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Dave Bidini reminisces about the Summer of '75 and Fly by Night

Sun, Aug 19, 2012@3:03PM | comments

Dave Bidini recently wrote an article for the National Post where he reminisces about the songs of the summer. One of the songs he profiles is 1975's Fly by Night from Rush:

... Fly By Night was to 1975's summer playlist what grindcore is to acoustic folk. Its opening chords sounded mean and nasty, even though, hearing them now, the guitar is more lightly flanged than fuzztoned, although I wouldn't have known the difference at the time. There was also something about the chorus, full of punches and accents in strange places at a time when a lot of pop songs just kind of loped along stepping easily from place to place. Throughout the song, the sun climbed and the day grew hot, but I remember not swimming the rest of the afternoon, instead laying there sunburnt and wanting to hear Fly By Night again, wondering if what I'd heard the first time was, in fact, real.

You can read the entire article at this location (thanks RushFanForever). Bidini is a Canadian musician, author and founding member of the Rheostatics who is also good friends with Geddy Lee. A couple of years ago Geddy optioned the film and TV rights to Bidini's 2005 book Baseballissimo.