Renegades (Rage Against the Machine album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedDecember 5, 2000 (2000-12-05)
RecordedApril–September 2000
GenreRap rock[1]
Rage Against the Machine chronology
The Battle of Los Angeles
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

Renegades is the fourth studio album by American rock band Rage Against the Machine (RATM), released on December 5, 2000 by Epic Records, almost two months after their first 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.

After the release of Renegades, three of the four band members (minus vocalist Zack de la Rocha) formed a new band, Audioslave with former Soundgarden vocalist/guitarist Chris Cornell. RATM 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.


The album's cover art is a parody of the pop art work LOVE by Robert Indiana, with the word "love" replaced with "rage" and the letter G at the bottom left corner slanted (in the original sculpture, the slanted letter O is at the top right corner). 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
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]
Alternative Press4/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[5]
Melody Maker3.5/5 stars[6]
Mojo4/5 stars[7]
Q3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[1]
Select4/5 stars[9]

Track listing[edit]

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)6:34
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.


  • Rage Against the Machine – co-producer, art direction
  • Zack de la Rocha – vocals
  • Tom Morello – guitar
  • Tim Commerford – bass/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


Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
Billboard 200[10] 14
Canadian Albums Chart[10] 13
Polish Albums Chart[11] 33
UK Albums Chart [12] 71
Top Internet Albums 14[citation needed]


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]


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[13] Platinum 70,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[14] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ a b Tom Moon (November 21, 2000). "Renegades | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  2. ^ "Renegades Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. December 5, 2000. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  3. ^ Bush, John (December 5, 2000). "Renegades – Rage Against the Machine : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  4. ^ A tour through three decades of sonic recalcitrance, Renegades is the genome map of seditious sound. [#151, p.90]
  5. ^ Rob Brunner (December 11, 2000). "Renegades Review | Music Reviews and News". Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c "Rage Against The Machine – Renegades CD Album". December 5, 2000. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  7. ^ This crisp, Rick Rubin-produced outing packs away a machine that was well-oiled to the last. [Jan. 2001, p.107]
  8. ^ "NME Album Reviews – Renegades". Nme.Com. November 24, 2000. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
  9. ^ Renegades is Rage's most satisfying record since their debut. [Jan 2001, p.104]
  10. ^ a b "Renegades – Rage Against the Machine".
  11. ^ "OLiS: sales for the period 8 January 2001 – 14.01.2001". OLiS.
  12. ^ "Rage Against the Machine". Official Charts. Retrieved October 3, 2018.
  13. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2000 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  14. ^ "British album certifications – Rage against the machine – Renegades". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Renegades in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Rage against the machine – Renegades". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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