Tom Morello: I'll Never Write A Love Song

RATM's Tom Morello may love crafting acoustic tracks about politics, war and civil rights, but don't expect him to write about romantic love

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Rage Against The Machine's Tom Morello may love crafting acoustic tracks about politics, war and civil rights, but don't expect him to write about romantic love. Ever.

When asked by CNN if he might someday write a real love song, Morello, reportedly, rolled his eyes in antipathy. "Why do people keep asking me that?" he said, before hurling into a lovey-dovey, tongue-and-cheek jam. "Try making babies to that!"

"That guy's made plenty of baby-making songs," Morello added, motioning to singer-songwriter Ben Harper, who was in the other room.

Morello and Harper were together to promote a Chicago show in support of labor unions. Morello recently collaborated with Harper for a track, the soulful "Save The Hammer For The Man", on Morello's latest Nightwatchman album, "WOrld Wide Rebel Songs".

"We were playing a show in Chicago for some union issue, and some of the other musicians on the bill were grousing about not getting paid", Morello said. "One of the other musicians canceled the show because he had to return to his vineyard. We were on the phone kind of moaning about this, and Ben said, 'Tom, you let me know if you want me to put the hammer down'. And I said, 'Ben, save the hammer for the man'. And we're like, 'Hold on. One day, that must be a song!'"

Morello says he and Harper come from the same background, "from the ethnicity of our parents to quite a number of things."

He added that he'll always felt a bit like an outsider: "I was the only black kid in an all-white town. Then I was the only radical student in a conservative high school. Then I was the only rock 'n' roll guitar player at Harvard University. Then I was the only dude with a Harvard diploma in a Hollywood rock 'n' roll band. So in some ways, there's always been a sense of aloneness..."

Thanks for the report to Anne Erickson, Gibson.com

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    vIsIbleNoIsE
    the enigma 1 wrote: tongue and cheek I think there's something wrong here...
    tongue and cheek jam, you can get it at the grocery
    Krieger91
    First part was a bit awesome. But I'm kinda hoping that the last bit was intentionally a joke:
    He added that hell always felt a bit like an outsider: "I was the only black kid in an all-white town. Then I was the only radical student in a conservative high school. Then I was the only rock n roll guitar player at Harvard University. Then I was the only dude with a Harvard diploma in a Hollywood rock n roll band. So in some ways, there's always been a sense of aloneness..."
    ..I mean come on, it that isn't a joke, then it's incessant whining about nothing real: "The only dude with a harvard diploma in a rock and roll band, I've always felt alone.what the hell?
    Krieger91
    Sorry for double post, but I forgot: is the vineyard thing about Maynard James Keenan?
    AaronianKenrod
    my comment was regarding the fact at the time i posted it the article was blank, it no longer makes sense because the article has been posted.
    everjump
    Nofootcanman wrote: I was the only black kid in an all-white town he's black?
    His father is black, mother is white
    flyneye
    I'll try not to be too cheap out of anger about this. As a long retired journalist/swine, I have an axe to grind on Morello. Face to face, I would have some questions that would have to be carefully trodden like a Vietnamese mine field. After all "Americas Only Rock'n'roll Magazine" usually had a good hazing for artists taking up space on its hallowed pages. 1.So, wtf were you guys thinking when you made an "old people murdering burglar" the mistaken hero of generation X for 15 minutes? I mean come on, at least even brain burnt Sonic Youth did Manson as tongue-in-cheek. 2.WTF were you thinking when you blew off the already simple workings of the Whammy pedal and cheapened its cool factor to the same degree 50s recordings of synthesizers that set back the synth as a toy for a decade? 3.Didn't you realize the last band to handle politics with any accuracy, talent, and finesse was the only band that should've been allowed to,"The Only Band that Matters; The Clash"? It's all been silly stumping for Democrats and Socialism since Joe and the boys hung it up. Whatta' buncha suckers leading suckers, poli-rock has turned to be! 3.Will you quit damn whining about every save-the-poor-worm-from-being-eaten-by-the-bird cause du jour? Its getting so bad, the big picture makes it look like you're promoting prostitution. Teaching others the "brain dead attention *****" lifestyle will just get them pimped by the first agenda driven activists/politicians/corporations to come along, just like your career. Yeah, if he could make it through all that and come out shining, I'd've given him a great article and sent his holiness screaming to his word processor for that bottle of pills stashed behind it.
    hassler
    He'll never write a love song because he's filled with so much left-wing hate.
    Lost Dog
    flyneye wrote: 3.Will you quit damn whining about every save-the-poor-worm-from-being-eaten-by-the-bird cause du jour? Its getting so bad, the big picture makes it look like you're promoting prostitution. Teaching others the "brain dead attention *****" lifestyle will just get them pimped by the first agenda driven activists/politicians/corporations to come along, just like your career.
    This. I think even love songs would be less stale than things he sings about or promotes.