Infobox Single | Name = Vietnow
Rage Against the Machine
from Album = Evil Empire
Released = 10th October 1997
Format = CD, 7", 12"
Alternative rock, alternative metal, funk metal
Length = 4 min 39 s
Producer = artist
Last single = "
This single = "Vietnow"
Next single = "
"Vietnow" was the final single for
Rage Against the Machine's "Evil Empire" album. Officially it is only the third single from the album, as Down Rodeowas a promo release only.
The cover photograph of an elder lady seen from the back, carrying a
boomboxradio and walking down a mountain was taken by the Mexican photographer Graciela Iturbidein the Sonoran Desertin 1979. The original photograph is called "Mujer Ángel" and has also appeared in the black and white photography book "" as compiled by Erika Billeter.
The song's lyrics concern right-wing
AM radioshows, hosted by people such as Rush Limbaugh, G. Gordon Liddy, Oliver Northand Michael Reagan. One of the riffs bears a resemblance to " The Wanton Song" by Led Zeppelin, whom Tom Morellohas cited as a major influence.
"Vietnow" also contains numerous references to
Christianity. Among these are "shut down the devil's sound", "undressed and blessed by the Lord", "evil angel's lists" and "is all the world jails and churches". Part of this is presumably due to the Christian right, and the abundance of right-wing radio show hosts.
The line "comin down like bats from Stacey Koon" is a reference to Sgt.
Stacey Koon, one of the 4 LAPDpolicemen videotaped beating black motorist Rodney Kingin 1992. He and Laurence Powellwere the only two convicted of the four.
#"Clear The Lane" - b-side
#"Intro/Black Steel In The Hour Of Chaos [Live Version] "
#"Zapata's Blood [Live Version] "
* [http://www.ratm.com/ Official Website]
* [http://www.axisofjustice.org/ Axis of Justice] Tom Morello and
Serj Tankian's Activist Website " Axis Of Justice"
* [http://www.vietnow.org/ Vietnow.org] Rage Against The Machine news resource and forum
* [http://centrodelaimagen.conaculta.gob.mx/in_diciembre/galeria_graciela.html Graciela Iturbide´s Official Website]
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