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Rage Against The Machine on BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast

Rage Against the Machine

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The battle for the Christmas number one single is hotting up as the X Factor winner Joe McElderry competes with Rage Against the Machine for top slot.

RATM are an unlikely Christmas choice, their song Killing in the Name was chosen by an internet campaign group tired of a succession of talent show winners claiming the Christmas prize.

Radio 5 live linked up with a studio in California to speak to singer Zack de la Rocha and guitarist Tom Morello and to hear the song played live. The performance was cut short after the band ignored pleas not to swear.

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