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Renegades (Rage Against the Machine album)

Renegades is the fourth studio album by American rock band Rage Against the Machine, released on December 5, 2000 by Epic Records. The album consists of cover songs and includes covers of artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Minor Threat, Eric B. & Rakim, EPMD, MC5, The Rolling Stones, Cypress Hill, and Devo. It was released after Rage Against the Machine singer Zack de la Rocha left the band. After the release of Renegades, the remaining three members of the band reformed with Chris Cornell on vocals as Audioslave. Rage did, however, release another album, Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, a live recording of their final two concerts before their initial break-up, in Los Angeles on September 12 and September 13, 2000. The bonus live version of "Kick Out the Jams" on the European version of this album also appears on Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium. Their version of "Maggie's Farm", was featured in the credits of the 2010 film The Other Guys. The album achieved platinum status a little over a month after its initial release.

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Studio album of cover songs by Rage Against the Machine
Released December 5, 2000 (2000-12-05)
Recorded April – September 2000
Genre Rap rock[1]
Length 60:36
Label Epic
Rage Against the Machine chronology
The Battle of Los Angeles
(1999)The Battle of Los Angeles1999
Singles from Renegades
  1. "The Ghost of Tom Joad"
    Released: November 25, 1997
  2. "Renegades of Funk"
    Released: February 20, 2001
  3. "How I Could Just Kill a Man"
    Released: October 20, 2001



The album's cover art is a parody of the pop art work LOVE by Robert Indiana, with the word "love" replaced with "rage". The album shipped with four different versions of the cover: either red lettering with black and either blue or green background, or with the red and black switched. The album's packaging also includes a poem by Josh Koppel. The artwork ends with a photograph of an American one dollar bill with the message "You are not a slave" written on the back.

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic      [3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
Melody Maker      [5]
NME 8/10[6]
Q      [5]
Rolling Stone      [1]
Spin 7/10[5]

Track listingEdit

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist (date) Length
1. "Microphone Fiend" Eric Barrier, Rakim Allah Eric B. & Rakim (1988) 5:01
2. "Pistol Grip Pump" Roger Troutman, Dino Hawkins, Adrian Miller, Eric Vidal, Nick Vidal Volume 10 (1994) 3:18
3. "Kick Out the Jams" Wayne Kramer, Fred "Sonic" Smith, Rob Tyner, Michael Davis, Dennis Thompson MC5 (1969) 3:11
4. "Renegades of Funk" Afrika Bambaataa, Arthur Baker, John Miller, John Robie Afrika Bambaataa (1983) 4:35
5. "Beautiful World" Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald Casale Devo (1981) 2:35
6. "I'm Housin'" Erick Sermon, Parish Smith EPMD (1988) 4:56
7. "In My Eyes" Ian MacKaye, Jeff Nelson, Brian Baker, Lyle Preslar Minor Threat (1981) 2:54
8. "How I Could Just Kill a Man" Louis Freese, Senen Reyes, Lawrence Muggerud Cypress Hill (1991) 4:04
9. "The Ghost of Tom Joad" Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen (1995) 5:38
10. "Down on the Street" Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, Dave Alexander The Stooges (1970) 3:38
11. "Street Fighting Man" Mick Jagger, Keith Richards The Rolling Stones (1968) 4:42
12. "Maggie's Farm" Bob Dylan Bob Dylan (1965) 6:54

Best Buy limited edition Limited edition albums sold at Best Buy contained a bonus disc with live recordings of "People of the Sun" and "No Shelter". The songs were later released as part of Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium in 2003, as was track 13.


  • Rage Against the Machine – co-producer, art direction
  • Zack de la Rocha – vocals
  • Tom Morello – guitar
  • Tim Commerford – bass guitar/backing vocals
  • Brad Wilk – drums
  • Sen Dog – vocals on the live version of "How I Can Just Kill A Man"
  • B-Real – vocals on the live version of "How I Can Just Kill A Man"
  • Rick Rubin – producer
  • Brendan O'Brien – producer of "The Ghost Of Tom Joad"
  • Jim Scott – engineer
  • David Schiffman – engineer
  • Rich Costey – mixing
  • D. Sardy – mixing of "The Ghost Of Tom Joad" and "Street Fighting Man"
  • Katie Teasdale – assistant engineer
  • Darren Mora – assistant engineer
  • Matt Marin – assistant engineer
  • Mike Scotella – assistant engineer
  • Geoof Walcha – assistant engineer
  • Rich Veltrop – assistant engineer
  • Greg Fidelman – Digital Editing
  • Mark Moreau – Digital Editing
  • Aimee Macauley – art director
  • Lindsay Chase – production coordination
  • Jake Sexton – political coordinator
  • Jake Koppell – inside Booklet


Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2000) Peak
Billboard 200[7] 14
Canadian Albums Chart[7] 13
Polish Albums Chart[8] 33
UK Albums Chart 71
Top Internet Albums 14


Year Single Chart Position
2000 "Renegades of Funk" Modern Rock Tracks 9
2000 "Renegades of Funk" Mainstream Rock Tracks 19
2001 "How I Could Just Kill a Man" Modern Rock Tracks 37
2001 "How I Could Just Kill a Man" Mainstream Rock Tracks 39


  1. ^ a b Tom Moon (2000-11-21). "Renegades | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  2. ^ "Renegades Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. 2000-12-05. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  3. ^ Bush, John (2000-12-05). "Renegades – Rage Against the Machine : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  4. ^ Rob Brunner (2000-12-11). "Renegades Review | Music Reviews and News". Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  5. ^ a b c "Rage Against The Machine – Renegades CD Album". 2000-12-05. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  6. ^ "NME Album Reviews – Renegades". Nme.Com. 2000-11-24. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  7. ^ a b "Renegades – Rage Against the Machine".
  8. ^ "OLiS: sales for the period 8 January 2001 – 14.01.2001". OLiS. 

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