That GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has listed “Rage Against the Machine” as one of his favorite bands and has leftist metal group Rage Against the Machine screaming more than usual.
Ryan, a 42-year-old Generation Xer, told CNN that he listens to ‘90s era grunge and listed bands like Nirvana and “Rage Against the Machine as” among his favorite bands.
“Rage Against The Machine” has commented on claims that Republican politician Paul Ryan is a fan of their music.
Music and politics is a strange mixture. Clash well remembers David Cameron’s attempts to win over the indie crowd, naming The Smiths as one of his favorite groups. We also recall fondly Johnny Marr’s response, bluntly demanding that the politician stop listening to his music.
Now Republic candidate Paul Ryan seems to have made a similar mistake. The Republican politician recently revealed the contents of his iPod, which seemed to center on riff heavy rock such as Led Zeppelin and Rage against the Machine.
Tom Morello, guitarist for “Rage Against the Machine” told “Rolling Stone” “I clearly see that Ryan has a whole lotta “rage” in him: A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment. Basically the only thing he’s not raging against is the privileged elite he’s groveling in front of for campaign contributions.
Famed for their left wing stance, the news that a rising Republican was vibing out to their music soon reached “Rage Against the Machine.” Writing in Rolling Stone, guitarist Tom Morello mused on the politician’s musical preferences.
“Paul Ryan’s love of “Rage Against the Machine” is amusing, because he is the embodiment of the machine that our music has been raging against for two decades” he wrote. “Charles Manson loved the Beatles but didn’t understand them. Governor Chris Christie loves Bruce Springsteen but doesn’t understand him. And Paul Ryan is clueless about his favorite band, “Rage Against the Machine.”
Continuing, Morello wrote: “Ryan claims that he likes Rage’s sound, but not the lyrics. Well, I don’t care for Paul Ryan’s sound or his lyrics. He can like whatever bands he wants, but his guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent is antithetical to the message of Rage.”
Elsewhere, the guitarist poked fun at the politician’s expense. “I wonder what Ryan’s favorite Rage song is? Is it the one where we condemn the genocide of Native Americans? The one lambasting American imperialism? Our cover of “Fuck the Police”? Or is it the one where we call on the people to seize the means of production? So many excellent choices to jam out to at Young Republican meetings!”
After suggesting that Ryan and Mitt Romney have been gripped with “unbridled rage against those who have the least,” Morello compared the would-be VP’s political efforts against others undertaken by fans of the band. “Many activists around the world, including organizers of the global occupy movement, were radicalized by “Rage Against the Machine” and work tirelessly for a more humane and just planet,” he pointed out. “Perhaps Paul Ryan was moshing when he should have been listening.”
Paul Ryan has yet to respond. Here’s ‘Killing In The Name’.
Contribution D. Chandler