Rush Fans Create a Postmodern Moment Around Clockwork Angels

So, along the lines of dusty scholastic scholars arguing over how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, we have Rush fans arguing over whether Clockwork Angels, an album that isn’t out yet, is worthy of five stars or only one star on Amazon.

As of today, March 28, three Rush scholastics who have peered into the future have awarded Clockwork Angels the maximum five stars, and a fourth, who apparently didn’t care for what he saw, gave it a lowly one star.

“Where’s the option for zero stars?” says the far-seeing King Troll on the Amazon Clockwork Angels page. “Man, this sucks more than an Atomic powered vacuum cleaner. Sadder still to watch it die / Than never to have known it / For you Rush the once mighty three / The bell tolls for thee . . . ”

As you would expect, many scholastic defenders of orthodoxy were quick to point out the flawed dialectical reasoning in the scholastic’s work and pronounced his conclusion worthless.

“I can’t figure out what the point of your ignorant, misbegotten little rant is supposed to be,” says Greg. “I guess maybe you are just trying to troll, as your name states clearly, but this strikes me as petty vandalism that doesn’t make you look clever or edgy or provocative, but tiny and mean.”

Although the album is yet to be released, it’s not entirely based on mysticism that scholastics can interpret the worthiness of Clockwork Angels, since there have in fact been two early releases from the album, which allows scholastics in the tradition of Thomas Aquinas to make inferences about the whole. And on the basis of those two pieces, one scholastic pronounced the upcoming work to be worth waiting for.

“From the sense that ‘Caravan’ and ‘BU2B’ provided when released nearly two years ago . . . if the rest of this album takes the lead from these two songs . . . this album is really going to be a career highlight for the boys from Toronto,” says Da Starman. “I, along with the rest of the Rush-fan nation, eagerly await this album!! May 29 cannot get here soon enough!!!”

But why even wait? Thanks to the mysterious workings of Amazon’s rating system, already the album is ranked #58,934 among top albums on the site, which is nothing short of a miracle for an album that can’t even be pre-ordered yet.

Well, at least we know what the album is going to look like, because for the past two years websites and blogs have been passing around a heavenly looking clock-image graphic. Even Wikipedia has the imagery on its site, so it must be the true and official graphic of the album, notwithstanding rumors that it’s a fan-generated image.

We even have a not-yet completed novel about the album, by Kevin J. Anderson, available for pre-order, but that’s not to be confused with the album itself, which isn’t yet available for pre-order but is available for taking e-mail addresses to be alerted when it is available for pre-order.

So, we can take comfort in knowing the scholarly exegesis of the Rush scholastics continues. We know what the album looks like, what it’s ranked on Amazon, what its average consumer score is (4), and that it has a companion novel that we can read soon. Oh, and we’ve heard about another single that’s about to be released, “Headlong Flight,” that includes an extended Alex ’74-’77-era solo and by one account sounds like an updated “By-Tor and the Snow Dog.” (Rush is a Band reader DJ_Carter describes the piece in its entirety here.) At this point, is the album even necessary?

As you might expect in today’s postmodernist world, where the simulacrum and the real are one and the same, the answer is no, why have an album when you can get all the feedback on it and everything else you want without it?—Rob Freedman, Rush Vault

More on the album.

More on the novel.

UPDATE: Access list of Clockwork Angels tour dates.

UPDATE: Album release is June 12 and will have orchestra backing.

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~ by rvkeeper on March 28, 2012.

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