Friday, April 1, 2016

40 Year Itch : We Have Assumed Control

  My college roommate used to do these air drum impressions of Neil Peart which always ended with his arms flapping around so spasmodically that he would lose his balance and topple over. Although Peart wasn't the original drummer for Rush, the inclusion of this voracious reader of science fiction changed the band's direction for good.

  Ignoring the label's demand for a commercial album, the trio of Canadians who make up Rush indulged themselves on 2112, especially on the twenty minute title cut. It's the Ayn Rand inspired story of a guy who finds a strange device ( an electric guitar) which is destroyed by one of the screeching Priests of the Temples of Syrinx. His response is open to interpretation. Does he lead a revolution or hide in a cave and commit suicide? In any case, Rush came into its own on this album and eventually became the "biggest cult band in the world".

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