Favorite "Car" Songs #2 - "Red Barchetta"
Colorado Springs, Colorado
September 11, 2016 5:28pm CST
#2 in my Favorite "Car" Songs series belongs to (you had to see this coming) Canadian trio Rush and their 1981 song "Red Barchetta." Rush formed in Toronto in 1968. The group has gone through numerous style change over the years, from hard rockers, to prog-rock, to a radio-friendly, synthesizer-driven unit. Rush has sold over 40 million records worldwide, and have racked up 24 Gold, 14 Platinum, and three multiplatinum records. They are in both the Canadian Music and the Rock and Roll Hall's of Fame. "Red Barchetta" finds drummer/percussionist/songwriter Neil Peart dabbling in science fiction once more with a futuristic tale of a young man who sneaks off to illegally drive his uncle's Red Barchetta on a weekly basis. In this case, the youth ends up in a high speed chase as he eludes the law, as represented by fast air cars. "Red Barchetta" was not a hit. In fact, it wasn't even released as a single. It remains, however, one of Rush's most popular tunes. And it's fun!
6 people like this
• United States
12 Sep 16
Yes, it is a fun song. I had to listen to your link to refresh my memory. My husband and me went to see Rush in Evansville, Indiana 10 years or so ago. Good concert. Especially got a kick out of Alex Lifeson's Barbie doll and dinosaur groupies posed on the front of the stage
• Toccoa, Georgia
11 Sep 16
I like that song a lot. In fact, I love RUSH. I truly think they are the best hard rock, progressive band ever. They have true musical talent and all their songs are unique and have depth. All other hard rock bands can't compare to RUSH in my opinion.