Rush: Classic or Dud?

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

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

fact checkin cuz to thread

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

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

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

Young Black Teenagers
Seeking the phattest of shit
Sample Tom Sawyer

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

worst. voice. ever.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

They sort of define dud, don't they?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recently, I've been listening more to stuff from the post-synthpop lightly-funky-math-AOR/dadrock phase that basically seems to run from the late 80s until the present day, which was the first stuff by them I ever heard and which (embarrassingly? I dunno) stirred me as a preteen. There's something to be said for this period. The grand sentimental statements and the quirkily wordy and quasi-intellectual lyrics actually come together in a way that makes it less corny than it could be. There's a lot to listen to in the playing and production that accompanies the broad melodies (which I realize a lot of people find cheesy and/or 'inert' in Martin Popoff's words); the solos tend to be elegant in their conciseness. It's kinda proto-DMB in a way but not in a bad way as such. I really like "The Pass".

sundar subramanian (sundar), Saturday, 13 November 2004 05:14 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Presto was pretty great. I never bought it -- in fact, when it came out I felt as though I was more or less "over" Rush. But these dudes I used to hang out with in high school bought it when it came out and used to play it constantly; we all used to congregate at these dudes' house after school and play Euchre and drink beer and basically fuck around until we had to go home to eat dinner with the folks. Anyway, these guys bought Presto and played it all the time, and though I wasn't as big a Rush-head as I had been just a scant few years prior, I had to admit that the thing sounded pretty good. Like, they were kind of rocking out again. "Show Don't Tell" has an awesome structure; still love that one. I remember "Superconductor" had a real hot riff to it. I don't remember "The Pass" though, I'll have to seek that one out.

Stormy Davis (diamond), Saturday, 13 November 2004 05:31 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

It's kind of a really sappy ballad. You might not like it. (Pre-chorus to chorus goes something like "Now you're standing on a rocky ledge/Staring out into a heartless sea/Can't waste time on the razor's edge/Nothing's what you thought it would be/All of us get lost in the darkness/Dreamers try to live by the stars/All of us do time in the gutter/Dreamers learn to steer by the cars/Turn around and walk the razor's edge/Don't turn your back and slam the door on me" if that rings any bells). "Show Don't Tell" is cool, yeah.

sundar subramanian (sundar), Saturday, 13 November 2004 05:39 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Dud. Can I do a limerick instead of a haiku, 'cause that's what I got.

There once was a Canuck named Geddy,
Who sang in voice nasal and heady,
His pretensions grand
plus ideas from Ayn Rand
Cause my gastric juices to eddy.

Ken L (Ken L), Saturday, 13 November 2004 18:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Did anyone get Rush In Rio? How is it?

sundar subramanian (sundar), Saturday, 13 November 2004 20:41 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I really like "The Pass".

I did too a lot at the time -- you have inspired me, I am listening to Presto for the first time in who knows how long. (The start to "Show Don't Tell" is a freakin' treble-fest.)

Ned Raggett (Ned), Saturday, 13 November 2004 20:49 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I don't know where to see the whole thing, but there are bits of clips and stuff:

Josh in Chicago, Sunday, 29 October 2017 18:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Wish that Sam Dunn documentary had a bigger variety of fans like Stephen Malkmus and Nicky Wire.

― Robert Adam Gilmour, Saturday, May 6, 2017 8:11 PM (five months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ha, yes! Manic Street Preachers got the title of their album Lifeblood from one of the last lyrics on '2112' ("my lifeblood spills over") and the title track of Journal For Plague Lovers is blatantly influenced by 'The Spirit of Radio' ...

Gholdfish Killah (Turrican), Sunday, 29 October 2017 18:40 (one month ago) Permalink

four weeks pass...

Amazing. "Three new species of microbe found in the guts of termites have been named after members of the Canadian prog-rock band Rush, owing to the microbes’ long hair and rhythmic wriggling under the microscope." (h/t @annielogue)

— Annie Zaleski (@anniezaleski) November 27, 2017

mookieproof, Monday, 27 November 2017 19:52 (two weeks ago) Permalink

man I've been pretty into rush this past week out of the blue. really a shame I never managed to see them live.

akm, Monday, 27 November 2017 23:44 (two weeks ago) Permalink

They were good but you didn't miss much, imo. They were famous - and justly so - for replicating the studio versions pretty much perfectly.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 01:13 (two weeks ago) Permalink

You didn't really get much in the way of per se surprises but you did feel the general enthusiasm live for sure -- perfect balance between technical flash and heartland arena rock vibes leavened with a bit of humor as it went. Good working formula!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 01:56 (two weeks ago) Permalink

Actually, the best experience of seeing Rush live was being in a big place surrounded by other dorks really into Rush. That and watching people try to air drum/bass/guitar at the same time.

Josh in Chicago, Tuesday, 28 November 2017 03:25 (two weeks ago) Permalink

I'm listening to Counterparts for the first time, at least the reissue on Spotify. I always avoided it because I hated "Nobody's Hero". I still skipped that song, but, otherwise, I'm surprised by how much I actually really like this. Mostly not that different mainstream rock of the early 90s (which I have a nostalgic spot for) but the playing elevates it, pushes the songs ahead, and the sound is clear and muscular. Lifeson esp sounds great. Solos on "Alien Shore" (esp) and "Cold Fire" are great and "Leave That Thing Alone" is up there with the back catalogue.

No purposes. Sounds. (Sund4r), Monday, 4 December 2017 17:23 (one week ago) Permalink

I think that was a record they did after hearing a lot of the bands they'd inspired, like Primus. I remember hearing the lead single "Stick It Out" and thinking, wow they're finally coming back! iirc album as a whole not *tons* better than the ones preceding it, but it was a kind of "welcome to the 90s" for them.

Dominique, Monday, 4 December 2017 17:31 (one week ago) Permalink

Counterparts is one of my favorite Rush albums. Thought it was a big step up from Hold Your Fire, Presto, and Roll The Bones.

Moodles, Monday, 4 December 2017 19:31 (one week ago) Permalink

It was consciously their "return to guitar" record, iirc.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 4 December 2017 19:42 (one week ago) Permalink

I did a buddy of mine's taxes one year and his payment was taking me to see Rush on the Counterparts tour! They were so good that tour.

BlackIronPrison, Monday, 4 December 2017 19:44 (one week ago) Permalink

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