August 04, 2008

Rage Against Whatever

My last three days were spent at the musical festival, Lollapalooza, in Chicago. There were many highlights, all brought to you today by the letter R, including Radiohead, The Raconteurs and Rage Against the Machine.

This post will reflect upon my experience at Rage Against the Machine, who were, apparently, also sponsored by the number hate.

I passed up Wilco as the Saturday night closer, even though there was a circling rumor that Barack Obama would make an appearance and likely give an impassioned address about how we were the change that we have been waiting for. I simply couldn't pass up the chance to see Rage live.

They did not disappoint. 3 show stoppages for injuries and calls to stop hitting/trampling each other. Political cries from the stage that seemed to empathize the rumored speaker's ideas, but with added rhetoric and casual threats such as "take this violence to the streets" and "if Obama gets into office and doesn't do what we say, we're going to go burn Washington to the ground".

If Obama loses this election, we'll hear that it's simply because of his race. If he wins this election, who does he have to cater to? The Gandhis in his party or the revolutionaries?


Steve said...

Probably the ones who don't have to be told not to hurt each other.

Just to be curious, what kind of reductive either/or would you come up with for Republicans?

Steve said...

If it wasn't clear that last comment was said in jest. I just couldn't remember you emoticon policy.

Eric Olsen said...

man, and i thought "revolutionaries" was being extremely charitable.

i don't know. i guess i have to go see Alice Cooper live or something?

Steve said...

Like I said, I was just having a bit of fun with you. Nothing serious.

I've never actually listened to any Rage Against the Machine. What exactly do they rage against? Or is it just that unfocused omnidirectional rage?

Eric Olsen said...

i tried to find a consistent political theory behind rage's music, but it's pretty hard to do.

and for my reductive republicans...hmmm...maybe "thomas jeffersons and the lion kings"?

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