Democratic Convention 2008

Kick Out the Jams

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UK music magazine NME reports that lefty rap-rockers Rage Against the Machine are "planning a stunt for the Republican convention." According to Melvin Benn, the organizer of the Reading and Leeds Festival, which the band played last weekend, frontman Zack De La Rocha told him:

He wanted to play Friday and Saturday, because there's a Democratic Convention [in Denver] and he wanted to be at that… And there's a Republican one on Wednesday (August 27) and he wanted to go and picket that, and there's a stunt they're going to pull off that will no doubt hit CNN during the course of the week.

The last big Rage Against the Machine stunt I recall—aside from them posing as socialists while earning enormous profits for themselves and their partners at the (evil?) multi-national Sony Corporation—was getting arrested while filming a music video on Wall Street with Michael Moore. They also stood nude onstage at least once with their mouths taped and the letters P-M-R-C written on their chests, a jab at the music censoring nannies in the Parents Music Resource Center. So let's hope for something involving cops and naked people next week at the RNC.

In the meantime, disgruntled Democrats can fight the power tomorrow afternoon at the free "Tent State Music Festival to End the War" at the Denver Coliseum, where the band is headlining. But just in case RATM's late-90s nostalgia isn't your bag, Wayne Kramer of the MC5 will be there, too, reliving his band's famed appeared outside the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. Let's see Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen top that!

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  1. Fucking Illuminati scum.

  2. Wayne Kramer of the MC5 will be there, too, reliving his band’s famed appeared outside the 1968 Democratic convention in Chicago. Let’s see Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen top that!

    And my Motor City R&R ego gets stroked.

  3. When did de la rocha get back with rage? I thought they were using the soundgarden guy as their frontman.

  4. And the Republicans get Sammy Hager…who I would much rather see than rap-metal rubbish.

  5. Who are MC5? Should I be embarassed at my ignorance, or is this to be expected from anyone not old enough to remember the Kennedy Assassination?

  6. And the Republicans get Sammy Hager

    McCain won’t drive a wife who’s…FIFTY-FIVE

  7. “Let’s see Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen top that!”

    What moron picked Springsteen???

    Ain’t Got You by Bruce Springsteen:

    I got the fortunes of heaven in diamonds and gold
    I got all the bonds baby that the bank could hold
    I got houses ‘cross the country honey end to end
    And everybody buddy wants to be my friend
    Well I got all the riches baby any man ever knew
    But the only thing I ain’t got honey I ain’t got you

    I got a house full of Rembrandt and priceless art
    And all the little girls they wanna tear me apart
    When I walk down the street people stop and stare
    Well you’d think I might be thrilled but baby I don’t care
    ‘Cause I got more good luck honey than old King Farouk
    But the only thing I ain’t got baby I ain’t got you

    I got a big diamond watch sittin’ on my wrist
    I try to tempt you baby but you just resist
    I made a deal with the devil babe I won’t deny
    Until I got you in my arms I can’t be satisfied

    I got a pound of caviar sitting home on ice
    I got a fancy foreign car that rides like paradise
    I got a hundred pretty women knockin’ down my door
    And folks wanna kiss me I ain’t even seen before
    I been around the world and all across the seven seas
    Been paid a king’s ransom for doin’ what comes naturally
    But I’m still the biggest fool honey this world ever knew

  8. I think I can formulate another of my Rules of the Universe: No. 538, “Any musician willing to play for a political rally or convention will invariably suck.”

  9. The Secret Service is reporting that Recreate’68 is planning to march from the Pepsi Center to Invesco with big puppets conceling molotov cocktails, lock-boxes and what have you. This could be fun.

  10. So let’s hope for something involving cops and naked people next week at the RNC.

    Ditto that. Anything to break the tedium.

  11. And now you do what they told ya.

  12. Gee, no link to Rage Against the Machine posing as socialists.

  13. Who are MC5? Should I be embarassed at my ignorance, or is this to be expected from anyone not old enough to remember the Kennedy Assassination?

    Legendary hard rockers from the ’60s. Some would call them the first punk rockers.
    You’re excused due to your lack of years.

  14. Correction: from the Civic Center to the Pepsi Center. They are also planning to raise them up on poles.

  15. He wanted to play Friday and Saturday, because there’s a Democratic Convention [in Denver] and he wanted to be at that…

    Why do I find it hard to believe that members of Rage Agin the Machine are “voting for change”? Something tells me that any of the leading Dem candidates (even the losers) aren’t going to bring in the kind of change that “Ragers” would like to see.

    planning to march from the Pepsi Center to Invesco with big puppets conceling molotov cocktails

    Large puppets concealing molotov cocktails… no chance of an unfortunate mishap there. Smoking still allowed at outdoor events in Denver?

  16. So let’s hope for something involving cops and naked people next week at the RNC.

    So Larry Craig is attending?

  17. Shem: the MC5 were SammyHagar’s original band, right after he left Cream and before he briefly joined the Who. That was back during the Truman administration, if I recall.

    Still waiting for Weigel to break out the real questions…

  18. “Large puppets concealing molotov cocktails… no chance of an unfortunate mishap there.”

    That they’re stupid is a given, dontcha think?

  19. “Who are MC5?”

    Late 60s garage rockers. Their show stopper was “Kick Out the Jams” hence the title of the post.

  20. Rage Against the Machine is scheduled to play at the Target Center (in Minneapolis) the day after Ron Paul’s Campaign for Liberty concludes and the day before the Republican National Convention (at the XCel Energy Center in St. Paul) concludes. Should be fun!

  21. So let’s hope for something involving cops and naked people next week at the RNC.

    Yeah, and visuals only, please. I did my time in the 90s; I don’t wanna ever hear that crap again.

  22. Kolohe,

    Rage got back together about a year ago after Chris Cornell left Audioslave.

  23. I wonder what their reaction to the Paul convention is. Actually, no I don’t, since they probably aren’t very smart. I’ve always been amazed at how most radical leftist politics come from the belief that the “little guy” is being crushed by giant faceless machines (that we should rage against, of course), and their solution is to empower a giant faceless machine, but somehow things will be different because it’s their machine.

    Didn’t The Who figure this out in the 60’s?

  24. the MC5 were SammyHagar’s original band, right after he left Cream and before he briefly joined the Who. That was back during the Truman administration, if I recall.

    I suppose it’s asking too much to expect LoneWacko to be coherent on any topic, music included. Or perhaps this SubtleJoke has simply gone OverOurHeads?

  25. Also, I like Rage Against the Machine, more the rock than the rap. I probably wouldn’t be ale to put up with their live show though, if they go off on political rants all the time.

    I have their album Evil Empire. The inside jacket has a table full of books. Who wants to guess what authors/topics are there?

  26. White Panther Power!

  27. shem: also, SammyHagar consulted with RossPerot on the latter’s attempts regarding the IranianHostageCrisis and they had originally decided to send him in “commando style”, but choose StevenSeagal instead; that launched his movie career, and that occured during the brief interregnum when SpiroAgnew was acting president.

    “Any musician willing to play for a political rally or convention will invariably suck.”

    Obviously false, even when the pol turns out to be an idiot.

  28. I suppose it’s asking too much to expect LoneWacko to be coherent on any topic, music included.

    Why yes. Yes indeed. Far too much.
    It’s a shame he doesn’t live in the metro Detroit area. He could attend this event and ask some of his cutting edge questions.

  29. They gonna be at Ron Paul’s convention, or something?

  30. “The last big Rage Against the Machine stunt I recall-aside from them posing as socialists while earning enormous profits for themselves and their partners at the (evil?) multi-national Sony Corporation”…..Brilliant.

    Clinton playing sax….lame. Rage playing angry political activist…equally lame. Everyone, stay in your area where you belong.

  31. Does LoneWacko remove spaces in well known names and events so they won’t increase the amount of search results pointing to Hit & Run?

  32. I have their album Evil Empire. The inside jacket has a table full of books. Who wants to guess what authors/topics are there?

    I’ll take the low-hanging fruit*

    Noam Chomsky

    *can you still say that?

  33. I don’t care who wrote it, Shem: the MC5 were SammyHagar’s original band, right after he left Cream and before he briefly joined the Who. That was back during the Truman administration, if I recall. is some funny stuff.

  34. I have their album Evil Empire. The inside jacket has a table full of books. Who wants to guess what authors/topics are there?

    Marcuse is all I can remember. I suspect the whole collage was suggested by some marketing consultant with dreadlocks.

  35. A good song should make you wanna tap your foot and get with your girl. A great song should destroy cops and set fire to the suburbs. I’m only interested in writing great songs.
    – Tom Morello

    And you commenters say Rage sucks! Ha!

  36. Who are MC5? Should I be embarassed at my ignorance

    Yes you should be embarrassed use youtube for a good starter education.
    Unless you don’t know any 60s baby boomer bands at all in which case you are alright.

  37. MC5 — the greatest. I could go on forever.

    Wayne State Connection: Check their version of “Looking at you” on youtube, in 1970 on the Wayne State campus. Incendiary.

    Curiously, Sammy Hagar attended the Monterey Pop Festival.

    I hope to scrounge a ticket to the Rage show tomorrow. Please email.

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