Toys Against The Machine: ‘Killing In The Name’ As You’ve Never Heard It Before

We've witnessed superstar drummer Mike Portnoy bashing the hell out of a toy drum kit before, but even he must bow down to Bordeaux's finest, a three-piece of unlikely superheroes known as The Wackids. Specializing in cover versions of classic songs played on children's instruments, they've taken the internet by the throat and given it a good squeeze with their latest video, a version of Rage Against The Machine's 1991 smash “Killing In The Name”.

Following in the joyful footsteps of earlier covers of AC/DC's “Back In Black” and Metallica's “Enter Sandman”, the band's version of “Killing...” replaces the original's fury about institutional racism and police brutality with something altogether more innocent, with Tom Morello's distinctive solo replaced by otamatone, a Japanese synthesiser bearing a distinct resemblance to Zippy, puppet star of Thames Television's long-running kids' show Rainbow.