October 31, 2018 at 17:06 #33747bionautParticipant
Hi Harry, He went to the local record store and found a used copy of 'Heavy Metal Fruit'. I was amazed, because MP vinyl is not often seen in the USA.November 1, 2018 at 14:36 #33748Quote:I asked a music writer friend of mine to listen to MP and tell me what he heard. He said, "like Yes at their peak doing their best attempt at Live/Dead."
That's pretty bloody funny. :lol:November 2, 2018 at 02:17 #33749
Innersfree bell at around 1:25 reminds me of the opening bells of Cygnus X-1.November 2, 2018 at 16:17 #33750
If I may addâ€¦
At the opening session related to the Motorpsycho exhibition at Rockheim a few years ago, it was this live interview with Bent and HMR. Looking back to the times they met, Bent stated â€œRush and Rainbowâ€ as a part of their common musical fundament.
Fortunately, the very early 80â€™s was characterized by a myriad of bands within the small community where the boys originated. Mostly within punk/folk/blues. However, it was this band from Steinkjer named Time. Of course it was a power/prog trio with the townâ€™s most gifted drummer treating the gear. Rumors were told that Terry Brown might be producing their debut album – The rise and fall of Time is a very short storyâ€¦
Point is that a lot of music heads within the community were great Rush fans at that time. So there were a reasonable number of people out there guiding you in the right direction as a youngster with ears tuned to rock music. For most of us this passion relates to the albums Rush did from â€œ2112â€ to the phenomenal live album â€œExitâ€¦Stage Leftâ€ which basically concludes the golden ages. From a musical point of view, those albums opened the doors to what among others Crimson, Yes and Genesis etc could offer for further investigations
Needless to say probably, but common to Rush fans is the fascination to what only three guys were able to output of tight, complex and great music (especially live) with all this energy. All this performed by world-class musicians. The Geddy Lee simultaneous pedaling, bass play and vocals did really set the benchmark of what could be a physical possibility as a performing rock artist. So the greatest impact Rush had to Motorpsycho is may be the band format rather than a distinct musical footprint (The boys can be seen in concerts nowadays wearing double-necked guitars, Taurus pedals, Mellotrons etc etc)
When HMR found his beloved and legendary Moog Taurus MkII bass pedal machine in 1991 (still in use today), the course was more or less set.November 3, 2018 at 10:43 #33751
The mighty Taurus! I've never been aware of its existence until hearing it live in 1997. I've seen the boys before but maybe due to those early clubs the Taurus didn't have quite the impact… But that 97 show was full on Moog assault. So I went hunting and got me the MkI a couple of years later. Playing live while the Taurus' first big show moment is getting closer and closer and then you step on the low C (hopefully), that's just sheer joy.November 6, 2018 at 08:01 #33752
Bob Moog â€“ The One and Only
Thank you for pointing out the Taurus thing. HMRâ€™s Taurus has been around almost since the start of the band. It is probably the single piece of equipment with the longest life-span within the band. It is not a coincidence, and The Mighty Taurus is generating one of the most significant signatures to the band. It is clearly a part of the orchestraâ€™s sound characteristics already on Soothe, and The Taurus plays an even more prominent role on Demon Box.
The link to Rush is in The Taurus perspective evident. Listening to tracks like â€œXanaduâ€ and â€œJacobs Ladderâ€ from the legendary live album Exit â€¦ Stage Left, 1981, gives the clear vision on how a small line-up can cover the full frequency range. Those songs move you even today. I just wonder if a track like â€œUn chien d'espaceâ€ would have seen the day of light in the way it did without having â€œXanaduâ€ as a part of bands education.
Keep in mind that the extensive use of Mini Moog that was characterizing this period of rock music (extensively used by Rush/Rainbow and many others) never became a fundamental tool for MP.
Regarding live performances, I believe that BS is also adding to the deeper sound levels utilizing the newer Taurus Mk3. To my opinion, nothing is kicking ass like a MK1/Mk2. Thanks to Dr. Tos Nieuwenhuizen, the HMRâ€™s old Mk2 is in full service after all those years despite the logistical challenges to keep this unique machine operational. For instance, just try to imagine the contribution of The Taurus at the massive end part of STG.
Sail onNovember 6, 2018 at 08:23 #33753June 2, 2019 at 00:05 #33754bionautParticipant
OK, I submit. I hear Rush influences in Motorpsycho. In fact, I am laughing after hearing Bent, I think, impersonate Geddy Lee after playing 'The Cuckoo' in London from the just-ending Crucible tour. "Now, we'd like to play side one from our recent album 'Hemispheres'. That was really funny!June 2, 2019 at 15:38 #33755
I'd say Bent is even sporting a 1977 Geddyish 'do at the moment…. :mrgreen:January 11, 2020 at 16:40 #33756
RIP Neil.January 11, 2020 at 18:15 #33757suntripperParticipant
Seconded. Clearly a very talented drummer (if a little flashy for my tastes). The three members of Rush have dealt with the situation over the last three or four years with dignity. Have to say, though, and I'm probably slow on the uptake here, I've only just discovered his lyrics were influenced by Ayn Rand. Not so cool. Nevertheless, RIP.January 11, 2020 at 20:15 #33758
We had some heated discussion about the Ayn Rand influences earlier in this thread. Neil later dropped his support for Rand's politics.January 11, 2020 at 21:00 #33759suntripperParticipant
Yeah, I had a look back. Didn't realize what I'd stepped into there! Interesting he dropped Rand. I'll have to see if I can find out why.January 14, 2020 at 15:25 #33760
I assume (well I think I also read so somewhere) he dropped Rand due to getting older, wiser, his travels and seeing the world as it is. Real experience took over from (post)adolescent reading. So there… live to learn and change. I respect that.January 21, 2020 at 11:05 #33761Quote:I assume (well I think I also read so somewhere) he dropped Rand due to getting older, wiser, his travels and seeing the world as it is. Real experience took over from (post)adolescent reading. So there… live to learn and change. I respect that.
"assume"… "think I also read somewhere"… blah blah. "live to learn and change. I respect that." Wow! You're so generous to respect that. Still and again: The usual patronising, stuck up, self-righteous snobbery.
To refuse Rand and her ideas means for you to be mature, wise (hahaha, that's a good one), an intellectual supreme cosmopolitan. What an exceptionally blunt kind of self-righteousness!
In the logical reverse you identify Rand and people accepting or following her ideas as immature, unwise, that they never travel, are too stupid to "seeing the world as it is".
Who the hell you think you are? Again you show a dismissive manure, intolerance and antipathy against everyone that seems not to share exactly your ideology. What is this, if not immature, encapsulated and unwise?
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