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Bulls On Parade By Rage Against The Machine

Evil Empire

1996 | Rock

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“What we don't know keeps the contracts alive and movin'. -- They don't gotta burn the books, they just remove 'em. -- While arms warehouses fill as quick as the cells. -- Rally round the family, pockets full of shells."

Trivia

  • The song hit #62 on the Billboard Hot 100, #36 on Mainstream Rock & #11 on the Modern Rock charts.
  • "Bulls on Parade" made its live debut on January 25, 1996, at Big Day Out in Sydney, Australia.
  • Irony Alert: It is the theme song for the defense of the NFL's Houston Texans, and is played in the stadium at home games to invigorate the crowd and players before games.

THE HOT TAKES

Luke Tatum

Warfare and family values. Sherry is spot-on in calling this a product of its time. I've always enjoyed the occasional RATM listening fest, though musically there isn't a lot there. It's an angry jam, and I think that's all this needs to be. This was my first time watching the music video, and by golly, if that wasn't the most AnCom thing I've ever seen!

Sherry Voluntary

I know good ol’ Nicky P. isn’t crazy about RATM, but there is no denying that they had a huge impact on my generation. They brought anti-war and anti-state ideas to us in a big way. This song in particular is a commentary of the times in which it was written. “Family Values” was a huge rallying cry for “the conservative right” in American politics during the 80’s and 90’s, and this song rightfully points out the blatant hypocrisy of those who will “Rally round the family with a pocket full of shells.” They talk about faith and family and holding life as sacred, while they actively support the war machine that destroys families here and abroad. It’s sickening and still just as valid a criticism of those flag waving “patriots” today as it was then.

Nicky P

My thoughts go like this: "if only Chris Cornell had released solo music instead of ever being involved with these guys. " I know this isn't Audioslave and that Zach had nothing to do with that project but i can't help but feel like we could have gotten another decade of solid Cornell if this band never existed. So quality or blandness notwithstanding (boy is this bland) I can't argue against the hypocrisy this song points out. Nothing screams Christian like standing behind mass murder of poor brown people oversees. I feel as though the families that need rallied around are those being destroyed by American bombs. I particularly enjoy where they point out that the military industrial complex warehouses are filling up just like the warehouses for the prison industrial complex. Now I'm not against family values if you take conservatism seriously I'm ok with that even if it's not something im interested in. I'm more than happy to help you find a free place to be bland like this song. But enforcing your way of life on me or not living your principles to support war means we are enemies.

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