Sacrificing for Art: Rage Bassist Tim Commerford Acutally Gets Spinal Surgery in This Music Video

This is the best music video you’ll see today.

I’m all for realism in art, but this is a new one for me.  Rage Against the Machine bass player Tim Commerford has a band of his own called Future User. In the new video for a song called “Voodoo Juju,” Tim actually gets spinal surgery.

This requires and explanation. From Blabbertmouth:

“I got the idea for the video after I ruptured a disc in my back and needed emergency surgery,” recalls Commerford. “As someone who often goes under the knife, I’ve always been a bit overwhelmed by the process, paperwork, approvals and costs. Luckily, I have insurance, but it got me thinking about all the people in this country who can’t afford medical treatment. I read an article recently that said there are over 40 million uninsured people living in the States, which is insane. I talked my doctor into letting me shoot the surgery, then explained the concept to Tom (Morello), who was totally into the idea. And of course, you can’t talk about universal health care without bringing Canada into the conversation, so I called Geddy (Lee) and Alex (Lifeson) and asked if they’d be part of it and was blown away when they said yes. And all that footage of my back being opened up is real, no joke.”

Uh, ready? God, I’m glad we have universal health car. Oh, and speaking of which, a certain Dr. Lee and Dr. Lifeson show up about five minutes in.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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