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Countdown is a Rush song that describes the launch of STS-1 and the Space Shuttle Columbia as the group watched from a VIP area called Red Sector A at the time. The song incorporates audio from voice communications between astronauts John W. Young and Robert Crippen and ground control along with commentary from the Kennedy Space Center Public Affairs Officer leading up to the launch. The song incorporates foreboding serious tone with driving rhythm along with heavy amount of synthesizer, with Lee playing only a minimal amount of bass guitar. Lyrics paint a vivid account of their experiences witnessing the launch. It closes the album Signals, and its cautionary tales of man’s reliance on technology, on a more positive, celebratory note. The song was used as a wakeup song for... Read on...

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More songs by Rush (See Charts): Something For Nothing, Ghost Of A Chance, Turn The Page, Chemistry, The Big Money, Bravado, Digital Man, Distant Early Warning, The Twilight Zone, and Making Memories.

Popular in Rock (See Charts): Bohemian Rhapsody, Stairway To Heaven, Beat It, Wish You Were Here, Give In To Me, Wherever You Will Go, Stigmatized, Nothing's Changed, Hotel California, and Imagine.


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