New World Man by Rush (live video from the Grace Under Pressure tour) is a progressive rock song. Rushs only American Top 40 hit (#21 on Billboard Oct and Nov 1982). Also reached number one on the Mainstream Rock Tracks Chart for two weeks.
Commentary: Geddy Lee (from Success Under Pressure): It wouldnt have been on the record if we didnt have four minutes space available. We tend to have pretty strict ideas on how long an album should be and basically its just a matter of value. Our shortest albums are about 18 minutes a side and thats a pretty good value. I couldnt see us going below that; it doesnt make sense to me. But, at the same time, were now recording digitally and so we do have certain considerations as to how the whole things going to sound when you cut it. There, youre dealing with quality, which is again down to value for money. I think what it really boiled down to was that wed worked so hard getting all these slick sounds that we were all in the mood to put something down that was real spontaneous. In the end, the whole song took one day to write and record. Its good to put something together like that.
Neil Peart (from Stories From Signals, Signals Tourbook): Writing it in one day and recording it the next! We wanted to capture a spontaneous, relaxed feel for this one, not even spending much time getting the sounds together. Thus, it could stand in contrast to the rest of the album, being much more raw and live in its effect. Two days is very close to a record for us to write and record a song.
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