The Analog Kid
|"The Analog Kid"|
|Single by Rush|
|from the album Signals|
|Released||September 25, 1982|
|Producer(s)||Rush, Terry Brown|
|Rush singles chronology|
Drummer and lyricist Neil Peart wrote the lyrics for the song at first as a companion piece to "Digital Man", a song that Rush had started working on in late 1981, and presented it to bassist Geddy Lee. Peart and Lee talked about what could be done with the lyrics in a musical sense. They eventually decided on the opposite on what the words may suggest, with Peart describing the track as "a very up-tempo rocker, with some kind of a dynamic contrast for the choruses".
Peart said that the song was his first attempt at non-fiction, and that he "for the longest time [Peart] stepped into characters until I had my own confidence and technique to be able to step outside them as a writer."
In popular culture
"The Analog Kid", along with "Digital Man" (another song from the album) served as the inspiration for the writer Troy Hickman to create the comic book heroes of the same names in the 2004 comic Common Grounds.
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