Polyphonic Spree has covered Rush’s “The Spirit of Radio”

Dallas’ Polyphonic Spree has given the Rush classic “The Spirit of Radio” the cover treatment on the new album, Afflatus, which is out today. It’s pretty faithful to the original, too.

The record also includes covers of material by INXS, The Rolling Stones, ABBA, and Daniel Johnson.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

2 thoughts on “Polyphonic Spree has covered Rush’s “The Spirit of Radio”

  • April 16, 2021 at 10:50 am

    Pretty solid musically, can’t take dude’s vocals. That’s the Tripping Daisy guy, right?

    Favorite cover of this song is by Catherine Wheel. And for some reason that just made me think of Edenfest. Remember Edenfest? I’m pretty sure Catherine Wheel played Spirit Of Radio during their set on the last night.

    OK. So, I just looked it up. Edenfest was 25 years ago THIS July!!!! I say this constantly lately… F! I’M OLD!!!!!!!!

    (Random favorite Memory From Edenfest) We were taking one of those school bus shuttles from the camping area to the venue on Saturday, cause we were trying to get there to see the Bosstones. A group of high school girls had taken up the back of the bus, of course, and halfway during the ride they started singing The Watchmen “All Uncovered.” They were playing the main stage later that day. They sang the whole song and it sounded like a chorus of angels! If I had a cell phone I would have taped it. It was just a lovely little moment that I’ll always remember.)


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