Vital Signs (Rush song)

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"Vital Signs"
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Single by Rush
from the album Moving Pictures
B-side"In the Mood"
ReleasedMarch 1981 (1981-03)
RecordedOctober–November 1980
StudioLe Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec
Songwriter(s)Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
Producer(s)Rush, Terry Brown
Rush singles chronology
"Vital Signs"
"Tom Sawyer (live)"

"Vital Signs" is a song by progressive rock trio Rush from their album Moving Pictures. The lyrics of the song are about individuality and the pressures of conforming.[2]

The song is heavily influenced by reggae (in the guitar riff) as well as progressive electronica (in its use of sequencers) and the music of The Police.[3] These influences would carry on into their next three studio albums: Signals, Grace Under Pressure, and Power Windows.

The song was released as a single in the U.K. peaking at No 41. Also, a live version of "Vital Signs" appeared as the B-side to Rush's "New World Man" single in 1982 (Mercury #76179, US edition).[3]

It has appeared in Rush's set lists as recently as the 2010-2011 Time Machine Tour (documented on Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland[4]), during which Moving Pictures was played in its entirety.[5] It is also noted for being played during the encore of the Grace Under Pressure Tour[6] (documented on the Grace Under Pressure Tour Live album and video).[7]

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  1. ^ "Moving Pictures (1981) Stereogum". Retrieved 20 August 2017.
  2. ^ Hansen, Eric. ""'Hold Your Fire' by Neil Peart" - Backstage Club Newsletter, January 1988". Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (2013). Rush: The Illustrated History. Voyageur Press. ISBN 9780760343647.
  4. ^ "Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland |". Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  5. ^ "Time Machine Tour |". Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  6. ^ "Grace Under Pressure Tour |". Retrieved 30 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Grace Under Pressure Tour Live |". Retrieved 30 June 2017.