Former Rage Against The Machine and Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello was interviewed by Lars Ulrich on Beats 1’s It’s Electric on Thursday, and he revealed that Audioslave’s “Show Me How To Live” was originally intended to be a Rage Against The Machine song. Alternative Nation transcribed Morello’s comments.
“It was never really a matter of saving stuff, but sometimes a riff or an idea has to find its home and it takes particular circumstances for it to find its home. For example, the first music that starts the first Rage Against The Machine record, which is that little ant farm bit at the beginning of Bombtrack, I wrote that when I was 19 years old and freshman in college. It just stayed on a cassette recorder. I thought, someday this is going to find a home. It took quite awhile to find a home, and it finally did.
In the tumultuous songwriting process there would be a riff, like the band isn’t getting along that day, so it doesn’t find a home on that particular day. I’d say, I’m going to hold onto that for another day where it might find a home. There was a huge Rage riff that I wrote that did not take root that became Show Me How To Live, the Audioslave song. I know that’s a good riff, but we’ve just got to find the day where it really finds a home.”