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Subject: RUSH Fans Digest of 08/10/90 (#28)

               RUSH Fans Digest, Number 28

                  Friday, 10 August 1990
Today's Topics:
                    DEW Rumbling/noise
                   Alex on New release
                 Responses to Digest # 27
          Re: RUSH Fans Digest of 08/09/90 (#27)
              Noise on Grace Under Pressure
          Last call for Washington DC RUSH party
             RE:  Recording Problems with P/G
                 The Fountain of Lamneth
                Backstage club newsletters
             ... to  be found within a song.
                     Crackling on DEW
                    Neil's editorial.
          'Distortion' on Distant Early Warning

Date: Thu, 9 Aug 90 07:58:05 -0700
From: ddelany@polyslo.CalPoly.EDU (Dan Delany)
Subject: DEW Rumbling/noise

Yes, that rumbling is there on the p/g CD.  I believe we had a discussion
of this a few months back...  If you've got a subwoofer, you can hear noise
there on the ASOH CD as well.

 \ Dan Delany                   "Life is like an ice cream cone.   You've got /
 /   to lick it 1 day at a time." - Charlie Brown \


Date: Thu, 9 Aug 90 12:26:56 EST
From: Steve Bromley 
Subject: Alex on New release

	I was watching Much Music on Wednesday (Much is Canada's
MTV equivelant) and they were interviewing GOWAN.  This band is
out of Canada.  GOWAN, who primarily is a male vocalists says that
Alex plays on several of his songs on the new album "Lost Brotherhood".
He said he couldn't get Alex to go on their upcoming tour because he
was in another band.
	I haven't heard any of the songs yet, so I can't comment on
the guitar parts.  If anyone hears anymore let us know.  I believe
the first release (at least in Canada) is called  "All the lovers in
the world".

If I hear anymore dirt I'll pass it on.

"...boys and girls together, paint the mirror black" -peart



Subject: Responses to Digest # 27
Date: Thu, 09 Aug 90 13:57:48 EDT
From: David Arnold 

In Digest # 27, John T. Fourkas wrote:

>And here a caveat: all of the songs that credit all three, with the
>exception of Chemistry, say "Words and Music by....", which MAY only
>mean that all three worked on the music.  What is meant is not entirely

I always interpreted it to mean "words by Neil, music by Alex & Geddy".
I read/heard in an interview that Neil goes off by himself, and Alex &
Geddy get together, and they all produce stuff.  Then they get back
together and see what fits with what; moods, etc.  Of course, I can't
remember the source...

Also, Jeff O'Hare wrote:

>	Hi.  I was wondering if anybody that has a copy of Grace Under Pressure
>non CD could check theirs out to see if they notice on the first track (Distant
>Early Warning) about twenty seconds into the song, there is a terrible
>crackling sound.

I too have this on my CD.  For some reason, I just assumed it belonged there.
(Read that to mean 'too lazy to bother about it'.)  Maybe I'll go home and
check it against my album version of GUP; gee, it might pay off to have both
CD and vinyl versions of everything!

>	A couple of other questions I have are:  Does anyone keep an archive
>of this mail?  Also, could someone please send me a transcript of that guy's
>posting about Peart seeing USENET?

Yes, the Digests are archived to some extent; you can request specific
versions from the administrivia account.  We are currently attempting to
implement a more offical system of archival/retrieval, but it will have
to wait on a certain list member's getting out of their job and back to
school.  Hopefully we'll see an announcement sometime in September!

That's all for me ... toodles!

OBRQ: "Still we go on diggin' ev'ry show"

David Arnold       Keywords:  Rush, Neville Brothers, Squeeze, Crack the Sky,
                               Peter Gabriel, ELP, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd,
Inet:       Talking Heads, Arc Of Ones (RIP), Stones, BOC,
UUCP: uunet!!davida  King Crimson, Police, Grass Roots, Hollies


Date:  9 Aug 90 13:00 -0500
Subject: Re: RUSH Fans Digest of 08/09/90 (#27)

>X-Mailer: Mail User's Shell (7.0.4 1/31/90)

Subject: Crackling on DEW
> From: (Jeff O'Hare)
> Subject: Recording Problems With Grace Under Pressure
> 	Hi.  I was wondering if anybody that has a copy of Grace Under Pressure
> on CD could check theirs out to see if they notice on the first track (Distant
> Early Warning) about twenty seconds into the song, there is a terrible
> crackling sound.
> I don't have the disc handy; it's in the car, but if someone else has the same
> problem, we can compare pressings.

	There's no problem - it's intended to be there.  Relax and enjoy it!!
Q. - what do you (or anyone) think is making the sound?  Is it a TV playing
the ant channel, or a kettle boiling?  A close-mic'd toaster, or the
spark gap on a lawnmower?

Kerry Yackoboski 	
The Scanning Tunneling Microscopy Laboratory in the Cellar
U of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada


Date: Thu, 9 Aug 90 12:56 CDT
Subject: Oops...

After receiving mail and seeing it in the list, I went back and checked
the boot of "Temples Of The Syrinx" again and you're all right, it is
only two sides.

But speaking of boots, how about someone keeping a list of the boots
people have and addresses of people to see about getting copies of
such material.  I'd like to do it, but as it is now, I hardly have enough
time to get through the daily mailings of the list.   :-(

Any Volunteers??

Shawn Kennedy                                                 att!ihlpb!skennedy
AT&T Bell Labs - Naperville, IL                 

ORQ: ".. I wandered home through silent streets
                                 and fell into a fitfull sleep.."


Date: Thu, 9 Aug 90 11:58:40 PDT
From: (Alan Edwards)
Subject: Noise on Grace Under Pressure

Hello friends,

In yesterday's digest, Jeff O'Hare ( wrote:

|        Hi.  I was wondering if anybody that has a copy of Grace Under Pressure
|on CD could check theirs out to see if they notice on the first track (Distant
|Early Warning) about twenty seconds into the song, there is a terrible
|crackling sound.  I thought it was my CD player at first, because I had a

That sound was intentional on the part of the band.  They put it there.
It is on my vinyl copy of the album also.  I beleive it is supposed to
be a lunching rocket or something like that.  Alex said on a Rockline
show a few years back that one of the guys who was mastering the album
brought it up at the time and thought that it was a flaw; but Alex told
him that it was intentional.

Happy to be of service,



Date: Thu, 9 Aug 90 11:24:23 MDT
From: nyx.UUCP! (Fred Peabody)
Subject: CoS

   Could someone please post the correct order of all the songs on the 
Caress of Steel album? I'm afraid my tape has them all scrambled up. 
Thank you very much.

   Someone said that they thought A Passage to Bangkok was about drugs. 
Can you explain? I didn't think Rush would be the kind of band to be into 

   In Red Tide, what does "Lovers pause to find an open store" mean? It just
doesn't seem to fit.

   Thanks for the help!

>>>>*Freddy*<<<<  [The Only Living Peabody]


Subject: Last call for Washington DC RUSH party
Date: Thu, 09 Aug 90 16:03:05 EDT
From: David Arnold 

Hi all,

    This is the last call for input on the potential RUSH party in the
Washington DC/Baltimore MD area.  If you are interested in getting to-
gether with other people interested in RUSH to hang out, listen to some
tunes (maybe even some officially released material :-) ), and have a
few beers/hamburgers/hot dogs/etc, this is your last chance to let me

    I'm hoping this flies, sometime around the end of August/beginning
of September.  I've gotten a few replies, but have room for more.  If
you kept putting it off, don't anymore, because all further communication
will be solely via e-mail & phone, not through the Digest.

    I'm located about 1/2 way between Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD
(Laurel, for those who know the area).  It's a little over an hour from
Richmond, VA, and about 2 1/2 hours south of Philadelphia, PA.  If this
is a reasonable distance for you to travel (we're also semi-convenient
to Amtrack lines), drop me a line.  If you book early enough, I may be
able to arrange crash space for you.

    Those of you who have responded (and received a reply from me - if
you haven't heard back, I didn't get the mail!) need not respond again;
I've got your names & addresses on file.  I'll be sending out mail
sometime early next week, so time is getting short.  Friends are welcome
(within reasonable numbers!), as well as tolerant SO's.

    Hey all you folks that met at the Capital Centre show - consider it!

    Please reply directly to me, NOT to the list!

Until later,

David Arnold       Keywords:  Rush, Neville Brothers, Squeeze, Crack the Sky,
                               Peter Gabriel, ELP, Jethro Tull, Pink Floyd,
Inet:       Talking Heads, Arc Of Ones (RIP), Stones, BOC,
UUCP: uunet!!davida  King Crimson, Police, Grass Roots, Hollies


Date:         9 Aug 90 09:20 -0800
Subject:     RE:  Recording Problems with P/G

>From: (Jeff O'Hare)
>  Hi.  I was wondering if anybody that has a copy of Grace Under Pressure
>on CD could check theirs out to see if they notice on the first track (Distant
>Early Warning) about twenty seconds into the song, there is a terrible
>crackling sound.

I bought the album back when it first came out.  I must have returned
3 or 4 copies to the record store before giving up.  I figured that
it was a defect in the master pressing.  Anyway, I then heard the
same sound on the radio!  I figured that the defect was really wide spread.
I then heard the same sound in the *concert* !  After thinking about
it for a while (~10 sec) it finally hit me!  The sound (IMHO) is something
like rockets (ICBM's, maybe).  After all, think about the song title.

So, the sound that you hear isn't a defect, but a sound effect.

               Larry Schwarcz
               HP Cupertino, CA


Date: Thu, 9 Aug 90 14:48:05 PDT
From: (Ron Zasadzinski)
Subject: The Fountain of Lamneth

Someone asked a while ago (quite a while ago I believe) about how
Didacts and Narpets fits in with the whole of The Fountain of Lamneth.
Here's my interpretation: The song in its entirety is a metaphor for
an individual's journey through life (up to a point: not as far as
death). The "Fountain of Lamneth" symbolizes a goal, perhaps the innermost
goal one is aware of.

The first movement _In The Valley_ describes
childhood: "I am new; [...] I am young. Sight unseen; life unsung."
The images conveyed at first are those perceived by a baby: "My eyes
have just been opened, and they're open very wide. Images around me
don't identify inside. Just one blur I recognize, the one that soothes
and feeds. My way of life is easy, and as simple are my needs." The
"one that soothes and feeds" would be the childs mother. As the movement
progresses the child begins to feel the pull toward that inner goal, feels
the desire to discover the purpose of life: "Yet my eyes are drawn toward
the mountain in the east. Fascinates and captivates; gives my heart no
peace. [...] I live to climb that mountain to the Fountain of Lamneth."
#1 is thus childhood.

The second movement is _Didacts and Narpets_ which I believe symbolizes
the educational phase of life. As discussed previously, Narpets is
an anagram for "parents" and a Didact is a moral instructor or the like,
i.e. a teacher. This movement is fast and confusing with shouted and
garbled words here and there. I think this symbolizes adolescence, when
the emotional realm is almost out of control. The confusion painted in
the song may also be a statement about education, that it is mostly
a bunch of confusing garbage, yet our teachers and parents insist
that we go through it (as they shout "LISTEN!" at the end). So #2 is
adolescence and secondary school.

The third movement is _No One at the Bridge_, and describes disillusionment
with the world one has been taught is real and the ensuing panic and
confusion. "Crying back to consciousness," describing entering
the "Real World" after finishing the educational phase, "the coldness
grips my skin. The sky is pitching violently, drawn by shrieking winds."
These words describe coldness and confusion perceived in the world.
What the individual was taught was supposed to bring freedom, but in
fact it only binds him: "Save my ship of freedom. I'm lashed, helpless,
to the mast." His thoughs drift back to when he was eager to take
control of his life "Remembering when first I held the wheel in my own
hands, I took the helm so eagerly and sailed for distant lands" but now
things are too rough and he feels lost and abandoned "But now the sea's
too heavy. And I just don't understand, why must my crew desert me
when I need a guiding hand?" He cries out for guidance and help, but
there is none. #3=disillusionment with the world after finishing education.

Movement 4 is _Panacea_. Here the character finds an apparent escape in
a woman. However, it is really just a lure, pulling him farther into
the ways of the world and way from the truth he seeks: "Panacea, liquid
grace. Oh, let me touch your fragile face. Enchantment falls around me
and I know I cannot leave. Here's a meaning for my life, a shelter from
the storm. Pacify my troubles with her body, soft and warm. Naked in
our unity, a smile for ev'ry tear. Gentle hands that promise me
comfort through the years. Yet I know I must be gone before the light of
dawn. Panacea, passion pure. I can't resist your gentle lure. My heart
will lie beside you, and my wandering body grieves." Here "lie" can be
seen as having two meanings; 1) his heart will lie beside her, meaning he
will stay there, and 2) his heart will be lying to itself if he stays,
as he is defying the inner pull to find the truth. This is further
supported by the last words "and my wandering body grieves", his body
wants to continue the search and is grieved to give in to the
worldly lure.

Movement 5 is _Bacchus Plateau_. Like _Panacea_, the title is
very indicative of the content of the movement; drunken behavior and
no movement (toward the goal). "Another endless day. Silhouettes of
grey. Another glass of wine. [...] Long nights, time out of mind."
The character feels the inner pull surfacing, knows that he has
denied it in the way that he chose to live his life: "Crimson, misty
mem'ry, hazy glimpse of me. Give me back my wonder. I've something more
to give. I guess it doesn't matter. There's not much more to live."
The memory of something greater shows itself for a moment, but like
we all have experienced, in the "drunken state" while one is subject
to the world, one won't go the distance to move forward, to break out
of our routines and get on with what we know is the true path. In
apathy we remain prisoners to habits, concepts, and lies. "Another foggy
dawn. The mountain almost gone. Another doubtful fear. The road is not so
clear. My soul grows ever weary, and the end is ever near."

Movement six, _The Fountain_. Somehow (which isn't explained), the character
breaks out of his plateau and finds himself almost to the top of the
mountain: "Look, the mist is rising, and the sun is peaking through.
See, the steps grow ligher as I reach the final few. Hear, the dancing
waters; I must be drawing near. Feel, my heart is pounding with embattled
hope and fear. // Now at last I fall before the Fountain of Lamneth. I
thought I would be singing, but I'm tired, out of breath. Many journeys
end here, but the secret's told the same. Life is just a candle, and
a dream must give it flame. //  The key, the end, the answer, stripped
of their disguise. Still it's all confusion, and tears spring to my
eyes. Though I've reached a signpost, it's really not the end. Like Old
Sol behind the mountain, I'll be coming up again.// I'm in motion. I am
still. I am crying. I am still. I'm together. I'm a part. I'm forever
at the start. Still, I am."

Isn't that awesome! That is one of the most under rated Rush songs there
is (along with Cinderella Man and certainly a few others). Neil is
so able to put into words the way life really is. I find this song
extremely profound anyway. Those last few words are absolutely true:
"Though I've reached a signpost, it's really not the end. Like Old Sol
... I'll be coming up again. [...] I'm forever at the start. Still, I am."
We are always moving. At no point do we ever reach a Final Goal and then
retire from life. Every moment is a new beginning, a starting point
for something. The words "I am still. Still, I am." are very meaningful
to me also. It is through stillness (of mind and heart) that the truth
is actually known. In stillness our true individuality is revealed.
And no matter what our external circumstances may be, that reality, that
truth is always present: "Still, I am."

-Ron Zasadzinski


Date: Thu, 9 Aug 90 15:23:23 PDT
From: Ron Chrisley 
Subject: Backstage club newsletters

OK, the next question is:  is there any simple way to get back issues of
the Backstage Club newsletters?  How many issues are there?  Would someone
be willing to photocopy/fax them if I paid for the costs?  Does the
Backstage Club sell/provide back issues?


PS:  Oh yeah, somebody a while back suggested that we don't know what Peart
has read besides Rand.  But we do:  Hemmingway, Marquez, "A Confederacy of
Dunces", and another hispanic-named author whose name escapes me at the
moment (two of his books: "Grand Designs" and another Rush song title;
someone help me out here).

Sources:  various interviews/articles.

And of course:  Cervantes, Coleridge, Greek mythology, Tolkien, the story
on which Red Barchetta was based, etc.

Ron Chrisley
Xerox PARC SSL					New College
Palo Alto, CA 94304				Oxford OX1 3BN, UK
(415) 494-4728					(865) 793-484


Date: 9 Aug 90 18:12:25 PDT (Thursday)
Subject: ... to  be found within a song.
From: "Brad_Armstrong.WBST129"@Xerox.COM

Just a quick note on a comment Derek made yesterday.  The only Rush videos
I can recall seeing on MTV more than once were Distant Early Warning and
The Body Electric.  I don't watch it that often since the days of the 1
min. blackouts though.

Electronic communication, making your life better;

 Brad Armstrong                            Lion.Wbst129@Xerox.COM
 Xerox MB Lab, Webster, NY                      W: (716) 422-9688
     ... everybody got to elevate from the norm. - N. Peart
 >None of these opinions has anything to do with anyone but me.<


Subject: Crackling on DEW
Date: Thu, 9 Aug 90 18:22:03 CDT
From: David T. Sandberg 

Jeff O'Hare expresses a concern that there is something wrong with
his CD copy of Grace under Pressure, in the beginning of the song
"Distant Early Warning".  Well, I checked on my cassette of the
same album, and sure enough, there is a crackle on it, too!  Does
anybody else have a copy that's like this?  Maybe there was a bad
production run when the album was produced?

;')  ;')  ;')  ;')  ;')  ;')  ;')  ;')  ;')  ;')  ;')  ;')  ;')  ;')

Don't worry, Jeff.  That crackle is supposed to be there... they
even do it in the live version of DEW.  Don't ask me what's it
supposed to represent, though... I don't know.

 \\ "You sometimes drive me crazy,  \   David Sandberg, consultant   \\
 //    but I worry about you."      /   Richfield MN                 //
 \\    _Distant_Early_Warning_      \       \\


Date: Thu, 9 Aug 90 22:52:33 -0500
From: (Bob Shelton)
Subject: Neil's editorial.

Greetings, and with that, I shall get strait to the point:
I seem to have deleted my copy of the mailing list that
included Neil's editorial on Rush being accused of satan-
ism.  Would someone email ( me a
copy of that list (or just the editorial)?  It would be
greatly appreciated.  Danke.

--Bob Shelton

'Some who did not fight brought tales of old to light...'
--Cygnus X-1 Book ii "Armageddon".


Date:         Thu, 09 Aug 90 23:31:09 EDT
From: Donald Cross 
Subject:      'Distortion' on Distant Early Warning

The crackling sound that one hears on Distant Early Warning has
really provoked a lot of thought from Rush fans...I once heard
Geddy Lee on RockLine talk about it.  He said that the sounds were
deliberate, and were generated by one of their programmable synths.

Many people find the crackling, static-like noises at the beginning
of that song to be very distressing, thinking they are a screw-up.

However, I have always really liked them in that's why:
The song's lyrics start off thus:

   An ill wind comes arising
   Across the cities of the plain
   There's no swimming in the heavy water
   No singing in the acid rain

When I listen to these words, I think of a desperate cry from the
ruins of a decayed civilization, and the sounds of static indicate
a voice struggling to get through the radio noise...
for some reason it reminds me of the scenes of the future in the
movie The Terminator where bands of humans are communicating via
radio to coordinate their battles against the machines gone mad.

This is something of an abstract image, and a very subjective one,
I'm sure.  I'm not sure anyone else will agree with it, but hey,
that's what music's all about!

Don "Quixote" Cross

P.S.  "Rocinante" was indeed the name of Don Quixote's steed.
In fact, in medieval Spanish, the name comes from Rozin "old hag"
+ ante "before".  The name is meant to imply (if I am interpreting
Cervantes correctly) that the horse was just an old useless horse
which came to glory only after Don Quixote took him as his
proud steed.  At any rate, I have always loved this allusion in
Cygnus X-1 and Hemispheres.  By analogy, the protagonist of these
songs becomes the romantic dreamer, driven by desire to explore,
and the Rocinante is his ship carrying him to the black hole...

"That's nice!"  -  ?Alex?


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