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Rush Vs The Police

Postby riff » Fri May 29, 2015 9:37 pm

Battle of the Bands

Rush Vs The Police

All world class musicians
Both 3 piece bands
Both bands have extensive bodies of work.
Who do you vote for?

Andy Summers: Chord Master
Alex Lifeson: Heavier sounding, better soloist
Stewart Copeland: Hard Driving
Neil Peart: Duh
Sting: Better Singer
Geddy Lee: Better Bass Player

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re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby gumbynotpokey » Sat May 30, 2015 5:23 am

A great question and comparison. A great thought-experiment.

But they are so totally different, it would be like Rush vs Police vs ZZ Top.

Ok, so imagine Geddy playing an upright, Neil playing a 5 piece while kicking over the throne, and Alex jiving all night in a syncopated feel with experimental chord shapes.

Alternatively, imagine Sting in a hard-driving slightly distorted roundwounds over single-coils type of tone while keyboarding with his feet AND singing, Stewart hidden behind a 3X-sized ROCK kit, and Andy at a pedal board the size of NASA with long, experimental tones - all while being played over electronic patches from a studio album, during a 22 minute exploratory song.

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re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby colossal » Sat May 30, 2015 5:28 am

Hmm, that's a hard one. Two of my favorites. Gonna have to go with Rush though! Their catalog is bigger and more diverse. Music is more physically and emotionally powerful and evocative (to me). I really love progressive story-songs, odd meter, and the generally more complex, extended, and heavy nature of their compositions. The Police though, they had some really progressive moments like Synchronicity I and II, How Stupid Mr. Bates, Invisible Sun, and Secret Journey. I grew up with both bands and their music is written into my DNA.

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re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby Koshchei » Sat May 30, 2015 6:04 am

I'll take Rush over everything that the Police have done but Synchronicity. The reimagining of Yeats' The Second Coming as Synchronicity II (to me at least) is a defining moment in progressive music.

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Postby ElfDude » Sat May 30, 2015 6:58 am

Koshchei wrote:I'll take Rush over everything that the Police have done but Synchronicity. The reimagining of Yeats' The Second Coming as Synchronicity II (to me at least) is a defining moment in progressive music.


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re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby Casual Madman » Sat May 30, 2015 7:08 am

I'll vote for ZZ Top. :mrgreen:

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re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby MGE320 » Sat May 30, 2015 7:10 am

Ha. Not even close is right. Andy Summers alone is reason enough that The Police are head and shoulders better than Rush. Add Geddy Lee's caterwauling and Neil Peart's pretentiousness and, well, Rush has left the building.

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re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby arahobob » Sat May 30, 2015 11:21 am

I do like both.

I'd say Rush - longer career, more recorded music, better players, more influential, and still making music.

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re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby brento73 » Sun May 31, 2015 6:36 am

Although I'm a fan of both the Police and Sting's solo work, I'll have to give the nod to Rush. As others have said, they have a larger catalog and a lot more active years.

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Re: re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby Casual Madman » Sun May 31, 2015 10:50 am

arahobob wrote:I'd say Rush - longer career, more recorded music, better players, more influential, and still making really good, relevant music.


Fixed. :wink:

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Re: re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby arahobob » Sun May 31, 2015 11:00 am

Casual Madman wrote:
arahobob wrote:I'd say Rush - longer career, more recorded music, better players, more influential, and still making really good, relevant music.


Fixed. :wink:


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I was just pointing out the police packed it up long long ago. :mrgreen:

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re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby ElfDude » Sun May 31, 2015 12:04 pm

I recommend the documentary, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage to all, whether they be fans or not.

I think it's even on Netflix.
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Re: re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby gumbynotpokey » Sun May 31, 2015 2:34 pm

ElfDude wrote:I recommend the documentary, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage to all, whether they be fans or not.

I think it's even on Netflix.


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re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby Bruce Y. » Sun May 31, 2015 3:35 pm

Oh gee...Roy Buchannan never played with either of these wieners!!!

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re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby 2Plus2isChicken » Sun May 31, 2015 7:07 pm

I'm not all that familiar with either band other than what I've heard on the radio, but I will go with Rush because of Lifeson's guitar tone. Geddy's voice is annoying though. :mrgreen:
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Re: re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby jeweinrebe » Mon Jun 01, 2015 9:11 am

ElfDude wrote:I recommend the documentary, Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage to all, whether they be fans or not.

I think it's even on Netflix.


+1. Rush wins in my option also.

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re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby Doctor Doug » Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:26 am

I like them both, but Rush wins. The Police sound is so locked to an era in my mind. SOme Rush is, but they have more 'timeless' songs in my opinion.
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re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby fatfretty » Tue Aug 04, 2015 2:48 am

I never liked the Police at all. I didn't care for their sound. RUSH was an acquired taste, I ended up loving the music and the lyrics, and then had to aclimate myself to G.L.'s voice.
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re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby Crownman » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:03 pm

As much as I like The Police, I have to give it to Rush by a good margin.

My reasoning.... Aside from vocals you could put any one of the guys in Rush into the Police and they could easily pull it off. However, putting anyone from the Police into Rush I think they might have a harder time doing it perfect. For instance, Summers is a phenomenal drummer as we all know, but do you really think he could make it through a Rush gig as easily as Peart could make it through a Police gig?
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re: Rush Vs The Police

Postby riff » Tue Aug 04, 2015 4:33 pm

Your right, Andy Summers could not pull off the drums for Rush at all!! Neil Peart clobbers him pretty good.


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