History Music / Rush

21st Jun '16 1:59:00 PM CassandraLeo
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Not to be confused, if such a thing were even possible, with [[Radio/RushLimbaugh another Rush sometimes heard on the radio]]. (Note: As of March 2012, [[http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/07/limbaugh-threatened-with-lawsuit-by-supergroup-rush/ this Rush has submitted a cease-and-desist order to the other one for unauthorized use of their music]]. Use of their music by political figures seems to be a BerserkButton of theirs, as they have issued cease-and-desist orders to several other political figures as well.) Also not to be confused with the UsefulNotes/FormulaOne [[Film/{{Rush 2013}} biopic]] by Creator/RonHoward, or [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic a flying robot dog]].

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Not to be confused, if such a thing were even possible, with [[Radio/RushLimbaugh another Rush sometimes heard on the radio]]. (Note: As of March 2012, [[http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/07/limbaugh-threatened-with-lawsuit-by-supergroup-rush/ this Rush has submitted a cease-and-desist order to the other one for unauthorized use of their music]]. Use of their music by political figures seems to be a BerserkButton of theirs, as they have issued cease-and-desist orders to several other political figures as well. Check [[http://talkingpointsmemo.com/dc/rush-songs-not-for-rent-to-rand-paul this story]] for a wonderful HurricaneOfPuns and count all the Rush song titles and lyric references you can find.) Also not to be confused with the UsefulNotes/FormulaOne [[Film/{{Rush 2013}} biopic]] by Creator/RonHoward, or [[VideoGame/MegaManClassic a flying robot dog]].
19th Jun '16 12:58:50 PM TimBumpus
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Rush is a Canadian rock trio formed in 1968, although, listening to some of their songs, you'd never guess there are only three of them. They're probably best known for Geddy Lee's "wait, is that a guy?" vocals and prominent bass and Neil Peart's sometimes [[UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} Objectivism-inspired lyrics]] (though really only in the early days). While the band has always been an album rock (and later classic rock) radio favourite, Rush saw a decent boost to their popularity for their contributions to the video game ''VideoGame/RockBand''.

One of those bands that splits people down the middle - a lot of people don't like [[AuthorAppeal Peart's]] [[NeverLiveItDown fondness]] for Creator/AynRand (though, again, he abandoned this relatively early on, [[OldShame to the point of distancing himself from it]]), and a lot of people hate ProgressiveRock in general. In fairness, it should be noted that Peart does not agree with the ''whole'' of Rand's philosophy and removed the "thank you" to her from the credits for ''2112'' (as of at least the original compact disc issue). When fans ask him about the subject, however, he still acknowledges that he ''does'' have areas of agreement with Rand. (However, he characterized himself as a "left-leaning libertarian" in a 2005 interview; one thing Rand certainly was not is left-leaning).

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Rush is a Canadian rock trio formed in 1968, although, listening to some of their songs, you'd never guess there are only three of them. They're probably best known for Geddy Lee's "wait, is that a guy?" vocals and prominent bass and Neil Peart's sometimes [[UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} Objectivism-inspired lyrics]] (though really only in the early days). Creator/AynRand-inspired lyrics ([[OldShame though he has since distanced himself from her]]). While the band has always been an album rock (and later classic rock) radio favourite, Rush saw a decent boost to their popularity for their contributions to the video game ''VideoGame/RockBand''.

''VideoGame/RockBand''.

One of those bands that splits people down the middle - a lot of people don't like hate ProgressiveRock in general, and many disapprove of [[AuthorAppeal Peart's]] [[NeverLiveItDown early fondness]] for Creator/AynRand (though, again, he abandoned this relatively early on, [[OldShame to the point of distancing himself from it]]), and a lot of people hate ProgressiveRock in general. In fairness, it should Creator/AynRand. To be noted that fair, while Peart acknowledges he still has areas of agreement with Rand, he does not agree with the ''whole'' of Rand's philosophy her whole [[UsefulNotes/{{Objectivism}} philosophy]], and has removed the her "thank you" to her credit from the credits for ''2112'' (as ''2112''[[labelnote:*]]as of at least the original compact disc issue). When fans ask him about the subject, however, he still acknowledges that he ''does'' have areas of agreement with Rand. (However, he characterized himself as a "left-leaning libertarian" in a 2005 interview; one thing Rand certainly was not is left-leaning).
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4th Jun '16 8:18:47 AM WhatArtThee
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** 2: "Different Strings" "Tai Shan", "Resist" [[note]]Live versions rank at a 1 [[/note]]

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** 2: "Different Strings" "Tai Shan", "Resist" [[note]]Live versions rank at a 1 [[/note]]1[[/note]]



** 7: "Working Man", "One Little Victory", "Garden Road" [[note]] a live only track [[/note]]
** 8: "Stick It Out", "Peaceable Kingdom", and "BU2B", the three songs where it was the heaviest they've ever got.

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** 7: "Working Man", "One Little Victory", "Garden Road" [[note]] a live only track [[/note]]
track[[/note]]
** 8: "Stick It Out", "Peaceable Kingdom", and "BU2B", the three songs where it was "[=BU2B=]", the heaviest they've ever got.
15th May '16 7:05:05 PM youngbond007
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** 8: "BU2B", which is easily the heaviest they've ever got.

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** 8: "Stick It Out", "Peaceable Kingdom", and "BU2B", which is easily the three songs where it was the heaviest they've ever got.
2nd May '16 1:31:30 AM Miso
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** This is more Vocal ''Devolution'' than anything; Geddy willingly toned down his voice a bit, sure, but the lower registers are moreso due to him ''losing'' the ability to hit those incredible high notes with age. Older Rush fans often cite Geddy's fading range as one of their primary TheyChangedItNowItSucks gripes, apparently oblivious to the idea that Geddy can't hit notes he sang as a 23 year old at 63 without physical pain or sacrificing his ability to speak for a day or two after.
27th Apr '16 1:54:24 AM CassandraLeo
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Although most commonly associated with HardRock and ProgressiveRock, their style has varied considerably during their career. Originating with a fairly straightforward HardRock[=/=]HeavyMetal sound heavily influenced by Music/DeepPurple and Music/LedZeppelin; they remained such for their first few albums, similarly incorporating [[HeavyMithril fantasy and science-fiction themes into their lyrics]], and elaborate arrangements into their instrumentals. They were increasingly influenced by the growing ProgressiveRock movement, but maintained a harder-edged sound than most of their contemporaries; and it was at this point that Peart's infatuation with the writings of Creator/AynRand became prominent. They soon began to incorporate Jazz, New Wave, Pop, and Reggae influences; and transitioned to a predominantly Synth Rock style that lasted well through TheEighties, a sound heavily influenced by Music/{{Talking Heads}} and Music/{{The Police}}. In the 90's with the release of ''Counterparts'', the band yet again changed their stylings to stay relevant, now taking elements from Alternative Rock and even Grunge and while maintaining some of the Progressive sound; they began moving back into their earlier Hard Rock style, including the release of an EP of covers of songs by their earliest HardRock influences like Music/TheWho, Music/TheYardbirds, and Music/{{Cream}}.

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Although most commonly associated with HardRock and ProgressiveRock, their style has varied considerably during their career. Originating with a fairly straightforward HardRock[=/=]HeavyMetal sound heavily influenced by Music/DeepPurple and Music/LedZeppelin; they remained such for their first few albums, similarly incorporating [[HeavyMithril fantasy and science-fiction themes into their lyrics]], and elaborate arrangements into their instrumentals. They were increasingly influenced by the growing ProgressiveRock movement, but maintained a harder-edged sound than most of their contemporaries; and it was at this point that Peart's infatuation with the writings of Creator/AynRand became prominent. They soon began to incorporate Jazz, New Wave, Pop, and Reggae influences; and transitioned to a predominantly Synth Rock style that lasted well through TheEighties, a sound heavily influenced by Music/{{Talking Heads}} Music/TalkingHeads and Music/{{The Police}}. Music/ThePolice. In the 90's with the release of ''Counterparts'', the band yet again changed their stylings to stay relevant, now taking elements from Alternative Rock AlternativeRock and even Grunge {{Grunge}} and while maintaining some of the Progressive sound; they began moving back into their earlier Hard Rock style, including the release of an EP of covers of songs by their earliest HardRock influences like Music/TheWho, Music/TheYardbirds, and Music/{{Cream}}.



* 1975 - ''Fly By Night''
* 1975 - ''Caress of Steel''
* 1976 - ''2112''
* 1977 - ''A Farewell To Kings''
* 1978 - ''Hemispheres''
* 1980 - ''Permanent Waves''
* 1981 - ''Music/{{Moving Pictures}}''

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* 1975 - ''Fly By Night''
''Music/FlyByNight''
* 1975 - ''Caress of Steel''
''Music/CaressOfSteel''
* 1976 - ''2112''
''[[Music/TwentyOneTwelve 2112]]''
* 1977 - ''A Farewell To Kings''
''Music/AFarewellToKings''
* 1978 - ''Hemispheres''
''Music/{{Hemispheres}}''
* 1980 - ''Permanent Waves''
''Music/PermanentWaves''
* 1981 - ''Music/{{Moving Pictures}}'' ''Music/MovingPictures''



* 1984 - ''Music/{{Grace Under Pressure}}''
* 1985 - ''Music/{{Power Windows}}''
* 1987 - ''Music/{{Hold Your Fire}}''

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* 1984 - ''Music/{{Grace Under Pressure}}''
''Music/GraceUnderPressure''
* 1985 - ''Music/{{Power Windows}}''
''Music/PowerWindows''
* 1987 - ''Music/{{Hold Your Fire}}''''Music/HoldYourFire''



* 1991 - ''Music/{{Roll The Bones}}''

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* 1991 - ''Music/{{Roll The Bones}}'' ''Music/RollTheBones''



* 1996 - ''Music/{{Test For Echo}}''
* 2002 - ''Music/{{Vapor Trails}}''
* 2007 - ''Music/{{Snakes And Arrows}}''

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* 1996 - ''Music/{{Test For Echo}}''
''Music/TestForEcho''
* 2002 - ''Music/{{Vapor Trails}}''
''Music/VaporTrails''
* 2007 - ''Music/{{Snakes And Arrows}}'' ''Music/SnakesAndArrows''



* 1976 - ''All The World's A Stage''

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* 1976 - ''All The the World's A a Stage''



* 1989 - ''A Show Of Hands''

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* 1989 - ''A Show Of of Hands''



* 2003 - ''Rush In Rio''

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* 2003 - ''Rush In in Rio''



* 2011 - ''Time Machine 2011: Live In Cleveland''

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* 2011 - ''Time Machine 2011: Live In in Cleveland''



* [[CreatorThumbprint Philosophical musings about Objectivism,]] especially in the period from ''2112'' to ''Moving Pictures''. In the period after this, they actually swing pretty far in the direction of UsefulNotes/{{subjectivism}}, especially on ''Hold Your Fire''.
* [[HeavyMithril Fantasy and sci-fi themes and settings]], often in tandem with the above; ''2112'', for example, is a loose adaptation of Ayn Rand's ''Anthem'' and ''Hemispheres'' is a near-literal rendering of Nietzsche's ''Birth of Tragedy''
** Preceding albums ''Fly By Night'' and ''Caress of Steel'' show substantial influences from Creator/JRRTolkien (likely a result of the heavy Music/LedZeppelin influence at that point) and Creator/RobertEHoward.
* [[ConceptAlbum Conceptually linked songs]] spread out across an entire album side, or even multiple albums as in the case of "Cygnus X-1" (two) or the "Fear" series (three, expanded to four once ''Vapor Trails'' came out).
** ''Clockwork Angels'' is a full-on concept album. Sci-Fi/Fantasy author Kevin J. Anderson and Peart have also written a novelization of the album's story.

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* [[CreatorThumbprint Philosophical musings about Objectivism,]] especially in the period from ''2112'' to ''Moving Pictures''. ''Music/MovingPictures''. In the period after this, they actually swing pretty far in the direction of UsefulNotes/{{subjectivism}}, especially on ''Hold Your Fire''.
''Music/HoldYourFire''.
* [[HeavyMithril Fantasy and sci-fi themes and settings]], often in tandem with the above; ''2112'', "2112", for example, is a loose adaptation of Ayn Rand's ''Anthem'' ''Literature/{{Anthem}}'' and ''Hemispheres'' "Hemispheres" is a near-literal rendering of Nietzsche's ''Birth of Tragedy''
** Preceding albums ''Fly By by Night'' and ''Caress of Steel'' show substantial influences from Creator/JRRTolkien (likely a result of the heavy Music/LedZeppelin influence at that point) and Creator/RobertEHoward.
* [[ConceptAlbum Conceptually linked songs]] spread out across an entire album side, or even multiple albums as in the case of "Cygnus X-1" (two) or the "Fear" series (three, expanded to four once ''Vapor Trails'' ''Music/VaporTrails'' came out).
** ''Clockwork Angels'' ''Music/ClockworkAngels'' is a full-on concept album. Sci-Fi/Fantasy author Kevin J. Anderson and Peart have also written a novelization of the album's story.



** The group's 2010-2011 Time Machine tour included a 45-minute performance of the ''Moving Pictures'' album in its entirety (never ''ever'' touch this button).

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** The group's 2010-2011 Time Machine tour included a 45-minute performance of the ''Moving Pictures'' ''Music/MovingPictures'' album in its entirety (never ''ever'' touch this button).



* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: From "The Spirit of Radio": "...and the magic music makes your morning mood."
** "Machinery making modern music" from the same song.

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* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: From "The Spirit of Radio": "...and the magic music makes '''m'''agic '''m'''usic '''m'''akes your morning mood.'''m'''orning '''m'''ood."
** "Machinery making modern music" "'''M'''achinery '''m'''aking '''m'''odern '''m'''usic" from the same song.



** "Fly By Night"

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** "Fly By by Night"



*** On ''Snakes and Arrows Live,'' Geddy set up a bank of rotisserie chicken broilers on his side of the stage. So of course a stage hand comes out during "The Spirit of Radio" in a full chicken suit to baste the chickens. Neil actually smiles.

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*** On ''Snakes and Arrows Live,'' Live'', Geddy set up a bank of rotisserie chicken broilers on his side of the stage. So of course a stage hand comes out during "The Spirit of Radio" in a full chicken suit to baste the chickens. Neil actually smiles.



** ...as well as during the instrumental overture to ''2112''.

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** ...as well as during the instrumental overture to ''2112''."2112".



* AllThereInTheManual: 2112 and Clockwork Angels have story segments written in the album notes which give context to the story being told on their respective albums. 2112 is fairly straightforward without the narrative but Clockwork Angels needs the extra context.

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* AllThereInTheManual: 2112 "2112" and Clockwork Angels ''Music/ClockworkAngels'' have story segments written in the album notes which give context to the story being told on their respective albums. 2112 "2112" is fairly straightforward without the narrative but Clockwork Angels ''Clockwork Angels'' needs the extra context.



* BrokenRecord: During the Grand Finale (7th and final) movement of ''2112'' (the song), the lines "attention all planets of the Solar Federation" and "we have assumed control" are repeated [[RuleOfThree three times each]].

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* BrokenRecord: During the Grand Finale (7th and final) movement of ''2112'' "2112" (the song), the lines "attention all planets of the Solar Federation" and "we have assumed control" are repeated [[RuleOfThree three times each]].



* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Literally, on some Rush albums. The significance of these letters is not known, and although the use of the letter M on the cover of Power Windows is hinted at several song titles in the album that begin with or feature the letter M, the fans in general think the band is just playing around.

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* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Literally, on some Rush albums. The significance of these letters is not known, and although the use of the letter M on the cover of Power Windows ''Music/PowerWindows'' is hinted at several song titles in the album that begin with or feature the letter M, the fans in general think the band is just playing around.



*** With the release of the ''Vapor Trails Remix'' album, what does the included booklet state now? "'''Still''' brought to you by the letter '3'". Amazing how a tiny non sequitur not only returns, but is now ''lampshaded''.

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*** With the release of the ''Vapor Trails Remix'' Remixed'' album, what does the included booklet state now? "'''Still''' brought to you by the letter '3'". Amazing how a tiny non sequitur not only returns, but is now ''lampshaded''.



* CloudCuckoolander: Alex. Lord almighty, ''Alex.'' See his La Villa Strangiato rants below, and his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech if you don't believe it. (Also consider the fact that on his solo album, he includes a mostly-instrumental track involving two shrewish women (one of whom is his ''wife'') blathering away over a low musical track, discussing their men and how they're only good for one thing... [[spoiler: shutting up and playing the guitar.]] At the end, Alex starts screaming [[BigShutUp "SHUT UP!"]] at them until they stop... and he keeps going.)

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* CloudCuckoolander: Alex. Lord almighty, ''Alex.'' See his La Villa Strangiato "La villa strangiato" rants below, and his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acceptance speech if you don't believe it. (Also consider the fact that on his solo album, he includes a mostly-instrumental track involving two shrewish women (one of whom is his ''wife'') blathering away over a low musical track, discussing their men and how they're only good for one thing... [[spoiler: shutting up and playing the guitar.]] At the end, Alex starts screaming [[BigShutUp "SHUT UP!"]] at them until they stop... and he keeps going.)



* ColonCancer: Neil has written several books, most of which fit the title: subtitle formula (''Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road'' and ''Far and Away: A Prize Every Time'', for example) but the fourth book stands out as suffering from this. Its title is ''Roadshow''. In full, the title is ''Roadshow: Landscape With Drums: A Concert Tour By Motorcycle.''

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* ColonCancer: Neil has written several books, most of which fit the title: subtitle formula (''Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road'' and ''Far and Away: A Prize Every Time'', for example) but the fourth book stands out as suffering from this. Its title is ''Roadshow''. In full, the title is ''Roadshow: Landscape With with Drums: A Concert Tour By by Motorcycle.''



* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Alex. There are serious depths behind the silliness. Just listen to his solo album, ''[[DarkerAndEdgier Victor]]'', for proof. Especially "Don't Care" (extremely rough IntercourseWithYou), "At the End" (an elderly man who misses his wife so desperately that he is DrivenToSuicide), and the title track, a poem by WH Auden set to music. Alex provides rather disturbing/chilling vocals on At the End and Victor.

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* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Alex. There are serious depths behind the silliness. Just listen to his solo album, ''[[DarkerAndEdgier Victor]]'', for proof. Especially "Don't Care" (extremely rough IntercourseWithYou), "At the End" (an elderly man who misses his wife so desperately that he is DrivenToSuicide), and the title track, a poem by WH Auden Creator/WHAuden set to music. Alex provides rather disturbing/chilling vocals on At the End and Victor.



** WordOfGod is that they made ''Counterparts'' with this in mind, as Alex Lifeson was through with his guitar playing second banana to keyboards.

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** WordOfGod is that they made ''Counterparts'' ''Music/{{Counterparts}}'' with this in mind, as Alex Lifeson was through with his guitar playing second banana to keyboards.
6th Apr '16 11:50:44 AM CassandraLeo
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** Some of the other recent albums fall into this somewhat too, though not as badly as ''Vapor Trails''. Additionally, the "Sector" remasters sometimes fall into this somewhat as well.
6th Apr '16 11:39:15 AM CassandraLeo
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* LiteraryAllusionTitle: "The Big Money" is named after a novel in John Dos Passos' ''U.S.A.'' trilogy; Peart is on record as an admirer of Dos Passos. However, he has also remarked that the lyrical content of his song is somewhat at odds with the content of Dos Passos' novel. The song "The Camera Eye" is also named for one of the four narrative modes Dos Passos employed in his trilogy.
5th Apr '16 1:08:34 PM CassandraLeo
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* VocalEvolution: Geddy Lee used his higher registers a lot more often in Rush's earlier material than in their later works. Starting from about ''Permanent Waves'' he started to sing in lower pitches a lot more often.

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* VocalEvolution: Geddy Lee used his higher registers a lot more often in Rush's earlier material than in their later works. Starting from about ''Permanent Waves'' he started to sing in lower pitches a lot more often.often (though by many other rock bands' standards, his vocals are still fairly high-pitched).
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* VocalEvolution: Geddy Lee used his higher registers a lot more often in Rush's earlier material than in their later works. Starting from about ''Permanent Waves'' he started to sing in lower pitches a lot more often.
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