We said when we started this project, that we would make this as interactive a list as possible. In our first year, we narrowed down all the great bands available to two: Kraftwerk and Rush, in which we eventually went Germany over Canada. Although, we did receive more support than we thought we would for Kraftwerk at number one, there was more overall positive votes for Rush, and thus we are officially trading in the German brew and bratwurst for Molson and back bacon, and we present Rush as our top selection for a sophmore edition of the Rock and Roll list.
To their legions of fans, Rush could be the quintessential definition of Progressive Rock.
Through periods of Blues infused Rock, futuristic concept albums, the use of the synthesizer in the 80’s and Alternative Rock, Rush has been able to successfully borrow from multiple styles yet still remain a hard driving Rock band.
Any publication that ranks the individual talents of musicians will almost certainly have members of Rush (especially their drummer, Neil Peart
) listed in it.
With over thirty years of respected albums, the lack of a perceived down period and still continuous air play on Classic Rock stations, it seems unfathomable that they have not yet received a nomination for the Hall.
For the NIHOF committee, Rush was a source of constant debate and came closer to dethroning Kraftwerk as our #1 choice than anyone else for Last Year's Rock and Roll edition. Based on the large amount of discussion forums berating the Hall’s omission of Rush on the internet, we expect to hear a lot of support for them as well. With Genesis entering in the class of 2010, could Rush be the Progressive Rock band to break the Hall’s glass ceiling for the genre?
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Why They Will Get In:
The backing they have for induction is solid and their musical skills can not be questioned.
Why They Won’t Get In:
Progressive Rock bands have been largely ignored by the Hall, and there is no evidence to suggest this will change.
Fly By Night (1975)
A Farewell to Kings (1977)
Moving Pictures (1981)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Working Man (From Rush, 1974)
2112 (From 2112, 1976)
Closer to the Heart (From A Farewell to Kings, 1977)
Tom Sawyer (From Moving Pictures, 1981)
Distant Early Warning (From Grace Under Pressure, 1984)