Music Review Series: Looking Back On The 80’s Music | 1980 Then and Now
Permanent Waves ~Rush
Permanent Waves was my introduction to Rush. Actually, it was a couple of the singles released that were my introduction to Rush. If you know Rush, you already know which singles. For the sake of the two of you reading this blog, they were “The Spirit of Radio” and “Freewill”.
The sounds guitarist, Alex Lifeson produced from his guitar and amp were absolutely amazing. They were hypnotic to my ears. Come to find out, it was he effective use of the chorus pedal that I fell in love with. Andy Summers, of The Police, had the same effect on my ears. A few years later, I would buy a guitar and amp. The first pedal I bought with that guitar, was a chorus pedal.
Back to Permanent Waves, the songs on this album are both very easy to listen to and amazingly hard to listen to. Why? “The Spirit of Radio” and “Freewill” are great songs to crank up while driving or crank up at anytime. Both songs are fun songs to listen to and both have interesting messages. “Freewill” would obviously drive Calvinist nutty. But seriously, “The Spirit of Radio” contains a great message for today’s music industry.
All this machinery
Making modern music
Can still be open-hearted
Not so coldly charted
It’s really just a question
Of your honesty, yeah your honesty
One likes to believe
In the freedom of music
But glittering prizes
And endless compromises
Shatter the illusion
The rest of the album, save for “Entre Nous” (French for “between us”), isn’t as easy on the ears. The songs are filled with complicated time signatures and just not as ear friendly, especially after you’ve heard the two hit singles. It’s crazy that these songs are all on the same album. The other issue with these songs is that they are heavy with synthesizers, which doesn’t translate well today.
Again, “The Spirit of Radio”, “Freewill” and “Entre Nous” are your listeners. Check them out and the enjoy.