Rush found inspiration for the title of the song in the lines from the Trey Parker and Matt Stone film Team America: World Police. In that film, the psychological term malignant narcissism is used in reference to Kim Jong-II. In this instrumental song, the only voice heard is from a clip taken from Team America. It appears at 1:08 in the song, and features a female voice saying, "Usually a case of malignant narcissism is brought on during childhood."
This song is abbreviated by Rush fans as "MalNar," which was actually developed by the band themselves.
This was the last song recorded during production of Snakes & Arrows.
Suggestion credit: Mike - Mountlake Terrace, WA, for all above
The idea for this song came when Geddy Lee was messing around with a fretless bass in between vocal takes and they recorded some riffs and thought it would be cool to make a short instrumental.
Neil Peart was out of the studio for a while and recorded this song on a small drum kit with 4 drums and four cymbals. The song was recorded in less than a day.
Suggestion credit: Ryan - Rochester, NY, for above 2
Justin from Bethlehem, PaLove this song!!!!!!!!! I also like saying the name. Can't wait to see this played live!!!
John from Asheville, NcGood little groovy piece. Nothing as ambitious as Monkey Business, clearly, but it's catchy. And I love the homage it pays to YYZ with the bass and drum fill trade offs. Love the fretless sound. Like it when little jams like this become something fun.
Theartofbalance from Mary Esther, FlThe name means basically, deadly beauty. Almost, a narcissist is someone who is in love with their beauty (a lot), malignant means extremely harmful.
David from Port Hawkesbury, CanadaIncredible song. The bass is amazing.