutonium smog
Garbage cities
 
Grandmas’ bed soft from fathers’ resentment
 
It had to be the rulers
They wanted law and order
And they got rich on wanting protection for the status quo
 
They wanted junkies
They wanted Attica
They wanted Kent State
They wanted war in Indochina
 
It had to be the CIA and the Mafia and the FBI
 
Multinational capitalists
Strong armed squads
Private detective agencies for the rich
And their armies and navies and their air force bombing planes
 
It had to be capitalism
The vortex of this rage
This competition
Man to man
 
The horses head in a capitalists’ bed
The Cuban turf
It rumbles in hitmen
And gang wars across oceans
 
Bombing Cambodia settled the score when Soviet pilots
manned Egyptian fighter planes
 
Chiles’ red democracy
Bumped off with White House pots and pans
 
A warning to Mediterranean governments
 
The secret police have been embraced for decades
 
The NKPD and CIA keep each other’s secrets
The OGBU and DIA never hit their own
The KGB and the FBI are one mind
 
One mind, brute force, yet full of money
One mind, brute force, yet full of money
One mind, brute force, yet full of money
One mind, brute force, yet full of money
 
It had to be rich and it had to be powerful
They had to murder in Indonesia 500000
They had to murder in Indochina 2000000
They had to murder in Czechoslovakia
They had to murder in Chile
They had to murder in Russia
 
And they had to murder in America

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