Rush: Permanent Waves-80’s-1980.

Rush was a Canadian rock band formed in Toronto in 1968, consisting of Geddy Lee (bass, vocals, keyboards, composer), Alex Lifeson (guitars, composer), and Neil Peart (drums, percussion, lyricist). After its formation in 1968, the band went through several configurations before arriving at its classic power trio lineup with the addition of Peart in 1974, who replaced original drummer John Rutsey right after the release of their self-titled debut album, which contained their first radio hit, “Working Man“. This lineup had remained intact for the duration of the band’s career.

Rush achieved commercial success in the 1970s with several albums, including Fly by Night, (1975), 2112 (1976), A Farewell to Kings (1977) and Hemispheres (1978). The band’s rise in popularity continued throughout the 1980s and 1990s, with some albums charting highly in both Canada and the US, including Permanent Waves (1980), Moving Pictures (1981), Signals (1982) and Counterparts (1993). Rush continued to record and perform until 1997, after which the band entered a four year hiatus due to personal tragedies in Peart’s life. The trio regrouped in 2001 and released three more studio albums: Vapor Trails (2002), Snakes & Arrows (2007), and Clockwork Angels (2012). Rush ceased large-scale touring at the end of 2015, and Lifeson announced in January 2018 that the band would not continue.[9][10] On January 7, 2020, Peart died of glioblastoma, a type of brain cancer at the age of 67.[11]

Rush is known for its musicianship, complex compositions, and eclectic lyrical motifs drawing heavily on science fiction, fantasy and philosophy. The band’s style changed over the years, from a blues-inspired hard rock beginning, later moving into progressive rock, then a period marked by heavy use of synthesizers, before returning to guitar-driven hard rock since the end of the 1980s. The members of Rush have been acknowledged as some of the most proficient players on their respective instruments, with each winning numerous awards in magazine readers’ polls.

Rush ranks 88th in the U.S. with sales of 25 million albums[12] and industry sources estimate their total worldwide album sales at over 40 million as of 2005. Rush has been awarded 14 Platinum and 3 multi-Platinum albums in the US[13] plus 17 Platinum albums in Canada. Rush was nominated for seven Grammy Awards,[14] won several Juno Awards, and won an International Achievement Award at the 2009 SOCAN Awards.[15] The band was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.[16][17]


Not Fade AwaySingle1973
What You’re DoingSingle1975 
Fly by NightFull-length1975
Fly by NightSingle1975 
Caress of SteelFull-length1975
Bastille DaySingle1975 
All the World’s a StageLive album1976
Closer to the HeartSingle1977 
Making MemoriesSingle1977 
A Farewell to KingsFull-length1977
Cinderella ManSingle1978 
Rush Through TimeCompilation1978 
ArchivesBoxed set1978
The Spirit of RadioSingle1979 
Entre NousSingle1980 
Heavy RockSplit1980 
Living LegendsSplit1980 
Permanent WavesFull-length1980
Closer to the Heart (Live)Single1981 
Tom SawyerSingle1981 
Rush ‘n’ RouletteEP1981 
Exit… Stage LeftVideo1981 
Moving PicturesFull-length1981
Vital SignsSingle1981 
Exit… Stage LeftLive album1981
New World ManSingle1982 
Distant Early WarningSingle1984 
Red Sector ASingle1984 
The Body ElectricSingle1984 
Grace Under PressureFull-length1984
The Big MoneySingle1985 
Through the Camera EyeVideo1985 
Power WindowsFull-length1985
Mystic RhythmsSingle1986 
Grace Under Pressure TourVideo1986 
Prime MoverSingle1987 
Hold Your FireFull-length1987
Time Stand StillSingle1987 
The PassSingle1989 
A Show of HandsVideo1989 
A Show of HandsLive album1989
Il Rock Nr. 83Split1990 
Roll the BonesSingle1991 
Roll the BonesFull-length1991
Volume OneBoxed set1992 
Ghost of a ChanceEP1992 
Test for EchoFull-length1996
Retrospective ICompilation1997
Retrospective IICompilation1997
Different Stages * LiveLive album1998
Vapor TrailsFull-length2002
The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987Compilation2003
Rush in RioLive album2003
Rush in RioVideo2003
Essential Music Videos: Album RockSplit video2004 
R30: 30th Anniversary World TourVideo2005 
Replay x3Boxed set2006 
The Essential CollectionCompilation2007 
Snakes & ArrowsFull-length2007
Snakes & Arrows LiveLive album2008
Snakes & Arrows LiveVideo2008 
Retrospective 3Compilation2009 
Grace Under Pressure TourLive album2009 
Working MenVideo2009 
Working MenCompilation2009 
Classic Albums: 2112 & Moving PicturesVideo2010 
Time Stand Still: The CollectionCompilation2010 
Beyond the Lighted StageVideo2010 
Icon 2Compilation2011 
ABC 1974Live album2011 
Moving Pictures: Live 2011Live album2011 
Time Machine 2011: Live in ClevelandLive album2011 
Time Machine 2011: Live in ClevelandVideo2011 
Sector 1Boxed set2011 
Sector 2Boxed set2011 
Sector 3Boxed set2011 
Clockwork AngelsFull-length2012
The Studio Albums 1989-2007Boxed set2013 
Clockwork Angels TourLive album2013 
Clockwork Angels TourVideo2013 
The GardenSingle2013 
Spirit of the AirwavesLive album2014 
7 and 7 IsSplit2014 
R40Boxed set2014 
R40 LiveLive album2015
Cygnus X-1Single2017 
Geddy Lee
Bass, Vocals, Keyboards (1968-1969, 1969-2018)
See also: Geddy Lee, ex-Judd, ex-Ogilvie, ex-The Big Dirty Band, ex-The Dusty Coconuts, ex-Yes (live)
Alex Lifeson
Guitars (1968-1969, 1969-2018)
See also: Victor, ex-Hadrian, ex-The Big Dirty Band, ex-The Projection
Neil Peart
Drums (1974-2018)
(R.I.P. 2020) See also: ex-J.R. Flood

Past Members:

John RutseyDrums (1968-1969, 1969-1973, 1974)
(R.I.P. 2008) See also: ex-Hadrian, ex-The Projection
Jeff JonesVocals, Bass (1968)
Joe PernaVocals, Bass (1969)
See also: ex-Hadrian
Lindy YoungVocals, Guitars, Keyboards (1969)
See also: ex-Hadrian
Mitch BossiGuitars (1971)
Jerry FieldingDrums (1973)
Side A
1.The Spirit of Radio04:59  Show lyrics
2.Freewill05:25  Show lyrics
3.Jacob’s Ladder07:31  Show lyrics
Side B
4.Entre nous04:38  Show lyrics
5.Different Strings03:52  Show lyrics
6.Natural Science09:17  Show lyrics

One thought on “Rush: Permanent Waves-80’s-1980.

  1. Iron Wizard, May 31st, 2017

    Prior to Permanent Waves, Rush’s trademark style involved sprawling twenty minute epics consisting of multiple distinct sections, avant-garde instrumentation, and a sound that, while great, would be considered too “stoner” for any radio appeal. While there was a prior flirtation with accessibility, Rush’s definitive incarnation involving short, yet musically complex and lyrically cerebral songs had not come close to full fruition until the release of Permanent Waves.

    Upon hitting “play”, one’s ears are pleased by Alex Lifeson’s instantly recognizable intro to “Spirit of the Radio”. This song epitomizes mid period Rush. The structure retains some unorthodox elements that make it extremely hard to play on guitar, but there is also a radio friendly element here. Fortunately, it does not overtake the music, and it remains “progressive” enough to suit those who enjoyed the band’s earlier material. This style does not, however, encompass the whole album. There are epics, such as the heavy, foreboding “Jacob’s Ladder” and the pinnacle of the album, the multi-sectioned “Natural Science” which deserves a paragraph of its own. I will get into that later after describing the music on a general level.

    All three members do an excellent job at expressing their technical abilities. Some of these songs are quite hard to play, be it on guitar, bass, or drums. Despite the complex chord forms and insane drum fills, the band remains impressively coherent and tight. There is not a fuck up of any kind to be found. Technicality aside, some of these melodies are downright awesome, especially the chorus of the underrated quasi-ballad “Entre Nous”. As I briefly stated in the first paragraph, the lyrics are very cerebral, being philosophical in nature and often quotable. The lyrics of “Spirit of the Radio” create an artistic interpretation of the music industry, and demonstrate a heavy degree of self-awareness, pertaining to the band’s own desire to create a more radio friendly song. Neil Peart often employs alliteration and creative structuring in his lyrics, which make them all the more interesting to read while listening to the music. The production here is also commendable. It is very artful, almost an instrument in itself.

    As for the epic closer “Natural Science”, this is one of Rush’s greatest pieces. It begins with the drawn out acoustic intro entitled “Tide Pools” before transitioning into a badass bridge section, which then gives way to a heavier riff that is very conducting to headbanging. This particular song is one of the reasons why Rush has a page here on Metal Archives.

    As for all of the Rush albums I’ve heard, I cannot find anything to criticize about Permanent Waves. I often say this and then start bitching about something, but this time, I seriously mean it. This is a perfect album.


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