Rush: Classic or Dud?

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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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