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A YYZ Panegyric

Updated on October 2, 2014

LabKitty Presents...

Like McGill University and cheap prescription drugs, the band Rush is something else sprung from the frigid loins of Canada for which we nerds are thankful. Rush is the Al Gore of rock music - nerds who made it big where nerds were Not Supposed To Go. The A-side of their break-out album 2112 is a mini-opera about space wars and other obsessions you'd find that one weird kid scribbling on the cover of his math book in 7th grade. Since then they've charted songs about Ents, the space shuttle, urban planning, fictional characters created by 19th-century frontier humorists, and Cold War realpolitik.

These are not appropriate topics for rock anthems. We're surprised they have yet to write a song about the ice planet Hoth.

Seriously. These guys make LabKitty look cool (that's right, we went there).

A YYZ Panegyric

Not to mention their fans are fanatics. Rush fans love Rush more than LabKitty's mother loves LabKitty (the flesh-and-blood LabKitty, not LabKitty the internet performance art). None more so than fans of the band's drummer Neil Peart. And not for nothing. While guitarist Alex Lifeson and bassist Geddy Lee are arguably two of the most technically-gifted players working in contemporary music, Peart is nothing less than a living legend in drumming circles. He has probably influenced more players than Keith Moon, John Bonham, and the inanimate carbon rod that does all the hip-hop drumming put together.

Case in point: the band's instrumental track YYZ, named after the identification code for Toronto-Pearson airport, home base for the band (and not to be confused with XYY, the chromosomal defect). The track serves as a showcase for Peart's drumming and has been a mainstay of their stage act since appearing on the 1981(!) release Moving Pictures.

Or perhaps "shrine" is a better characterization than "showcase," as the track also serves as inspiration for an endless stream of fan tributes that can be alternately described as touching or psychotic. Don't believe? We've gathered up the best of the bunch from YouTube and sorted them below for your viewing enjoyment. Consider it our shrine to the Professor.

LabKitty presents: A YYZ Panegyric

Never underestimate the power of nerds in large groups.

Live Version - "Rush in Rio" Concert DVD

The crowd sings along, even though there are no lyrics. HOW DOES THAT EVEN WORK?

Neil Peart Fan Animation Version

We're telling ya, this song does strange things to people.

Mario Paint Version

We're telling ya, this song does strange things to people.

8-bit Version

We're telling ya, this song does strange things to people.

Amazing Japanese Girl Version

We're telling ya, this song does strange things to people.

Base Babe Version

We're telling ya, this song does strange things to LabKitty.

Rockband Version

100% W00T!!1!

Airbus Version - (YYZ = Toronto Pearson Airport)


Primus Version

We like to think of ourselves as the Primus of the scientific world.

Laser Show Version

Synthesia Version

AirDrumBattle Version

Baby Air Drums Version

You knew eventually this would turn tragic.

Rickroll Version

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      LabKittyDesign 6 years ago

      @sousababy: Go, Canada! (or is it "Oh, Canada"?)


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      sousababy 6 years ago

      Darlings, I am featuring this lens of your on my Canada Day one, will send you the link asap on your Bio page. I adore your brilliance and I am ever so grateful for your mention of me. Your apologetic Canadian nerd,

      Rose (smooooch)

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      LabKittyDesign 6 years ago

      @sousababy: Sigh... Rush fan. Wise. Canadian.

      Marry us!

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      LabKittyDesign 6 years ago

      @ChrisDay LM: Wish we could take credit, Mr. Day, but it really goes to their fans. We just searched some YYZ on YouTube the other day for some background music AND THE LIST JUST NEVER STOPPED!!!1!

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      ChrisDay LM 6 years ago

      I have rarely felt so absorbed as I was when going through this material. You've done an amazing job. It became a source of excitement just wondering what was going to come up on the next video as the one before finished.

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      sousababy 6 years ago

      My dearest LabKitty,

      I am humbled by your honourable mention of me, I am still blushing all over. Just thought I'd mention something I am sure you knew (but your fans may not). All three members of the band Rush (Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and Neil Peart) were appointed as Officers of the Order of Canada on February 26th, 1997 - the first time the Order was given to a group rather than an individual. As you know, the Order of Canada represents our highest civilian honour. Here is a link on YouTube of this historical event for your express use (as you see fit, of course):

      Love always, your apologetic nerd, sousababy P.S. I lensrolled this fabulous lens to my: Alison Krauss Songs, Keith Urban Songs, Sugarland's Songs and of course, our own Great Big Sea. Hope it helps!