Rush: Classic or Dud?

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Andrew L missed the whole point of "Spirit of Radio"! TAO: Your second line would actually fit haiku conventions if you made it "Geddy is a scourge on Earth".

sundar subramanian (sundar), Friday, 8 October 2004 04:57 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Fly by night limelight
Too many notes played at once
Blame's on Toronto

Pleasant Plains (Pleasant Plains), Friday, 8 October 2004 05:26 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

thank you sweet sundar, you are correct. that is what i meant to do. *tries to awkwardly plant a kiss on sundar's cheek and is promptly slapped on the face* ouch.

The TAO that can be Posted is not the TAO! (The Tao that can be Posted is), Friday, 8 October 2004 05:47 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Ayn Rand prog rockin'
Canadian eunuch squeals
You people so dumb!

Confucius, Friday, 8 October 2004 06:13 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

moving pictures has
the very worst cover art
which is such a shame

subdivisions rocks
which counters all that i've been
told about this band

the lyrics are too
obvious but what can you
expect from hosers?

derrick (derrick), Friday, 8 October 2004 06:38 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'Limelight' licks are great
'Signals' is a true classic
The rest smells like wee

Rob Bolton (Rob Bolton), Friday, 8 October 2004 07:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Once I crossed the street
Geddy Lee almost hit me
In his Land Rover

Rob Bolton (Rob Bolton), Friday, 8 October 2004 07:32 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

CLASSIC as long as this man was Prime Minister:

DUD thereafter

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Friday, 8 October 2004 09:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

[...wish I coulda found a picture of him riding on a train & flipping off protesters thru the window!]

Myonga Von Bontee (Myonga Von Bontee), Friday, 8 October 2004 09:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Rush is good
for opening up my pooper
so other men can do me

Good Dog, Friday, 8 October 2004 10:45 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

. . . Or maybe not

If rednecks didn't like them
They'd be Kraftwerk-hip


Less boy or girl than
Alien; Precise

sundar subramanian (sundar), Friday, 8 October 2004 15:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

fact checkin cuz to thread

sleep (sleep), Friday, 8 October 2004 16:02 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Songs(works) and arrangements: Classic
Lyrics and vocals: Dud

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Friday, 8 October 2004 22:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I love Rush probably more than any other band....I don't think there BETTER than alot of bands, but they were a big part of my childhood....

Great band, I think.

M@tt He1geson (Matt Helgeson), Friday, 8 October 2004 22:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Young Black Teenagers
Seeking the phattest of shit
Sample Tom Sawyer

dlp9001, Saturday, 9 October 2004 00:01 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

has anyone seen the episode of "trailer park boys" where they kidnap alex liefson?
i gained new respect for the man after watching that.

m0stly clean (m0stly clean), Saturday, 9 October 2004 13:44 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

I have no haiku to offer which I why I didn't say anything before. But great, of course.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 9 October 2004 13:46 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i was at a party with some guys who were really entranced with some kind of video of stevie ray vaughn stranglin' the blues back in the '80s. doo-rags. these guys were such geeks, glued to the tube while there were girls to hit on and barbecue to scarf. then they got into "moving pictures," talking about the "production values" and saying things like "you can't deny the musicianship," while trying to be "ironic" about the whole stinkin' thing. typical night with people in nashville trying to be hip about not being hip or whatever that convolution is. then, everyone got drunk the host attempted to explain the shaggs to these geeks and everyone *listened hard and they got it*!! ahh. so, rush sucks and that's it, that's just like being "ironic" about kiss or worryin' about montgomery gentry, i think (as in the video where that goober takes off his cowboy hat to reveal an expensive-looking doo-rag/headwrap of some kind), and only the man upstairs can say whether rush is great or not...yes, rush did a record of covers i understand includes a version of eddie cochran's summertime blues done like blue cheer! so, they have roots like the rest of us, cuz.

eddie hurt (ddduncan), Saturday, 9 October 2004 15:40 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

worst. voice. ever.

oops (Oops), Sunday, 10 October 2004 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

No, that is Brian Johnson, Robert Plant or Bruce Dickinson. But Geddy Lee's voice is not far behind.

Geir Hongro (GeirHong), Sunday, 10 October 2004 00:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

As a band: dud. As a rite of passage: classic.
-- scott p (scot...), June 21st, 2001.

the wisdom in this succinct observation is humid. i loved rush until i discovered indie and punk rock in high school. hearing that particularly melodramatic cut "the trees" (i think that's the title) is still powerfully evocative of my 13-15 years, playing D&D, obsessing about securing issue # 202 of Spiderman, and committing to memory SNL lines. so i'll grant my meaningless benediction upon Rush in the same manner as the astute scott p.

j.m. lockery (j.m. lockery), Sunday, 10 October 2004 02:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Rush: Sophomore Lit.
texts become some deep and
meaningful lyrics.

Edward Bax, Tuesday, 19 October 2004 19:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Red Barchetta" plays
on radio, Rush fan gets
a speeding ticket.

Edward Bax, Tuesday, 19 October 2004 19:10 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Fans debate how to
say Peart. Does it sound like "pert"?
No, it rhymes with "near".

Edward Bax, Tuesday, 19 October 2004 19:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Here: Rush's real names
Alex Zivojinovic
Gary Lee Weinrib

Edward Bax, Tuesday, 19 October 2004 19:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


Alex in NYC (vassifer), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 19:11 (fourteen years ago) Permalink


NEE nee nerr

That's my "Tom Sawyer" tribute. They should have collaborated with Gary Numan. Maybe there's still time.

Thea (Thea), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 19:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

They sort of define dud, don't they?

Burr (Burr), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 22:19 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

They define "dude," as in, one kid goes, "Dude, check out Neil's drum solo." Other kid nods in appreciation: "Duuuuuuude." I guess with each passing year I like them less than I did when I was 15, but I still wonder what people who dislike them aren't hearing. Maybe they haven't heard "Natural Science," or "Hemispheres," or "The Camera Eye." I guess Geddy's voice can be annoying but so can Neil Young's and Johnny Rotten's.

clark, Tuesday, 19 October 2004 22:35 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Canadian crap
You hosers should have stayed home
why why oh god why?

The TAO that can be Posted is not the TAO! (The Tao that can be Posted is), Tuesday, 19 October 2004 23:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Rush shall be absolved
of all sonic crimes because
"Working Man" kicks ass

Will (will), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 00:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

rickenbacker bass
slingerland and tama drums
gibsons for alex

(uh, not that i knew very much about 'em)

naturalaw-dp, Wednesday, 20 October 2004 16:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Second-string classic
opening for Aerosmith.
As headliner, dud.

briania (briania), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 16:27 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Anthem, In the End
Best I Can and Bastille Day
-songs neil ain't write, joe

naturalaw-dp, Wednesday, 20 October 2004 16:31 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

A sad but true fact :
No women, none, anywhere
Are fans of Rush. None.

udu wudu (udu wudu), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 17:25 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Geddy had the suaveness:
'Hey baby, the hour is late, I
feel I've got to groove'

Roy Williams Highlight (diamond), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 17:33 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Geddy got his name
When his immigrant mother
Mispronounced "Gary"

I do enjoy them
Since, unlike so much prog-rock
They have some real hooks.

Josh in Chicago (Josh in Chicago), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 17:50 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Read an interview
Where Peart described some of his
Practice methods. Wow.

And I don't mean to
Be facetious. That stuff was
Cool to a young me.

Dominique (dleone), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 17:51 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

2112 rocks.
Dude, A Passage to Bangkok
is in 7/8.

darin (darin), Wednesday, 20 October 2004 17:55 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Band denies, but we
know what "Passage To Bangkok"
is really about.

Edward Bax, Thursday, 21 October 2004 23:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Who in the hell messed
up the production on the
Vapor Trails LP?

Edward Bax, Thursday, 21 October 2004 23:59 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Went to a Rush show,
the first ten rows were filled with
teen boys air drumming.

Edward Bax, Friday, 22 October 2004 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

"Dude, if you like Rush,
you will love Dream Theater!"
"No, I don't think so."

Edward Bax, Friday, 22 October 2004 00:00 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

we know many scales
watch us play pretentious shit
please, we are the Rush

The TAO that can be Posted is not the TAO! (The Tao that can be Posted is), Friday, 22 October 2004 00:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

'Passage to Bangkok':
Peart plays that 'oriental theme'
on tuned percussion

Roy Williams Highlight (diamond), Friday, 22 October 2004 00:03 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

My first rock concert
Peart's solo is awesome; pot smoke
wafting through the air

Roy Williams Highlight (diamond), Friday, 22 October 2004 00:06 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...
how can you go wrong
with the dubious ayn rand-
influenced lyrics?

amateur!!st, Friday, 12 November 2004 04:53 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

just heard "overture/
temples of syrinx" online
on knac

oh my fucking god
i mean, oh my fucking god
oh my fucking god

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 12 November 2004 15:09 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

i see my friends clock
made from the power windows
picture disc, fucks sake!

bg, Friday, 12 November 2004 15:15 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

Naked dude learns
Guitar, like that! Has bummer:
Life blood spills over


Look at videos
The Trees to Power Windows
Geddy has nose job

Mehama Mama, Friday, 12 November 2004 22:49 (fourteen years ago) Permalink

last time I heard Madonna's "Ray of Light" the only thing I could think of was how much it sounded like Rush

frogbs, Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:20 (six months ago) Permalink

xxp So many perfect touches to that, not least the running time :)

Jeff W, Thursday, 24 May 2018 20:23 (six months ago) Permalink

three months pass...
two months pass...

Cool interview. Hemispheres is where it really all coalesced for them.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 01:46 (one month ago) Permalink

for historical purposes, this is a good post about power windows

Imagine a POLL Where It All Began: Rush- Power Windows Poll

mookieproof, Wednesday, 24 October 2018 02:39 (one month ago) Permalink

Great interview!

The nexus of the crisis (Sund4r), Wednesday, 24 October 2018 12:43 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

After decades of sentimental favoritism, I'm willing to admit that "Hold Your Fire" is relatively weak. However! The entire first side (give or take "Second Nature") is some great songwriting and arranging. "Hold Your Fire" is lovely. "Force Ten" is rousing, "Open Secrets" is some great lyrics writing and features a neat coda, and "Prime Mover" is of course awesome. Side two ... "Mission" is kind of a weaker "Marathon," though of course "Turn the Page" is cool. The rest of the songs are pretty eh. The band would get better at conventional songwriting with "Presto."

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 November 2018 12:50 (one month ago) Permalink

it’s a pretty uneven record imo. first side is indeed so awesome

princess of hell (BradNelson), Thursday, 8 November 2018 12:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Heh, I meant to say "Time Stand Still" is lovely. Why is this not a classic rock/AOR staple?

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 November 2018 14:21 (one month ago) Permalink

I'm not ashamed to admit that time stand still is the song that triggered my rush fandom at the belated age of 35.

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 8 November 2018 15:17 (one month ago) Permalink

It's really a good song, and much of it comes down to Peart's lyrics. If they were bad the song would only be OK.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 November 2018 15:27 (one month ago) Permalink

just as well it wasn't made five years later, or aimee mann's part would have been given to a computerized 'rapper' voice

mookieproof, Thursday, 8 November 2018 15:34 (one month ago) Permalink

Hold Your Fire is the first LP in their discography that I don't like - I pretty much like to love everything before that, even the first three albums.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Thursday, 8 November 2018 19:41 (one month ago) Permalink

I like "Mission" they did it once when I saw them live

there's a doc about the last tour called "Time Stand Still" on Showtime, was nice, didn't know how much pain Peart was in

Greta Van Fleek (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 8 November 2018 19:47 (one month ago) Permalink

I still haven't watched that doc. Worried it will depress me too much.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 8 November 2018 19:51 (one month ago) Permalink

Nah, it's good. Peart has gone through worse than physical pain.

Josh in Chicago, Thursday, 8 November 2018 19:58 (one month ago) Permalink

watch it, it's not depressing

valet doberman (Jon not Jon), Thursday, 8 November 2018 20:58 (one month ago) Permalink

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