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#1 fraroc

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 11:24 AM

Every single Rush documentary, or brief written history of the band glosses over the best period of the band like "meh, it happened. Subdivisions was the big radio hit in the early to mid 80s after Tom Sawyer. Geddy's hair looked like a Davy Crockett hat, Whatever. Now let's talk about how great Counterparts is and how it's superior to every record that came out from 82 to 92."

Hell, even most Rush tribute bands do a very 90s and 70s heavy show and only do like 2-3 synth era songs at the max.

You know what? f**k that. It's time the synth era got the love it deserves from Rush fans. Geddy's bass playing and singing were at it's peak around that period, Geddy was multitasking between two different instruments effortlessly, Alex's chord structure became even more unorthodox and interesting. The music was very similar to the new wave groups of that era, but elevated to a much higher level. It was intricate, palatable, the songs weren't too long or drawn out, it was the perfect era for Rush.

I would rather hear all of Grace Under Pressure or Power Windows in it's entirety than Hemispheres.

Edited by fraroc, 25 February 2018 - 11:25 AM.


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Posted 25 February 2018 - 11:28 AM

View Postfraroc, on 25 February 2018 - 11:24 AM, said:

Every single Rush documentary, or brief written history of the band glosses over the best period of the band like "meh, it happened...You know what? f**k that. It's time the synth era got the love it deserves from Rush fans. Geddy's bass playing and singing were at it's peak around that period, Geddy was multitasking between two different instruments effortlessly, Alex's chord structure became even more unorthodox and interesting. The music was very similar to the new wave groups of that era, but elevated to a much higher level. It was intricate, palatable, the songs weren't too long or drawn out, it was the perfect era for Rush.
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Posted 25 February 2018 - 11:47 AM

I completely agree.

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 11:53 AM

Hey Fraroc mark this day down.  We agree!!!!!!

Oh my god.  the world IS ending, lol

LOVE the synth era.

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 11:54 AM

Gets all the love from me, Ged did beautiful work on the synths that Al could fill in and around the spaces with.

Even on the last album Ged's subtle keyboards on BU2B were exquisite

Edited by lifeson90, 25 February 2018 - 11:54 AM.


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Posted 25 February 2018 - 11:57 AM

I love the synth era as much as I love their pre and post-synth era music. That is all.

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 12:01 PM

View Postfraroc, on 25 February 2018 - 11:24 AM, said:

Every single Rush documentary, or brief written history of the band glosses over the best period of the band like "meh, it happened. Subdivisions was the big radio hit in the early to mid 80s after Tom Sawyer. Geddy's hair looked like a Davy Crockett hat, Whatever. Now let's talk about how great Counterparts is and how it's superior to every record that came out from 82 to 92."

Hell, even most Rush tribute bands do a very 90s and 70s heavy show and only do like 2-3 synth era songs at the max.

You know what? f**k that. It's time the synth era got the love it deserves from Rush fans. Geddy's bass playing and singing were at it's peak around that period, Geddy was multitasking between two different instruments effortlessly, Alex's chord structure became even more unorthodox and interesting. The music was very similar to the new wave groups of that era, but elevated to a much higher level. It was intricate, palatable, the songs weren't too long or drawn out, it was the perfect era for Rush.

I would rather hear all of Grace Under Pressure or Power Windows in it's entirety than Hemispheres.

I dont consider gup to be synth era. In my eyes it started with power windows.

Secondly sudivisions was not the big hit. I can see why you would think that but new world man is highest charting single iirc.

Either way if gup or pow windows was their first record it likely would of been their last.


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Posted 25 February 2018 - 12:05 PM

The Clockwork Angels set list was synth heavy. The love is there.

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 12:16 PM

View PostReRushed, on 25 February 2018 - 12:05 PM, said:

The Clockwork Angels set list was synth heavy. The love is there.
That was my first thought.  They dedicated a large part of their CA setlist to synth-era revival.

:huh:

What I hear from the band is that HYF went as far as their use of synths could really go (to the point of over-use, maybe).  Is that inaccurate in any way?

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 12:16 PM

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Secondly sudivisions was not the big hit. I can see why you would think that but new world man is highest charting single iirc.

yep.

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 12:17 PM

View Postbluefox4000, on 25 February 2018 - 11:53 AM, said:

Hey Fraroc mark this day down.  We agree!!!!!!

Oh my god.  the world IS ending, lol

LOVE the synth era.

Mick
Don;t get too excited.  The threads not over yet.



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Posted 25 February 2018 - 12:20 PM

View Postgoose, on 25 February 2018 - 12:17 PM, said:

View Postbluefox4000, on 25 February 2018 - 11:53 AM, said:

Hey Fraroc mark this day down.  We agree!!!!!!

Oh my god.  the world IS ending, lol

LOVE the synth era.

Mick
Don;t get too excited.  The threads not over yet.



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yea your right.  he WILL work hair metal into this somehow.

lol

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 12:25 PM

View Postbluefox4000, on 25 February 2018 - 12:20 PM, said:

View Postgoose, on 25 February 2018 - 12:17 PM, said:

View Postbluefox4000, on 25 February 2018 - 11:53 AM, said:

Hey Fraroc mark this day down.  We agree!!!!!!

Oh my god.  the world IS ending, lol

LOVE the synth era.

Mick
Don;t get too excited.  The threads not over yet.



:P

yea your right.  he WILL work hair metal into this somehow.

lol

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Did someone say "hair"...?

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 12:28 PM

View Postgoose, on 25 February 2018 - 12:25 PM, said:

View Postbluefox4000, on 25 February 2018 - 12:20 PM, said:

View Postgoose, on 25 February 2018 - 12:17 PM, said:

View Postbluefox4000, on 25 February 2018 - 11:53 AM, said:

Hey Fraroc mark this day down.  We agree!!!!!!

Oh my god.  the world IS ending, lol

LOVE the synth era.

Mick
Don;t get too excited.  The threads not over yet.



:P

yea your right.  he WILL work hair metal into this somehow.

lol

Mick
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oh yea Ged's Racoon head look, lol
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Posted 25 February 2018 - 12:36 PM

I love the synth era.  I'm not crazy about most of Power Windows, but I wouldn't trade Permanent Waves, MP, and Signals for anything.

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 12:39 PM

View Postgoose, on 25 February 2018 - 12:25 PM, said:

View Postbluefox4000, on 25 February 2018 - 12:20 PM, said:

View Postgoose, on 25 February 2018 - 12:17 PM, said:

View Postbluefox4000, on 25 February 2018 - 11:53 AM, said:

Hey Fraroc mark this day down.  We agree!!!!!!

Oh my god.  the world IS ending, lol

LOVE the synth era.

Mick
Don;t get too excited.  The threads not over yet.



:P

yea your right.  he WILL work hair metal into this somehow.

lol

Mick
Did someone say "hair"...?

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 12:45 PM

View Postrocket ignites, on 25 February 2018 - 12:36 PM, said:

I love the synth era.  I'm not crazy about most of Power Windows, but I wouldn't trade Permanent Waves, MP, and Signals for anything.

Its funny how far apart we are in regards to when the "synth" era began.

Of course any opinion is as valid as another so its all good.

To me the synth era began with power windows when they brought in additional keyboard players.

Secondly it seemed they shifted musically with pow windows in that it no longer was reggae flavored like perm waves to gup.

Imo

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 01:06 PM

https://en.m.wikiped...i/Andy_Richards

Anyone have any insight into why they brought this dude in?

And is he the one playing that killer key bit in Middletown dreams? The part right after the middle aged madonna part?



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Posted 25 February 2018 - 02:16 PM

Love synth era Rush. While earlier Rush sound is starting to sound more interesting to me than it once was, I do think it's a shame that the band doesn't really talk about it. I think there's a lot of stuff that has gotten any mention. I find enjoyment in the fact that they made a lot of money in the 80s.

The documentary was funny. They glossed over almost all of the juicy trivia mentioned about almost disbanding, family drama, etc and went straight to "We started using guitars again on Presto. Now Roll The Bones was..."

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Posted 25 February 2018 - 02:24 PM

View Postfraroc, on 25 February 2018 - 11:24 AM, said:

Every single Rush documentary, or brief written history of the band glosses over the best period of the band like "meh, it happened. Subdivisions was the big radio hit in the early to mid 80s after Tom Sawyer. Geddy's hair looked like a Davy Crockett hat, Whatever. Now let's talk about how great Counterparts is and how it's superior to every record that came out from 82 to 92."

Hell, even most Rush tribute bands do a very 90s and 70s heavy show and only do like 2-3 synth era songs at the max.

You know what? f**k that. It's time the synth era got the love it deserves from Rush fans. Geddy's bass playing and singing were at it's peak around that period, Geddy was multitasking between two different instruments effortlessly, Alex's chord structure became even more unorthodox and interesting. The music was very similar to the new wave groups of that era, but elevated to a much higher level. It was intricate, palatable, the songs weren't too long or drawn out, it was the perfect era for Rush.

I would rather hear all of Grace Under Pressure or Power Windows in it's entirety than Hemispheres.

Nearly all tribute bands won't touch anything before Signals and many of those stop at Moving Pictures. so as a rule I won't bother with them because that's not exactly my idea of a good time..




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