Rage Against The Machine – Renegades

So it’s 2000 and Rage drops a covers album. What. Haha it rocks, and the songs are well selected, so fear not.

Even the cover art is a parody of another artwork, Robert Indiana’s LOVE, replacing LOVE with RAGE. Of course. I’m really sure we stood with the reproduced LOVE sculpture at 6th Ave and 55th St. in New York City…


As for the tracks:

Eric B. & Rakim – Microphone Fiend
Volume 10’s – Pistol Grip Pump
MC5 – Kick Out The Jams
Afrika Bambaataa – Renegades Of Funk
Devo – Beautiful World
EPMD – I’m Housin’
Minor Threat – In My Eyes
Cypress Hill – How I Could Just Kill A Man
Bruce Springsteen – The Ghost Of Tom Joad
Stooges – Down On The Street
Rolling Stones – Street Fighting Man
Bob Dylan – Maggie’s Farm

So it’s either rap or punk artists… oh yeah, and Stones, Dylan and Springsteen. Right on. There was a version that bonus tracks, a couple of live versions, if that interests you.

They play the whole damn thing with aplomb, turning each track from whatever it used to be into a Rage song. I used to bitch about how they turned the Stones track into a Prodigy-feel rave-up, but now I don’t mind so much. The Ghost Of Tom Joad was always my fave, here. Anyway, it all hits damn hard, and in the good headphones you’re in for a right pounding! And now that I’ve typed that, I’m pretty sure I didn’t need to. You knew this already.

Carry on. And CRANK IT!

14 thoughts on “Rage Against The Machine – Renegades

  1. J. says:

    Righto, you’ve convinced me to reassess this one (I never cared much for it when I heard it back in the day – and from what I understand there was a bit of friction between the band concerning the release of this, too).


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