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Motorpsycho and Rush

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  • Started 5 months ago by Punj Lizard
  • Latest reply from Lorentz


  1. bionaut

    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.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  2. Punj Lizard

    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.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  3. supernaut

    Innersfree bell at around 1:25 reminds me of the opening bells of Cygnus X-1.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  4. Lorentz

    If I may add…

    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 “Rush and Rainbow” as a part of their common musical fundament.

    Fortunately, the very early 80’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 town’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 story…

    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 “2112” to the phenomenal live album “Exit…Stage Left” 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.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  5. supernaut

    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.

    Posted 4 months ago #
  6. Lorentz

    Bob Moog – The One and Only

    Thank you for pointing out the Taurus thing. HMR’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 orchestra’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 “Xanadu” and “Jacobs Ladder” from the legendary live album Exit … 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 “Un chien d'espace” would have seen the day of light in the way it did without having “Xanadu” 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 HMR’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 on

    Posted 4 months ago #
  7. Lorentz


    Gene Simmons elaborating over Kiss touring USA along with Rush in 1975

    Posted 4 months ago #

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