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Rush: “New World Man”
The Hook: It’s all about da riddim, mon.
Writers: Neil Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson
Stats: Rush’s only song to chart in the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100, it peaked at number-21.
Background: Although Neil Peart’s lyrics feature some pretty heavy geopolitical thought, singer-bassist Geddy Lee says that for him, it’s the rhythm that stands out.
Rush singer-bassist Geddy Lee on “New World Man.” OC:…to write. :16
“Rhythm is probably the most important facet of that song. It has a slightly ska, slightly reggae-ish rhythm to it. And I think that was a little unexpected for most of our fans, for us to go in that direction rhythmically. And it was a fun song to write.”