The Main Monkey Business
|"The Main Monkey Business"|
|Song by Rush from the album Snakes & Arrows|
|Released||May 1, 2007|
|Genre||Progressive rock, Hard rock|
|Producer||Rush & Nick Raskulinecz|
|Snakes & Arrows track listing|
The Main Monkey Business is an instrumental from Rush's 2007 album Snakes & Arrows. It clocks in at 6 minutes and 1 second, making it Rush's second longest instrumental, the longest being La Villa Strangiato. Drummer Neil Peart remarked that it took him three days to learn the song.
In a recent interview on HDNET, Alex Lifeson and Geddy Lee stated that the song found on the CD is a toned-down version of the original one. They referred to the original version as "crazy".
The title of the song comes from a phrase Lee's mother used to describe someone up to no good:
...Long story short is, uh, this person was up to hijinx and my mother was telling me “Well I think there was some monkey business involved”, and I said, "What do you mean, monkey business? What kind of monkey business? And she said, “The MAIN monkey business”. So I love that phrase and every time I think of her saying “The MAIN monkey business” it makes me laugh.—Geddy Lee, Legends of Classic Rock interview
- Peart, Neil. The Game of Snakes and Arrows (accessed July 11, 2013).
- Legends of Classic Rock - Rush, the Snakes & Arrows World Album Premiere
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