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Superconductor: Explain the hate, because I like.


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#21 Mr. Not

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 12:19 AM

verse is pretty good
pre-chorus is beautiful (selling point of the song)
chorus is bad but tolerable

does this song have a guitar solo? I honestly forget. so if it does it's obviously not a memorable one.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 01:46 AM

It’s not very “Rushy”.  More like video game music.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 04:33 AM

DULL song!

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 06:37 AM

I actually like everytbing about the song minus those dreadful backing vocals.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 08:31 AM

View PostTexas King, on 18 October 2017 - 04:33 AM, said:

DULL song!
Funny but it seems that a lot of folks that dig Superconductor will express love for Madrigal or Rivendell.  Give me upbeat parody all day over that stuff.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 09:00 AM

Brill track nothing wrong with it, give Dog Years a few more goes though you'll find is even better

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 09:15 AM

View Postgoose, on 18 October 2017 - 08:31 AM, said:

View PostTexas King, on 18 October 2017 - 04:33 AM, said:

DULL song!
Funny but it seems that a lot of folks that dig Superconductor will express love for Madrigal or Rivendell.  Give me upbeat parody all day over that stuff.

Rivendell is an okay song, definitely the least of the tracks on FBN. Same for Madrigal on AFTK. I rarely listen to either of those. But I listen to Superconductor quite a bit. If it comes up on my Rush playlist I never skip it.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 09:28 AM

View PostEagleMoon, on 18 October 2017 - 01:46 AM, said:

It’s not very “Rushy”.  More like video game music.
7/8 time sig is well-disguised.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:10 AM

I think the song is okay.  I remember when it first came out, my problem with it was that I thought the simple riff was beneath them.  Later albums definitely proved me wrong :)

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 10:52 AM

I like it.  target mass appeal.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 11:11 AM

View Postfraroc, on 17 October 2017 - 08:28 PM, said:

Seriously, I like this song a lot. It's a very catchy song with a great riff...

Don’t forget it has a strong and simple beat that you can dance to.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 11:14 AM

I think the hate is obvious. You should have to explain the like.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 11:23 AM

View Postedhunter, on 18 October 2017 - 11:14 AM, said:

I think the hate is obvious. You should have to explain the like.

THIS!

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 11:55 AM

I always enjoyed it very much.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 12:45 PM

I don't like the song, although it's not in the bottom 10 of songs I really hate, which I won't get into now.

I find Superconductor to be too repetitious. It doesn't have the fine poetry of a lot of Rush songs.  Also, I find the sound to be a bit tinny, not as rich as most Rush tunes.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 12:45 PM

A whole thread on one of my least favorite Rush songs ever (and I say "one of my least favorite" just because I don't want to take the time to think if there's any other Rush song that I like less than Superconductor).  To me, Superconductor is excessively cloying in a way that I just don't hear on other Rush songs.  It feels like a play for simplistic appeal; "pop pap," if you will.  I've previously mentioned this, but when I hear Superconductor, I picture Shirley Temple, arms extended outward, palms forward, making big swirling motions, a la Good Ship Lollypop.  Not a pretty image for a rock band.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 12:49 PM

View Posttomhealey, on 18 October 2017 - 12:45 PM, said:

A whole thread on one of my least favorite Rush songs ever (and I say "one of my least favorite" just because I don't want to take the time to think if there's any other Rush song that I like less than Superconductor).  To me, Superconductor is excessively cloying in a way that I just don't hear on other Rush songs.  It feels like a play for simplistic appeal; "pop pap," if you will.  I've previously mentioned this, but when I hear Superconductor, I picture Shirley Temple, arms extended outward, palms forward, making big swirling motions, a la Good Ship Lollypop.  Not a pretty image for a rock band.
  Maybe I've been missing the purpose for all of these years, but perhaps the music is designed to highlight the message of the song; some hitmaker cobbles together a few harmonized chords, sticks a pretty boy/girl behind a mic, and viola, a hit!  In that vein, think for a minute how the lyrics would sound to a background more typical of Rush: Alex' buzzsaw guitar and Geddy's bass runs with drum fills everywhere.  I think the message of the song would get lost, as what you're hearing in no way correlates to the critique of the popular music industry.  Perhaps that's why Rush wrote a song that musically sounds like the machine-produced pablum it describes.  Wow, an on-line moment of self discovery by me.  Cool.  I still hate the song, but cool.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 12:58 PM

I like the lyrics. So sue me. There are worse Rush songs.

Edited by Wil1972, 18 October 2017 - 12:59 PM.


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Posted 18 October 2017 - 12:59 PM

I like the lyrics. So sue me. There are worse Rush songs.

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Posted 18 October 2017 - 01:09 PM

I think it's quite good!!!




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