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(That Eric Alper)   40 years ago today, Rush released their debut album. With thanks on behalf of all Canadians to 100.7 WMMS, here are 15 little-known facts about the record   (thatericalper.com) divider line 89
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2014-03-01 12:36:01 PM  
love that chick singer!
 
2014-03-01 12:38:27 PM  
img.fark.net

Lifeson's pants just don't look comfortable.
 
2014-03-01 12:42:21 PM  
On behalf of all Americans, thank you Canada for giving us Rush.

/You can keep Beiber, Nickelback, Celine Dion and Ted Cruz
 
2014-03-01 01:06:17 PM  
Saw them in 1973 in Ottawa - I think they opened for Alice Cooper, but perhaps some other band. I'm a bit hazy on the details, for some reason.
 
2014-03-01 01:14:51 PM  
Overrated band is overrated.  Don't get me wrong, they're ok and all.  Just not especially impressive.
 
2014-03-01 01:45:23 PM  
Saw them for the first time in the late 70's.  Awesome show for that time.  Awesome.

/suck it, haters
 
2014-03-01 02:30:20 PM  
16) It was pretentious and overblown?

3 of the most talented musicians ever. Some of their songs are great. Many are good. The rest, meh.
 
2014-03-01 02:59:09 PM  

dustman81: On behalf of all Americans, thank you Canada for giving us Rush.

/You can keep BeiberNeil Peart Jr, Nickelback, Celine Dion and Ted Cruz


FTFY
 
2014-03-01 03:08:57 PM  
Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.
 
2014-03-01 03:16:36 PM  

PC LOAD LETTER: 16) It was pretentious and overblown?

3 of the most talented musicians ever. Some of their songs are great. Many are good. The rest, meh.


Which is more than you can say about 99% of all other bands that have ever existed.  If a band is lucky, ONE of their songs is great and the rest are meh.
 
2014-03-01 03:17:32 PM  
This was of course before the Ayn Rand inspired lyrics.

/thankfully.
 
2014-03-01 03:17:54 PM  
FTA: 14. "Working Man" It is heard in a 2014 TV commercial for Walmart.

That song isn't exactly positive on the life of the working man. I guess it fits Walmart.
 
2014-03-01 03:18:37 PM  
Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?
 
2014-03-01 03:19:31 PM  

PC LOAD LETTER: 16) It was pretentious and overblown?

3 of the most talented musicians ever. Some of their songs are great. Many are good. The rest, meh.


Peart wasn't on the first album.

And I had forgotten that their first costumes were designed by the chicks from Abba.
 
2014-03-01 03:19:43 PM  
I don't think it's a coincidence that Geddy Lee and Jackie Wright from "The Benny Hill Show" have never been photographed together.
 
2014-03-01 03:29:20 PM  
Greatest band EVER!!!!

/suck it haters
 
2014-03-01 03:30:32 PM  
Question still unanswered: What about the voice of Geddy Lee? How did it get so high?
 
2014-03-01 03:31:47 PM  

Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?


That is interesting. Who knows what their career might have sounded like if the drummer didn't have an annoying tendency to overdrum every single farking thing.
 
2014-03-01 03:33:19 PM  

Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?


No, he didn't. I don't know what he did after he left the band immediately afterwards, but I know it had nothing to do with the band at all. Alex said in an interview once that John either ran a gym or was a bodybuilder or something up in Canada. I'm not exactly sure what, but it had something to do with athletics. He died in 2008.
 
2014-03-01 03:35:48 PM  

JasonOfOrillia: Lifeson's pants just don't look comfortable.


His face looks warped too.
 
2014-03-01 03:37:38 PM  
All I'm saying is this:  They're no Chilliwack.
 
2014-03-01 03:38:14 PM  
Love them or hate them - they are a year older than me and they have managed to stick around. That means something.
 
2014-03-01 03:42:28 PM  
Fun fact: I was born on that same day.
 
2014-03-01 03:51:06 PM  
The first album I ever had was Exit... Stage Left.
The second live concert I ever saw was their Grace Under Pressure tour.
They were dead to me after listening to Power Windows.
 
2014-03-01 03:53:53 PM  
Thanks subby - I needed to know this. Been rocking out for the last hour or so. Working Man, Finding My Way, 2112, La Villa Strangiato, Trees, Freewill, Spirit of Radio. Gonna finish out with The Camera Eye starting...now!
 
2014-03-01 03:57:21 PM  
Another fact..

There are only two grooves on this record!
One on side one, and one on side two.
 
2014-03-01 03:58:20 PM  

Ryker's Peninsula: The first album I ever had was Exit... Stage Left.
The second live concert I ever saw was their Grace Under Pressure tour.
They were dead to me after listening to Power Windows.


That's too bad - I went through a long phase away from their music but am glad I came back. Although most of their best music was put out by that time, they have remained one of the best concert tours going. I love to watch them live - yes it is a reliving of my childhood and teens in many ways, but these guys are still so damned talented and tight in concert. You are missing out my friend.
 
2014-03-01 04:06:15 PM  

MBrady: SilentStrider: Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.

Every tour since Grace Under Pressure.  Mainly in Philly, but have seen them a few times at Madison Square Garden...Once in Pittsburgh, Florida, Vegas, LA, and Phoenix.

Peart is no Charlie Watts though.



Philly in 96, Hershey in 02 (front row center even), 08, 11, and 13.
 
2014-03-01 04:18:44 PM  

SilentStrider: MBrady: SilentStrider: Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.

Every tour since Grace Under Pressure.  Mainly in Philly, but have seen them a few times at Madison Square Garden...Once in Pittsburgh, Florida, Vegas, LA, and Phoenix.

Peart is no Charlie Watts though.


Philly in 96, Hershey in 02 (front row center even), 08, 11, and 13.


Haven't missed a tour since Presto. (05/07/1990)

Never had front row. Best was about 10th.
 
2014-03-01 04:19:41 PM  

Ishkur: Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?

That is interesting. Who knows what their career might have sounded like if the drummer didn't have an annoying tendency to overdrum every single farking thing.


img.fark.net

I actually know nothing about Rush, this image was just too good not to use
 
2014-03-01 04:22:52 PM  

Keywork99: Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?

No, he didn't. I don't know what he did after he left the band immediately afterwards, but I know it had nothing to do with the band at all. Alex said in an interview once that John either ran a gym or was a bodybuilder or something up in Canada. I'm not exactly sure what, but it had something to do with athletics. He died in 2008.





That makes no sense. He had diabetes so bad that he couldn't tour and they had to kick him out of the band. But then became a body builder?

Sounds like Geddy and Alex were convinced by the record label to ditch him.
 
2014-03-01 04:23:12 PM  
Really don't understand all the Rush hate - they're a really good band.  Saw their Hold Your Fire show in Chicago in '87 or so - great sound, great show all around.  The concert was amusing because there were about 20,000 'air-drummers' in the audience.  But the drums are the best part of that band, hands down.
 
2014-03-01 04:25:09 PM  

Mr. Coffee Nerves: I don't think it's a coincidence that Geddy Lee and Jackie Wright from "The Benny Hill Show" have never been photographed together.


blog.rifftrax.com
 
2014-03-01 04:28:38 PM  
Yeah Ohhhhh Yeah!
 
2014-03-01 04:29:58 PM  
Rush is horrible. They are a band for adolescent boys that mistake complexity for musicianship.
 
2014-03-01 04:30:24 PM  

batlock666: Fun fact: I was born on that same day.


I was born on the same day three years later.

/csb
 
2014-03-01 04:34:50 PM  
I have a few of their records, but the first one is the only one I listen to these days. It's like a nice mix of Zeppelin and Grand Funk.

/ooo yes, I need some............LOVE!!!
 
2014-03-01 04:34:52 PM  
Thanks, Donna.


/ for best results, play at maximum volume
 
2014-03-01 04:42:07 PM  

Primitive Screwhead: SilentStrider: MBrady: SilentStrider: Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.

Every tour since Grace Under Pressure.  Mainly in Philly, but have seen them a few times at Madison Square Garden...Once in Pittsburgh, Florida, Vegas, LA, and Phoenix.

Peart is no Charlie Watts though.


Philly in 96, Hershey in 02 (front row center even), 08, 11, and 13.

Haven't missed a tour since Presto. (05/07/1990)

Never had front row. Best was about 10th.



My then girlfriend won us the tickets off the radio.

Obviously went on to marry her.
 
2014-03-01 04:46:31 PM  

SilentStrider: Primitive Screwhead: SilentStrider: MBrady: SilentStrider: Saw them live last year. They still kick ass.

Every tour since Grace Under Pressure.  Mainly in Philly, but have seen them a few times at Madison Square Garden...Once in Pittsburgh, Florida, Vegas, LA, and Phoenix.

Peart is no Charlie Watts though.


Philly in 96, Hershey in 02 (front row center even), 08, 11, and 13.

Haven't missed a tour since Presto. (05/07/1990)

Never had front row. Best was about 10th.


My then girlfriend won us the tickets off the radio.

Obviously went on to marry her.


She's a keeper! :)
 
2014-03-01 05:00:37 PM  

lifeboat: Really don't understand all the Rush hate


They're followers of Ayn Rand.
 
2014-03-01 05:05:33 PM  
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Still hasn't mastered YYZ. Neil Peart stands alone.

/Rush is awesome. Haters are just jelly.
 
2014-03-01 05:05:43 PM  
Just for that. I'm going to fire up the guitar and amp and play along with "working man" yes I am
 
2014-03-01 05:09:54 PM  
Someone should set up a Rush-Haters support group for all you people.
 
2014-03-01 05:14:19 PM  

A10Mechanic: Someone should set up a Rush-Haters support group for all you people.


Or as the rest of the world calls them: Women.

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2014-03-01 05:15:37 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Keywork99: Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?

No, he didn't. I don't know what he did after he left the band immediately afterwards, but I know it had nothing to do with the band at all. Alex said in an interview once that John either ran a gym or was a bodybuilder or something up in Canada. I'm not exactly sure what, but it had something to do with athletics. He died in 2008.


That makes no sense. He had diabetes so bad that he couldn't tour and they had to kick him out of the band. But then became a body builder?

Sounds like Geddy and Alex were convinced by the record label to ditch him.


Pete Best - is that you?

According to Wiki, it was a combination of diabetes, drinking, and the inevitable "musical differences" that led to his departure/dismissal from the band.
 
2014-03-01 05:54:29 PM  

RectalDamage: Rush is horrible. They are a band for adolescent boys  I.T. dorks and Excel jockeys that mistake complexity for musicianship.


FTFY

I've never seen a band draw a specific type of fanbase the way Rush does.  You could probably swap a Rush audience with a "Dr. Who" convention and see no appreciable difference.

Anyone calling them the 'best musicians in the world' should really get a season pass to the metro orchestra in the area.  The added bonus is that you'll be hearing music that wont be forgotten in 50 years.
 
2014-03-01 06:17:30 PM  

puckrock2000: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Keywork99: Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?

No, he didn't. I don't know what he did after he left the band immediately afterwards, but I know it had nothing to do with the band at all. Alex said in an interview once that John either ran a gym or was a bodybuilder or something up in Canada. I'm not exactly sure what, but it had something to do with athletics. He died in 2008.


That makes no sense. He had diabetes so bad that he couldn't tour and they had to kick him out of the band. But then became a body builder?

Sounds like Geddy and Alex were convinced by the record label to ditch him.

Pete Best - is that you?

According to Wiki, it was a combination of diabetes, drinking, and the inevitable "musical differences" that led to his departure/dismissal from the band.




Musical differences? Geddy has never written a song has he? I thought Neil wrote everything?
 
2014-03-01 06:17:47 PM  
Aww..Bless your heart
 
2014-03-01 06:40:55 PM  
TedCruz'sCrazyDad:

Musical differences? Geddy has never written a song has he? I thought Neil wrote everything?

Geddy and Alex write all the music. Neil writes all the lyrics.
 
2014-03-01 07:06:40 PM  

contrapunctus: RectalDamage: Rush is horrible. They are a band for adolescent boys  I.T. dorks and Excel jockeys that mistake complexity for musicianship.

FTFY

I've never seen a band draw a specific type of fanbase the way Rush does.  You could probably swap a Rush audience with a "Dr. Who" convention and see no appreciable difference.

Anyone calling them the 'best musicians in the world' should really get a season pass to the metro orchestra in the area.  The added bonus is that you'll be hearing music that wont be forgotten in 50 years.


As opposed to music we haven't forgotten in 40 years?
 
2014-03-01 07:44:03 PM  
When I was a kid, I couldn't tell the difference between Heart and Rush.

Later on I realized they both sucked.
 
2014-03-01 07:51:33 PM  
www.thatericalper.com

Dang, Peart needs a sammich.
 
2014-03-01 08:44:42 PM  
blog.cleveland.com

(Ah, the good ol' days, when MMS actually played music during drive-time...)
 
2014-03-01 09:44:22 PM  

Jim_Tressel's_O-Face: [blog.cleveland.com image 453x107]

(Ah, the good ol' days, when MMS Cleveland actually played music during drive-time...)

had a rock station.

Pretty sad when, if you don't have an mp3 player with you, you are left with the JCU station, and if the weather is right, a station from London Ontario and Detroit.
 
2014-03-01 09:49:38 PM  

Ryker's Peninsula: The first album I ever had was Exit... Stage Left.
The second live concert I ever saw was their Grace Under Pressure tour.
They were dead to me after listening to Power Windows.


Too bad.
Music isn't just yanking your junk on a guitar.
 
2014-03-01 10:19:36 PM  
Have seen them live 14 times since 1978. 3rd all-time behind Beatles and Stones.......not bad!
 
2014-03-01 10:35:21 PM  

Ishkur: A10Mechanic: Someone should set up a Rush-Haters support group for all you people.

Or as the rest of the world calls them: Women.

[media.tumblr.com image 500x563]


Believe it or not, I knew a female Rush fan.

Never really got into the band myself, but won't deny that they are ridiculously talented.
 
2014-03-01 11:04:33 PM  
They invented grunge with that record. So, there is that at least.
 
2014-03-01 11:05:32 PM  

CaptainFatass: Question still unanswered: What about the voice of Geddy Lee? How did it get so high?


Ask Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees.

/Looks like a dude, sings like a girl.
 
2014-03-01 11:05:57 PM  

RectalDamage: Rush is horrible. They are a band for adolescent boys that mistake complexity for musicianship.


So sorry you feel this way RectalDamage.
 
2014-03-01 11:07:43 PM  

Ted_Peppy: Another fact..

There are only two grooves on this record!
One on side one, and one on side two.


GeekFact:  Monty Python released an album with 3 tracks (one side was double-tracked to freak people out).
 
2014-03-01 11:10:12 PM  
Ah, Rush threads always seem to attract the haters here more than the true fans. Sad.

Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?


Rutsey was diabetic. He felt that with his health issues that touring wouldn't be a good idea. I believe that's what caused his death in 08.
 
2014-03-01 11:11:15 PM  

TedCruz'sCrazyDad: puckrock2000: TedCruz'sCrazyDad: Keywork99: Farty McPooPants: Did Rutsey stay a part of the band in some capacity?  He was the heart of it all in the beginning and it wasn't like he simply quit or had creative differences.  Anybody know?

No, he didn't. I don't know what he did after he left the band immediately afterwards, but I know it had nothing to do with the band at all. Alex said in an interview once that John either ran a gym or was a bodybuilder or something up in Canada. I'm not exactly sure what, but it had something to do with athletics. He died in 2008.


That makes no sense. He had diabetes so bad that he couldn't tour and they had to kick him out of the band. But then became a body builder?

Sounds like Geddy and Alex were convinced by the record label to ditch him.

Pete Best - is that you?

According to Wiki, it was a combination of diabetes, drinking, and the inevitable "musical differences" that led to his departure/dismissal from the band.

Musical differences? Geddy has never written a song has he? I thought Neil wrote everything?


Neil writes 99.9% of the lyrics. Geddy wrote a couple of songs at the early part of their career, but Geddy said in Beyond The Lighted Stage that they let Neil write the lyrics because they saw early on how much he read and how well spoken he was, and thought, "he'd probably be really good at writing lyrics." Plus he said at one point writing lyrics wasn't his (or Alex's) strong suit. They're more into the musical side of things.

Having said all of that, Geddy  did release a solo album in 2000 called My Favorite Headache. It's not bad; sounds a lot like Rush but very mellow for the most part. Alex also released his own solo album in '96 called Victor.  That album is farking awesome. It's one of my favorite records and I highly recommend checking it out. It rocks hard. Doesn't sound much like Rush, but it is really kickass.

Oh, and you're partially right about the label getting the band to ditch Rutsey, but not completely. The documentary basically said the label/management team for the band told Geddy and Alex they had to replace Rutsey because, if he drank as much as he did on the road and didn't keep good care of his body, he would probably die because of his diabetes. They claimed it was for his own health and well being. Alex and Geddy, though, also said that they were becoming more experimental and were into bands like Genesis and Pink Floyd, whereas Rutsey was influenced more and interested in being a band like Bad Company. So it was a mix of things.

Seriously, if you haven't seen Beyond The Lighted Stage, I highly recommend it. It's a great documentary.
 
2014-03-01 11:22:06 PM  

Keywork99: t's not bad; sounds a lot like Rush but very mellow for the most part. Alex also released his own solo album in '96 called Victor. That album is farking awesome. It's one of my favorite records and I highly recommend checking it out. It rocks hard. Doesn't sound much like Rush, but it is really kickass.


Shut Up Shuttin Up!

/just up and play that guitar!!!
 
2014-03-01 11:30:02 PM  
Their concerts are awesome. Great band, great musicians.

Geddy Lee's voice is annoying, as are Pearts lyrics. When he's not aping The Bard, he's licking Ayn's coont.

I guess that sums up my opinion of Rush.
 
2014-03-01 11:59:57 PM  

DanZero: Keywork99: t's not bad; sounds a lot like Rush but very mellow for the most part. Alex also released his own solo album in '96 called Victor. That album is farking awesome. It's one of my favorite records and I highly recommend checking it out. It rocks hard. Doesn't sound much like Rush, but it is really kickass.

Shut Up Shuttin Up!

/just up and play that guitar!!!




This was my favorite track from Victor.
Very dark, industrial even.
And Les Claypool kills it on bass.
 
2014-03-02 12:08:07 AM  
Saw them open for Aerosmith in 1976.  I was extremely impressed and have been a fan ever since.

/this thread did not disappoint
//my lawn, remove thyself
///three slashies for Rush
 
2014-03-02 12:08:54 AM  

Ishkur: A10Mechanic: Someone should set up a Rush-Haters support group for all you people.

Or as the rest of the world calls them: Women.

[media.tumblr.com image 500x563]


Ah, a visual representation of  the expression "Lonelier than the the ladies room at a Rush show". Which is more a commentary on Rush fans, than the band themselves, if you think on it.

I guess I wouldn't bring my wife to a Rush show either. Too much risk of losing her to some over excited basement dweller who just read Fountainhead and has a gospel to preach. Or a drummer.
 
2014-03-02 12:21:42 AM  

DrewCurtisJr: FTA: 14. "Working Man" It is heard in a 2014 TV commercial for Walmart.

That song isn't exactly positive on the life of the working man. I guess it fits Walmart.


Yeah, that one surprised me. It's well known that Rush doesn't like their music being used for political purposes, but apparently BS corporate propaganda is OK.
 
2014-03-02 12:27:11 AM  

Ishkur: lifeboat: Really don't understand all the Rush hate

They're followers of Ayn Rand.



That might have been an arguably fair comment 30-35 years ago, but the band has long since moved on; maybe it's time that the people who hate them do too. Or at least stop lying about them.
 
2014-03-02 12:38:14 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: but the band has long since moved on;


As have most of us. Funny thing is, I didn't know they were Randroids at the time...I just liked the music, and the theme appealed to me as anti authoritarian (anti government) which I liked. And still do. But it takes a while to understand the workings of corporate society, and after living it since graduation, I can see regulation's purpose. Whatever.

70's rush still has a place in my heart, and 80's up to Grace under Pressure. I lost interest in their albums at that point and just went to shows when they toured. Often I didn't even know the CD they were promoting. When Mr Big opened up it was cool, love Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan.  I saw Rush a couple years ago too. Very good show.
 
2014-03-02 12:40:22 AM  

Herb Utsmelz: [www.thatericalper.com image 850x606]

Dang, Peart needs a sammich.


Cocaine? What cocaine?
 
2014-03-02 01:09:32 AM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: That might have been an arguably fair comment 30-35 years ago, but the band has long since moved on; maybe it's time that the people who hate them do too.


No, Neil Peart still drums like he's Howard farking Roark.

H31N0US: Funny thing is, I didn't know they were Randroids at the time


Have you actually listened to 2112?
 
2014-03-02 02:50:57 AM  

H31N0US: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: but the band has long since moved on;

As have most of us. Funny thing is, I didn't know they were Randroids at the time...I just liked the music, and the theme appealed to me as anti authoritarian (anti government) which I liked. And still do. But it takes a while to understand the workings of corporate society, and after living it since graduation, I can see regulation's purpose. Whatever.

70's rush still has a place in my heart, and 80's up to Grace under Pressure. I lost interest in their albums at that point and just went to shows when they toured. Often I didn't even know the CD they were promoting. When Mr Big opened up it was cool, love Paul Gilbert and Billy Sheehan.  I saw Rush a couple years ago too. Very good show.


Yeah, I liked their music and didn't really give a damn what they thought about anything beyond that. But their politics have changed (in much the same way that yours did), so it's getting awfully silly that there are people who are still mad that Rush had more juvenile philosophical views when they were 30 years younger.

/lasted 2 albums longer than you did
 
2014-03-02 04:25:43 AM  

nekom: Overrated band is overrated.  Don't get me wrong, they're ok and all.  Just not especially impressive.


Statements like this say a lot more about you than about them, which I'm sure isn't your intention, but...there it is.
 
2014-03-02 05:08:44 AM  

Ishkur: lifeboat: Really don't understand all the Rush hate

They're followers of Ayn Rand.


You're livin' in the past, man. That was the '70s, time to get over it. People change.
 
2014-03-02 05:11:27 AM  

glave27: TedCruz'sCrazyDad:

Musical differences? Geddy has never written a song has he? I thought Neil wrote everything?

Geddy and Alex write all the music. Neil writes all the lyrics.


No. Neil writes the words, dummy.
 
2014-03-02 05:38:08 AM  
"Hi, we are Canadian power trio Rush in the 1970s. The farking drummer writes all our lyrics."

Wrong answer: Your lyricist has clearly been studying the wrong political philosophy. I am horrified.

Right answer: Holy shiat, your drummer has read a book! Good job!
 
2014-03-02 05:38:25 AM  

lifeboat: Really don't understand all the Rush hate - they're a really good band.  Saw their Hold Your Fire show in Chicago in '87 or so - great sound, great show all around.  The concert was amusing because there were about 20,000 'air-drummers' in the audience.  But the drums are the best part of that band, hands down.


I'm not a fan of Rush myself, but I think the reason that they get so much hate is because Rush fans (and prog rock fans in general) can be pretty annoying and pretentious at times.  They won't shut up about how great the band is, and constantly make comments like "Rush has never gotten the respect that they deserve" and "Rush is music for the intelligent rock and roll fan."  They're the musical equivalent of Firefly fans.
 
2014-03-02 06:05:11 AM  

RectalDamage: Rush is horrible. They are a band for adolescent boys that mistake complexity for musicianship.


I still have a mental image of myself as a perpetual 19-year old, so I guess this is valid....

/ still like the band
// oddly, I think "Clockwork Angels" has some of their best work since the late 70's-early 80''s
 
2014-03-02 08:01:34 AM  
"8. If you have a copy of either the first Moon Records or Canadian Mercury release on the standard red Mercury label, you're in for a bit of a windfall. These change hands for thousands of dollars today."

: )
 
2014-03-02 12:31:39 PM  
" Working Man" is heard in a 2014 TV commercial for Walmart."

Wow, what a mind-blowing fact.
 
2014-03-02 02:02:19 PM  
My first concert -

Rush (2112 or Farewell to Kings tour)
UFO (Michael Schenker/No Heavy Petting-era - dang that Phil Mogg had an awesome voice)
Max Webster (opened all the Rush shows I manged to get to.  Never understood why)
 
2014-03-02 04:14:42 PM  
Saw them at their epic late '70s New Year's Eve shows at the old Maple Leaf Gardens and play them every Friday night (Camera Eye, Red Barchetta and a few others) in a basement band for wayward dads.

If you play Rush, you don't have to like 'em. You learn to respect them. They are both slightly easier to play in some respects and harder to execute than mere listening would suggest.

/am enjoying the Rotosound 66s.
 
2014-03-02 05:37:14 PM  
MMS still plays that freakin' song.

They stopped playing Temples of Syrinx, though.

/trufax: if you slow Rush down it sounds like Soundgarden
 
2014-03-02 06:05:17 PM  

dionysusaur: My first concert -

Rush (2112 or Farewell to Kings tour)
UFO (Michael Schenker/No Heavy Petting-era - dang that Phil Mogg had an awesome voice)
Max Webster (opened all the Rush shows I manged to get to.  Never understood why)



Because Neil Peart and Pye Dubois are / were friends, and Max Webster was an act on Rush's Anthem Records label.

Think Max Webster is to Rush as Bad Company is to Led Zeppelin . . . but with much more pot.


/ saw 'em with Saxon, John Butcher, Fastway (bleech) and Fabulous Thunderbirds
 
2014-03-02 06:10:18 PM  

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: "Hi, we are Canadian power trio Rush in the 1970s. The farking drummer writes all our lyrics."

Wrong answer: Your lyricist has clearly been studying the wrong political philosophy. I am horrified.

Right answer: Holy shiat, your drummer has read a book! Good job!


"I am Geddy Lee, and I will sing whatever lyrics I want!"
 
2014-03-02 10:16:50 PM  
'Fly By Night' is still a great song...
 
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