Rush in Google Music Timeline as Progressive Band
According to Google, the seven Rush albums people have in their Google Play Music libraries are Moving Picture, Exit . . . Stage Left, Signals, Hold Your Fire, Different Stages, Snakes and Arrows, and the deluxe edition of 2112.
The list s part of a research project in which Google sifts its Google Play Music data to create a visualization of the change in musical genres over time. Jazz is huge in the 1950s and 1960s, then is swamped by rock, which then shares space with pop and folk, and which then shares space with metal and alternative, and so on.
When you search progressive rock, Jethro Tull and Genesis are dominant early on; Rush is represented at the roughly 1985 mark, which I suppose means thre band had peaked around then.
When you search “Rush,” anything with “Rush” in its name comes up, and the dominant result is Neil Young’s “After the Gold Rush,” which makes sense, since that was such a monster album when it came out. Rush gets its own little blip in the late 1990s. I don’t get that, but that’s an algorithm for you!
It’s an interesting, if imperfect, exercise, not least because it’s limited to the preferences of people who use their Google Play Music account. But it clarifies how badly Jethro Tull needs to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Now that Rush is in there, it’s time for the citadel to open its doors to certainly one of the most inventive bands ever. True, Jethro Tull has a bit of a Yes problem in that it has a lot of band members to get up on stage. But I’m sure they can work that out.
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Thanks to RushIsABand for the head’s up.