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Renegades (Rage Against the Machine album)

Renegades is the fourth and final studio album by American rock band Rage Against the Machine, released posthumously on December 5, 2000 by Epic Records, almost two months prior their breakup. The album consists of covers of songs by artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Minor Threat, Eric B. & Rakim, EPMD, MC5, The Rolling Stones, Cypress Hill, and Devo.

Renegades
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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
Studio
Genre Rap rock[1]
Length 51:13
Label Epic
Producer
Rage Against the Machine chronology
The Battle of Los Angeles
(1999)The Battle of Los Angeles1999
Renegades
(2000)
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

After the release of Renegades, the remaining three members of the band reformed with Chris Cornell on vocals as Audioslave. Rage did, however, release the live album Live at the Grand Olympic Auditorium, consisting of their final two concerts before their initial break-up.

The album achieved platinum status a little over a month after its initial release.

Contents

ArtworkEdit

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
SourceRating
Metacritic78/100[2]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [3]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
Melody Maker     [5]
NME8/10[6]
Q     [5]
Rolling Stone     [1]
Spin7/10[5]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Original artist (date)Length
1."Microphone Fiend"Eric Barrier, Rakim AllahEric B. & Rakim (1988)5:01
2."Pistol Grip Pump"Roger Troutman, Dino Hawkins, Adrian Miller, Eric Vidal, Nick VidalVolume 10 (1994)3:18
3."Kick Out the Jams"Wayne Kramer, Fred "Sonic" Smith, Rob Tyner, Michael Davis, Dennis ThompsonMC5 (1969)3:11
4."Renegades of Funk"Afrika Bambaataa, Arthur Baker, John Miller, John RobieAfrika Bambaataa (1983)4:35
5."Beautiful World"Mark Mothersbaugh, Gerald CasaleDevo (1981)2:35
6."I'm Housin'"Erick Sermon, Parish SmithEPMD (1988)4:56
7."In My Eyes"Ian MacKaye, Jeff Nelson, Brian Baker, Lyle PreslarMinor Threat (1981)2:54
8."How I Could Just Kill a Man"Louis Freese, Senen Reyes, Lawrence MuggerudCypress Hill (1991)4:04
9."The Ghost of Tom Joad"Bruce SpringsteenBruce Springsteen (1995)5:38
10."Down on the Street"Iggy Pop, Ron Asheton, Scott Asheton, Dave AlexanderThe Stooges (1970)3:38
11."Street Fighting Man"Mick Jagger, Keith RichardsThe Rolling Stones (1968)4:42
12."Maggie's Farm"Bob DylanBob Dylan (1965)6:54
Bonus tracks
No.TitleWriter(s)Original artist (date)Length
13."Kick Out the Jams" (Live)Kramer, Smith, Tyner, Davis, ThompsonMC5 (1969)4:31
14."How I Could Just Kill a Man" (Live, featuring B-Real and Sen Dog)Freese, Reyes, MuggerudCypress Hill (1991)4:30

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.

PersonnelEdit

  • 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

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

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

SinglesEdit

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

ReferencesEdit

  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". EW.com. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  5. ^ a b c "Rage Against The Machine – Renegades CD Album". Cduniverse.com. 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". Billboard.com
  8. ^ "OLiS: sales for the period 8 January 2001 – 14.01.2001". OLiS. 

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