Rush have released a new “conceptual music video” for The Spirit Of Radio – the opening track to 1980’s Permanent Waves. The video celebrates the histories of both FM radio and the band, while also serving as a tribute to late drummer Neil Peart, who passed away in January this year from brain cancer. See the video above.
Speaking about the song during an interview for Jim Ladd’s Innerview in 1980, Peart remarked: “Actually, The Spirit Of Radio could be called ‘The Spirit Of Music’, because it has as much to say to musicians, or more, than it has to say to radio stations.”
The song borrowed its name from a Toronto radio station – which featured “the spirit of radio” as its slogan. Peart continued: “That particular song was written about a radio station that is the paradigm. It’s called CFNY-FM, and it’s in Toronto. And they are still what FM radio was fifteen years ago.”
“So, I listen to it constantly when I’m at home, and it represents something, maybe the precious, last stronghold of something.”
Earlier this year, Rush marked the 40th anniversary of Permanent Waves with the release of a special Super Deluxe reissue. It contained previously unreleased live recordings and photographs, as well as a host of Rush memorabilia ranging from official tour program replicas to reproductions of Neil Peart’s handwritten lyrics sheets for The Spirit Of Radio, Entre Nous and Natural Science.
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