You Can’t Fight It: Background

B-side original piece on the band’s first professional recording, in 1973, at Eastern Sound Studio in Toronto, David Stock producing. The A side featured a cover of Buddy Holly’s classic “Not Fade Away.”

“‘You Can’t Fight It’ actually figures prominently as Rush’s first original recording . . . on what is now a very collectible seven-inch single on the band’s own Moon Records.”—Martin Popoff, Contents Under Pressure

“Geddy and John Rutsey wrote this one. I think it came about in 1971. It was a fun tune to play, especially in the bars late at night. We would never play it early in our show; we’d always do it in the second set or the last set, when everybody was feeling pretty spirited, in both senses of the word. I think the reason [we picked it for the first single] was because it was short. You had to be under three minutes to get on the radio in 1973, and ‘You Can’t Fight It’ fit. Like ‘Not Fade Away,’ I thought this recording was a little tame. I thought so then, and I’ve always thought so. But it’s what we did at the time. It was supposed to be on our first album, but we dropped it. I think we took off three or four songs that were going to be on the album.”—Alex on MusicRadar

“The B-side showed . . . the band as it sounded at the time and through the first album. Once the single was completed, Rush manager Ray Danniels took it around to just about every record company in Canada. But nobody would listen to it. In the early 1970s, few Canadian artists got record deals and those that did generally had a softer sound [and who were better looking, as former Casablanca Records rep Larry Harris says in his book] . . . The best offer Ray received was from London Records, who told him they wouldn’t sign the band but that if he formed his own label they would distribute the single. So for the cost of $400 and getting a record company logo made up and registering the company, Rush became a band with a single to their credit. The disc, featuring a Moon Records label, sold a few copies in Toronto, but received no airplay. Ray and Vic Wilson (who formed SRO Productions, an artist management company, with Ray) thought the single would pave the way for a major record deal. They were wrong.”—Bill Banasiewicz, Rush Visions

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~ by rvkeeper on January 11, 2011.

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