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Poll: Would RUSH Still Be One Of Your Favourite Bands If... (32 member(s) have cast votes)

Permanent Waves was their debut album

  1. Yes (30 votes [93.75%])

    Percentage of vote: 93.75%

  2. No (2 votes [6.25%])

    Percentage of vote: 6.25%

Signals was their debut album

  1. Yes (25 votes [78.12%])

    Percentage of vote: 78.12%

  2. No (7 votes [21.88%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.88%

Presto was their debut album

  1. Yes (11 votes [34.38%])

    Percentage of vote: 34.38%

  2. No (21 votes [65.62%])

    Percentage of vote: 65.62%

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#21 Alien Girl

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Posted 09 July 2017 - 10:23 PM

You know...I see a lot here vying for BEST FAN EVER by voting for all three.  But that's not exactly what the OP is asking.  You don't know that they'd still be your favorite,  or even a favorite even if not for their 70s releases.  While I can believe that a very minute percentage of fans upon listening to Signals would declare Rush their favorite band, Presto is even harder to believe and a much smaller percentage than even that.  Without the foundation of what came before and with those particular albums released in their perspective years I find it highly unlikely.  Oh sure, you can say they'd still be a favorite.  But really, this is one of those 'you'll never know' questions.

Edited by Alien Girl, 09 July 2017 - 11:59 PM.


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 09:25 AM

No to all three. While Pew and MP are very strong albums, they're not strong enough to erase the sins of the subsequent albums to make the band my fave.

Edited by JARG, 10 July 2017 - 11:51 AM.


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 11:20 AM

Possibly PeW....but Rush's 'debut' for me was ATWAS, and downhill ever since.

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Posted 10 July 2017 - 12:00 PM

Yes,Yes, No.  PermWaves, MP, and Signals were my first Rush albums (back when MP and Signals were brand new).

If Presto was their debut, I would still dig them a lot, but I don't think they'd be one of my most-loved, and most-listened to bands. It would be more for isolated tracks than full albums.

Edited by Mystic Slipperman, 10 July 2017 - 12:01 PM.


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Posted 10 July 2017 - 07:00 PM

View PostAlien Girl, on 09 July 2017 - 10:23 PM, said:

You know...I see a lot here vying for BEST FAN EVER by voting for all three.  But that's not exactly what the OP is asking.  You don't know that they'd still be your favorite,  or even a favorite even if not for their 70s releases.  While I can believe that a very minute percentage of fans upon listening to Signals would declare Rush their favorite band, Presto is even harder to believe and a much smaller percentage than even that.  Without the foundation of what came before and with those particular albums released in their perspective years I find it highly unlikely.  Oh sure, you can say they'd still be a favorite.  But really, this is one of those 'you'll never know' questions.

Thanks for writing this! I agree with everything you said.

I expected there to be a few more NO votes for the first question too and I also think some people are underestimating how having Presto be the first album would effect their fandom. The  newcomers in Rock releasing their first album in 1989 that had some level of success right away were bands like Warrant, Skid Row, and Extreme. Bands like Nirvana, Green Day, and The Offspring also debuted in 1989, but they were not well known until the 90s and signed to indie labels. How Presto would fit into this mix as a debut album is unknown, but I would expect that it would be received more closely to the former three than the latter. We all know that those bands were swept away 4 years later by the alternative revolution. Me personally, I love everything released by Warrant (with Jani Lane) and Extreme /  Nuno Bettencourt even after the 1993 cull, but most people moved on. I used that fact to try to extrapolate whether or not Presto would lead me to continue to be a fan of the band until the end of their career. The problem with that sort of thinking is that RUSH only got to continue to have major label releases after 1993 because they had been around for much longer and had a fan base that gutted it through changes in the music industry. Either way, I still would have been a fan. Presto, Roll The Bones, Counterparts, and Test For Echo were all good enough for me to solidify a bond with the band that I would not break.

The entire poll for me is very different than for most of the people responding though, because I see the 70s albums more as dead weight than music that drives my fandom. I came along in 1984 with Grace Under Pressure and until 1988 only had Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, and Hold Your Fire in my collection. Those were the albums that made me a fan. It wasn't until 1988 that I started to buy some of the older albums. I think one of the first things I bought was Archives (collection of first 3 albums) and I NEVER listened to it again after one or two plays of each album. To be honest, I hated them. It just wasn't the kind of music I was into and I didn't really see much of what I loved about Grace Under Pressure, Power Windows, and Hold Your Fire in any of those albums. I don't think it was until after I bought Chronicles that I started to listen to the pre-1984 songs and started to like songs like Fly By Night and Lakeside Park. It was then, after Presto had been release, after Chronicles came out that I started looking for more of the older albums. I loved the songs from Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures on Chronicles and I ended up loving those albums too, but I never got as deeply into the 70s material. It just wasn't the RUSH I knew and loved. I love select tracks here and there (Circumstances, Cinderella Man, Something For Nothing), but none of it ever meant as much to me as those mid to late 80s albums and even the music they made in the 90s and 00s. I know my expreience is very different from the majority here, so I would expect a lot more NOs in the votes.

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 12:11 AM

Yes to all 3.

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 03:06 PM

Interesting question.

Yes to the first two easily.

No to the third, but I'd still own their albums, still see them on tour, and still call them 'very good'.

Presto was hit and miss for me, I'm a rare one who loves Roll, everything else mixed as well until Clock, which I also love. So no insult, they just wouldn't be a 'favorite' band anymore.





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