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These foolish things remind them of USSR.
photo: Danny Clinch
These foolish things remind them of USSR.

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Rage Against the Machine
Renegades
Epic
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Renegades revels in its historic shrewdness down to the Robert Indiana "LOVE" send-up of the booklet art, and will fascinate, inspire, and instruct for a long time. There are outtakes lurking, too—Gang of Four's "What We All Want" and a bizarro hybrid of Eazy-E's "Ruthless Villain" and Rush's "Working Man." Successor bands who hear Renegades will know enough to plow ahead to Fela, Bob Marley, Patti Smith, Ani DiFranco. More than expanding our views of established performers and demonstrating that punk, rap, and metal can feast together on meaty hooks and high-fat beats, Renegades establishes radical-pop protest-racket as more than just an aberration in the music that descends from Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. In the sequence of songs RATM have selected, sly words and assault music bridge years and races. After this record, no one can dismiss amplified activism as the fleeting howls of isolated hotheads. It's the forever underground.

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