Song of the Day: Audioslave – “Cochise”

Happy birthday wishes go out to guitarist extraordinaire Tom Morello, who turns 53 today. This song was the first single from Audioslave as well as one of the band’s finest moments — a great marriage of the power of Chris Cornell’s vocals and the fury of the players that made up 3/4th of Rage Against The Machine. The song, originally titled “Save Yourself,” has nothing to do with Cochise, but Morello once said the title is influenced by who he was. “Cochise was the last great American Indian chief to die free and absolutely unconquered,” Morello said in 2002, per Blabbermouth. “When several members of his family were captured, tortured, and hung by the U.S. Cavalry, Cochise declared war on the entire Southwest and went on an unholy rampage, a warpath to end all warpaths. He and his warriors drove out thousands of settlers. Cochise the Avenger, fearless and resolute, attacked everything in his path with an unbridled fury. This song kinda sounds like that.”

The track, which was co-produced with Rick Rubin, reached No. 2 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.

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