RUSH – SPIRIT OF THE RADIO
From the album ‘Permanent Waves’
It’s also fiendishly difficult to play – not only the usual high standard from Neil Peart’s drum stool but all the guitarist and bassists I have played this with – or tried to! – concur that all three of the band were pushing the boundaries on this track.
The group were in a really interesting, well-discussed phase of writing – they had travelled from hard rock, to progressive rock and now increasingly encountered (and, to their credit, attempted to embrace) the ‘New Wave’ of music. Bands such as the Police were creating a new, energetic brand of punchy rock with some of the punk attitude.
I can hear it in Neil’s performance on this album – from his choice of tunings and drum sounds to the shorter, more focussed pieces. But, perhaps more importantly for me as I was recording this, this track has become one of my family’s favourites. My two daughters have grown up listening to this, no-doubt on one of my many mix tapes for the car.
On the last RUSH tour, I’d finally managed to get both my daughters and the band and myself in the same place and time for our first RUSH concert together. And what did the band open with? Yup…happy trails again. So this cover is very much for my two delightful daughters…
‘Til next time,