- Testify (Rage Against the Machine song)
Infobox Single | Name = Testify
Rage Against the Machine
from Album = The Battle of Los Angeles
Released = 2000
Format = CD, 7", 12", digital download
Rap rock, funk metal
Length = 3:29
Producer = Rage Against the Machine, Brendan O'Brien
Last single = "
Sleep Now in the Fire"
This single = "Testify"
Next single = "
Calm Like a Bomb"
"Testify" is a single by
rap metalband Rage Against the Machineoff their third studio album "The Battle of Los Angeles".
The cover of the single was taken from the
1968 Olympics Black Power Salute. The song's lyrics notably make reference to George Orwell's novel 1984 through use of "The Party" slogan "Who controls the past (now), controls the future. Who controls the present (now), controls the past." The song is a playable track on " Rock Band 2".
The song, like many Rage Against the Machine songs, is notable for Tom Morello's unorthodox use of guitar to create unusual sounds. Morello plays the sweeping sound in the song's intro and verse using a mixture of effects and techniques. First, the
Digitech Whammypedal is set to harmonize a minor seventh above the note being played, and the delay pedal is set to a short, slap-back setting that almost sounds like reverb. With both pickups set to maximum volume, Morello creates the sound by pick the open D string whilst flicking the toggle switch back and forth and using a wah-wah pedalto shift between the bass and treble frequencies. [ [http://www.musicfanclubs.org/rage/articles/testify.htm rage: Articles/Interviews ] ]
The music video, directed by
Michael Moore, features a number of clips showing the two presidential candidates at the time ( George W. Bushand Al Gorefor the 2000 US Presidential Election) stating the same policies and views on important issues, and the movie aims to highlight the lack of choice in the US electoral system. This is spoofed in the video as the images of Bush and Gore are morphed together, thereby creating a "mutant" that "appears as two but speaks as one."
Other key themes in the video focus on America's reliance on
oil, with several clips of the Gulf War, and lines at gas pumps accompanied by the lines "Mass graves for the pump and the price is set." Other clips display modern industrializationand the military industrial complex, juxtaposed against images of third worldnations.
Other organizations, topics, and individuals displayed in the video include:
Exxon, same sex relationships, Richard Nixon, Kenneth Starr, Bill Clinton, Oliver North, Monica Lewinsky, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Pope John Paul II, General Norman Schwarzkopf, the Christian Coalition, monster truck rallys, the Republican Revolution, and the corporate donations that each candidate has received.
The similarities between the two candidates are displayed through soundbites of their speeches. Among the topics that George W. Bush and Al Gore agree on, as shown in the video: support of the
death penalty, prosperity through free trade, investing in the future, support of clean air, and a ban on soft money. Each candidate concludes by stating " God Bless America."
The video ends with a quote from
Ralph Nader: "If you're not turned onto politics, politics will turn on you."
#"Testify" (album version) - 3:31
#"Testify" (Testifly Mix) - 3:50
#"Testify" (Rowena Projects Mix) - 4:23
Guerrilla Radio" (live version) - 3:35
#"Freedom" (live version) - 8:39
* [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
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