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         The National Midnight Star, Number 2030

                  Tuesday, 12 May 1998

Today's Topics:
                   reposting issues ??
              My own humble opinnions......
           WORKING MAN (Rush Tribute) for SALE
                  Tribute Bands / etc...
                Colorado Heavy Metal Fans
                Gentle Giant/King Crimson
          Camera Eye intro/Superman - The Movie
              Who cares who's smokin' who...
              Rush sighting? not a chance..
                Re: Weird Al (TNMS #2028)
                        Vital Bass
                  working man radio blip
                A Postcard from Neil to me
                 Re: Bass in Vital Signs
            Issue 2112 should NOT be issue #1
                       I/We garbage
                     Re: Terry Brown
                      Rush babes II
                     Throwing stones
                    If I don't suceed
            Dream Theater and lesser other....
                Remeber to take your meds
             A Rush Movie . . . Uh . . . Yea
               Re: Rush sighting - I think
                   re: The D'oh Awards!
                    /2ush on the road
       Gaia Defined (more or less); Vishnu Queried
                        Rush video
                      Music thread.
                       Rush concert
Rush and Nirvana, Gaia, Thinking, Driving, and Workin' Man! *whew*
                  spine chilling moments

From: vlado 
Date: Sat, 09 May 1998 06:01:36 -0400
Subject: reposting issues ??

Sorry, I am new to the list...
You mean the issues are not kept in an accessible
database somewhere ?
Most other band lists  have a complete
set at the official website, which can be read
by anyone anywhere.

   [ First, there is no official Rush website. Second, yes the issues are
     kept on a mail server on yyz.                            : rush-mgr ]


From: "Stephanie Reigh" 
Date: Sat, 09 May 1998 07:35:12 PDT
Subject: My own humble opinnions......

Before I guve my opinnions, I would like to tell my story....

I was eight or nine when my brother brought home one of his first Rush 
albums. It was AFTK... He played it all of the time, I got the songs 
stuck in my head, just generally LOVED it. I would  take it and listen 
to it all the time... Then, I realized that my brother had more albums 
from this wonderful band RUSH.... I listened to all of the albums at 
least once, picking out my favorites, listening to those... I bought my 
first Rush album a few years ago (I was sort of dissapointed, T4E... It 
would be phenomenal for any other band, but it's sort of Sub-standard 
for rush in my opinnion) Then just this past Christmas I received 
Chronicles for Christmas (which I simply ADORE!) I am the youngest  
recorded Rush fan, I assure you of that... (at least on this mailing 
list) At the young age of 15, I really relate to thier music (believe it 
or not) Now, whenever you think, "What is this world coming to??" just 
remeber there are still children out there who think... and listen to 

Favorite albums) Hard, but probably a toss up between RTB and AFTK... 

Favorite song) I have a mix tape of 20 songs and I could never pick a 
clear winner..... Probably somewhere along the lines of Madrigal, 
Xanadu, or Bravado, Fly By Night, Passage to Bangkok... (I'll stop while 
I still can)

Least favorite album) Perhaps the self titled one (lack of Neil= lack of 
intrest) or even T4E.... Caress of Steel wasn't too bad.

Least favorite song) I am the most radical Rush fan... I never did like 
the song Tom Sawyer.... *l*
                                           "The Youngest Rush Fan"

*And if love remains, though everything is lost, we will pay the price, 
but we will not count the cost...*


From: Karl Myers 
Date: Sat, 9 May 1998 16:33:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: WORKING MAN (Rush Tribute) for SALE

Hi there-
Used CD in near-perfect condition; no scratches/skips
ONLY $8.00 US, INCLUDING shipping (unless its to another country, and in
that case I might bump it up a bit)....

Let me know what you think... I will consider other offers as well.



From: Hanstones 
Date: Sun, 10 May 1998 11:27:14 EDT

More free goodies at the award winning webside: Power Windows

New wallpaper for download! I now have the "flying brains" from Hemispheres,
the back covers of Roll the Bones, Signals, 2112 and Moving Pictures. Last but
not least, the cover of Hold Your Fire. I've always loved this cover, but
thought it too bright (and simple for wallpaper). Be careful not to burn out
your monitor with this one ("I see red - not blue", indeed!).

I also have a few new MIDI files, so check it out! Now!


"There is a fine line between love and illusion" -Neil Peart
"Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one. "  - Albert
"The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense." -Tom


From: "Wilson, Daniel" 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 11:17:44 -0400
Subject: Tribute Bands / etc...

A few quick things.....
I'm fairly new to the area (Rockville, MD)  and I was wondering if
anyone out there knew of any good Rush Cover/Tribute bands in the D.C.,
NOVA, Rockville, Baltimore area(s)  I would love to hear some live Rush
while waiting for the new project!

Also, I am a beginner (VERY BEGINNER) Bassist and was looking for some
people to start a cover band with at the end of the summer (obviously,
people from the same area...see above).  I just finished a music degree
(sax) and will now devote my entire music interest to the Bass Guitar.
Of course, a summer is hardly enough time to become especially
proficient on the instrument, but I already have an okay start and the
'music' aspect has already been established.  I obviously love Rush, but
have a ton of other influences that I won't go into here.  I just want
to have some fun playing some decent music as a hobby, I'm not looking
for rock stardom, just weekend excitement.  I work hard to learn parts.
If you are a Guitarist/Percussionist/Keyboardist/or Vocalist, over 21,
no drugs, and mature about 'learning' music, let's talk.  Again, I'm not
looking right away, I want to get some more Bass work in first (scales,
blues riffs...fundamentals)  Late summer or fall is the agenda.  E-mail
privately if you are interested, and please include a list of some
artist you may like to cover.

Danny Wilson

"The Most Endangered Species, The Honest Man." Neil Peart


From: "Kendall, Guy" 
Date: Mon, 11 May 98 12:38:00 MDT
Subject: Colorado Heavy Metal Fans

Please ignore this message if you are not a heavy metal fan in Colorado.   
I have started an email list for people living in Colorado that like   
Heavy Metal. It is used for announcing shows in Colorado by local and   
national bands, general discussion of heavy metal, and much more.

If you want more info or want to subscribe, please point your web browser   
to the following site:

Or, if you just want to subscribe, send an email to:

Guy Kendall - Colorado Metal List Administrator


From: DrumSci 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 12:53:46 EDT
Subject: Gentle Giant/King Crimson

Mike Mejido was asking about Gentle Giant & King Crimson CDs. A good place to
start for GG are Freehand & The Power & The Glory. Both of these CDs are from
mid career GG and feature their trademark vocal stylings and instrumental
work. Their music had a very medieval flavor to it then. Earlier CDs did not
always hold together as well (unless you can find the hard to get In A Glass
House) and the later ones became spotty with song quality. The live Playing
The Fool is also a good place to start and shows that, yes, they could play
those intricate arrangements live. 
For KC, Discipline is the most consistant of the 80s version. It has great
writing and moods. Lark's Tongues Aspic is great for the 70s band as it has
beautiful melodies and weird stuff. Of course, In The Court of The Crimson
King, the 1st release from 69 is great too, but very different from any
subsequent versions of the band. If you have the cash, the 4-CD box set Frame
By Frame is a good place to taste all the 60s-80s versions of the band and get
a great book written by Fripp that gives a glimpse into the inner workings of
the band itself. As for the new 90s version, Thrack gives a good idea of what
this version is all about. I hope this helps.  Michael Bettine


From: "David Lombardo" 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 14:45:37 -0500
Subject: Camera Eye intro/Superman - The Movie

i tested this & i know it to be true.  the very beginning to Camera Eye
(street sounds, "fresh fruit", the typewriters) is from Superman  -The
Movie.  i am a Superman freak (same goes for RUSH) & i have that first
movie practically memorized...every word, every sequence, every sound. 
part of  Superman I was filmed in Canada (actually the Smallville scenes,
not this particular one)...don't know if that has any relevance.....well,
let me just explain the test, and whoever doubts me can do the same.

CRANK UP the beginning of Camera Eye (not a bad idea, eh) but b4 that synth
hits you might want to turn it down just a tad.  you hear street sounds, a
street vendor saying "Fresh Fruit!', and then a myriad of typewriters.  t h
e n, go to the scene in Superman I where Clark Kent is dropped off in front
of the Daily Planet (right after the Fortress/Jor-El sequence).  the cabby
says, "Here you go, mack, the Daily Planet."  immediately after that - the
street sounds, a street vendor saying "Fresh Fruit!", and - here's the
twist - Jimmy Olson looking through a "camera eye" focusing on different
people while a myriad of typewriters are punching away in the background.  

SEE for yourself.  happy discovery fellow RUSH fans,
"The focus is sharp in the city."       


From: "Daniel Ware" 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 14:49:19 -0600
Subject: Who cares who's smokin' who...

Hey gang..
I'm know I'm gonna get flamed for this one, but I just had ta comment..
Regarding this "Neil smokes Winston lights" thing.. First off, who cares..
Second, I'd rather he not smoke anything. Anyone who stretches his body's
limits like he does, (biking all over the freakin' world, drumming like a
maniac) should take better care of himself. Think what he could do without
black lungs.. Granted, he has a right to do what he wants, and I'd fight to
protect that, but I almost lost my mom to lung cancer last year, and I've
been on an anti-smoking kick since then.. 

Cheers from a smoke free New Mexico environment,


From: Jeremy Mykietyn 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 17:22:00 -0500
Subject: Rush sighting? not a chance..

>Date:          Thu, 7 May 1998 14:36:40 GMT0BST
>Subject: Rush sighting - I think
>>Can anyone confirm that in Weird Al's Nirvana pastiche "Smells Like 
>Nirvana" there is a line "We're all Rush fans from Seattle/Well it 
>sure beats raisin' cattle"?

the line is actually "a garage band from Seattle/Well it sure beats 
raisin' cattle"


"Scott, do you like apples?..." T&P


From: (David Whiteman)
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 17:33:09 -0400
Subject: Re: Weird Al (TNMS #2028)

>Can anyone confirm that in Weird Al's Nirvana pastiche "Smells Like 
>Nirvana" there is a line "We're all Rush fans from Seattle/Well it 
>sure beats raisin' cattle"?

I believe the line is "A garage band from Seattle/Well it sure beats
raisin' cattle"
David Whiteman
Sr. Member, Tech. Staff
Applied Reasoning (
(919) 851-7677


From: (Jack Mevorah)
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 17:41:14 -0400
Subject: Vital Bass

In issue 2028 Scott McDow  queried:

> In Vital Signs what type of bass(es) does Ged
> play in this tune? Especially during the "Tired
> mind become a shape shifter" sequences. *Or*
> does Ged play bass at all? Moog? In the liner
> notes he's listed for instruments among other thing
> "bass guitars" (pl). It's been so long since I've
> seen the Vid(MTV), I can't recall. Was Steinburger
> around in 1981? OK ENOUGH QUESTIONS!!!!

It's his Jazz ... he used it live too.  The rest is the Mini-Moog
through the Yamaha 1010 delay (and Alex & Neil, of course).
The Steinberger didn't make its appearance til the end of the
Signals tour.  OK!



From: Lane Andress 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 15:54:13 -0600 (MDT)
Subject: working man radio blip

Here in Mew Mexico, the ONLY radio station to play Rush in the
Albuequerque area is 94.1 "94-rock". So I listen.  They play off the
beaten path stuff too, at 5pm during the traffic rush hour they often play
a rush set!

Late the other night they played working man.  Excellent!  I was driving
on the highway & loved it!  It palyed through the screaming guitar, bass,
drum jam,
and right before it broke back into the trademark chord progression
towards the end, the song skipped back to the beginning of the jam, and
played through the whole thing again! :)  And skipped at the same spot,
back to the beginning of the jam!  :)  I was in heaven, wondering how long
it would take them to figure it out, hoping it would be a while.

It was.  I lost count after 10 jams!  Apparantly a power problem, not a CD
problem, but who cares!  It made MY night!  About 40 minutes of a rush

Just wanted to share with those who could appreciate it! :)

Lane :)

"Yes I get home at five o'clock, and take myself out an ice cold beer..."

From: (the pieman)
Date: Mon, 03 Jan 2000 22:55:51 GMT
Subject: A Postcard from Neil to me

Good-Day fellow Rush Fans. 

What I have here for your viewing pleasure (should you be interested)
are scans of a Postcard written by Neil and addressed to me regarding
a letter I had mailed him. I was only 13 years old at the time. 

One day I'm flipping through my father's address book of Worldwide
Members of the Ferrari Club and there staring me in the face is Neil's
address. Home address!!! None of that record label in-care-of crap. I
figure he must've purchased a Ferrari and joined the club. After
obtaining my father's permission to write Mr. Peart, I do so and ask
him if he is in fact the "Neil Peart from Rush" and I get this
postcard as a response. You have to remember, being a drummer then (13
yrs old) & now, Neil was my all-time idol and still is. I even modeled
my kit to match his (who didnt) minus the percussion. I was on Cloud 9
for months and carried this postcard around with me everywhere I went.

Now, you may be saying to yourself, how do I know Mr. Peart handwrote
this postcard himself. I dont, but I'm gonna believe he did and here's
why. We all know Neil answered mail personally until he got flooded
with it via the 'Net, and having something to do with MD Magazine,
then he stopped. This was in 1996. I'm going way back to 1981 AND
(dont forget)  I sent a letter directly to his home, not MD magazine
or his record label.

Further proof for me to believe this is legit is that the postcard is
postmarked July 6th 1981 and sent from Milwaukee, WI which is the
vicinity where Rush was on tour. Maybe he had some spare time &
answered some letters???

Anyways, that's my story & i'm sticking to it. 
I hope y'all enjoyed it. 

Go here for the postcard:

   [ Ah, I was *just* talking about adding in a postcard section on the NMS
     web page! "Five Minutes Of Fame" or something like that, if you don't 
     mind your postcard will be the first added to this new section! :-)
                                                                : rush-mgr ]

Have a great day,


From: Nick Bruels 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 15:39:01 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: Bass in Vital Signs

> From: Scott McDow 
> Subject: Digest.0001/Vital (bass) Signs

> In Vital Signs what type of bass(es) does Ged
> play in this tune? Especially during the "Tired
> mind become a shape shifter" sequences. 

In my ultra-fanatic Rickenbacker years, I'd have said
his Rick, but I bet it was really his Fender Jazz with
a pretty rich mix of effects:  compression (almost 
distortion), phasing, and/or possibly flanging.  It
sounds quite similar to his playing in YYZ.

> In the liner
> notes he's listed for instruments among other thing
> "bass guitars" (pl). It's been so long since I've
> seen the Vid(MTV), I can't recall. 

He "played" the J-bass in the video.

> Was Steinburger
> around in 1981? OK ENOUGH QUESTIONS!!!!

Probably yes, but Geddy diddn't play one until GUP.


From: BRAVADO 69 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 18:44:56 EDT
Subject: Issue 2112 should NOT be issue #1

Re-issuing issue # 1 is really dumb.  First of all, you can get it very easily
by sending a blank e-mail  Second of all it should be more special than that.
Rush should play some role in this.  Someone here must know someone who could
get in touch with them or their people.  I find it hard to believe they
wouldn't either submit to a short interview or compose a message for us or
something.  It is an off period for them, and this digest represents several
thousand of their most loyal fans.


From: Jack Hesse 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 18:17:12 -0600
Subject: I/We garbage

Hi everybody.

All this debate over the I/we lyrics in Cygnus/Hemispheres is kinda
interesting.  Leave it to us to take a simple ordinary thing and blow
it up way out of proportion.  Reading the liner notes to Chronicles,
it seems to me that this is one of the reasons why Rush stopped doing
the epic songs.  Something about 20 people saying 20 different things
about the same song.  Personally, I think our "explanations" tell us
more about ourselves than they do about the songs themselves.

But for what it's worth (or not), here's mine:

The narrator is the owner/pilot of the Rocinante, but not the only one
riding it.  Perhaps the narrator had a flight crew.  What happened to
the crew?  Maybe they perished along the ride.  Maybe they ended up in
some alternate universe.  Maybe they were sitting alongside the nar-
rator while he/she was telling his/her story.  Maybe Neil just threw
that in there to mess everybody up. :)

But the fact remains ... Hemispheres is probably my all-time Rush fav-
orite.  Cygnus X-1 is probably my all-time Rush least favorite.

 - Jack


From: Santiago Corona 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 18:20:13 -0600
Subject: Re: Terry Brown

Hello Rush Fans:

In response to the Terry Brown topic I can tell you this:  Hes still
active in the producing field.  

Theres a very good hard rock/progressive band in the Detroit area
called Tiles.  Guitarist Chris Herin used to send messages to this
digest awhile ago, but Im still in contact with the band.  Terry Brown
mixed their newst CD ("Fence The Clear", 1997).

Next is a small paragraph I copied from their official newsletter:
" was recorded at Stages Recording in Novi, Michigan
and produced by Chris Andrews and Kevin Chown.  The CD was mixed by
noted producer/engineer Terry Brown at Town Music Studios in Toronto
with technical support provided by Dave Townson.  Terry is recognized
for his work on the first eleven (11) Rush albums and has releases by
Fates Warning, Blue Rodeo, IQ, Cutting Crew, Max Webster, Voivod, Moist,
and Larry Gowan to his credit.  Most recently, you can find Terry's
production and engineering on the excellent new Fates Warning CD ".
(transcribed from Tiles Files, The Official Tiles Newsletter,
Summer/Fall 1997, volume two, issue three; without permission).

For all of you Rush fans I highly recommend to check their web site at:

Onto another topic.... the saddest Rush song?  What about Rivendell?

Thanks for reading,

Santiago Corona

"Are we the last ones left alive?....."


From: (Hang Lee)
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 19:33:43 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Rush babes II

Hello everyone!!!
Last year, I posted a letter asking female Rush fans to write to me, and
hopefully be rush buds. I received quality response (Many Thanks Tina,,
erica and jen!!!.), and actualy, became close to a few. I noticed there are
more women rush fan on the NMS than last year, and those who'd be
interested in correspondiong with a great male rush fan, may do so. I've
been a Rush fan for...god, 16 years, been to every tour since GUP, have
collected lots of Rush stuff and memorabilia, and am looking forward
(somewhat) to Rush's upcoming live cd. If you wished to share their Rush
experiences with me, or wants to meet an interesting Rush guy, feel free to
e-mal me any time. I'm open to almost anyone and any conversations that you
might have.




From: Poomoble 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 19:38:01 EDT
Subject: Throwing stones

> From: sara olson 
> Date: Thu, 07 May 1998 17:35:41 +0000
> Yeah, I'm only kidding with all this, but,-We all know for a fact that
> Geddy is a MAC freak.  And that's a fact JACK-So get out there and rock,
> and rock the knot!! 

         What's a "knot?"

"Better Beer" NP 


From: Poomoble 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 19:51:25 EDT
Subject: If I don't suceed

> From: (William B Blanchard)
> Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 19:13:37 -0500
> Subject: I guess I gotta say something
>						Bill
> "If at first you don't succeed,
> Skydiving is not for you"

         Friends I am going to be 30 on Saturday, so I am going skydiving on
Friday. If you do not hear from me again, you know what happened. I sent my
Jones Beach photos to the Unholy RUSH MNGR, so one day you will see what
400.00 front row seats look like. I am to intrieged by Alex's comments about
wanting to go right back to writing the next record to intetionally check out

"Better beer"


From: LerxstKing 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 19:52:39 EDT
Subject: Dream Theater and lesser other....

Hi folks!

Just writing you guys to inform you Dream Theater was in Philly last Saturday
and put on one whale of a show.  Lots of tasty-technical-power music.  Portnoy
(drummer) needs a valium.  I did notice many fans wearing RUSH tour shirts of
the various tours of past years.  Another thing I noticed is the huge
proportion of guys to gals......another trademark of a Rush-type band.  I
wonder why that is.  

The other thing I wanted to mention is that I went out and bought this Cathy
Wheel album called Chrome and listened to it.  The first couple of songs are
alright I suppose, but I came away disappointed.  Then I went out again and
purchased that album with Spirit of Radio.  Sadly it was the only song I
enjoyed.  Flame me CW fans if you will, but I didn't like them.  King's X is
way, way better, at least for my money.


In the 12-CD changer:
1.  Deep Purple - Purpendicular
2.  King's X - Dogman
3.  Rush - T4E
4.  Dream Theater - Falling Into Infinity
5.  Dream Theater - Awake
6.  Tool - Undertow
7.  Yes - Talk
8.  SRV - Couldn't Stand the Weather
9.  Saga - Security of Illusion
10.  Rush - Presto
11.  Pantera - Vulgar Display of Power
12.  Tammy Wynette - Greatest Hits


From: Cygnus X-1 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 20:23:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: wishes

how y'all doin' tonight!

some time ago, Poomoble  wrote:

> I have a wish. I'd like to meet a Jewish girl who likes RUSH and keeps
> kosher!

my wish: I'd like to meet a Catholic guy who likes Rush and doesn't smoke!

 mel (another female rush fan!)

                       |\      _,,,---,,__
                       /,`.-'`'    -.  ;--;;,__
                      |,4-  ) )-,_..;\ (   `'--'
       +-------------'---''(_/--'  `-'\_)--------------------+
       |                |
       |        |


From: Poomoble 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 20:26:02 EDT
Subject: Brrrrrrrrrrrr

In a message dated 98-05-11 20:23:12 EDT, you write:

>  Album:	Permanent Waves	Song:	Different Strings
>  This one scoops it for being the least-wonderful song on an 
>  otherwise superb album (get ready for more of those) - the 
>  guys demonstrate a recurring trend of making an 
>  unsuccessful attempt to try something new.
>     [ What did he say? What what what?? Methinks someone is insulting my
>       dragon song....                                        : rush-mgr ]
He did, he did!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
For a guy who is living in a warm climate, it is about to get very hot via


From: Poomoble 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 20:28:12 EDT
Subject: Remeber to take your meds

Greg Cormier also posted some songs he has wanted to see played live but
hasn't yet even though he has seen them 12 times. He mentioned Xanadu -
Didn't they play Xanadu on the T4E tour?? Greg, did you miss the show?
(They did play it, didn't they??!? Or am I just crazy?? Oh shit, where's
my valium??!?)

Wrong tour Beavis.
They played it on CP, RTB and on Presto

"Better beer"


From: John Breckow 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 17:54:13 -0700
Subject: A Rush Movie . . . Uh . . . Yea

Not wanting to be the skeptic regarding the Rush movie - it has made for 
some entertaining posts - I nevertheless remain, well, skeptical.  But 
then, not wanting to be the one to piss in anyone's Cheerios (please don't 
ask where I got that phrase from) I suddenly staggered onto an enlightening 

Back in 1980 or so, there was a Beatles movie called "I Wanna' Hold Your 
Hand."  It was about a bunch of screaming Beatles freaks who were looking 
for a way to get into the taping of "The Ed Sullivan Show" to watch the Fab 
4 play.  My wife loves the movie.  I think it's stupid.  We argue about it 
often.  We really should go outside more often.

Anyhow, I was thinking, rather than wait for a movie about Rush - which 
would premier about the same time Hell was chosen to host the Winter 
Olympics - why not propose a movie about the Rush fans who go on these 
absolute "pilgrimages" to see the Boys and/or Toronto?  Judging from some 
of the posts I've read, and some of the experiences people have had, that 
could be an interesting movie!  Think "Wayne's World" meets "Fear and 
Loathing in Las Vegas."

C'mon, stay with me:  An eclectic conglomerate of Rush fans, crammed into 
an orange van, driving from say, San Diego to Toronto, to see the last Rush 
concert ever performed at Maple Leaf Gardens.  Along the way they have all 
sorts of wacky adventures.  The band has a cameo at the end.  Then they 
drive off a cliff at the end, a la Thelma and Louise.  Mmmm.  Scratch the 
last part.

OK, OK, so shoot me. The whole thing sounded good in my head.  Then again, 
so do all those voices.

(Whatta' ya think Dan-O?  Want to co-author a movie??)

I'm happy to say that, after much support and therapy, I've recovered from 
my Available Light obsession . . . for now.  But now I can't stop looping 
the segment from 3:12 to 3:52 in "Middletown Dreams". MY GOD, DON'T YOU 
LOVE IT.????!!!! GO LISTEN TO IT RIGHT NOW!!!  Listen to Alex's 'chirping' 
guitar!  YESSS!!! Man, where are my candles??  Yikes, my Rush nerd-ship is 
growing like a pasture of ivy.

Oh well.  Cheerios.


  "Apes don't read philosophy."
  "Yes they do, Otto, they just don't understand it."


From: Jason Crome 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 20:50:09 -0500
Subject: Re: Rush sighting - I think

>Date:          Thu, 7 May 1998 14:36:40 GMT0BST
>Subject: Rush sighting - I think

>Can anyone confirm that in Weird Al's Nirvana pastiche "Smells Like
>Nirvana" there is a line "We're all Rush fans from Seattle/Well it
>sure beats raisin' cattle"?

I believe it's "A garage band from Seattle/Well it sure beats raisin'


Jason Crome
Software Engineer, DEVNET, Inc.


From: Jason Crome 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 21:13:17 -0500
Subject: re: The D'oh Awards!

Just my two cents on the D'oh Awards!  =)  I make all comments with the
utmost respect.  I loved this post =)

>Album:  Caress of Steel Song:  I Think I'm Going Bald
IMHO, they could have tossed the rest of the album too!  ;)

> Album:  A Farewell To Kings     Song:   Madrigal

> Despite the fact that the pastoral setting worked
> exceptionally well on the title track, the boyz pushed it
> a little too far over the edge on this one.

>   [ Hey! I *like* that song! I even occasionally play quake2 under that
>    name *evil grin*                                       : rush-mgr ]

I have to agree with Rush-Mgr.  It's a good song!  (Though I prefer to
play Quake 2 under the name of Bytor =)

> Album:  Permanent Waves Song:   Different Strings

> This one scoops it for being the least-wonderful song on an
> otherwise superb album (get ready for more of those) - the
> guys demonstrate a recurring trend of making an
> unsuccessful attempt to try something new.
>   [ What did he say? What what what?? Methinks someone is insulting my 
>     dragon song....                                        : rush-mgr ]

I'd have rather thrown out Entre Nous.

> Album:  Moving Pictures Song:   The Camera Eye
> Although Neil pulled a corker of a 10-minute song out of
> the bag on PeW, he couldn't repeat the trick on MP.  TCE
> has its moments, both lyrically and musically, but suffers
> from a lack of focus, inconsistent with the rest of the
> album.

I personally thought this was one of the most fun songs Rush has ever
recorded.  Just listening to it, it _sounds_ like they had fun recording
it.  I think it is very instrumentally diverse, and pleasant sounding.

> Album:  Signals         Song:   Digital Man
> Yes, I'll admit, it's groovy as hell, and Geddy's bass
> work is outstanding, but I think Terry Brown may have
> had a point when he advised the boyz to re-work this
> one.

It is a very groovy song =)  I'd have chucked Countdown though.

> There IS no weak song on PoW.
I'll agree!  =)

> Album:  Counterparts    Song:   The Speed of Love
Again, I'll agree!

> The schmaltzy title is a grim foreboder of what is to come
>  Neil shows that although he can write beautiful love
> songs (GoaC), he has yet to perfect the art.  Geddy's bass
> tries to save it, Neil's military drumbeat kills it dead.

Thanks for this post!  It was very enjoyable.  Thanks for listening to
my commentary.

Jason Crome
Software Engineer, DEVNET, Inc.


From: (Kevin M. Corr)
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 22:17:15 -0400
Subject: /2ush on the road

All of this great talk about rockin' out and racing to /2ush...
reminds me of how I made a mix tape, to start off a road trip from
Ann Arbor, MI to Buffalo, NY for just the second show on the T4E
tour.  Twelve carefully-picked "road-worthy" songs worked out to
almost exactly one hour.  Of course, I had to call the tape
'/2ush Hour' (yeah, I know that's a b**t, so sue me...):

The Spirit of Radio
Prime Mover
Cut to the Chase
Red Barchetta

The Analog Kid
Between the Wheels
Making Memories
Finding My Way

>Red Wings and Rush all the way!
Hell yeah! GO WINGS!!!

/\/ e v i k


From: "Michael D Denney" 
Date: Mon, 11 May 98 21:49:21 PDT
Subject: post

Mark Kent writes:

It seemed to me (IMHO) that these guys cared alot more about their music
than just writing songs with hip beats for the mainstream.

He's right and true.  This makes me think of the times I compared
formats of songs.  Most rock music by 1980 was ground out in a
single format--AABA:  A:lyrics, chorus (repeat A) B:guitar solo,
and back to A.  This boring format was beaten into the ground by
artists.  The first time I heard Rush songs like 'Jacob's Ladder',
'Xanadu', and 'Vital Signs', I realized that these guys did care a lot
about their music, and recognized ('One likes to believe in the free-
dom of music, but glittering prizes and endless compromises shat-
ter the illusion of integrity') that they could alter the course of
rock music and heavy metal by injecting intelligence into their
					Mike D.


From: "Joseph Ornelas" 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 19:57:30 -0700
Subject: Gaia Defined (more or less); Vishnu Queried

>From: (Derek Tetlow)
>Date: Thu, 7 May 1998 10:03:18 -0600
>Subject: Rush

>5)  What is "Gaia" in Totem on T4E?  My girlfriend and I tried to look
>it up in a dictionary, but to no avail.

As near as I can tell "Gaia" is another name for Earth, or more specifically,
the energy that fills the Earth.  Like a supernatural Mother Nature kind of
thing, but with a cooler name.

My question: what is Vishnu?

Joseph Ornelas

"Get your facts first, and then
 you can distort them as much
 as you please"    - Mark Twain


From: "Michael D Denney" 
Date: Mon, 11 May 98 22:10:40 PDT
Subject: Rush video

I think Rush should produce a video of all their videos.
Not exactly ASOH, but--I've never seen a video for 'Red
Barchetta'.  I saw 'Mystic Rhythms' and 'The Big Money'
on MTV--every single song lends itself to visual appeal.
Imagine 'Rivendell' on a 'Lord of the Rings' movie.  With
production values like we have now that alone could
			Open for ideas,
			M.D. in B.G.


From: "Michael D Denney" 
Date: Mon, 11 May 98 22:36:01 PDT
Subject: Music thread.

 -Notice: My longest post yet!--

I notice in the posts from Ted Gudermuth 
and Brian T. Peterson  a thread--musical taste.
Today people have done things with movies that musicians were
doing in the 70s with moogs, amps, pedals, synths, etc.  Rush
makes great music.  I live in a middle-sized town (actually, right
down the middle--at 50,000 sans college students) where kids'
parents and fast-food mgrs have enabled them to purchase some
of the best sound equipment ever made for autos, including car
trunk CD shufflers with 200w amps that rock.  Yet these young
[ruffians-heh] shell out tons of dough for a sound that has no-
thing going for it other than a steady THROM-THROM-TH-TH-
THROM of rap.  Forget Roll-the-Bones or any intelligent music.
Here we have a new noise ordinance just for the purpose of
paying the commission-based salaries of police who don't even
enforce this law, which should be called the 'lack-of-musical-
taste law'.  When this law was introduced [by the priests] they
used some expensive complicated equipment to measure sound
waves coming from autos.  We learned later that this was just a
careful 'ratings' ploy to get attention.  You never see anyone
pulled over for breaking this one.  More later, gotta drive...
[Red Barchetta playing on K-Mart special 40w P.O.S.!]
				Mike Denney


From: "Michael D Denney" 
Date: Mon, 11 May 98 22:49:40 PDT
Subject: Rush concert

The only Rush concert I was privileged to see was
Power Windows in '86, where the band performed
almost every PW song.  My favorite moment was
when, at the end of the show, when the huge baf-
fles positioned around the auditorium came to life
with the deep-base synth-attack from 'Tom Sawyer'.
The crowd came to life and roared.  I liked that...

"A spirit with a vision is a dream with a mission"
Michael Denney


From: "Mikey" 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 21:01:23 -0700
Subject: Rush and Nirvana, Gaia, Thinking, Driving, and Workin' Man! *whew*

>Subject: Rush sighting - I think
>Can anyone confirm that in Weird Al's Nirvana pastiche "Smells Like 
>Nirvana" there is a line "We're all Rush fans from Seattle/Well it 
>sure beats raisin' cattle"?

Nope, it's "A grage band from seattle" I think...:)

>From: (Derek Tetlow)
>Subject: Rush
>5)  What is "Gaia" in Totem on T4E?  My girlfriend and I tried to look
>it up in a dictionary, but to no avail.  

I beleive Gaia is a reference to the Spirit of the Earth, I'm not
positive though

>From: "Robert Miceli" 
>Subject: WHat do I THINK?

>1. I think they should open up with the Spirit Of Radio forever
>2. I think they should close off the show with In the Mood
>3. I think they should improve their stage show with some props.

1. Spirit should be saved for the opening of the second set...:) That
would be good
2. I'd love to hear In The Mood and Fly By Night done again... that
would take me back a little...:)
3. *L* Props?  Like the giant Rabbits on Presto?

>Subject: RUSH Driving Song

>Well... Lets see, let's start with a list here...:)
>Dreamline (Has to be #1!!!)... Driven... Countdown... Red Sector A...
>Afterimage... Shall I go on?
>        What?  No _Red Barchetta_?

Well, that one's a given...

BTW ladies and Gentlemen, the lyrics for Working Man go as follows:
"I get home at five `o clock and I tkae myself out a nice cold beer...
etc... "
I'm not sure if this was cleared up during th missing issues that I have
not received, but just in case...:)

Peace fellow RUSH fans



From: "Alex Smith" 
Date: Mon, 11 May 1998 22:38:15 -0700
Subject: Blasphemy!

Steve and (or) Kim Thompson:

Wow--someone who thinks "High Water" is better than "Cygnus X-1" or "In the
End" or "Countdown" or "Working Man" or "Vital Signs" or "Something for
Nothing" or... "NATURAL SCIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" the list could go on and on!
I hope I didn't read that post correctly!


Alex Smith

(Long sig cut off for rush-mgr's sake!)
"Verbing weirds language."


From: (Thomas)
Date: Tue, 12 May 1998 01:18:25 -0500
Subject: spine chilling moments

Hey folks...

I haven't seen this covered for quite some time, so forgive me for dragging
this up again, but does anyone else have this happen to them?  You're
listening to a particular Rush song, and all of a sudden you get chills?
One of mine is, the part in "Anagram (for Mongo)" off of 'Presto', towards
the end of the song, the part where Ged sings the last, "the saint turns to
sin", and Neil does that REALLY fast drum fill.  Maaaaan, I get chills down
my spine *every* time I hear that drum fill!

Also, anyone going to see DT in Chicago at the Vic Theatre on Wednesday?

 =Resume lurk mode=-


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