Great Rock Albums of 1982: Rush- Signals


Rush’s 1982 album “Signals” is almost another album in that year that escaped my attention. Fortunately, there was somebody in my platoon who was a huge Rush fan so thanks to him, I got to listen to this album. My first reaction to “Signals” was that it wasn’t as hard rock as some of the songs on their previous “Moving Pictures” album but it was an enjoyable album nonetheless.

In the eyes of many, “Signals” marked the beginning of Rush’s turn towards more synthesizer oriented music. While I won’t dispute that belief, I can say that some of the old Rush is still present in some of the songs. You just have to listen carefully. Alex Leifson’s guitar is definitely there underneath the keyboards of Geddy Lee. Β Together, they make a definite statement for progressive rock not long before it gave way to more synth pop later in the 80s were quality musicianship wouldn’t count for much. What is good is that every song on this album follows along in this formula although I can say that Liefson does hammer out great guitar solos on tracks 2, 3 and 4. That’s probably why those songs stand out for me even though it was “Subdivisions” and “New World Man” that got the most radio airplay at the time. Those two songs probably deserved it anyway. If I were to compare this album to anything, it would be the second side of the “Moving Pictures” album and that’s definitely a good thing.

Track Listing:

1. Subdivisions

2. The Analogue Kid

3. Chemistry

4. Digital Man

5. The Weapon

6. New World Man

7. Losing It

8. Countdown



Geddy Lee- vocals, bass, keyboards, Moog Taurus pedals

Alex Liefson- guitars, Moog Taurus pedals

Neil Peart- drums, percussion

Whether or not you liked Rush or thought they sold out during what was now commonly called, “their synthesizer period,” you can’t fault this album. “Signals” in my mind, will always be considered a great progressive rock album.

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22 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of 1982: Rush- Signals”

  1. I never got this album. I got everything until Moving Pictures, and a few live DVDs. At the time I was getting into them (2005ish) the internet acted as if everything after Moving Pictures was garbage.
    Nowadays everybody seems to be saying this one was awesome too. I must get around to buying this some time.

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    • Can’t believe everything the internet tells you. I never went off them after “Moving Pictures” just didn’t listen to their later stuff as much. This album is a good one, maybe not awesome but solid for sure.


  2. I think this might be my favorite Rush album. This or Grace Under Pressure. I’m definitely an 80s Rush guy.


  3. Not only my favorite Rush album, it’s one of my 3 favorite albums made by anyone ever.

    Not a wasted note imo.


  4. I remember buying all the twelve inch singles that came from this album. At that moment in time we would have bought broken biscuits if they had Rush’s name on them. We couldn’t get enough of them. Analogue Kid is still one of my favourite Rush songs.

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  5. My position as a Rush hater is well documened on my blog … But! Subdivions is a song that I will secretly turn up and may even sreech along for a couple lines. πŸ™‚

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  6. *documented – see what a little Rush-love is doing to me :/


  7. Kudos to you 80’s Metal man on covering another Canadian band. I remember hearing Rush as a little girl before the synthesizer era. Their sound was pure and at the same time hard driven. Listening to Movie Pictures over and over as I had a brother who was a big fan, made me break out in air guitar motions. Geddy Lee’s distinctable vocals has always entertained me in rock and roll era and wanting more. 😊🎢


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