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LAS VEGAS - AUGUST 14: (L-R) Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, drummer Neil Peart and singer/bassist Geddy Lee perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena during a stop of the band's Time Machine Tour August 14, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Rush: “Subdivisions”

The Hook: A standout from the band’s synthesizer phase.

Album: Signals

Year: 1982

Writers: Alex Lifeson, Geddy Lee and Neil Peart

Stats: Went to number-three on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, though it missed the Hot 100, peaking at a not-so-hot 105.

Background: Though mainly known as a singer and bassist, Geddy Lee also plays keyboards in Rush. On “Subdivisions,” he manned an Oberheim OB-X synthesizer, with a Minimoog on the solos. Lee explains why the song occupies a special place in the band’s history.

Rush’s Geddy Lee on why “Subdivisions” occupies a special place in the band’s history. OC:…went through. :21

“It was kind of a key song for us in a way, because it was the first time that we brought keyboards really into the forefront as a big part of our sound, although that’s come and gone since then. That was a period of great experimentation with synthesizers. That song is very representative of a phase that we went through.”