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Rage Against the Machine bassist uses surgery footage in music video

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Bassist of Rage Against the Machine and the now-defunct Audioslave, Tim Commerford’s released a new music video for his other project, Future User (in which he is the frontman), Tuesday for their single “Voodoo Juju.” Following Commerford into the hospital for spinal surgery, its meant to comment on the costs of health care in America (and Canada, if you make it until the end), and along the way uses real spinal surgery footage from an operation he underwent. 

Machine’s guitarist Tom Morello plays a money-hungry surgeon, and Rush members Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson play Canadian doctors—who, if only they had gotten there sooner, could have saved Commerford a lot of dollars. Check the video out below. 

Rage Against the Machine is hardly adverse to taking a stand. The band canceled their concert in Arizona over immigration laws; Morelle performed a song in 2014 inspired by the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent riotting in Ferguson, Missouri; and Future User has previously released a music video in which John McEnroe (yep, the tennis legend) gets waterboarded.

In an interview with Blabbermouth, Commerford discussed the most recent release.“As someone who often goes under the knife, I’ve always been a bit overwhelmed by the process, paperwork, approvals and costs,” he said. “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.” 

He continued: “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.”