Malcom BrowneRock and politics have always had a contentious relationship, with a massive section of minds sour at the idea of the latter being part of the former. But most can agree that the two can always be a cunning weapon, in positive or negative fashion. Music didn’t have a place in Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc’s martyr decision, in which he lit himself on fire on the streets of Saigon on this day in 1963 to protest the slaughter of Buddhists by a US-backed Prime Minister. But the incident has since become one of many infamous symbols of oppression and what human beings are willing to do to end it.

Enter Rage Against The Machine a year shy of four decades later, in which the L.A.-based analogue threat drops their self-titled debut, emblazoned with journalist Malcom Browne’s award-winning photo of Quang Duc’s flaming body. Most of Generation X latched on to the high octane blend of Zach de la Rocha’s snarls and Tom Morello’s machine-gun guitar work, working out some misplaced hostility that the band sonically seethed in. But if you cared to know what the hell they were frothing about, RATM made a point to wear their views on their sleeves, including all of their lyrics in the liner notes, as well as thanking activists from the Black Panther Party’s Huey P. Newton to Provisional IRA Hunger striker Bobby Sands for “inspiration.”

All except one song – “Killing in the Name.” Utilizing the same cover image of Quang Duc for the single, both on the band’s debut and the stand-alone track, the lyrics were specifically detailed as “Killing in the Name.” Nothing more. Nothing less. Most likely to get people to listen more intensely to skewering lines about “the chosen whites.” And say what you want about the marriage of politics and music, or just latch on to the “fuck you I won’t do what you tell me” rally, there’s no denying the social catharsis happening here. And if you’ve ever seen the band perform the track live, y’all know how De la Rocha makes sure you’re listening: [LISTEN]

Killing in the name of!

Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
(Repeat 3x)

Huh!

Killing in the name of!
Killing in the name of

And now you do what they told ya
(Repeat 10x)
But now you do what they told ya
Well now you do what they told ya

Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites

Some of those that work forces, are the same that burn crosses
(Repeat 3x)

Uggh!

Killing in the name of!
Killing in the name of

And now you do what they told ya
(Repeat 17x)
And now you do what they told ya!

Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
Those who died are justified, for wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
You justify those that died by wearing the badge, they’re the chosen whites
Come on!

Yeah! Come on!

Fuck you, I won’t do what you tell me
(Repeat 15x)

Motherfucker!

Uggh!