The 40th anniversary of Canadian rock heroes Rush’s Permanent Waves album is being marked with the premiere of a new official conceptual video for one of their trademark tracks from the set, ‘The Spirit of Radio.’
Reflecting the song, the clip offers nostalgic acknowledgement of the magic and spirit of the FM radio format. It celebrates the role played by pioneering disc jockeys in bringing music into people’s homes. It’s also an affectionate nod towards the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees’ much-loved drummer Neil Peart, who died in January at the age of 67.
‘The Spirit of Radio’ was the first single from the Permanent Waves album, the seventh studio set by Rush. The LP, which signalled a new direction for the Canadian band, went on to reach No. 4 in the US, and was certified platinum both there and in Canada. The album reached No. 3 in the UK, going gold.
One of the “songs that shaped rock and roll”
‘The Spirit of Radio’ was named one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. It provided Rush with a major breakthrough into the international singles market, reaching No. 13 in the UK. It peaked at No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was among the five Rush songs inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010. Their other tracks to be so recognised were ‘Limelight,’ ‘Closer to the Heart,’ ‘Tom Sawyer’ and ‘Subdivisions.’
UMe/Mercury/Anthem recently released an expanded edition of Permanent Waves. It’s available in four distinct configurations, including the Super Deluxe Edition, a two-CD Deluxe Edition, a three-LP Deluxe Edition and a Deluxe Digital Edition.
The new video for ‘The Spirit Of Radio’ also celebrates a significant anniversary in the history of broadcasting itself. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the first entertainment radio broadcast from the XWA studio in Montreal, and the first licensed broadcasting station in the United States.
The 40th anniversary edition of Permanent Waves can be bought here.