The Ghost of Tom Joad

Ali sent the above video to me late last night. The backstory is this: in 2000, Rage Against the Machine released their last studio album to date (hopefully now that they’ve reunited, it won’t be the last one ever). Called Renegades, it was basically their very own “The Spaghetti Incident?”–an album made up entirely of covers, a self-indulgent victory lap for one of the defining bands of the 90’s.

Except Renegades is really good. Some of the covers, such as “Renegades of Funk” and “How I Could Just Kill a Man” vaulted right over the source material, while the rest of them (except for a couple of duds) made you hear old classics in a new light.

One of the more interesting covers was of a Bruce Springsteen song called “The Ghost of Tom Joad.” While the original was all mournful acoustic strumming, their version was, well, a Rage Against the Machine song. I guess The Boss liked it though, or else he wouldn’t have invited RATM’s guitar god Tom Morello to perform it with him live.

For more context, here’s the Springsteen original:

And here’s the cover. Double-necked SG FTW:

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