Monday, December 9, 2013

Online campaign for Google Doodle to celebrate 40th anniversary of Rush's debut album
11:27AM EST | comments (20) |

RushAn online campaign has been started with the aim of convincing Google to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the March, 1974 release of Rush's debut album on Moon Records with a Google Doodle. Google periodically celebrates certain historic events by modifying the logo on their home page in some fashion to celebrate the given event. These have come to be known as Google Doodles. Although the campaign is shooting for a March 1st, 2014 date to commemorate the release, the exact date of the Moon Records release of the album has been lost to history and is usually just cited as March, 1974. The date of the Mercury Records release of the album had also been lost to history for many years, but some recent detective work by the Power Windows site places it as August 10, 1974. This might also be an appropriate date to use to commemorate the release. While it's a really good idea, very few details regarding who is behind this campaign are given on the group's website. They call themselves Rock The Internet - Rush RFC and announced the campaign via an email blast, although it's also not clear where they obtained the list of email recipients. To let Google know that you support the idea and to share your ideas for the Doodle, just send them an email at



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#20 - Posted 12/12/13 @7:01PM by SlappintheBass [contact]

I was 17 when this album came out. Played my auto 8 track over and over on volume 11 for two years. Don't think I ever took the tape out of the deck for that period of time.
What great writers Alex and Geddy are together. Even as kids these guys ripped it.

Even without Neil some of my favourite stuff is on that album.

40 years?

Can't be!
#19 - Posted 12/11/13 @10:17AM by MGRushFan


And a little more. Have fun sucking up to google folks!
#18 - Posted 12/10/13 @7:57PM by MGRushFan


Just a little documentation for those who feel the need to beg google for recognition.
#17 - Posted 12/10/13 @7:54PM by MGRushFan

I doubt it. Google is a big supporter of right wing entities like the Heritage foundation and Grover Norquist. Not to mention their collaberation with the NSA to track and surveil the American people. But hey, if you wanna suck up to an entity like that, have at it.
#16 - Posted 12/10/13 @11:58AM by TMMB [contact]

Well...fortunately, we have a Peart of 2013 who has progressed since 1974-1986 and I think would be honored by such a gesture.
#15 - Posted 12/10/13 @11:56AM by Jodeo [contact]

Sent the following:

Google People,

How can you NOT honor a band whose first track on their first record was "Finding My Way"? Please consider the 40th anniversary of this fine band on March 1, 2014 with a Google Doodle.

Ever onward
#14 - Posted 12/10/13 @10:56AM by MGRushFan

@#12, yes, exactly, which is why i wrote the Peart of 74-86. Mystic Rhythms came out in 86.
#13 - Posted 12/10/13 @6:37AM by deslock [contact]

I'm a huge Rush head... however, I don't see this happening. Google Doodles tend to be for holidays and people who've had a tremendous impact on society. Rush is important to me, and they've influenced many musicians/listeners, but they're still just a rock band (with a medium-sized fan base).

That written, July 29, 2014 is a more important date: it's the anniversary of Neil Peart joining the band (and, coincidently, Geddy Lee's birthday). 40 years with the same line-up is impressive.
#12 - Posted 12/9/13 @8:09PM by Rob [contact]

The Peart of 74 thru 86 couldn't have conceived the concept of an internet search engine.

Also, don't remember Peart or any other member of Rush balking at the use of Mystic Rhythms for the NBC news show 1986. In fact they approved it.
#11 - Posted 12/9/13 @5:12PM by Ian Harris

I'll get the obvious one in first: two Rush star men over the 'oo' of Google, like two bass drums. Now we've got that out of the way, perhaps someone else can think of something more creative!

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