Limbo
by Rush

Album: Test For Echo (1996)
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Songfacts®:

  • In the middle of the song, when you hear, "Whatever happened to my Transylvania twist?", it's a quote from "Monster Mash," a 1962 hit by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers. The sounds heard at the beginning of the song (water bubbling, chains dropping and dragging) are also taken from "Monster Mash." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington
  • Limbo was the first level of Hell in the book Dante's Inferno. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Chris - Ocean County, NJ
  • Neil Peart (from Jam! Showbiz, Oct. 16, 1996): "I'd been stuck on Monster Mash and we were trying to use the Internet to get the words because I couldn't remember them. One of the guys on the production team is an Internet preacher. So I said, 'Here's your chance, go get these lyrics for me.' Well, he went onto the Internet and found the lyrics - but they were wrong! In all the jokes of that, our co-producer, Peter Collins, went out and bought the CD that had a compilation of some funny songs like that. We got to listening to it, thinking about how funny it was and decided to put some samples of it in there. That's Igor going 'Goo mash goo.' We had to get special permission and pay money and everything. You think it's so strange, when you just want to make a joke, and people want you to get permission and pay money." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Matthew Daubert - Mequon, WI

Comments: 7

  • John from Asheville, NcA *good* Rush instrumental. I like the segment with Geddy's lilting voice over it...and the Transylvania Twist line is a good gag. It's ok. Probably my second least favorite of their instrumentals.
  • Brett from Regina, CanadaActully it was alex who said that.
  • Matthew Daubert from Mequon, WiWell, turns out all spoken lyrics were sampled: http://www.2112.net/powerwindows/RushInspirations.htm
    (under Monster Mash)
  • Greg from Oakville, CanadaIt wasn't Alex Liefson who said that you clutz. Geddy Lee has kick-ass bass playing in this song. I love playing it!
  • Ben from Eden, TnI think Alex is THE most creative guitarist ever born. Steve Howe being a close second.
  • Rachel from Denver, CoThe title is a pun on "Rush Limbaugh", a politically conservative radio host who was becoming popular and controversial in the US at the time.
  • Matthew Daubert from Mequon, WiActually, it was Alex who said "Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist".
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