New Animated Rush Video!

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Winslow, Jun 12, 2020.

  1. Winslow


    Sep 25, 2011
    From the writeup at Rolling Stone:

    Rush have shared a new “conceptual music video” for the band’s Permanent Waves standout “The Spirit of Radio.”

    The animated video serves as both a tribute to the FM radio format — the song was inspired by Toronto’s CFNY-FM, whose slogan was “the spirit of radio — as well as the band’s legacy; the spread of the FM signal is juxtaposed alongside Rush’s own rise in the video.

    The new video for “The Spirit of Radio,” one of Rush’s most essential songs, also serves as a tribute to the band’s late drummer Neil Peart, who died in January following a brain cancer battle.

    ”The Spirit of Radio’ could be called ‘The Spirit of Music,’” Peart said in 1980. “That particular song was written about a radio station that is a paragon; it’s called CFNY-FM and it’s in Toronto. And they are still what FM radio was 15 years ago. So I listen to it constantly when I’m home, and it represents something, maybe the precious last stronghold of something.”

    Lots of nice details and visual references for ardent Rush fans to pick up on. It's also kind of cool that the style of the animation is similar to what a lot of us probably sketched and doodled (to varying degrees of skill levels!) on and in our notebooks in the "high school halls." :D

    Very cool stuff, and very well done! :thumbsup:
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  2. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    4:21 You are now tuned into 21.12 FM
  3. SteveC

    SteveC Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    NE ND
    That was cool. I remember when I was in high school (northwestern Minnesota) and on certain nights we could get the radio station from Winnipeg. Not Toronto but we heard Rush and some other cool stuff from a “big city” station. It was awesome.
  4. Winslow


    Sep 25, 2011
    21.12 also appears on the stylized radio dial on Alex's guitar neck. :D

    I also love that they paid such close attention not only to the depiction of Neil's playing, but Geddy's right hand playing style. The more I look at it, the more I like it all. Somebody really put a lot of thought and care into this. :thumbsup:
  5. 2112

    2112 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2005

    Well boyos, I must admit... that was a bit of an emotional roller coaster for me. Thanks for posting!
  6. 2112

    2112 Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2005
    Also on Alex's stylized neck was "100.7" for WMMS in Cleveland. The neck also included "104.5" for CHUM and "102.1" for CFNY, both in Toronto. From CFNY's Wikipedia page:

    "During this period, the station began using "The Spirit of Radio" as a promotional catchphrase. In turn, listeners of the station began to refer to CFNY as "The Spirit of Radio". Canadian band Rush was unable to obtain airplay on many radio stations other than CFNY early in their career, and in 1979 wrote the song "The Spirit of Radio" about the station. Unable to mention CFNY directly for fear of alienating airplay on other stations, the band instead ensured the catalogue number for their album Permanent Waves was 1021, a nod to the station's 102.1 FM frequency."

    Here's a look at their 1970's logo, also from Wikipedia:

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  7. Spectre1966

    Spectre1966 Striving For Mediocrity Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Wallingford, CT
    Cool video. I don’t get the hand gesturing thing Geddy did a couple times.....
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  8. Winslow


    Sep 25, 2011
    That's what he did at that point in the song when performing it live in later years. Rather than the ubiquitous "overhead hand clap" to lead the audience, he just did "clapping fingers" instead. An example is at ~1:28 here:

  9. Winslow


    Sep 25, 2011
    Yep, me as well. I saw the light switch in the last shot, and guessed what was coming. Even so, I thought, "Man, I really hope Geddy doesn't turn the lights out." :unsure:

    But... so it goes. We're only immortal for a limited time, etc. It was a great ride, and a really nice tribute to the Professor. :thumbsup:
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  10. ugly_bassplayer


    Jan 21, 2009
    Damn that was DEEP!!!!!

    RIP Neil Peary. May he find peace and join his family wherever that may be.
  11. slapshot


    Dec 22, 2018
    SE Michigan
    Whomever the animator is, he's flippin good.
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  12. Spectre1966

    Spectre1966 Striving For Mediocrity Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2014
    Wallingford, CT
    hahaha cool. Thanks for the reply.
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  13. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    That was friggin awesome, man! Thanks for sharing...

    ... not crying... I got something in my eye.
  14. 12bass


    Jan 2, 2003
    Victoria, Canada
    Listened to 92.1 CITI FM growing up in Winnipeg. They used to play full album sides and introduced me to lots of cool stuff. Those were the days!
  15. Neil driving the red barchetta, nice.
  16. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Ha! They even got the Badass bridge with the white plastic surround on the Ric. That's a fans video for sure.
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  17. filmtex


    May 29, 2011
    Interesting that Bob Coburn was in there. Before he hit El Lay we listened to him all time in San Diego. Pretty cool video. I'm not a Rush fan by any means, but that was well done. And too bad about Neil.
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  18. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    I saw that yesterday and there are tons of deep references for Rush fans which is very cool. I also watched this too with Neil and it was a little sad:

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  19. rollie 55

    rollie 55

    Oct 1, 2018
    lost in space
    Absolutely Most excellent :) thanks for the post :thumbsup:
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