Tom Morello has explained why he became an exotic dancer before starting Rage Against The Machine.

The guitarist was asked about the unusual job he had in his pre-fame days during a recent interview.

Speaking on The Howard Stern Show, Morello confirmed that he had been an exotic dancer before the band formed in 1991. “My roommate and I at the time had a one-room apartment in Hollywood and, to enhance our dating lives, we thought the thing that would help would be if had a hot tub in our living room,” he explained.


“We, of course, couldn’t afford a hot tub so we figured out how much money it was going to take to buy this indoor kiddie pool and a water heater, and this and that, and the other, just to simulate a hot tub. And then we worked towards that with this extracurricular activity.”

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The musician clarified that he didn’t dance on stage, but at hen dos. “You knock at the door, you’re wearing a suit, you knock at the door, ask for a cup of sugar, ‘Brick House’ comes on the stereo,” he said. “It wasn’t awesome, I gotta tell you. It wasn’t awesome, it really wasn’t. It was weird.”

Morello recently responded to a Twitter user who accused him of having “white man privilege”. The person was criticising the guitarist for defending his friendship with Ted Nugent, despite his controversial right-wing views, when they made the comment.


“I’m not white,” Morello replied. He is of Italian, Irish and Kikuyu Kenyan descent. His father Ngethe Njoroge is a Kenyan diplomat who served as the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom in the ‘70s.


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