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“The Spirit of Radio” by Rush

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    “The Spirit of Radio” by Rush is a classic rock song.

    Song Title: The Spirit of Radio
    Artist: Rush
    Album: Permanent Waves
    Genre: classic rock, progressive rock, hard rock, Canada
    Composer: Copyright © 1979 Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
    Lead Vocals: Geddy Lee
    Guitar: Alex Lifeson
    Bass Guitar: Geddy Lee
    Drums: Neil Peart
    Producer: Rush and Terry Brown
    Recorded: 1979, Le Studio, Quebec, Canada
    Released: 1 January 1980
    Label: Mercury Records
    Number of listens: 15708
    Current rank: 274 (updated weekly)
    Highest rank: 180 (play the video all the way through to register a vote for this song)

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    Summary quotation from Wikipedia:

    “The Spirit of Radio” is a song released in 1980 by Canadian rock band Rush from their album Permanent Waves. The song’s name was inspired by Toronto radio station CFNY’s slogan. The song was significant in the growing popularity of the band. It is also the first song of the 1980s, since Permanent Waves was released on January 1, 1980, and being the opening track on the album. The band had grazed the UK Top 40 two years earlier with “Closer to the Heart”, but when issued as a single in March 1980, “The Spirit of Radio” soon reached number 13 on the UK singles chart. It remains their biggest UK hit to date (the 7" single was a 3:00 edited version which has never appeared on CD to date). “The Spirit of Radio” was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll, Rush’s only such entry. The song was among five Rush songs inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on March 28, 2010.

    The final lines of the song (“For the words of the profits were written on the studio wall…/Concert hall/And echoes with the sounds of salesmen”) are an allusion to the famous final lyrics from the Simon and Garfunkel classic “The Sound of Silence”: “…the words of the prophets/Are written on the subway walls/And tenement halls/And whispered in the sounds of silence.”

    The album version includes the sound of a cheering crowd just after Lee sings “concert hall.” It has since become a tradition in live shows for the arena lights to come up at this point and the audience to cheer, mimicking the effect.

    On performances during the 1981 tour, the line “one likes to believe in the freedom of music” was changed to “one likes to believe in the freedom of baseball” as a commentary on the 1981 Major League Baseball Players Association strike. Geddy Lee still occasionally drops this change into the song when performing live.

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