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Sleep Now in the Fire
by Rage Against the Machine
“Sleep Now in the Fire” is the fifth track from the 1999 album The Battle of Los Angeles by the band Rage Against the Machine. It was released as a single on November 4, 1999. The song contains lyrics about greed, such as the conquest of Native Americans, Christopher Columbus' voyage by Nina, the Pinta, and Santa Maria and U.S. slavery in the 19th century as well as criticism of actions taken by the US government in wartime, including the bombing of Hiroshima and the use of Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. The guitar riff is a reworking of The Stooges TV Eye, from 1970s Fun House. The song’s main riff is similar to Nirvana’s 1991 song, “Breed”; although Sleep Now In The Fire is one and a half pitch higher.
Guitarist Tom Morello’s solo is also notable as he simply uses feedback from the amp, along with using his whammy bar to adjust the pitch of the feedback. By flicking his toggle switch on and off, he is able to create the high-pitched solo. At the end of the recording, a Korean radio station is heard coming from Morello’s amplifier. (Genius.com)
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Posted: 20th April 2019
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