The Info List - The Big Money

"The Big Money" is a song by Canadian rock band Rush, originally released on their 1985 album Power Windows. It peaked at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100[1] and #4 on the Mainstream Rock chart, and has been included on several compilation album, such as Retrospective II and The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987. The title of the song comes from John Dos Passos's novel The Big Money, part of his U.S.A. trilogy. Rush had previous referenced Dos Passos with the song "The Camera Eye," from the album Moving Pictures. The lyrics, written by drummer Neil Peart, reflect on the power of "big money" and the sheer magnitude of trade in the modern global economy, particularly during the 1980s[2]. Regarding the idea that the song's lyrics were inspired by a John Dos Passos
John Dos Passos
book of the same name, Peart replied, "I am a big fan of Dos Passos’ stylistic ability, his poetic approach to prose, but the ideas presented in the songs are quite different from those which he exemplified."[3]


1 Music video 2 Live performances 3 See also 4 References

Music video[edit] The video for the track was directed by Rob Quartly[4], produced by Allan Weinrib (Geddy Lee's brother), and created by Green Light Productions, using, for the time, state-of-the-art computer graphics similar to those seen in the video for the song "Money for Nothing" by Dire Straits. The video also features the band performing the song on an oversized Monopoly-style game board with the words "Big Money" in the middle. A full-length version of the video was included on the VHS and laserdisc releases of Rush's A Show of Hands
A Show of Hands
tour concert film, while an edited version was released to MTV
and other outlets, as well as on the short-lived CD Video
CD Video
format, directed by Weinrib. The car featured in the animated intro has a license plate that reads "Mr. Big", a reference to producer Peter Collins, who produced Power Windows. Neill Cunningham, the album cover model for Power Windows, also appears in the video[5]. Live performances[edit] When performed live, many of the synthesizers and sound effects heard in the original track are triggered through pedals used by Lee and Lifeson, plus Peart's electronic drum pads. The song was first performed live during the Power Windows Tour and was the show opener on the Hold Your Fire
Hold Your Fire
Tour (as heard on the 1989 live album A Show of Hands). The song would be performed during most of Rush's later tours, including the Roll the Bones
Roll the Bones
Tour, the Test for Echo
Test for Echo
Tour, the Vapor Trails Tour (documented on the 2003 album Rush in Rio), and most recently, the Clockwork Angels Tour
Clockwork Angels Tour
(documented on the 2013 album of the same name). See also[edit]

List of Rush songs


^ " Rush - Chart history Billboard". www.billboard.com. Retrieved 2017-06-30.  ^ Banasiewicz, Bill (1997). Rush Visions: The Official Biography. Omnibus Press.  ^ Hansen, Eric. ""'Hold Your Fire' by Neil Peart" - Backstage Club Newsletter, January 1988". www.2112.net. Retrieved 2017-06-30.  ^ RushVEVO (2013-02-15), Rush - The Big Money, retrieved 2017-06-30  ^ Patch, Nick (2016-01-20). "Rush's Power Windows a window into record-store owner's past". Toronto Star. Retrieved 2016-01-24. 

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Geddy Lee Alex Lifeson Neil Peart

John Rutsey Jeff Jones

Studio albums

Rush Fly by Night Caress of Steel 2112 A Farewell to Kings Hemispheres Permanent Waves Moving Pictures Signals Grace Under Pressure Power Windows Hold Your Fire Presto Roll the Bones Counterparts Test for Echo Vapor Trails Feedback Snakes & Arrows Clockwork Angels

Live albums

All the World's a Stage Exit...Stage Left A Show of Hands Different Stages Rush in Rio R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour Snakes & Arrows Live Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Clockwork Angels
Clockwork Angels
Tour R40 Live


"Not Fade Away" "Finding My Way" "In the Mood" "Fly by Night" "The Necromancer" "Lakeside Park" "The Twilight Zone" "2112" "A Passage to Bangkok" "Closer to the Heart" "Cinderella Man" "The Trees" "Circumstances" "The Spirit of Radio" "Freewill" "Entre Nous" "Limelight" "Tom Sawyer" "Vital Signs" "New World Man" "Subdivisions" "Countdown" "Distant Early Warning" "Red Sector A" "Afterimage" "The Big Money" "Manhattan Project" "Mystic Rhythms" "Marathon" "Time Stand Still" "Mission" "Show Don't Tell" "The Pass" "Dreamline" "Roll the Bones" "Heresy" "Ghost of a Chance" "Stick It Out" "Nobody's Hero" "Cold Fire" "Test for Echo" "Half the World" "Driven" "Virtuality" "One Little Victory" "Secret Touch" "Summertime Blues" "Far Cry" "Spindrift" "The Larger Bowl (A Pantoum)" "Caravan" "Headlong Flight" "The Wreckers"

Live videos

Exit...Stage Left Grace Under Pressure Tour A Show of Hands Rush in Rio R30: 30th Anniversary World Tour Rush Replay X 3 Snakes & Arrows Live Time Machine 2011: Live in Cleveland Clockwork Angels
Clockwork Angels
Tour Rush R40


Archives Rush Through Time Chronicles Retrospective I Retrospective II The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974–1987 Gold Retrospective III: 1989–2008 Working Men

Video compilations

Through the Camera Eye Chronicles


Rush Tour Fly by Night Tour Caress of Steel
Caress of Steel
Tour 2112 Tour All the World's a Stage Tour A Farewell to Kings
A Farewell to Kings
Tour Hemispheres Tour Permanent Waves
Permanent Waves
Tour Moving Pictures Tour Exit...Stage Left
Exit...Stage Left
Tour Signals Tour Grace Under Pressure Tour Power Windows Tour Hold Your Fire
Hold Your Fire
Tour Presto Tour Roll the Bones
Roll the Bones
Tour Counterparts Tour Test for Echo
Test for Echo
Tour Vapor Trails
Vapor Trails
Tour R30: 30th Anniversary Tour Snakes & Arrows Tour Time Machine Tour Clockwork Angels
Clockwork Angels
Tour R40 Live
R40 Live

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