Spirit of the Radio

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From the album ‘Permanent Waves’

Today’s drum cover is possibly the one that most people will recognise. When released as a single it charted the highest of any of Rush - Permanent Waves (1980)RUSH releases to date, I believe.

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 travelled5cdb6e997a505e00fe10154edd3a4ec4 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. 133291880 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…

Take Care,‘Til next time,



About Stuart Dyer

Stuart Dyer, Christian Writer and Musician living in West Sussex, England. Works in the hope of producing the worthy novel or solo; giggles at Oliver Hardy, Peter Sellers and Spike Jones; admires Hudson Taylor, Dickens, Salinger, Bill Bailey and Neil Peart; listens from Wagner to Miles with lots of stops in between; dances to motown and aims to achieve balance in all things.
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