Songs Rush Could Have Made Much Better And Been More Mainstream

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Anna Woriboutchu

January 06, 2021, 02:45:16 am Last Edit: January 06, 2021, 02:51:42 am by Anna Woriboutchu
I was listening to some 80's and other eras pop stuff the other day, and it made me think about Feedback and how well they performed that material. The song that stood out for me was E=MC2 by Big Audio Dynamite. It's very wordy and I think that with a heavier groove and higher register rock vocal it would be a contender for Rush treatment. There are loads of other covers that I wish I could have heard them play but I respect that they were never that kind of band. It's just a continuation of my obsessional interest. I'd love to hear anyone else's suggestions for stuff they could have killed.

Gandalf

Rush certainly had the ability to play killer covers, but not the desire.
If Rush had been more mainstream, they wouldn't have appealed to the rebellious me back in the 70's, and I would have missed out on over 40 years of fabulous music. I'm more than happy to move on with no regrets.
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captainkurtz

Would they have wanted to have become more mainstream?  And more recognisable to Joe public?  Doubt it.  They reached an admirable level of success - and even more impressively managed to sustain that for 4 decades.

Plus, you know, 'Feedback'.
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Anna Woriboutchu

I've probably phrased the question inaccurately. I wouldn't ever wish Rush had had any different a career. For me they were approaching the status of perfect band. The thread was supposed to be in the realms of fantasy and in that situation, with songs, music that we have experienced throughout the years, what would or could Rush have done to it and how different it may have sounded. I'm not suggesting they should have been more Kate Perry and I like that they were never mainstream. That was a large part of the appeal for me. For obvious reasons there's not much conversation about the band on here these days and I thought it might be a distraction from Brexit and Coronavirus. I think Feedback is ok but I've always wished I could have picked the songs they put on it.

Matt2112

Fascinating thought experiment which I've pondered briefly before.

Obviously if I could choose the track-listing of another Feedback-esque album they'd tend more toward the "radio-friendly" spectrum.

Maybe what might "translate" well would be chart singles by the likes of Journey, Marillion, stuff like that..?

In a parallel universe, I can imagine that song Shut Up And Dance by Walk The Moon which was ubiquitous a couple of years ago being something our boys could have done.  Albeit it would have had several dozen more drum fills.
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Bisto

No Quarter...the Song Remains the Same version, but only with Geds 70's vocal chords and Peart's late 70's to mid 80's drumming.
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Anna Woriboutchu

Quote from: Matt2112 on January 06, 2021, 23:59:30 pmFascinating thought experiment which I've pondered briefly before.

Obviously if I could choose the track-listing of another Feedback-esque album they'd tend more toward the "radio-friendly" spectrum.

Maybe what might "translate" well would be chart singles by the likes of Journey, Marillion, stuff like that..?

In a parallel universe, I can imagine that song Shut Up And Dance by Walk The Moon which was ubiquitous a couple of years ago being something our boys could have done.  Albeit it would have had several dozen more drum fills.
That's the idea, a singer with a big nose, mini-mullet, and a suitably cringeworthy Time Stand Still-esque video. Maybe Geddy chanting "I kissed a girl and I liked it" seems less unreasonable. Next. Please?

Jonners

I would argue that they didnt actually make a great job of Feedback, and ended up removing most of the charm, originality and individuality of the originals and botched them up royally. 

So saying, I would have taken some more covers over the last 3 albums any day of the week.

In the spirit of the thread though, what would I have liked to hear them cover?

Crusader by Saxon ( iassume they arent massive saxon fans, but I like the song)
Cars by Tubeway Army/Gary Viagra
Symptom of the Universe-Sabbath. Always thought Alex was crying out to play something chunky and riffy
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DavidL

Quote from: Jonners on January 07, 2021, 11:13:59 amCrusader by Saxon ( iassume they arent massive saxon fans, but I like the song)
Big Teaser would be a better choice  ;D

Slim

Quote from: Anna Woriboutchu on January 07, 2021, 03:53:32 amThat's the idea, a singer with a big nose, mini-mullet, and a suitably cringeworthy Time Stand Still-esque video. Maybe Geddy chanting "I kissed a girl and I liked it" seems less unreasonable. Next. Please?
Nice idea. Katy Perry's band used to play a brief excerpt from Cygnus X-1 back in the day so it would have been nice if the favour could have been returned.
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snodes

I've always thought Cyndi Lauper's Time After Time has quite a Signals era feel to it. Not a rocker, but could hear them doing it.
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