YMMV / Rush

  • Applicability: The lyrics to “Red Sector A” are an example. Rather than being directly about the Holocaust (their specific inspiration), they are left universal enough that they can refer to any prison camp scenario.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: See the "notable songs" on the main page for a partial list and the Awesome Music subpage for more.
  • Cult Classic: One blog put it the best "They (Rush) sell as many albums at The Beatles or Rolling Stones, but are mentioned in music conversations as much as Uriah Heep." Also, this.
  • Creator's Favorite Episode: Neil's is Clockwork Angels. While it's definitely among the fans' favorites, older fans are more likely to name 2112, Hemispheres, or Moving Pictures as the band's magnum opus. Younger ones do like Clockwork Angels, Moving Pictures, Hemispheres, and 2112, but they may also mention Signals, Power Windows, and Counterparts.
  • Dork Age: Fans are surprisingly divided on the albums' respective degrees of quality, but Caress of Steel and Test for Echo are generally considered to be the worst.
  • Epic Riff: "The Spirit of Radio" and "Limelight" for guitar, "Tom Sawyer" and "Subdivisions" for synthesizer, and "Digital Man" and "Seven Cities of Gold" for bass.
    • "YYZ" arguably qualifies as one for the whole band.
  • Fridge Logic/Fridge Brilliance: The Priests of Syrinx obviously can't take "equality, our stock in trade" very seriously if they won't even let other people play guitar.
    • But that is equality, albeit of a Harrison Bergeron sort. Nobody is allowed to play music because the vast majority of people can't play a note. How dare musical prodigies be prodigies?
      • Harrison Bergeron is actually a good point of comparison, because despite the opening presented by the Unreliable Narrator, it obviously isn't an example of equality in the slightest. The Handicapper General has so much more in the way of ability than anyone else in the story that when the title character attempts a rebellion, he is defeated in the flicker of an eye despite himself being an Übermensch. A society cannot be equal if its rulers have vastly more in the way of resources and rights than the rest of the populace. The Priests of Syrinx "take care of... the songs you sing", and won't allow the same right for the rest of the populace. That is only equality if you buy into the Animal Farm dictate that "all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others". More to the point, it is exactly representative of the situation in the contemporary Soviet Union, which is no doubt what Peart had in mind while writing it. You cannot have equality by taking rights away from people, because the people that take those rights away intrinsically need to have more rights in order to take away everyone else's rights. The society will fundamentally remain unequal, no matter what platitudes the ruling class might present about equality. Or, to put it another way, the mere existence of a ruling class is proof that class distinctions have not been eliminated.
  • Growing the Beard: While the self titled debut was good, Fly by Night was considered a nice improvement when Neil joined. After a Dork Age with Caress of Steel (which became Vindicated by History by some fans), they released 2112 which not only saved the band, but established Rush as one of the forerunners of Progressive Rock and Progressive Metal.
  • Ho Yay: Tons of it between Alex and Geddy. Tons. Especially in the Dinner with Rush segment from Beyond the Lighted Stage (the documentary on the band) and during Alex and Geddy's apperance on That Metal Show.
    • Of course, they have been best friends since they were about 12, so...
      • To read his book Roadshow, their official Twitter (Praetorianx 1), and Neil's various news updates on his website, one would think Neil and his bodyguard/motorcycle riding buddy, Michael, were extremely argumentative same-sex partners. They're not, but tell me you wouldn't assume two guys clad in black leather arriving as a pair calling each other "honey" (or "slut," alternately) were a couple.
  • Narm: "Time Stand Still" is a gorgeous song and a huge Tear Jerker. Problem is... its video has NOT aged well. From the '80s Hair to the spinning to the questionable-at-best bluescreen effects, Time Stand Still is definitely a product of its time.
  • Never Live It Down: Peart's youthful interest in Ayn Rand. There are still plenty of people who think they're still diehard Objectivists, even though Peart has clearly stated they're not.
    • At the time, the band were accused of fascist beliefs and even of being Nazis. Considering Geddy isn't only Jewish, but the son of two Holocaust survivors, this was an accusation they were quick to refute. It still gets trotted out every now and then, though generally in lists of conservative or right-wing bands (which all three of them argue they aren't- Neil claims to be a "left-leaning libertarian" and Geddy described the three of them as holding views that would be considered essentially socialist in America [but are only slightly left of center in Canada]).
  • Nightmare Fuel: "Red Sector A". It is about someone trying to survive during the Holocaust. It was inspired when Geddy told the stories his own mother had told him about her time spent in concentration camps. Both of Lee's parents were Holocaust survivors from Poland.
  • Older Than They Think: A Progressive Rock Trio band fronted by a long haired bassist with glasses that sings in a high falsetto that sounds feminine that writes long songs about weird stories? Obviously, you're talking about Budgie. Note 
    • The members of Budgie are also a bit older than the members of Rush (Burke Shelley is five years older than Neil, the oldest member of Rush), explaining how Budgie got three albums out before Rush released their debut.
  • Signature Song: "Tom Sawyer", "Limelight", "Freewill", or "The Spirit of Radio" are probably Rush's most famous songs.
  • Stoic Woobie: Jesus Christ, Neil. He was awkward and frequently bullied in school (right up to physical assaults), became the third man of a three-man band where the other two members were lifelong buddies (not to mention, he replaced the original drummer who was another lifelong friend of the other two members), caught a lot of flak for his personal beliefs, lost his only child suddenly in a one-car accident as she drove to college, lost his wife ten months later, and while recovering from those devastating losses, found out his best friend was in jail for attempting to cross the U.S. border while in possession of marijuana and his dog had to be put to sleep. He utterly refuses to speak of the period between his daughter dying and his second wedding, and for good reason.
  • Stuck in Their Shadow: Alex Lifeson, often overshadowed by Geddy's vocals and instrumental skill and Neil's lyrics and drumming. In any other band, he would be the standout, which goes to show you the kind of musicianship we're dealing with.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Understandably, they get this a lot, given the high amount of New Sound Albums. Particularly from the period when Lee focused more on the keyboard than bass.
    • Also a common complaint of older fans when talking about Geddy's voice, which has lost a fair bit of its higher range as he's grown older. This one is largely considered ridiculous, because of course he can't hit notes the way he did in his 20s anymore now that he qualifies for the senior discount at most establishments.
  • Vindicated by History: Any album made from Grace Under Pressure to Roll the Bones.
    • Signals was absolutely hated by fans (and critics) who claimed the band "sold out" at the time with the synthesizers, shorter songs, real world issues now being the center focus of the lyrics, etc. Being the follow up to the beloved Moving Pictures didn't help matters either. There is even one internet review where the reviewer was so disappointed, it was the only record he physically destroyed. But today, fans (including the reviewer) and critics regard the album as one of the band's finest installments in an already legendary discography.
    • The band in general, really. Many rock critics of the time (especially Robert Christgau and Rolling Stone magazine) hated them but they got the last laugh when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Political?: Despite insistence from some quarters that "The Trees" must be an allegory about socialism or some other issue, Peart insists that it's not political at all and was simply inspired by a cartoon he saw that featured trees arguing.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: Averted with the 1975 album Caress of Steel. In the 2010 documentary Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage, Geddy admits that the three of them were probably very high when they made that one.
    • Alex did an interview with High Times magazine and, in their first ever Rolling Stone cover feature, the reporter describes him kneeling on a pillow and blowing weed smoke out his hotel room window in Tulsa. Needless to say, most Rush albums were probably made at least partially on drugs. (Alex claims his continued use of marijuana is medicinal at this point, to treat his psoriatic arthritis, but how true this is isn't clear given this is Alex we're talking about.)
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