Rage against the machine (The ’59) #206

The ’59 2018 #206: 180725

Rage against the machine (1992)

Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Today we’ve reached year 34 – 1992.

The eponymous debut studio album from Rage Against the Machine was released on November 3, 1992 by Epic Records. It reached No.17 on the UK album charts the following year.

The album’s lead single ‘Bullet in the Head’ refers to the ideology that the government uses media to control the population, drawing comparisons between typical residences and Alcatraz. The track was transferred intact from the band’s demo, also self-titled.

Bullet in the Head features many innovative guitar techniques by Tom Morello. These use a DigiTech Whammy pitch shifter and wah-wah pedal. Morello picks the open D and G strings on his guitar with the DigiTech Whammy in the open (furthest) position to raise the pitch by two octaves. This creates a ‘sampling’ sound. You can also hear Morello picking a natural harmonic on his guitar and then raising the pitch with the Whammy pitch shifter.

The band debuted “Bullet in the Head” at their first public performance at California State University, Northridge in The Quad on October 23, 1991.

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Rammstein – Mutter (Epic 2017 #251)

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Rammstein – Mutter (2001)

Mutter (German for “mother” – obviously) is the third album by Neue Deutsche Härte band Rammstein. It was released on 2 April 2001 through Motor Music. The album’s cover image is a photograph of a dead fetus, which was taken by Daniel & Geo Fuchs. Overall the album has spawned six singles which is, by far, the most singles released from any Rammstein album.

November 17 – Defy Everything (Epic 2017 #189)

The Epic 2017 Project #189: 170708

November 17 – Defy Everything (1999)

N17 (sometimes known as November 17) were an Industrial metal band from Phoenix, Arizona, United States. Formed in 1993, they were one of the original crossover electronic/metal They released two albums and were signed to Slipdisc Records (a division of Mercury Records) until the label closed in late 1999. They were also signed to Spitfire Records until the band’s split in 2001.

The band took its name from the November 17, 1973, student uprising at Athens Polytechnic University. Twenty students were killed when Greek army tanks suppressed the protests, and the group was formed in part to retaliate against the ruling military junta.

Rammstein’s ‘Du Hast’ (Leaping Ahead #15)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #15: 160115

[A song from a German band]

“You, you have, you have me…” The translated opening lines of Du Hast, released as the second single from Rammstein’s second album ‘Sehnsucht’ in 1997.But a direct English translation of the German isn’t actually possible;the original lyrics use the German homophones haben (to have) and hassen (to hate). When conjugated in the second person singular form (i.e. “you”), the verbs haben and hassen become respectively hast and hasst; there is no phonetic difference between these two words so the whole song is a play on them.