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  • 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.
  • Awesome Music: See the "notable songs" on the main page for a partial list and the Awesome Music subpage for more.
  • Broken Base: Mostly about the different styles the band performed over the course of its career, the role of synthesizers, Ayn Rand, etc. However, certain albums are subject to this more so than usual, with Caress of Steel and Grace Under Pressure seemingly getting even more of it than most records; some fans consider each album to be one of their worst, while others consider them to be among their best. It's not too rare to see those two albums near the top of "most underrated Rush albums" lists these days. Then again, Rush's fandom is large and opinionated enough that you're bound to find at least a few people who'll claim any album as their favourite, and at least a few who'll claim the same album as their least favourite.
  • 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.
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    • Some fans might place some of their albums within this category, even by the band's standards. Caress of Steel is probably the biggest example, since it's one of the band's poorest sellers, and critics were lukewarm on it as well, but it's undergone a bit of a reappraisal in recent years.
  • 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, "Digital Man" and "Seven Cities of Gold" for bass, "Mystic Rhythms" and "One Little Victory" for drums.
    • "YYZ" arguably qualifies as one for the whole band.
  • 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), they released 2112, which not only saved the band, but established Rush as one of the forerunners of Progressive Rock and Progressive Metal.
    • 2112 was also a beard-growing moment lyrically, as Peart stopped channelling his favourite writers at the time (mostly Rand and Tolkien) and began to develop more of his own voice, which deepened on A Farewell to Kings and Hemispheres. Another arguably came around the time of Moving Pictures, when Peart began to focus more directly on real-world issues, to stunning effect ("Witch Hunt" being a particularly powerful piece of writing from that album).
  • 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.
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    • Of course, they have been best friends since they were about 12, so...
  • Misaimed Fandom: Peart did not have kind words for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (who had expressed admiration for Rush's music and lyrics), based particularly on the Republican Party's stance on healthcare; Peart, who had become an American citizen at the time of the interview in question, stated that he couldn't imagine himself voting for any Republican. Some of this is due to a shift in Peart's own politics; he specifically attributed a trip to Africa as being transformative to his thinking. Some of Peart's earlier lyrics ("Anthem" in particular) thus became subject to Creator Backlash as a result. By the time of Moving Pictures, Peart had already drifted rather far from the right-wing stances of his earliest lyrics, and one could argue that this stance was already starting to show itself on Hemispheres, the title track of which argues that both logic and love of others are needed for a healthy worldview.
  • 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.
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    • The fact that in the original video for "Distant Early Warning", the words "RED ALERT" that flash across the screen when Geddy first sings them... are printed in green.
  • 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. (Calling a child of two Holocaust survivors a Nazi has some massive Unfortunate Implications, we should note.) 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 claimed to be a "left-leaning libertarian" and identified with the Democratic Party when he became a U.S. citizen, 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.
  • Song Association: You can expect some folks to remember of "One Little Victory" due to its appearence in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2.
  • 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.
    • Caress of Steel and Test for Echo have also garnered some positive reappraisals as well.
    • 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, Quebec separatism, 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 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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