Rush have shared a new “conceptual music video” for the band’s Permanent Waves standout “The Spirit of Radio.”
The animated video serves as both a tribute to the FM radio format — the song was inspired by Toronto’s CFNY-FM, whose slogan was “the spirit of radio — as well as the band’s legacy; the spread of the FM signal is juxtaposed alongside Rush’s own rise in the video.
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The new video for “The Spirit of Radio,” one of Rush’s most essential songs, also serves as a tribute to the band’s late drummer Neil Peart, who died in January following a brain cancer battle.
”The Spirit of Radio’ could be called ‘The Spirit of Music,’” Peart said in 1980. “That particular song was written about a radio station that is a paragon; it’s called CFNY-FM and it’s in Toronto. And they are still what FM radio was 15 years ago. So I listen to it constantly when I’m home, and it represents something, maybe the precious last stronghold of something.”
Rush recently marked the 40th anniversary of Permanent Waves with a new reissue featuring previously unreleased live material from 1980.
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