Freedom (Rage Against the Machine song)

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Single by Rage Against the Machine
from the album Rage Against the Machine
Released 21 August 1994
Format CD
Genre Rapcore, alternative metal
Length 6:06
Producer(s) Garth "GGGarth" Richardson, Rage Against the Machine
Rage Against the Machine singles chronology
"Year of tha Boomerang"

"Freedom" was a single released by American rap metal band Rage Against the Machine from their self-titled album in 1994.

The song is played in Drop D tuning on the guitars and has a distinctive riff in the intro and chorus. The band would normally close their shows playing "Freedom" due to the famous breakdown followed by an intense ending, for which they sometimes adapted parts of "Township Rebellion" (another Rage song). An example of this is featured on The Battle of Mexico City DVD. Since their reunion, the song has been played as part of the encore along with "Killing in the Name".

"Freedom" was also used in an episode of the MTV series Daria, entitled Quinn The Brain in 1998.

Freedom made its live debut at their first public performance at Cal State in the Quad, on October 23, 1991.

On certain copies of the Freedom single (and on the vinyl), there is a track titled Freedom (Remix). There are no differences between this and the version on the album, except Zack de la Rocha saying "Yeah, now check this out" near the beginning and slightly different mastering.

The song's main riff is one of several Rage Against the Machine riffs adapted by the band Muse in concert. This can be seen on Muse's 2013 Bluray/DVD release Live at Rome Olympic Stadium. Singer Matt Belamy yells: "Freedom Las Vegas. We're here for freedom," then plays the riff.

Music video[edit]

The video for "Freedom" was directed by Peter Christopherson and produced by Fiz Oliver at Squeak Pictures. It premiered on MTV's 120 Minutes on December 19, 1993. According to CVC Broadcast & Cable Top 50 chart, "Freedom" was the Number 1 promo in January 1994.

The video is focused on the case for Leonard Peltier, who was one of the leaders of the American Indian Movement (AIM). The band is performing live in a small venue throughout the video. During the video, footage from the Peltier case is examined and detailed with shots of Peltier and other members of AIM. There is also a reenactment of what took place on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The footage of this reenactment is from Michael Apted's 1992 documentary Incident at Oglala.

During most of the video quotes from Sitting Bull and general AIM information taken from Peter Matthiessen's 1983 study of the Peltier case, In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, scrolls along the bottom of the screen. The video ends with a picture of Peltier in prison and the phrase "justice has not been done".

Brad plays with his drumkit facing the back wall in this video, as he was prone to doing in 1994. He said he wanted to sit facing the same direction the audience was facing. After a while he set up huge truck mirrors in front of him so he could still see the crowd while playing.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Freedom"
  2. "Freedom" (Live)
  3. "Take the Power Back" (Live)

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