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"
Released March 1981 (1981-03)
Recorded October–November 1980
Studio Le Studio, Morin Heights, Quebec
Length 4:43
Label Mercury
Songwriter(s) Neil Peart, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson
Producer(s) Rush, Terry Brown
Rush singles chronology
"Vital Signs"
"Tom Sawyer (live)"
Moving Pictures track listing
"Witch Hunt"
"Vital Signs"

"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 the final single from the Moving Pictures album. 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 2017-08-20. 
  2. ^ Hansen, Eric. ""'Hold Your Fire' by Neil Peart" - Backstage Club Newsletter, January 1988". Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  3. ^ a b Popoff, Martin (2013). Rush: The Illustrated History. Voyageur Press. ISBN 9780760343647. 
  4. ^ "Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland |". Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  5. ^ "Time Machine Tour |". Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  6. ^ "Grace Under Pressure Tour |". Retrieved 2017-06-30. 
  7. ^ "Grace Under Pressure Tour Live |". Retrieved 2017-06-30.