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"Guerrilla Radio" is the second track from the 1999 album The Battle of Los Angeles by the band Rage Against the Machine. The band won the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance for this song. Guitarist Tom Morello displays his skills of guitar effects in the solo, which sounds like a harmonica.

This song is about the 2000 US presidential Election, and in particular the way media shaped the campaigns of the two competitors, George Bush and Al Gore. The line "More for Gore or the son of a drug lord" refers to the allegations that, while George Bush Sr. was President, the CIA was supplying drugs to inner city areas.

The song is a statement about the worthlessness of democracy in the United States. Since the people don't truly understand "choice" and are only able to grasp a small glimpse of those running to represent them in office, they are unconsciously under a one-party system. The band is using music and sound as a weapon against such "low intensity warfare."

This was the first single from The Battle of Los Angeles, and is the most recognizable as their sound in relation to their past releases. It's basically a manifestation of the band's goal and purpose, acting as "guerrilla radio" to alert the masses of the change to radical ideas. It has remained one of their signature tracks, along with Bulls on Parade and Killing in the Name off of Evil Empire and their debut album respectively.