Jesse Marco's 30 Favorite Albums

Rage Against the Machine, Evil Empire (1996)

Label: Epic

Jesse Marco: “I think that was pre-Wu-Tang. That was after I was super into Black Sabbath. A little bit before that, I was super into heavy metal, and heavy rock. I slowly sort of got into the other stuff. I was 10. I don’t know, it’s weird now. 10 year olds are so readily exposed to the radio and music that it’s different. Back then, I was going off of my friends. I would be over at my friends house.

“I played the guitar when I was pretty young. Like when I was 10, I was going to guitar lessons, and I would take lessons with other kids—it wasn’t just a private lesson. We’d have like band time, where the drummer and the bass guy would come, and I would be there. I can’t even play anymore. I stopped playing when I was 14—I wish I hadn’t. We would play jams that we would all like. One of the guys would be like, ‘Play ‘Green Onions’ by Booker T. and the MG’s.’ Or like, ‘Let’s play Black Sabbath’s ‘Iron Man.’ I just got influenced by that, and I think that’s what led to the Rage Against the Machine thing.

“That was the one where it was like yellow, and it had the kid on the front of it. He’s wearing the super hero costume. That was for sure in the CD player all the time. My mom would be screaming at me like, ‘Do the dishes!’ and I’m like, ‘Fuck you mom!’ I love that record.”

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