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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2003 10:28 am    Post subject: "Geek Love" article... Reply with quote

geeklove: Rush
Story: Rick Roberts of Sushirobo

My friend Eddie, at age 30, has finally hustled enough work writing music for websites and documentaries that he was able to quit his day job. I assumed he'd be proud - but instead, he's a little embarrassed. Most of the music he writes is tailored to the tastes of his clients, who usually favor the cliched and pedestrian. "Well," I said, "at least your 13-year-old self would be proud that you're making a living writing music." "Yeah, right," Eddie snorted. "My 13-year-old self thought that by now I'd be
playing bass for Ronnie James Dio."

When I was 13, I had a dream, just like Eddie: I was going to become the young second guitar player for Rush, astounding the audience with my uncanny, note-perfect renditions of Alex Lifeson's parts, freeing Alex up to concentrate on his temple blocks and Taurus pedals.

Even in these times of post-post-irony, Rush is a hard sell. I currently sing
for a lean art-punk band that owes way more to Wire and Devo than woolly 1970s bands that wrote side-long epics requiring Roman numerals in the track listings. None of my bandmates share my affection for Rush (a band they've described as "Tiny Tim does prog-rock"). I've been met with uncomfortable silence after insisting there are elements of Rush in the music of Slint, Tortoise and Fugazi. I have even gone so far as to say Alex's
fluidly textural guitar solo in "Limelight" is the closest approximation in hard
rock to John Coltrane's sheets of sound. (As punishment for making this comparison, I was denied access to the tour van CD player for days.)

At age 13, Rush offered a world utterly free of the real issue of adolescence: sex. Aside from the shamefully tight pants Alex wears on the back of 2112 and the ass crack that recurrently appears in their artwork, Rush's utopia is completely asexual. For a painfully shy boy, their music offered a safe buffer from the urges that embarrassed and overwhelmed me. While my peers groped each other to the strains of Ted Nugent's "Wang Dang Sweet Poontang," I remained a wallflower, timidly clinging to Rush's vision of a world governed by the intellect, not the body. Their excellent album Hemispheres addresses this very conflict, though the
gelded lyrics refer chastely to this theme as the contest between "Dionysus
(Love)" and "Apollo (Wisdom)."

Too awkward to even speak to a real girl without my throat drying up, I spent my early teens parsing drummer/lyricist Neil Peart's heavy-handed allegories and allusions to Ayn Rand, George Orwell and Samuel Coleridge. I ran to the dictionary to look up "didact," "panacea" and "quantum" long before I bothered to check "clitoris." Afternoons that I should have spent masturbating were spent rehearsing intricate guitar lines in 15/8 time signatures. Other boys dreamed of owning Camaros to impress chicks; I
wanted to speak French (listen to "Entre Nous" from the album Permanent Waves for an explanation).

Eventually, I had to accept my biological destiny and acknowledge one harsh, incontrovertible truth: Girls hate Rush. In my whole life I have met only one woman who expressed any fondness for their music, and I
suspect she was just being contrary to shock her punk-rock clique. As my voice deepened and my confidence grew, I learned that singing goth and new-wave hits was my inroad to meeting girls, not flawlessly aping Alex's guitar solos. Leaving the arrested boys' club of prog-rock behind, I entered a new age with a new identity. When I finally lost my virginity, it was to the sound of the Violent Femmes' first album, not "Tom Sawyer."

Now that I'm older, I've come to terms with my ugly prog-rock past. I am no longer secretive about my love for Rush, but respect that my band and my fiancee fail to grasp the greatness of Geddy Lee's voice. I leave my Rush CDs at home when I'm on tour, and when my honey is home they stay snug in their cases. But one night last week, after she fell asleep, I gave in to an urge to revisit the soundtrack of my youth. Creeping through the apartment like a horny father with his secret stash of porn, I popped
Moving Pictures into the CD player and cranked up the headphones. And it sounded fucking amazing.

Sushirobo's new The Light-Fingered Feeling Of Sushirobo is out now on Pattern 25 Records.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2003 10:33 am    Post subject: Re: "Geek Love" article... Reply with quote

Rick Roberts wrote:
My 13-year-old self thought that by now I'd be
playing bass for Ronnie James Dio."


A man after t and H's hearts! Wink

Rick Roberts wrote:
I ran to the dictionary to look up "didact," "panacea" and "quantum"


Yup, that's me! Well, it was me in my early Rush years. Very Happy

Rick Roberts wrote:
Girls hate Rush. In my whole life I have met only one woman who expressed any fondness for their music.


Shocked Where have YOU been hiding Rick?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2003 10:45 am    Post subject: Re: "Geek Love" article... Reply with quote

PV wrote:
Eventually, I had to accept my biological destiny and acknowledge one harsh, incontrovertible truth: Girls hate Rush.
I guess he's never met the right girls Wink , cuz Oh My Ged!!! Rush Rules!! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2003 12:10 pm    Post subject: Re: "Geek Love" article... Reply with quote

PV wrote:
Rick Roberts wrote:
My 13-year-old self thought that by now I'd be
playing bass for Ronnie James Dio."


A man after t and H's hearts! Wink


lol
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2003 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A man who wanted to be Dio's bassist? Can we say duh-rool? The bass is the most important instrument in Dio's band! sigh

And, wouldn't the writer of that article just die to come here and find all of us Rushchicks? Someone google him down and send him the link to By-Tor, quick!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2003 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

awip2062 wrote:
Someone google him down


Shocked Is that legal? Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2003 12:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes! Ged crackin', girl! I am not allowed to go to Google, but you go and I will ged yer back, 'kay?
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2003 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, t, I googled him good Wink and found lots of sites on him and his band but no way to contact him. I'll keep looking though!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2003 12:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most excellent, Sis! Keep at it, I am sure you will find him. And then he will be so happy to know we DO exist!
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2003 12:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

We do? Shocked DOH!

Hmm...tell him he shoulda stuck with Dio though. Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 15, 2003 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Re-read the post, H. It was his friend that wanted to be Dio's bassist. Sorry, kid.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2003 11:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That story was Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2003 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man , this dude needs a heavy dose of Rush chicks!!

Too bad his email address is not on the article, we could tell him to come here!!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2003 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hey, NPG! I "googled him down" Laughing like t suggested but not to the point where I could find contact information.

Any Rush Chicks out there feel like giving it a whirl?
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 19, 2003 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Search Engine Girl to the rescue! After a long hard minute of searching, I stumbled upon this website that when you scroll down to Rick Roberts and click on the link for his band Sushirobo, it gives you a website contact and took me to Outlook. Very Happy

This is the website URL: http://www.sil2k.org/artists.htm
This is the email address: sushirobomusic@hotmail.com

I am typing an email now!
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