2112 & Moving Pictures (Classic Albums)
Canadian band Rush have pioneered a genre of music, Progressive Heavy Rock, and to this day are its leaders. One of the things that makes them unique is the originality and depth of the lyrics – whilst most other heavy rock bands were writing about sex, drugs, group rebellion and the negative aspects of life, Rush were advocating individuality of the human mind and spirit, positivity, determination and rejection of the mediocrity of the collective.
The two Classic Albums covered in this programme richly illustrate the lyrical ideals of the band, particularly of its main lyricist and drummer Neil Peart. The albums also represent the zenith of the two main musical phases of the band.
The '2112' record (released in 1976) is the moment when the concept phase of their career took off. The title track, a 20-minute opus split into various movements, is the best example on record of the concept song, a science fiction fable with a warning for mankind.
The band drew on the work of Ayn Rand and her philosophy, ignored the record company’s warnings (who wanted less concept and more hits), and made the record they totally believed in. '2112' went Platinum, they hit pay dirt, and there was no turning back.
They continued to build on their particular brand of music for the rest of the 70's becoming a band very comfortable playing and filling big arenas around the world.
The 1981 album 'Moving Pictures' was to be the crystallization of their skills as songwriters. It was the moment when they were able to distil their complex musical and lyrical themes into more melodic and radio-friendly songs.
It remains their most commercially successful album to date: it was a top three US Album with two top ten singles. ‘Tom Sawyer’ and ‘Limelight’ have become their signature tracks, and together with ‘YYZ’ and ‘Red Barchetta’ have become staples of mainstream North American Radio and of their live show. A stadium band was born.
Featuring exclusive interviews with Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart and their closest colleagues and collaborators; Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), David Fricke (Rolling Stone Magazine), Jim Ladd, George Stroumboulopoulous, Ed Robertson (Bare Naked Ladies); exclusive performance; archive footage and examination of the original multi track recording tapes with Producer Terry Brown, this film tells the story of the rise of the biggest Canadian band on the planet, and their two Classic Albums.