The Canadian power trio Rush is just about the most unhip thing you could possibly listen to. You could listen to the “Cats” soundtrack or the Pat Boone Christmas album and pretend you’re doing so ironically, and you might even get a few people to believe you. But put on some Rush at a party, and most of the noses in the room will prune with disgust, as if to say, “Who farted?”
Rush is one of my favorite bands, and the amount of shit I’ve had to take over the years for it has not been small.
“How can you listen to that shit?” many people would ask me.
“Why does Geddy Lee sing that way?” they would inquire.
“When Neil Peart wrote the lyrics to ‘Free Will,’ was it from the narrative point of view of some kind of android, like ‘Mr. Roboto?’” went one curious well-wisher.
Despite the nuisance of having to listen to other people’s unsolicited opinions, I have always found that the rewards of listening to Rush far outweigh risks. I love them in a very naïve, teenage boy kind of a way, even though I’m pushing 50 and my decrepit body will probably blow away like a pile of ashes the next time someone coughs on me.
It doesn’t matter. Despite the looming shadow of bursitis, rheumatism and various other physical ailments that plague those in their autumn years, I still air drum to Rush and get all giddy when I hear their music. I’m not sure the people who listen to Boards of Canada get the same thing out of it.
As with any other band that’s been popular for decades, Rush has a bunch of songs that get played on the radio relentlessly. Some of them deserve it and some of them don’t. The execrable 1991 song “Roll the Bones,” for example, is a miserable abortion of a song that deserved to be subjected to a good dilation and extraction procedure, followed by having its quivering remains harvested for financial gain.
Despite this less-than-perfect batting average, there are many Rush songs that are as good as the band gets, and which don’t receive a fraction of the attention that they deserve. To remedy this sorry state of affairs, The Z Review presents this list of the top ten most underrated Rush songs.
Please enjoy, and always remember, what you own is your own kingdom, what you do is your own glory, what you love is your own power, what you live is your own story.
“The Necromancer” from Caress of Steel
“Something for Nothing” from 2112
“Xanadu” from A Farewell to Kings
“Circumstances” from Hemispheres
“Jacob’s Ladder” from Permanent Waves
“Witch Hunt” from Moving Pictures
“Chemistry” from Signals
“Losing It” from Signals
“The Body Electric” from Grace Under Pressure
“Secret Touch” from Vapor Trails
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