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Leave That Thing Alone is a biweekly podcast where podcasting pros (from I Don't Even Own a Television) and pro-prog activists J.W. Friedman and Chris Collision laugh through the catalog of legendary Canadian power trio Rush, one album at a time, in order. We love Rush without taking them, or ourselves, too seriously.

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    • 4.5, 16 Ratings

Leave That Thing Alone is a biweekly podcast where podcasting pros (from I Don't Even Own a Television) and pro-prog activists J.W. Friedman and Chris Collision laugh through the catalog of legendary Canadian power trio Rush, one album at a time, in order. We love Rush without taking them, or ourselves, too seriously.

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4.5 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

MKeller85 ,

Thanks for the Take

This is generally a fun listen, though I have some mixed feelings about it. The hosts have a broad and impressive musical background drawing many references from other corners of the music industry for some interesting comparisons. They have a breezy rapport, likely from the familiarity bred from their other Podcast and often very funny with some interesting takes. They keep the commentary moving along at a nice pace and are fairly exhaustive in their coverage of the material album to album with a lot of clip inserts (which are really appreciated. I know what a pain that is to do...)however, there are some elements that wore on me over time. Rush has such a broad arc in their artistic development, that a person's 'entry point' into their discography often has a large impact on their views of the music. I myself, starting following Rush during their Moving Pictures/Signals/Grace Under Pressure era and those will always be some of my favorites which is not unusual. That being said, the more I explored their albums backwards to their early origins the more I appreciated each era on it's own merits, and though albums like their eponymous debut, Fly by Night and Caress of Steel did not immediately strike a chord, I came to appreciate elements of each over time. Especially the raw energy of the early recordings and the obvious musical chops on display (though, I'll admit CoS is my least favorite/played in all of their catalog as it is for many, there are always some die-hards that list it as one of their favorites.. probably based on a good 'trip' back in the day).

This podcast tends to heavily skewer anything prior to Permanent Waves apart from a few scattered tracks and I mean, they lay it on THICK. I assume most listeners will be Rush fans in general if you starting listening to this Podcast and I found it often difficult to listen to track after track being just called "God F'ing AWFUL" with the most colorful language imaginable. I would say to myself, Ok, they are coming up on one of my favorite tracks on the record, SURELY they will have to recognize the brilliance of the guitar solos on La Villa Stringiato as being some of the most epic of Rush's entire catalog. Nope... Instead described as a random collection off gibberish ideas with no cohesion, direction of inspiration... REALLY? LVS? Generally considered one of the top rated tracks of all true rush fans? How about Natural Science? I believe they said it lacked any interesting ideas, musically or lyrically and was just 'album filler', falling to the 'second side of the album' curse as they called it with the Boys mostly 'phoning it in'. Give another listen fellas, I implore you!

At time, it's clear they are not paying attention to the lyrics, missing key metaphors and taking a lot of their meaning at face value which misses a lot of the point...even on the 'Hobbity BS' as they call it...

The hosts, state again and again that they are Rush fans, but it feels like a very selective fandom and hearing all of the negatives for song after song is very imbalanced with the weight of the positives when they do come along.

I respect them for being frank with their views and not just handing out kudos they don't feel are valid, but it just feels like in a lot of cases, they are piling on with the negatives in an effort to be more entertaining/humorous as hosts and it does not feel even-handed.

That being said, it's always interesting to hear new viewpoints and Hey.. you get to hear Rush clips from every recording on every record and you can always go back and remind yourself why you like something, even if they don't...so I appreciate all of the passion guys and hope you keep at it. I am willing to bet that repeated listens to some of the newer material (if you ever get there) might win you over to some tracks that might not have jibed with you on your first listen.(Between the Wheels is my personal favorite on Grace Under Pressure..MAN, that growling guitar sounds great live and the chorus REALLY jumps)...I personally believe that Rush's last three studio albums after their hiatus is some of the strongest material in their catalog benefitting from all of their collected experience in playing and song-writing. Cheers!

aWHOfan ,

What this song needs is more Reggae.

Both guys really like Rush but are willing to say what Rush fans wont say. Some of the Rush songs are not well done. La Villa Starngiato is the best Rush song. If you are willing to listen to their reasons you will agree sometimes. This is very funny music podcast. 2018

Craig Bayfield ,

Guys who "get" Rush

Beautiful banter about best band, I wasn't fully sold until the Ray Daniels trivia got broken out. Then I knew this was worth the full ride even if my personal tastes don't mesh with the hosts.

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