The cover to Rage Against The Machine’s debut shows a photo of Thích Quảng Đức, a VietnameseBuddhist monk, burning himself to death in Saigon in 1963. This act of protest resulted in the Americans withdrawing their support for the Vietnamese government. Although he was just one man, Thích Quảng Đức’s extreme act changed the political landscape of the time.
This story and this image fit Rage Against The Machine’s politicised musical aesthetic and their leftist stance in 1992. Extreme, difficult, attention-grabbing and bent on reform, Rage Against The Machine might never have gone the whole hog and actually burned themselves to death, but they would get pretty damn close within the realm of music. They would also teach a generation what to scream in the face of authority - "FUCK YOU, I WON’T DO WHAT YOU TELL ME."