ANR-1-1025 No Static
Produced by Geddy Lee
Released on 1980
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K ronomyth 3.0: PERMANENT WIRES. The third and final album from these underappreciated and undermarketed underdogs from on top (Canada) and down under (Australia). No Static was produced by Geddy Lee and engineered by Paul Northfield (one track was mixed by Terry Brown), so picking up a used copy of this for a few bucks was a No Brainer. The connection between Rush and Wireless is their label (Anthem) rather than shared musical sensibilities (i.e., no multipart suites about sorcerers, although the closing “Journey of a Possible Hero” has possibilities in prog’s realm). Instead, the band are good students from the school of hard rocks (Bad Company, Aerosmith, Foreigner), led by a sharp twin-guitar attack and sub-Paul Rodgers/Lou Gramm but still pretty good vocals. I think Geddy does a great job of capturing the band’s energy and appeal on record. The opening “Pay To Ride” really comes out swinging, then it’s on to the dreamy “Timekeeper,” and so it goes throughout No Static, alternating between 70s hard rock styles played at a high level. The only criticism I have is that this music was growing outmoded by 1980. Rock fans who were losing interest in Bad Company and Aerosmith weren’t about to get interested in Wireless now, no matter how good an album No Static was. Given the chance, the band probably would have made the right adjustments; instead, their fate was sealed as a three-album curiosity for connoisseurs of Canadian hard rock. The Geddy Lee connection will hopefully keep the flame alive long enough for someone to see that a posthumous best of Wireless is warranted.

TRACK LISTING

  1. PAY TO RIDE    (Allan Marshall)    2:50
  2. TIMEKEEPER    (Steve McMurray/Allan Marshall)    3:11
  3. GO NAKED THROUGH THE WORLD    (Allan Marshall)    3:17
  4. ONE OF A KIND    (Steve McMurray/Allan Marshall)    3:04
  5. EAST OF THE SUN, WEST OF THE MOON    (Steve McMurray/Allan Marshall)    4:18
  6. DEEP HEAT    (Marty Morin/Allan Marshall)    3:06
  7. WARM NIGHT WITH A 3/4 MOON    (Steve McMurray/Marty Morin/Mike Crawford)    3:48
  8. FRIENDS    (Steve McMurray/Allan Marshall)    4:02
  9. JOURNEY OF A POSSIBLE HERO    (Steve McMurray/Allan Marshall)    4:18

CREDITS

MIKE CRAWFORD -- guitar, vocals
ALLAN MARSHALL -- bass, vocals
STEVE McMURRAY -- guitar, vocals
MARTY MORIN -- drums, vocals
Dirk -- additional voice
Paul Northfield -- engineer
Terry Brown -- mixing (2)
David Cousins -- cover concept and design
Rodney Bowes -- cover concept and design, photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
CAN 1980 Anthem LP/8T/CS ANR/8AN/4AN-1-1025 lyric sleeve
CAN 1994 MaGaDa CDZ MAGHCD-20 repackaged as THE ANTHEM YEARS w.
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