Tim Commerford is primarily known for three things: (1) playing bass for Rage Against The Machine, (2) playing bass for Audioslave, and (3) climbing the rafters at the 2000 VMAs. But he also fronts a band called Future User, and their latest video features cameos from Commerford’s RATM/Audioslave bandmate Tom Morello plus Rush members Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee. “Voodoo Juju,” which mercilessly critiques the American healthcare system, depicts Commerford having an actual spinal operation after rupturing a disc in his back. Morello plays a money-grubbing U.S. doctor, while Lifeson and Lee portray significantly more benevolent medical professionals from Canada. Commerford explained the concept in a statement:
I got the idea for the video after I ruptured a disc in my back and needed emergency surgery. 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.
Future User’s #SteroidsOrHeroin is out now on Middle Ring.