Guerilla Radio

Album: The Battle Of Los Angeles (1999)
Charted: 32 69
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  • This song is about the 2000 US presidential Election, and in particular the way media shaped the campaigns of the two competitors, George Bush and Al Gore.
  • The line "More for Gore or the son of a drug lord" refers to the discovery that, while George Bush Sr. was President, the CIA was supplying drugs to inner city areas. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    rudi - melbourne, Australia, for above 2
  • This song is a statement about the worthlessness of democracy in the United States. Since the people don't truly understand "choice" and are only able to grasp a small glimpse of those running to represent them in office, they are unconsciously under a one-party system. Rage are using music and sound as a weapon against such "low intensity warfare."
  • This was the first single from The Battle Of Los Angeles, and is the most recognizable as their sound in relation to their past releases. It's basically a manifestation of Rage's goal and purpose, acting as "guerrilla radio" to alert the masses of the change to radical ideas. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Tim - Pittsburgh, PA, for above 2
  • This was used on the popular late-'90s skateboarding game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Chris LaBenne - Niles, OH
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Comments: 18

  • Henry from Austin, Tx"army of pigs" refer to police as people cal cops pigs
  • Carlo from Munich, Germanyit propably refers to Radio Rebelde,right?
  • Jeff from Austin, TxThank God there are people like Zack De la Rocha to tell us what kind of political views to have.
  • Brandon from Aurora, IlThe music video for this song portrays a whole different meaning than the one posted here.
  • Chris from Camrose, CanadaCould it still reference Cuba with the Army of Pigs, maybe refering to the bay of pigs?
  • Adam from Weston, AustraliaHey I am an Australian, and Midnight Oil is awesome, just like Rage, whether you realise it or not the politics of other nations affect those of our countries, and they usually ralate to us, I mean look at this War on Terror, Bush and Howard (the Australian Prime Minister) have taken away some of our rights because other countries don't agree with us.
  • Jeff from Columbia, ScNoah, Boston just about hit it on the head but regardless this is my fave RATM song. This is one of the most powerfull and respected bands ever after only 4 albums. Ask anybody in any band from 1990 til today who was the best-it's either Rage or Tool-hands down. Soon to be Audioslave....
  • Tom from Erie, Pa"I wonder if it had anything to do with the Guerilla Radio of the Cuban Revolution?"

    The bamd's hero his Che Guevara, the revolutionary who pretty much created the Cuban Revolution, but Guerilla Radion is in now way related to the Cuban Revolution.
  • Will from Ballarat, AustraliaAdrian, i care about midnight oil. they are interesting, i bet youve never even properly understood them anyway. And you are an idiot for saying that no one will care about politics in 'el salvador' or wherever. by putting their message in their songs they are educating us, and your just too stupid to understand it, so you blindly criticise it. RATM's album sales and their worldwide popularity will tell you that people actually do care about politics in any country.
  • Ariel from Woodbridge, Ctzach de la rocha is half mexican, tom morello is half black
  • Adrian from Duluth, GaWho cares about politics in el salvador or wherever unless you live there. About as interesting as listening to Midnight Oil go on about Australian politics.
  • Vince from Philadelphia, PaIt was pretty easy to see what would happen in that election. Gore v. Bush. Zack is actually Mexican more than black.
  • Rene from Chicago, IlI wonder if it had anything to do with the Guerilla Radio of the Cuban Revolution?
  • Billy Ross from Hagerstown, Mdyeah actually now that i think about it, im pretty sure it was about the election cuz of the polls and the reference to Al Gore. There's also a reference to Mumia Abu-Jamal. The band really supports him. Thanks Brendan.
  • Matt from Millbrae, CaGood song. Rage Against the Machine also does a cool cover of N.W.A.'s F**k the police thats floatin around as a bootleg. They did it live, and Zach actually pulls it off...since hes black of course.
  • Brendan from Hobart, AustraliaFor billy ross: although it may not be about the 2000 election, it has to be about politics and SOME sort of election if you took the time to read the lyrics.
  • Noah from Boston, MaThis doesnt refer to the outcome of the race, but rahter the charade of the race itself. Lines like "A spectacle monopolized, the camera's eye on choice disguised." When Zach speaks of the "Third world war, third round" hes talking about the thrid world war being one of the US media against the people. The line "A decade of the weapon of sound above ground" to me means the cable news boom of the 90s with CNN, Fox news et all. They are the ones bringing the thrid world war... and the thrid round refers to the three presidential elections since cable news. First Bush I v Clinton, second Clinton v Dole, third round was Gore v Bush II.

    well, if you cant understand that mess, then overall the song's just about how good the media has gotten at spinning its views and dominating their publics' thought. The image i take away from the song in the end is at the end of hte music video they show a short clip of Ralph Nader saying, "The people have to turn on to politics or it will turn the people out."
  • Billy Ross from Hagerstown, Mdhow could it be about the 2000 election? no one knew how that would turn out in 99.
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