Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Driverless cars and Red Barchettas: Did Rush predict a Google-controlled future?
2:58PM EST | comments (7) |

Rush and Google driverless carSan Francisco Chronicle pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub describes himself as the San Francisco Chronicle's biggest Rush fan and earlier today he posted an article titled Driverless cars and Red Barchettas: Did Rush predict a Google-controlled future? In the article Hartlaub performs a tongue-in-cheek analysis of Rush's Red Barchetta as it relates to Google's recent unveiling of the latest version of its driverless vehicle, a two-seater that has no steering wheel or other driver controls. His analysis brings him to the conclusion that the white haired uncle in the song is none other than George Lucas:

... I've listened to this song 17,827 times in my life, and never understood the second and third lines in this stanza until I looked them up today. But this all fits together now.

"The valley" = Lucas Valley Road.
"One-lane bridge" = Nicasio Valley Road Bridge.
"The riverside" = Nicasio Creek.
The "fireside" and "farm" = Skywalker Ranch.

Does George Lucas pay off the government to look away from his property? Does he secretly install a cloaking device above Skywalker Ranch to jam the Google Earth sensors? I'm pretty sure the answers to these questions are somewhere in the lyrics of Signals, Rush's follow-up album after Moving Pictures. Listening very closely for clues in "The Analog Kid."

Is it too late for humanity? Probably. But it's not too late to declare Neil Peart a prophet. Someone should go write his words on the subway walls. Or at least apologize for all the "worst song lyrics" lists he has appeared on.

I'm going to go hug my children now. You should do the same. Then I'm working on my theory that "2112" from Rush's 2112 is coming true as well. It all starts when the public schools cut their music programs, people...

You can read the entire article at the San Francisco Chronicle website here.



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#7 - Posted 6/10/14 @10:11AM by ninjadave [contact]

this guy has it completely right, our local high school is probably NOT replacing its music director who is retiring to save money on the chorus program and such....its just starting to happen...and I live in a small community, can't imagine what is happening in bigger districts with tighter budgets and higher costs....however, this might be a good thing based upon all the pop music in the mainstream....when the bands from the 70s and 80s stop touring, which is soon....its gonna be bleak...very few bands from late 80s and 90s are around that can be compared to those greats from the 70's....
#6 - Posted 6/4/14 @11:14PM by jiminseattle [contact]

Been listening to GUP a lot lately. The live version of Between the Wheels is far superior to the original IMHO. I know this is off the wall but I am off the wall.
#5 - Posted 6/4/14 @7:43PM by jiminseattle [contact]

Like Denny said, RB is the perfect compilation.
#4 - Posted 6/4/14 @6:16PM by CheeseCorn [contact]

I agree, DC!
#3 - Posted 6/4/14 @5:52PM by Denny Crane [contact]

RB is one of the better RUSH songs ever crafted.

#2 - Posted 6/4/14 @5:44PM by Runkerry

I think Peter needs to get out a little more often.
#1 - Posted 6/4/14 @3:23PM by rlw2112 [contact]

Did he put the "2112" picture in there? LOL

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