Asking Audioslave to accomplish the feats straight out of the gate that Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden have in order to be viewed as a success is unrealistic in the extreme, especially considering the amount of time it took for both groups to receive their due. “That’s the hilarious part,” guitarist Tom Morello tells the Cleveland Scene. “Because I remember the press’s reaction when Rage Against the Machine and Soundgarden were first formed.” He effects a comically whiny critic’s voice: “‘Rock and rap together? Are you cra-a-a-zy? They’ll never play that on the ra-di-oooooo.’ And with Soundgarden, they would go” — that voice again — “‘It’s like Led Zeppelin, but they’re out of tune. They seem so un-hap-py, and they’re not wearing sequined robes.'” He cackles before noting, “That’s the way it was, which is why it’s so funny, 10 years down the road, to have those bands be seen in this kind of iconic way.” Clevescene.com has since removed the article.
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