Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Was Geddy Lee Playing a Joke?

I have to confess that I actually like several songs by Canadian libertarian band Rush... though I find their earnest Libertarianism to be silly and their sci-fi lyrics are often goofy, I have to admit that a song like Red Barchetta gives me goosebumps. While poking around the t00bz, I found a reference to a Rush song I'd never heard, 1996's Virtuality, which in typical earnestly nerdy Rush fashion is about the internet:

It's certainly not the band's best effort, but it's inoffensive. What struck me about the song was lyrics of the chorus:

Net boy, net girl
Send your signal ’round the world
Let your fingers walk and talk
And set you free

I was immediately reminded of Elton Motello's 1977 trash classic Jet Boy, Jet Girl, which was recorded over the same background track later used in Plastic Bertrand's better known (because it's not filthy and problematic) Ça plane pour moi. Even though I am listening to it on the job, Jet Boy, Jet Girl is not safe for work (working alone has its benefits):

The Damned adopted the song as part of their repertoire:

I wonder if Geddy Lee and his bandmates were having some fun when he wrote the chorus to Virtuality, or if it was a fluke. While their oeuvre tends to be earnest, if not necessarily serious, Geddy was known to participate in a joke occasionally.


mistah charley, ph.d. said...

my guess is yes - he is intentionally referring to the song you mention

dan rather did a "big interview" with geddy lee - i haven't watched it - his 'big interviews' with robert plant and frankie valli were interesting, the one with the doobie brothers less so to me

Big Bad Bald Bastard said...

I sure hope he is, that would be hilarious.