Rage Against The Machine doesn’t have a whole lot to apologize for.
They were one of the most original sounding bands from the 90s post-grunge/nu-metal wave. Guitarist Tom Morello produced classic riffs to go along with singer Zack de la Rocha’s semi-rap political poetry. They were a band that focused of social issues before focusing on social issues was the norm.
They also inspired a lot of future musicians, and Rage bassist Tim Commerford says that might not have been a great thing.
“I do apologize for Limp Bizkit,” Commerford says in this Rolling Stone interview. “I really do. I feel really bad that we inspired such bullsh*t.”
Fred Durst has often claimed that Rage was one of Limp Bizkit’s biggest influences and the band frequently covers “Killing in The Name Of” at their concerts (yes, Limp Bizkit are still performing together). At a concert in New York in 2014, Durst said this right before the band launched into another cover version of the classic Rage hit.
“This is dedicated to the rap-rock band that started this sh*t,” front man Fred Durst said before the opening verse. “When I first heard this song, that sh*t hit me right the f*ck here,” pointing to his heart.
So yeah, for what it’s worth, at least one member of Rage Against the Machine is really sorry about inspiring the band that named one of their albums Chocolate Starfish and the Hotdog Flavored Water.