Following up on Part 1 of my post, here is what the Rolling Stone Encyclopedia had to say about Rush in 1983.
It’s hilarious how much of the entry is devoted to Geddy Lee’s solo participation in the novelty song “Take Off“.
Why not talk more about the band’s musical achievements on their own albums?
The whole entry reads like a grudging acknowledgement of Rush’s album sales, with a tone of reluctance of having to recognize the facts. The compliments seem back-handed.
It strikes me as typically mean-spirited to focus on the commercial success of a tangential novelty song, rather than to describe in more detail the band’s interesting musical development and impressive album-length output.
Sigh… this entry “echoes with the sounds of salesmen” too much for my liking!