Rush – Moving Pictures (1981)
“What about the voice of Geddy Lee. How did it get so high?”
– Stereo, Pavement
For years I was baffled, much like Stephen Malkmus about Geddy’s range, but also about Rush’s appeal. I knew they were talented musicians, but I struggled with the general lack of discernable song structures and the surplus of what I interpreted as futuristic sound effects.
I’m not sure when the switch went, but now I’m a believer! Almost as much as Jason Segel and Paul Rudd here:
The film, I Love You Man, was probably a catalyst in my conversion to becoming a fan. That being said, it’s probably a bit like the ‘lightbulb going on’ metaphor: sooner or later, especially for those who have ever played in a group, one can’t help but appreciate Rush.
Tom Sawyer opens Moving Pictures with a bang; YYZ is one of the better instrumentals I’ve heard. Throw in Red Barchetta and Limelight (the song performed in the YouTube clip) and side A quickly becomes one of the strongest of the decade. Top marks as well for getting a huge sound out of a trio.
Though I don’t think I’ll buy any Rush sheet music – time signatures change so frequently, I’d imagine playing along by ear is the way to go. Or attempting to play along I should say as none of the parts would ever be classified as easy.