In a list of ‘political’ musicians, 99% of people would name guitarist Tom Morello somewhere up the top.
If being part of a group called Rage Against the Machine, filming videos which shut down Wall Street, performing songs called ‘Take the Power Back’, and releasing albums called Evil Empire weren’t enough to give you a hint, then maybe images like this, taken at a gig by his current band Prophets of Rage, might give you a subtle clue:
Yet, somehow, somehow, one person - and there’s always one on the internet isn’t there? - managed to miss all this, and called Morello out on his Instagram for brandishing a guitar emblazoned with ‘FUCK TRUMP’ and a T-shirt reading ‘Mother, should I trust the government?’, writing: “Another successful musician instantly becomes a political expert.”
This was too good an opportunity for Morello to miss.
He replied to ‘davez67’, writing: “One does not have to be an honors grad in political science from Harvard University to recognize the unethical and inhuman nature of this administration but well, I happen to be an honors grad in political science from Harvard University so I can confirm that for you.”
Naturally, Twitter found the whole thing hilarious.
I too am disappointed to learn that Tommy from beloved pop punk band Rage Against the Machine has suddenly decided to be political. This information has ruined all my favorite songs — Gorilla Radio, Kissing in the Name, Renegades of Fun. Musicians should just play instrumentals.— Jake Kilroy (@jakekilroy) December 11, 2017
They were the renegades of thyme and sage. Such an important track about fun in the kitchen.— Jake Kilroy (@jakekilroy) December 11, 2017
"Rage Against The Machine" <---- like, it's on the tin, folks. Right there on the label— Johnnemann 🌹 (@johnnemann) December 11, 2017
The band is not called “quietly accept the machine” ffs— jet set radioooo (@genghiskait) December 11, 2017
And, just in case you were in any doubt:
Now let’s enjoy a bit of peak Rage shall we? Yes, let’s.