Rush -- incredible musicianship and prophetic lyrics? : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

What Rush songs do you think ought to be on the Y2K soundtrack?

My guesses would be "distant early warning," "the body electric," and "red sector a." All from _Grace Under Pressure_, a very dark but texutrally rich album, with Lifeson playing with some spacey tremolos and Peart cranking out some truly phenomenal rhythms. Geddy sings not like a mutant banshee but someone with taste and range.

-- coprolith (, September 27, 1999


Rush only wishes they could write lyrics like Limp Bizkit, Pantera, or Paul Milne!

-- The New Bands Suck! (old@music.better), September 27, 1999.

Does Limbaugh play air guitar while he wails?

-- Randolph (, September 27, 1999.

Time stand still.

-- Stan Faryna (, September 27, 1999.

New Bands,

Please do not insult Limp Bizkit by comparing them with Mr. Milne. Just because the Bizkits are nable to express themselves without reverting to 4 letter words does not mean that they are at least trying to articulate something. This cannot be said about Mr. Milne.

-- Not A Milne Fan (don't@like.him), September 27, 1999.

"Subdivisions" by Rush would be good commentary on the current play- the-market/spend/charge/don't-rock-the-boat attitude that won't consider even for a second that things next year could be much different from the way they have been so far this year.

-- Linkmeister (, September 27, 1999.

from Rush, I'd pick Red Barchetta. And don't even THINK of leaving Supertramp off the soundtrack.


-- TECH32 (TECH32@NOMAIL.COM), September 27, 1999.

Taishan-- if it's a non-event!

-- Stan Faryna (, September 27, 1999.

I forgot the name of the song, but it was about a young man's joy at illegaly driving a vintage automobile ( his uncle's ? ) at a very high rate of speed after society had banned or extremely limited the use of automobiles. With Y2K, joyful motoring may be a thing of the past.

-- Stanley Lucas (, September 27, 1999.

"we can walk our road together if our goals are all the same; we can run along unfree if we pursue a different aim. let the truth of love be lighted let the love of truth shine clear sensibility on with sense and liberty with the heart and mind united in a single, perfect sphere..."

--Hemispheres, 1978

Sure hope things don't end up being like "The Trees," though.

-- coprolith (, September 27, 1999.

A Farewell to Kings, Closer to the Heart (both from Farewell to Kings) & Circumstances from Hemispheres.

I blew cookies at a Rush show in 1986 (wow, I feel old), it was GREAT. ;-)

Limp Bizkit is my nine year old son's favorite band. yippee.

-- Deborah (, September 27, 1999.

The y2k soundtrack

1) REM - Its the End of the World as We Know it (Obviously)

2) Neil Young - After the Gold Rush (for all the gold bugs)

3) Versus - Tin Foil Star

4) Primus - My Name is Mud (For KOS)

5) Dave Matthews Band - Crash

6) Guns n' Roses - Welcome to the Jungle

7) Robert Johnson - Last Fair Deal Gone Down (For the line - "If you'll cry bout a nickel, you'll die bout a dime. I would cry, but the money, it ain't mine.")

8) For What Its Worth - Buffalo Springfield "paranoia strikes deep. into your life it will creep."

9) Gloria Gaynor - I Will Survive

10) Prince - 1999

Any other contributions/ideas?

-- John Ainsworth (, September 27, 1999.

The Prophet Song - Queen

I Will Get By - Grateful Dead

Eruption - Van Halen

-- Deborah (, September 27, 1999.

Eve of Destruction - Red Rockers remake Dead man's Party - Oingo Boingo Thunderdome - from the 21st century messiah disc (techno section) Shoot the Mac-10 - EBN (Emergency Broadcast Network) The Morning After - theme from poseiden adventure The Ballad of the Green berets - Elvis hitler remake (Disgraceland album)

did I miss anything?

-- Jeremiah Boyd (, September 28, 1999.

Aaahhh.......Rush, one of the better Canadian exports. Geddy(sp) Lee is an awesome lyricist.

-- Will (, September 28, 1999.


OMIGOD! I think I might know you, seriously. I know you're not the only Deborah who tossed cookies at a Rush concert, but we're you serious when you said you were a valley girl? "THE" Valley? Did you have a friend named Teres that you went to the concert with?

-- @ (@@@.@), September 28, 1999.

A Y2K soundtrack without 'The Final Countdown' by Europe in the line up? Can't see it. Post Y2K Rush tune? How about 'Finding My Way' from their very first 'alblum' release?

Tom Sawyer's a good tune as well.

-- PF (, September 28, 1999.

Hi I would like to add to John Ainsworth and Deborah's lists Obviously many songs by Rush,also how bout these?

1)Talking Heads City of dreams 2)World Party Ship of fools 3)Robbie Robertson Somewhere down the crazy river 4)Dire Straits Why Worry 5)Hothouse Flowers Hard Rain(is gonna fall) 6)Blam Blam Blam There is no Depression in New Zealand 7)Jethro Tull Dark Ages 8)Tackhead Ticking Time Bomb

Also both the albums "Amused to Death" and "Radio Kaos" by Roger Waters....

-- matt (, September 28, 1999.


Was that you? Don't worry I'm not going to come looking for you or anything - I live over a thousand miles from the Valley now. You just really got me wondering.

-- @ (@@@.@), September 28, 1999.

"The Knife" and "Stagnation" - early Genesis (pre-pop band days)

"Close To The Edge" and "Soon" - Yes

"Karnevil 9" - Emerson, Lake and Palmer

"Mother Of Violence" - Peter Gabriel

"Lights Out" - UFO

"Beastie" - Jethro Tull

"I'd Love To Change The World" - Ten Years After

"Are We Not Men" - Devo

"Epitaph", "21st Century Schizoid Man" and "Cirkus" - King Crimson

"Won't Get Fooled Again" - The Who

I'd also put in a vote for "Supper's Ready" by Genesis and the entire first side of Yes's Relayer album (which includes "Soon"), but those would make it a very l-o-n-g sound track

-- Bokonon (, September 28, 1999.


No, it wasn't me, I saw them in Chicago, with friends that are still my friends, and a date that turned out to be my Hubby.

It was a great show.

Y'know the joke you told on the FRL? Well, when we were waiting in line for Rush tickets (overnight-outside-winter) I went into a bar like that to use the restroom. It was an interesting experience for my seventeen-year old sensibilities. ;-) Guys in the ladies room. Tee hee, I was such a little kid.

-- Deborah (, September 28, 1999.


LOL, LOL Hubby has been shouting Yes songs at me to post. We've seen Yes like a million times. They're coming here in Oct. $80 per ticket. Hubby's going (the fanatic).

If you're a fan, you should check out Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe. They only released one CD under that name, but it was GREAT, and the best show I ever saw them put on.

-- Deborah (, September 28, 1999.


Darn! Well, I didn't think the world could be THAT small! There was probably a lot of girls that puked at those concerts. We all rode together and then Deborah (I think was her name) got so ungodly sick that my friend had to leave in the middle of the show to take her home. The rest of us ended up having to hitch a ride home. Yeah, had a lot of fun back then! You have a lot of good stories. Nice hearin from ya again.

-- @ (@@@.@), September 28, 1999.

I've seen Yes 3 (or was it 4?) times. The last time was probably the best, the Union tour in the round, and our seats were about 12 feet from the edge of the stage. Awesome seeing them all together and they were all playing superbly.

-- @ (@@@.@), September 28, 1999.


How bogus, to have to leave the show!! :-) I got sick from cheap vodka & sour OJ mixed with a very intense Neal Pert. Then they played The Trees & I was healed. Now I never vodka.

We saw the Union show at the same place we saw Rush. We had great seats as well. They really blow my mind. I was clasically trained on the piano for about seven years. I can't touch their music. They are all incredibly talented.

One night hubby & his friends saw Wakeman play in a tiny bar. They were arms length from him. They actually partied once with them after a show @ a tiny venue. (sounds like b.s. but it's true, pictures, blah blah) They were very down to earth. I of course missed it.

-- Deborah (, September 28, 1999.

Deborah and @,

Nice to know I'm not the only person in the world who can still appreciate bands that put out more than 3.5 minute pop-tunes, LOL.

Yes, Genesis, Tull and Crimson - the quadrumvirate of all time greatest bands!

I can sypmathize with your husband, Deborah. I constantly supress the urge to post song lyrics, but there are times when a song would just seem to say it, so much better.

The last verse from "Cirkus", by King Crimson:

Memory men forgot, horsemen on stale chops
ate the floors of their cages.

Strongmen lost their hair, pay box collapsed
and lions sharpened their teeth.

Clowns ran round the ring, stallions stampeded,

I ran for the door, Ring-master shouted,


-- Bokonon (, September 28, 1999.

One more suggestion...

Roger Waters: What God Wants

"What God wants, God gets God help us all..."


-- TECH32 (TECH32@NOMAIL.COM), September 28, 1999.

Just recalling a few of the concerts I've been to:

The Rolling stones Yes - 3 times The Who (2 times, once with Keith Moon) E.L.P. - 2 times Pink Floyd - 2 times Aerosmith, Foghat, and Nugent Aerosmith and REO Speedwagon Bowie - 2 times Genesis - 2 times Rush Jethro Tull Ozzie Judas Priest The Cars Journey Phil Collins Roger Waters ZZ Top Duran Duran Springsteen The Firm Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, and Gregg Allman Oingo Boingo J. Geils

and of course dozens of others I don't recall right now... yeah, those were the days!

-- @ (@@@.@), September 28, 1999.

Weve taken care of everything

The words you read, the songs you sing

The pictures youve plastered to your eyes

Neal, of course

The world is heading for mutiny

When all we want is unity

We may rise and fall, but in the end

We meet our fate together

Tremonti/Strapp (Creed)

-- R. Wright (, September 28, 1999.

Busta Rhymes - "Extinction Level Event" (or something like that).

-- The Outcast (, September 28, 1999.

iggy pop "bang,bang"

-- corrine l (, September 28, 1999.


What, did you read my damn mind or what?? Excellent! I would have to throw in CygnusXI of course. Why? because y2k is an enigma, not unlike that of a black hole:

"All who dare to cross her course-- Are swallowed by her fearsome force-- Through the void. To be destroyed. OR is there something more.......... ATOMIZED at the core..or through the astral soar.."

Neil peart is a god (small g)

-- CygnusXI (, September 28, 1999.


-- BiGG (, September 28, 1999.

Yes, Red Barchetta, that was it. A great song. How about Frank Sinatra's " My Way" ( Y2K preps ) ?

-- Stanley Lucas (, September 28, 1999.

History dictating the symptoms of ruling romance Claws at the shores of the water upon which we dance All of us standing in line All of us waiting for time To feel it, all the way And to be there when they Say they know that Maybe we'll change Offered the chance To finally unlearn our lessons And alter our stance.

Machine, machine Messiah Take me, into the fire

---Yes, Drama, Machine Messiah


I really didn't like Yes at first, they sounded too chaotic. Then I stopped & really paid attention & listened. Too many details to get the big picture without really actively paying attention. Kind of like Y2K.

Why am I not suprised to see so much good music listed on this thread?

Time is the measure....

-- Deborah (, September 28, 1999.

Peart is the best lyricist. When he lost his penchant for writing technological nightmares, Rush closed the door on their glory days. They are still very, VERY good but just not the same.

"My uncle has a country place, that no one knows about;
he says it used to be a farm, before the motor law;
Now on sundays I elude the 'eyes', and hop the turbine freight, to far outside the wire, where my white-haired uncle waits

Jump to the ground as the turbo slows to cross the borderline
Run like the wind, as excitement shivers up and down my spine!

Down in his barn, my uncle preserved for me an old machine, for 50 odd years
to keep it as new as been his dearset dreams...

I strip away the old debris, that hides a shining car
A brilliant red Barchetta, from a better vanished time,
Ooo, fire up the willing engine, responding with a roar
tires spitting gravel I commit my weekly crime!

-- (, September 28, 1999.

'Roll the Bones'.

And anything from Limp Bizkit. Or Orgy.

-- lisa (, September 28, 1999.

I vote for "The Best Of Times" - Styx

Tonight's the night we'll make history, honey you and I

And I'll take any risk to tie back the hands of time,

And stay with you here tonight

I know you feel these are the worst of times. I do believe it's true.

When people lock their doors, and hide inside.

Rumour has it it's the end of Paradise.

The headlines read "These Are The Worst Of Times", I do believe it's true.

I feel so helpless like a boat against the tide.

I wish the summer winds could bring back paradise.

-- me (, September 28, 1999.

"Us and Them" by Pink Floyd....gotta have that one.

-- Bokonon (, September 28, 1999.

I was one of the early early Rush-heads, and yes the rumors are true: they're into Satan. I was also a Yes freak and I was going to suggest the obvious from the above-mentioned Relayer album, a tune called, "To Be Over". (BTW, technically, there is no yessong entitled "Soon" - the segment is part of the song, "The Gates of Delirium", as I recall).

Caveat: Yes is considered highly Satanic music by Anton LaVey although when I was into them, the seemed quite innocent and positive (hence, the name of the band) and even spiritual. Now, I believe they could well be demonically inspired. Perhaps I'm wrong - but, I thought a caveat would be in order.

LaVey, as you'll recall, founded the First Church of Satan in San Francisco in 1966. He also authored the "Satanic Bible", etc. The "church" is in fact the "Hotel California" pictured on the cover of the Eagles' album by the same name.

-- Former Yes Freak (, September 28, 1999.

I was one of the early early Rush-heads, and yes the rumors are true: they're into Satan.

What BS! You're probably one of those idiots that believes the urban legend that Rush stands for Ruling Under Satans Hand. LOL!!

They're NOT into Satan, and neither is Yes.

-- (, September 28, 1999.

I see a bad moon risin'

I see troubles 'round the bend

Hope you.. got yourself together...


-- PJC (, September 28, 1999.

My Rush nomination to describe TB2000...

Witch Hunt

Quick to judge Quick to anger Slow to understand Ignorance and prejudice and Fear walk hand in hand.

-- (the@analog.kid), September 28, 1999.

I'm hoping for the clarity and resolve of Beethoven, though I think Gustav Mahler may have caught the prominant tone in his ninth.

-- flora (***@__._), September 28, 1999.

If there is one thing I pray for, daily, it's that I continue to have the self-control and peace of mind to keep from bashing those who have to turn everything into a religious discussion and see evil in everything beautiful.

-- Bokonon (, September 28, 1999.

Aw come on Bok,

FYF hasn't even lit in to Jimmy Page yet.

-- flora (***@__._), September 28, 1999.

"Red Skies at Night," but who was that group? Darn, I can't remember their name.

"Should've taken warning ..."


-- jhollander (, September 28, 1999.

"Red Skies at Night," but who was that group? Darn, I can't remember their name.

The Fixx

-- (, September 28, 1999.

Woe is me. My kingdom for a turntable!!!

Thanks guys & gals! I've about a hundred songs in my head, all competing for "air time". :)

I spent much of my freshman year of H.S. listening to "2112" - over & over again. Then I came upon "A Farewell To Kings" & thought, "It can't get any better than this!" Until I experienced "Hemispheres".

Hashish & RUSH - it was an awesome combination! (Emphasis on "was")

WARNING: Kids, do try this at home!

-- Bingo1 (, September 28, 1999.

The last Rush CD I bought was Presto: after that they are just making money in my mind. And that's ok, but they don't get any more of my money. And heck, after so many outstanding albums, can you blame them for trying to keep a good thing (for them) going? I don't. Once in a while, I will buy Mobile Fidelity gold-plated CDs of the old stuff.

Sincerely, Stan Faryna

P.S. Thanks for reminding me about the music. Soon, I'm going to get a discman, batteries, and solar recharging array just to keep the music going. When someone else was writing the paychecks, I used to be so into hi-fi that I became a snobby audiophile I wouldn't listen to music unless it was perfect. After I got into business for myself, the nonesense stopped, but so did the music. It's a shame. I'm going to get some cheap radio shack speaker cables shortly since the super cables burned out some years ago. Just don't remind me of Transparent!

-- Stan Faryna (, September 28, 1999.

Floraaaaah-aahhha-aahh! (he whined)...please don't give them any ideas.

-- Bokonon (, September 28, 1999.

Appropriate victory music after the rebuilding is accomplished... B's Ninth Symphony

Appropriate motivational music when the rebuilding starts... T's 1812.

Appropriate prepping music... Segivia or Williams playing spanish esturias for classical guitar

-- Stan Faryna (, September 28, 1999.

The Polly song, courtesy of Pink Floyd


Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day

You fritter and waste the hours in an off-hand way

Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town

Waiting for someone or something to show you the way

Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain

You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today

And then the one day you find ten years have got behind you

No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun

And you run and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking

And racing around to come up behind you again

The sun is the same in the relative way, but you're older

And shorter of breath and one day closer to death

Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time

Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines

Hanging on in quiet desparation in the English way

The time is gone the song is over, thought I'd something more to say

-- Uncle Deedah (, September 28, 1999.

Unk Deeds,

Or how about:
Ba ba ba-ba ba-ba ba ba-ba, I wanna be sedated!

-- Bokonon (, September 29, 1999.

Ooops! Courtesy of The Ramones.

-- Bokonon (, September 29, 1999.

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