Rage Against the Machine (Epic 2017 #248)

The Epic 2017 Project #248: 170905

Rage Against the Machine (1992)

This was the self-titled debut from Rage Against the Machine released on November 3, 1992. It went to No.1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, No.45 on the Billboard 200 chart and No.17 on the UK albums charts.

“Know Your Enemy” features Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan on “additional vocals”, and also features Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins on trashcan percussion. Keenan occasionally appeared onstage with the band to perform the song. The album cover features the self-immolation of Thích Quảng Đức that occurred on June 11, 1963.

The second single release from the album was ‘Bullet in the Head’ This rapidly became a fan favorite and one of the album’s heaviest tracks. It refers to the band’s belief that the government used media to control the population, drawing comparisons between typical residences and Alcatraz. The track was transferred intact from the band’s demo, also titled Rage Against the Machine.

As well as one of the band’s most well known riffs, the song features many innovative guitar techniques by Tom Morello. These heavily use a DigiTech Whammy pitch shifter and wah-wah pedal. In the verses, Morello picks the open D and G strings on his guitar with the DigiTech Whammy in the open position to raise the pitch by two octaves. This creates a ‘sampling’ sound. Not as often heard is an unusual sound believed to be Morello picking a natural harmonic on his guitar and then raising the pitch with the Whammy pitch shifter.

Bullet in the head peaked at No.16 on the UK singles chart, albeit a very heavily censored version. Sadly, this meant that the song was often faded out by the time Zac de la Rocha got to the ante-penultimate line ‘Ya gotta a bullet in the fucking head’ and the song reached its massively powerful crescendo.

But there’s no fade here…

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One Minute Silence – One lie fits all (Epic 2017 #194)

The Epic 2017 Project #194: 170713

One Minute Silence – Oner lie fits all (2003)

One Lie Fits All is the third album from One Minute Silence. It was released on 7 July 2003. Produced by John Leckie, it was the band’s last album before they announced their breakup in October 2003 and never enjoyed a supporting tour, unlike the two EP’s (Revolution and We Bounce – a two part single for “I Wear My Skin” was also released) which came during the anticipation for the album release.

The album was a marked progression from their previous rap metal style displayed on Available In All Colours (and to a lesser degree Buy Now… Saved Later which was quite similar in its toned down, more mellow vibe) the sound was much more refined and reflective in places. Although the album still had its epic tracks which the band were known for, especially live.

The album also gave One Minute Silence their highest charting single with ‘I Wear My Skin’ reaching number 44 in the UK charts.

Dizzy Rascal – Tongue in Cheek (Epic 2017 #057)

The Epic 2017 Project #057: 170226

Dizzee Rascal – Tongue in cheek (2009)

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The release of Dizzee Rascal’s 4th studio album was announced on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross when, in an interview, Rascal revealed details including track information and production. He confirmed in an interview on Radio 1 that he was leaving his grime roots behind, in favour of more mainstream pop music.

On 23 May 2009, Calvin Harris revealed on his Twitter that he was producing a Dizzee track. At the Evolution Festival in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he confirmed that there would be two new singles from the album called “Road Rage” and “Dirtee Cash”. Dirtee Cash heavily samples The Adventures of Stevie V song “Dirty Cash.” Samples are also used on “Can’t Tek No More” (“Warrior’s Charge” by Aswad from the film Babylon) and “Chillin’ Wiv da Man Dem” (“Oh Honey” by Delegation).

In early August the track listing was confirmed in a preview of the album by music website NME.

Notably, Rascal designed a Nike-distributed Tongue n’ Cheek shoe, to be in released at the same time as the album. The proceeds from these shoes going to Tower Hamlets Summer University of which Rascal is a patron

Afrikan Boy – Border Business (Leaping Ahead #129)

Leaping Ahead Project 2016 #129: 160508

[Song from the last album purchased]

We caught Afrikan Boy at Brighton’s Green Door Store a couple of weekend’s back, admirably supported by our very own Mok (the band my daughter’s the lead singer with). This is from his 2014 album ‘ABCD’ which I purchased from the Merchman on the night.