Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Rage Against The Machine Band Name Was Protest Against a Fax Machine?

Can this be true? 

Did Rage Against the Machine, one of the most intense, influential and political bands to emerge in the 1990's, really get the band's iconic name from a fax machine?

I looked at the date of this article, and it did not read April 1st, so this apparently is not an April Fool's Day joke, although it still seems a bit tough to believe.

Still, according to the article below by Bill Conway, Tom Morello, a member of both Rage and Audioslave, apparently admitted that the band's name was about a fax machine, which would seem more than a little anti-climatic, if you ask me.

Here is Morello's account of it:

“We pretty much did data entry all day long,” the guitarist also known as “The Nightwatchman” said. 

“There was this terrible fax machine everyone in the office used to use. It would eat documents, transmit bad copy… you name it. But the company was too cheap to ever get a new one.”  

According to Morello, the name was first suggested by Zack de la Rocha, the outspoken singer who experienced particular difficulties with faxing.  

“Zack was in bad shape. His old band split up, and I think he needed to get quarterly accounts to Tokyo or something, and everything just got ruined,” said Morello from his Los Angeles home. “Later that night, after we jammed, the four of us were sitting around, tossing out names, and Zack was just like, ‘Tom, my man, I can’t come up with anything good. That fax machine is just so bad — it fills me with so much rage!’ And, well… the rest is history.”

Does anyone know if this is actually how this band got their name or not? 

Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello Confirms It was a Fax Machine by Bill Conway, November 20, 2016:

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