Favorite "Man" Songs #1 - "Working Man"
December 4, 2017 4:26pm CST
It's over, man. We've reached #1 in my countdown of my favorite songs with "man" in the title: "Working Man" by Rush. Canadian rock trio Rush has always had a special love for Cleveland, Ohio. It was a Cleveland Disc Jockey, Donna Halper, who broke the band in the US when she began playing "Working Man," from their self-titled 1974 debut album, on her radio show. Whenever the song aired, the phones would light up with inquiries of where it was possible to buy the album. Oddly, "Working Man" was not released as a single, not even in Canada. Yet it remains a fan favorite, one which, after years and years of the band not playing it live, Rush began playing regularly in 2002. (Fun Fact: Alex Lifeson's guitar solo was named the 94th Greatest Guitar Solo by Guitar World Magazine. However, a master tape with an alternate solo was so popular as a download for the Rock Band video game that the band now sells it on iTunes.) I've linked to a 2011 Cleveland performance during the band's Time Machine Tour. This is really cool, if you like Rush: the group begins the tune as a reggae song! Don't worry, once they kick it in, they rock the living bejezus out of it. "Hello Cleveland!" indeed. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
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• Redlands, California
They used to play this during rush hour here in the inland empire. Get it rush hour. Was pretty cool. Now radio stations are all confused as what to play to try to stay relevant, they do not play stuff like this anymore.
• Redlands, California
@teamfreak16 Yeah, local radio stations were really biased on this band, Sundays the LA affiliate would play whole Cd's of bands, every other weekend Rush was the band they played. 95.5 i KLOS is what I think it was and then our local affiliate would try to compete with them and they would play three rush albums out of nowhere. Was kind of funny.. Probably exaggerating, but what it seemed like. I can see people's disdain for them because of that. One thing was for sure everyone was in a hurry to be stuck in traffic and you could hear about 10 cars with their windows rolled down playing that song. Was kind of cool looking back on it. Only in California. lol