#1
For an essay at college I'm writing about Rage against the machine's effect on their fans political views. As part of this I could do with a few "interviews" as it were. No names or anything nessesary, just answer a few questions as best you can

Thanks very much

Questions:


When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?


What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?


What albums do you have/have heard?


What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)


What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?
#2
When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?

I had to listen to them to get to the Stone Temple Pilots song.

What albums do you have/have heard?

None of them.

What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)

I couldn't care less.
#3
When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?

I suppose about 3, 4 years ago?


What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?

Musically it was just the energy that the three instrumentalists had and how Zack managed to gel with them while still retaining a distinctive rap bite.

What albums do you have/have heard?

All of them.

What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)

I think some of them are completely immature and petty but certainly some of them have been very well done and sent out a good message.

What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?

Since I got into them when I was very young (hell, I still am pretty young), I didn't really have political views and I'm glad I wasn't easily impressionable by their lyrics. I certainly can see their arguments and in some cases agree with them but overall their extreme left wing idealogy isn't reflected in me.
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1. My Dad
2. The hard **** em all atttitude and great music
3. All albums
4. I think they could go further stunt wise
#5
When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?
About 5 years ago


What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?
They sounded cool


What albums do you have/have heard?
The Battle of LA and Self Titled


What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)
I don't care


What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?
I have no political views
#6
When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?
Downloaded a few of thier songs out of interest

What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?
The bassist, the hip hop influences, the angry vocals/lyrics.


What albums do you have/have heard?
S/T, Renagades, battle of los angles.

What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)
Thier a'rite, it make a good music video.


What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?
I stopped caring about politics but it interests me. Sometimes zac makes a lot of sense when he's not talking all gangta or repeating singular phrases to the point of annoyance.
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When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?

when i was about 15?

What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?

Both, the music was different to what i was listening prior to them (i usually listened to Nirvana, Queen, Led Zep). Also my friends in school were big RATM fans who held similar political views and said to listen to their lyrics.

What albums do you have/have heard?

I have their self titled, battle of LA, renegades, but have heard also evil empire

What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)

In trying to get their message across not only through music i think what they've done is good for bringing to light the problems with US domestic and foreign policy.

What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?

I'd say i was socialist or a social democrat. My views weren't so much influenced by RATM but more by seeing all the problems in society and especially in the US. RATM probably opened me up to those views but reading made me more aware of their meaning and helped for me to understand.
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#8
When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?
I was about 16.


What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?
I was drawn in at first by the funky hooks and just liked how their music sounded. Then I started paying attention to the guitar work and was blown away by Tom Morello's skill. Only later did I start to understand what the lyrics meant.


What albums do you have/have heard?
I have the self-titled, Evil Empire, and the Battle of Los Angeles. I've only heard a few songs from Renegades.


What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)
There's a fine line between shock tactics and just getting people's attention, and they seem to know what they're doing in that respect. All of their stunts that I've read about seemed to have a fair point, which they got across without hurting anyone or doing anything stupid.

What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?
I've had somewhat liberal values before I even know what that meant. I considered myself a Democrat of sorts before I discovered RATM and various political punk bands, which introduced me to more extreme leftist views, most of which I didn't understand at first. I would definitely say I was influenced by Rage and the other music I heard - I don't let bands and artists tell me what to think, but Rage Against the Machine definitely brought some things to my attention that I might not have considered before, and helped me form my own personal opinions on things. Most specifically, RATM introduced me to anti-Capitalist philosophy, and the evil inherent in the system that doesn't change with elections.
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#9
okay, quick question...do you go to CPP, cuz im doin like a group presentation on the same topic
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as for rage
got into them bout 6 yrs ago
heard guerrilla radio on...the radio and just loved it
have the first album and the battle of los angeles
as for their stunts, i loved the stock exchange one and most of their political views i agree with. especially the EZLN and what they do in mexico. Also i think its really cool that they honor activist and what not on their website every month, like if you start a charity, or you know post flier, or are someway active to a cause. Its not always about protest and tearing things down, i believe at the heart of the band is just social justice
and for the most part i agree with them
#10
Questions:


When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?

i was 11. My step dad listened to them, so i borrowed the album, all gravy baby

What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?

Riffs, whole energy of the songs, swearing (hey, i was 11) the whole zep meets public enemy vibe

What albums do you have/have heard?

All oif them, own them all


What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)

If you are a politically minded band, and you make and sell your music on those basis, then acts like these prove you are both socialy and politically minded and educated, and clever enough to do so in the view of the public, allowing for influencing others!

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What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?

Not by them, TOO left wing for me, im left realist. But yeah an influence in that being into politics before any of my mates it gave me a touch of comfort being able to enjoy political info in songs!
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#11
When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?
Few years ago my friend introduced me to "Killing In The Name" and "Guerilla Radio" and I loved them! I then bought the albums and voila, I'm a big fan.

What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?
The music. It was so aggressive and so different. Tom Morrellos guitar work and use of effects intrigued me and was one of my major influences. I spend ages trying to find cool and interesting sounds. And when I started listening to the lyrics, they moved me because they were so blunt and sincere.


What albums do you have/have heard?
Renegades of Funk and I have the Platinum Collection

What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)
They made me laugh but made me realize that there are ways of making things aware. It inspired me.


What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?
Just generally don't like capitalism, racism, generalization, etc. Some if not most are similar to RATM's views. But I don't think it was RATM that made me realize them, I just found it out myself and whilst listening to RATM realized that they were similar.

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#12
When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?

I found their first album in my step-dad's CD collection, I think it was the burning monk on the front cover that made me wanna listen lol, I was about 13.

What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?

I like the groove they have in their songs, the use of the bass as an instrument rather than just following the guitar lines and the awesome sounds Morello gets out of his guitars. Zack's lyrics are pretty badass and quite poetic at times which was another drawing point.

What albums do you have/have heard?

I have all of their albums.

What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)

I think it's cool that they have the balls stand up for their beliefs, they also know how to protest without resorting to 'shock-tactics'.

What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?

I've been branded as 'centre-left' by people but I'm not really a fan of the 'lefty' political stance, same way as I'm not a fan of the 'right'. I know RATM are extreme left, but to paraphrase a man much smarter than me "there's two puppets, one on the left, one on the right, but it's the same guy holding them up". I don't think RATM have influenced my political standing at all, and it annoys me when people think they're knowledgeable of politics because they listen to the band.
#13
When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine? Kerrang! got me interested in Tom Morellos gitar techniques and I was intrueged.


What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)? Tom's guitar and the in your face lyrics (not that the rest of the band aren't great musicians too.)


What albums do you have/have heard? I've hear lots of songs Off of different albums... I'm too lazy to name them all.


What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)
Interesting... but also awesome.


What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine? I have some political views that many people find strange. And yes, some are influenced by RATM.
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#14
When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?

around 6 years ago

What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?

The simple groove riffs that are oh so effective

What albums do you have/have heard?

rage against the machine, evil empire, battle of Los Angeles, renegades

What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)

I agree with Rage.

What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?

I suppose they are influenced, although not really relevant to me as I live in Scotland
#15
When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?

about 5 years ago

What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?

the sound that they had was so different from anything else i was listening to, lucky that the first song i heard was bullet in the head

What albums do you have/have heard?

all of them including the live onees

What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)

I think that some people see it as an attempt to make more fans and make a fuss, but i see it as a way that they can express their true views and how they feel the world should be run

What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?

well i always was more left wing than right wing and i think that over time my views were furthered by RATM
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Thanks guys, awesome replies.

Who knows, may even get a merit or distinction

Thanks for all the help though, really appriciated
#17
When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?
About 8 years ago, my friend turned me onto them in 5th grade (his older brother and his friends were obsessed so it rubbed off on us)

What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?
It was rap, which at the time was cool (I was 10 alright?) but it was also rock, which was and still is cool. Just their whole sound and attitude, it was very appealing to rebellious 10 year olds...well...we thought we were rebellious..again, shut-up, I was only 10 ok?

What albums do you have/have heard?
Rage Against the Machine, Renegades and some legally downloaded songs

What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)
I'm not very political so it doesn't really matter much to me, but those guys know how to get their point across.

What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?
Not at all, like I said, I'm not very involved in politics.

I've loved this band for almost a decade now, they just seem like one of those bands that will never get old or boring to me, and I can't say that about many other groups.
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When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?
when they're first album was released. i was 15.

What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?
EVERYTHING. they were like nothing else i heard. i was big into grunge at the time. as most people where in the early 90's. this was a nice change of pace.

What albums do you have/have heard?
i own all of them.

What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)
not something i'd do personally, but commend their efforts. they're hearts are in the right place, but those type of things havent got results since the 60's. though a lot of the stuff they've done has worked. they've probably changed a few minds along the way with their music and activism as well.

What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?
they were very much like RATM's views. up until my mid 20's. there's a point where one realizes that some socialist methods will not function as well as they look on paper. however, still LOVE this band and most of what they stand for....
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#19
When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?
a few months ago. i normally hate people like this, and i know you guys do too, but i became a pretty big fan instantly.

What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?
i saw a video of tom morello showing all of the stuff he does, and i decided to see how he fits in.

What albums do you have/have heard?
all of them.

What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)
its pretty cool, especially the NYSE one, but nothing extraordinary.

What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?
suprisingly, (I'm kind of a lyric nazi) I think most of the stuff I hear mostly Tom say is just stupid. The stuff he pulls with the CCCP shirts and the red star hats look very misinformed to me, I'm 15 and I can see that we could never flip America over to communism. So I'd say no, but I'll admit the speech during Wake Up at Cochaella gave me chills.

(And you might want to fix National Demographic Convention to National Democratic Convention before you hand it in
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When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?

I had to listen to them to get to the Stone Temple Pilots song.

What albums do you have/have heard?

None of them.

What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)

I couldn't care less.



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For an essay at college I'm writing about Rage against the machine's effect on their fans political views. As part of this I could do with a few "interviews" as it were. No names or anything nessesary, just answer a few questions as best you can



Questions:


When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine? when i was seven my cousin played it non-stop


What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?
it sounded really cool and i was seven and anything sounded cool


What albums do you have/have heard?
of ratm? all of thwm
other? idk


What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)
not sure it just looked cool


What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?
none,yes
#22
When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?

Tony Hawk 2 when I was a young lad.

What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?

I didn't care much for them back then, but when I got into them later it was for the musicianship, funky rythym, heavy riffs, and one hell of a guitarist.

What albums do you have/have heard?

I've heard all of the studio albums and one live album.

What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)

I don't know much about them outside of the music.

What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?

I believe in Minimal Government Power, I've always felt this way. RATM has had no significant effect on my Political Ideas.
#23
When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?

About 1992

What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?

"FUCK YOU I WON'T DO WHAT YA TELL ME!!!" That kinda grabbed me straight away.

What albums do you have/have heard?

Rage Against the Machine
Evil Empire
The Battle of Los Angeles
Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium

What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)

Couldn't care less.

What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?

They're not at all influenced by RATM.
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#24
Questions:


When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?
Tony hawk 2 (guerilla radio)


What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?
catchy lyrics/rhythm


What albums do you have/have heard?
Battle of LA


What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc) Interesting


What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?
Political views remain the same
#25
You should ask: What do you think RATM's political views are, because I have no idea and I listen to them all the time.
#26
When did you first hear about/get into Rage Against the Machine?

Probably about 6-8 years ago. My dad has a few of their albums and tapes of a few of their concerts.

What initially drew you to the band? (music/lyrics wise)?

Tom Morello's guitar work, riffs, solos, etc., plus just the energy and power behind the whole RATM experience, lyrically and musically.

What albums do you have/have heard?

The Battle of Los Angeles, Evil Empire, Rage Against the Machine


What do you think of Rage Against the Machine’s political stunts? (National Demographic convention/PMRC/NY Stock Exchange etc)

I think they were a justified exercise of free speech and were effective marketers and publicity stunts and highlighted the band's creativity and policital involvement.

What are your own political views? Are they influenced at all by the music of Rage Against the Machine?

I'm a liberal/progressive/tree hugger. I agree with most of the opinions Rage expresses in their music but back when I first heard them, I wasn't very politically active (hell, I couldn't even make out what Zach was saying lol).
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