Countdown
by Rush

Album: Signals (1982)
Charted: 36
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  • The first Space Shuttle lifted off from the Pad A on Launch Complex 39, Kennedy Space Center, on April 12, 1981. After an initial two-day, test-flight mission that verified the ability of the Orbiter Columbia to function in space, it landed at Edwards AFB in California. The vehicle was piloted by John Young and Robert Crippen. t was the STS-1 mission that marked the first time that a new space vehicle carried a crew on its initial flight.

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  • Mark from Syracuse,nyApril 2, 1982 Syracuse Carrier Dome ... My first Rush show. John Butcher Axis opened for them. I was on the floor in like the third section back. Not great visibility for a 13 year old kid of average height.. I was so amazed with the sound. When they played "Countdown" it was so amazing with the back projector of the space shuttle with Young and Crippen being launched in to space. As that ship took off I struggled to hear the song because the audience irrupted in to loud cheering as the shuttle left the ground. It was deafening. I saw a few in the audience with tears in their eyes. So powerful. Music and imagery. I get chills thinking about it to this day. I saw them numerous times since and never took a Rush show for granted.
  • Alejandro Obregon from México CityThis song makes me remember when i was studying engineering, i dreamed about being an astronaut, one of my favorite songs ever, thank you Rush for the inspiration.
  • Gabe From Chicago from Chicago, IlI think the argument could be made that "Passage to Bangkok" is, pretty much about drugs. The point about Rush's lyrics remains however. Good list.

  • Rob from Los Osos, Cathe Shuttle was actually launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. It landed at Edwards AFB in California
  • Dougee from San Bernardino, CaWhen I was a teenager one of my biggest dreams was to witness a Shuttle launch. Now, almost 30 years later, I haven't yet (live on the opposite coast, darn it) but this song's vivid imagery makes me feel almost like I was an eyewitness. "This day when super science mingles with the bright stuff of dreams..."
  • John from Asheville, NcI think the song's dated, but that's just what happens when you document "a moment." However, I think the band definitely made sure the song was atmospheric...and the NASA dialogue is a strong part of this experience. As a song it's just ok....as a project and an historical reflection it's pretty special. I like it more than most fans I know...LOL.
  • Warner from Stanley, KsSo what was the music that was played for the astronauts that is referred to in this song?
  • Don from Franklin, MaThis song is always tinged with a little sadness for me, because its the Columbia, and I still remember quite clearly that sad morning when I woke my wife up saying 'the Columbia has burned up in reentry.'
    Obviously not the same crew, but its still somewhat haunting to hear the chatter between the Columbia and Houston.
  • Brad from Chicago, IlDescribes perfectly the experience of being close-up and at hand of THE first "space shuttle" launch. "Lit up with anticipation the star of this unearthly show, venting vapours like the breath of a sleeping white dragon"...HOLY CRAP!!!! What a word-smith!!!
  • Jesse from L.a., Ca Geddy's keyboard part in this song is terrific! Love this song. It gives me chills.
  • Dave from Cardiff, WalesOriginally a No.41 hit in the UK in September 1982 as a double A-Side with the live version of "New World Man", the single was re-issued and peaked at No. 36 in April 1983, becoming Rush' fifth and last UK Top 40 hit.
  • Patrick from Boston, MaThis song gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. What a fantastic tribute to this achievment.
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