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September 12, 2008 11:21 AM   Subscribe

(Happy birthday, Neil) Did you enjoy VH1's rockin' Passover special, "Matzo and Metal?" How about "Matzo and Metal II: Back to the Desert?" Then you're going to love "RUSH HASHANAH!!!!1!1!!"

As the Rolling Stone article points out, the title is not just an excrutiating pun, or an excuse for a 24 hour Rush marathon. Challah Fame member Geddy Lee is also a child of Holocaust Survivors.
posted by ericbop (42 comments total) 5 users marked this as a favorite

 
Mah nishtanah haProgRock hazot?
posted by felix betachat at 11:29 AM on September 12, 2008 [4 favorites]


After that challah fame pun, matzoh is no longer the bread of our affliction.
posted by Astro Zombie at 11:36 AM on September 12, 2008 [4 favorites]


Okay, I'll have to re-subscribe to cable now.

This has been the weirdest year ever for Rush fans, methinks. :) :) :)
posted by chihiro at 11:39 AM on September 12, 2008


Even if Geddy Lee is the child of Holocaust Survivors, Challah Fame is still an excruciating pun.
posted by proj at 11:44 AM on September 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


ericbop: "As the Rolling Stone article points out, the title is not just an excrutiating pun, or an excuse for a 24 hour Rush marathon."

Just count your blessings. "Hashanah" (השנה‎) means "the year". It could be a 8760-hour Rush marathon if they were feeling extra literal.
posted by Plutor at 11:48 AM on September 12, 2008


I hear you can do a lot in a lifetime, if you don't burn out too fast.
posted by Wolfdog at 11:53 AM on September 12, 2008 [3 favorites]


It could be a 8760-hour Rush marathon if they were feeling extra literal.

1493-hour drum solo!

As opposed to the usual 948-hour ones.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:57 AM on September 12, 2008 [2 favorites]


... RIGHT YOU LOT.

I'm going to have my name changed for this marathon. I'm going to be named "Excitement", and I'll sneak backstage and ambush the band.

But the lead singer won't mind, he'll be happy; thrilled even .

In fact, he'll be Geddy with Excitement.
posted by boo_radley at 11:57 AM on September 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


We are the priests.
posted by swift at 12:09 PM on September 12, 2008


In fact, he'll be Geddy with Excitement.

boo_radley, you are now my hero.
posted by cimbrog at 12:20 PM on September 12, 2008


We are the plumbers of Syrinx.
posted by turbodog at 12:27 PM on September 12, 2008


Also, a round of beers on me for anyone who can make a pun on Živojinović.
posted by turbodog at 12:29 PM on September 12, 2008


"What about the voice of Geddy Lee? How did it get so high? I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy?"
posted by porn in the woods at 12:44 PM on September 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


My neighbor spent 20 years working for Rush. According to him, Geddy's a gentleman and all around nice guy.
posted by davebush at 12:46 PM on September 12, 2008


A link to Red Sector A, their song about prison camp, seems appropriate here.
posted by LordSludge at 12:50 PM on September 12, 2008


Also, a round of beers on me for anyone who can make a pun on Živojinović.

Not on your life, son.
posted by The Tensor at 12:51 PM on September 12, 2008 [2 favorites]


Živojinović
Živojinović
Živojinović
Živojinović
Živojinović
Živojinović
Živojinović
Živojinović
In the jungle
The quiet jungle
The Lifeson sleeps tonight
posted by Snyder at 1:00 PM on September 12, 2008 [5 favorites]


Either Geddy Lee and Howard Stern are the same person or they're twins sons from different mothers.
posted by The Gooch at 1:11 PM on September 12, 2008


Supposedly, Gary "Geddy Lee" Liebowitz got the nickname Geddy, because his bubbe couldn't pronounce the R in Gary.
posted by jonp72 at 1:15 PM on September 12, 2008


Either Geddy Lee and Howard Stern are the same person or they're twins sons from different mothers.

Now that you mention it, all Jews do look alike! OMG!!!111!!1bunchofones

Howard Stern, as it happens, is a good three feet taller than Geddy Lee. They're not exactly identical voice twins, either.
posted by Sys Rq at 1:40 PM on September 12, 2008


Wow. Red Sector A was never exactly "easy listening", but knowing the Holocaust Survivors thing kind of kicks that up a notch.
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 1:55 PM on September 12, 2008


Shouldn't that be a 2112-hour drum solo?

...

Just sayin'. :D
posted by metrocake at 1:58 PM on September 12, 2008


"What about the voice of Geddy Lee? How did it get so high? I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy?"


I know him, and he does
posted by askmehow at 2:46 PM on September 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


Really? How do you know Geddy?
posted by Wolfdog at 2:53 PM on September 12, 2008 [1 favorite]


askmehow just happens to be porn in the woods' fact-checkin' cuz.
posted by koeselitz at 3:00 PM on September 12, 2008


*
posted by koeselitz at 3:02 PM on September 12, 2008


Živojinović

Are we not men? we are zivo


"Don't feed me no Ćevapčići
don't want no Karađorđeva šnicla
I want a Živojinović meal."
posted by boo_radley at 3:03 PM on September 12, 2008


For anybody still wondering about the "5873" thing.

Took me a WHILE...
posted by LordSludge at 3:07 PM on September 12, 2008


Challah Fame is still an excruciating pun.

Oh yeah? How 'bout Dropping the Baum?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 3:47 PM on September 12, 2008


I don't know, I just feel like I gotta say something in this thread. I was nuts about these guys in high school, probably saw them about six times around the Permanent Waves and Moving Pictures period. I really haven't kept up with them, some of their '90s stuff sounds (just reading about it, not hearing it) intriguing. Good to see the Colbert video and even better to see they can still deliver.
posted by marxchivist at 3:49 PM on September 12, 2008


Matzo & Metal 2: Back to the Desert sounds compelling. Where can I watch it?
posted by LSK at 4:52 PM on September 12, 2008


"What about the voice of Geddy Lee? How did it get so high? I wonder if he speaks like an ordinary guy?"

You can hear it at the beginning of "Take Off" by Bob & Doug McKenzie. Aside from a mild Canuck accent, he sounds normal. He also proves he has a sense of humor.
posted by jonmc at 5:15 PM on September 12, 2008


...and all these bad puns are tearing me a-peart.
posted by jonmc at 5:17 PM on September 12, 2008


Entre Nu?
posted by thrakintosh at 5:42 PM on September 12, 2008 [2 favorites]


Aside from a mild Canuck accent, he sounds normal.

Oh, please, jonmc, you're better than that.
posted by Turtles all the way down at 6:47 PM on September 12, 2008


Dude, I didn't realize 'Canuck' was that serious a slur. In Vermont where my mom grew up it was used like a casual slang term. No offense intended. (although there's a hockey team in your province by that name).
posted by jonmc at 6:51 PM on September 12, 2008


No problem, jonmc, it's just that I took it as you might take "other than a yank accent he sounds normal."
posted by Turtles all the way down at 6:56 PM on September 12, 2008


I can see that upon reading. It was meant more along the lines of 'aside from the 'eh' it's a pretty generic voice.'

(and I have to figure he laid the 'eh's' on thick for that record.)
posted by jonmc at 6:58 PM on September 12, 2008


Fair enough, jonmc. That's how we talk, including the "eh"s, and I admit that Geddy and Dave and Rick might have laid it on a bit thick in the GWN days. But not that much.
posted by Turtles all the way down at 7:09 PM on September 12, 2008


As someone with numerous relatives who have been known to say 'yooz,' 'g'head,' and 'yooman beens,' I know what you mean.

(and I will say this. Canada takes better care of their mullet rockers than Americans. When i was 17, my family went on vacation to Quebec City. After dinner, we kids were let loose on our own and I wandered into some metal/biker bar. There was a video screen playing the usual suspects-AC/DC, Kiss,- and everybody bobbed their heads politely. Then Triumph's 'Follow Your Heart,' came on and the place went apeshit cheering and singing along. When I told that story to a Torontan friend (and MeFite) he said 'Oh Yeah, Rik Emmett never has to pay for drinks in Canada, man.')
posted by jonmc at 7:23 PM on September 12, 2008


Triumph played my high school gym in 1976. The Max Webster gig a couple months earlier was far better.
posted by davebush at 10:05 PM on September 12, 2008


Oh!

I am a 40 year old woman and in the past year I have just discovered Rush (having found them "too commercial" during the 80's, when I was kind of an idiot).

My resistance cracked when I happened to catch the Rush in Rio DVD - they ROCKED. And then I saw the Alex Lifeson Cameo on Trailer Park Boys (ytl). After seeing the band live (and nailing it), from the 10th row, I was hooked. (it didn't hurt that I had the stadium women's room all to myself).

Of course there was the Colbert appearance, then the RockStar clip.

Plus Geddy Lee has aged in a way that I find most appealing, Neil Peart drives a BMW motorcycle, and they all seem like truly nice guys.

I know what I'll be doing the weekend of September 29th.
posted by suki at 6:15 AM on September 14, 2008


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