Friday Song: Rush

To honor the 1969 moon walk and end of the Space Shuttle era, I almost opted for Billy Bragg’s elegiac “The Space Race Is Over”  but that’s too much of a downer and so on the other end of the pop scale, there’s uber-optimists Rush and their particular brand of epic objectivist rawk. They wrote this song after attending the Columbia shuttle launch courtesy of NASA — prog-band hippies welcomed by crewcut scientist dreamers — and used it to finish off their “Signals” LP from 1982. The album went for a more synthesizer based sound than the trio’s previous work, aligning themselves loosely with the digital age. 10…9…8…7…6…5…4…3…2…

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