Rush ‘Permanent Waves’ Cover Artist Hugh Syme Details Origins of the LP’s Iconic Imagery in New Animated Video

rush permanent waves cover behind the scenes

Permanent Waves was an important release by Rush back in 1980, and the album celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

The prog-rock band has been celebrating accordingly, releasing a special 40th anniversary reissue in early June and premiering a new animated video for “The Spirit of Radio” that doubles as an emotional tribute to late drummer Neil Peart, who died in January.

Rush premiered another animated video earlier this week, again centered around Permanent Waves. This one’s all about the album’s iconic artwork, which was designed by art director/graphic artist Hugh Syme.

Syme’s history with Rush is extensive; he was responsible for all of the band’s album artwork after Caress of Steel (1975), in addition to creating the band’s Starman logo. He also appeared on some Rush recordings on keyboards, so their relationship has been beneficial for both parties.

Syme narrates the new animated video detailing the story behind the Permanent Waves album art, and it’s an entertaining clip. Watch it below:

In related Rush news, guitarist Alex Lifeson recently opened up in a podcast interview about how he’s struggling to find the focus or inspiration to play guitar since Peart’s passing:

“It’s been difficult. After Neil passed in January, I’ve played very little guitar. I just don’t feel inspired and motivated.”

By Rock Cellar Magazine Staff

Staff writer from Rock Cellar Magazine