Rush – 2112 (1976)
exemplary artwork by sarca @ caughtmegaming
Made in Canada Artist #1: Neil Young
Made in Canada Artists #2 & #3: Leonard Cohen & Joni Mitchell
Made in Canada Artist #4: Rush
Always bet on Rush.
Years ago, our local library had a contest.
Six paperbacks were bound together and contestants had to guess the sum of the pages from the six books, the closest guess would win the pile of books.
Naturally, I guessed 2112 pages.
And betting on Rush paid off, I won the books!
I think everyone agrees that the members of Rush are superb musicians.
That being said, while everyone likely appreciates Neil/Geddy/Alex’s talent, not everyone likes Rush.
In fact, I’ve had colleagues go so far as to say, “I’d rather chew on cardboard than listen to Rush.”
While I found that (totally unprompted) would-you-rather ‘chew-cardboard-vs.-listen-to-Rush’ scenario a bit perplexing, I don’t think this person was being intentionally contrarian.
I’d argue Rush has a unique ability to attract and repel in equal quantities.
For every die-hard Rush fan, there’s probably a polar opposite that claims to die a little inside upon hearing Rush.
Despite the seemingly rigid dichotomy, it’s possible to switch extremes.
In high school, my aforementioned colleague lived for Rush; I’m not sure what sent him running the other way.
For years, I would have taken the cardboard too!
But these days, sometimes only Rush will suffice.
When my 2112 cassette stopped working, I turned to more newfangled technology.
The iTunes store search results could not have been more fitting:
Want to buy the title track? You need to buy the album.
There’s nothing halfway about Rush (have you seen them multi-task on stage?).
There’s also nothing halfway about their fans, and now it appears, their digital copies.
With 2112, you can’t just, sort of, buy Rush: You get the whole thing, or you don’t get side A.
Much like how you can’t just, sort of, like Rush: You get them, or you don’t. You buy in, or you don’t.
After this one & Moving Pictures, I bought in big time.
While I bet 2112 sounds glorious on vinyl, I may stick to enjoying this record digitally.
I wouldn’t want my non-Rush friends to be tempted by the LP cover cardboard.