The Big Money (5:34)

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“The Big Money” is a song by progressive rock group Rush from their album Power Windows. It charted at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on album-oriented rock charts, and has been featured on many “Best-Of” compilations.

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. Regarding the idea that the song’s lyrics were inspired by a 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.” - Neil Peart, “Backstage Club Newsletter”, January 1988.

The video for the track was created by Green Light Productions, using state-of-the-art (at the time) computer graphics similar to those seen in the video for “Money for Nothing”, performed by Dire Straits. The video also features the band performing the song on a giant 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 Grace Under Pressure tour concert film, while an edited version was released to MTV and other outlets, as well as on the short-lived CD Video format. The video for “The Big Money” was not included in the 2006 Rush Replay X3 re-release of Grace Under Pressure Tour on DVD, and the full-length version of the video has never been re-released.


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  • pingywings

    sounds like the most epic gameshow theme ever

    1 Feb 2:19pm Reply
  • WhatABoringName

    One million dollars...

    3 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Johnnybosox19

    Probably the only Rush album that I really like, but not really crazy about this track. It's ok, but I like some of the others much better.

    1 Nov 2012 Reply
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    19 Oct 2012 Reply
  • scientist4u

    Yeah , how good is this , makes you want to jump around ,,so so good !!

    15 Apr 2012 Reply
  • xtwntraphq

    I think they did this tune in Rio? Was friggin' awesome !

    30 Mar 2012 Reply
  • macho2

    Gotta love the bass in this song. Great opener.

    26 Mar 2012 Reply
  • KeIemvor

    "rush are pretty overrated" coming from someone who loves Radiohead lmao

    18 Mar 2012 Reply
  • chiptek

    I love the 80's futuristic (at the time) aura this song puts off.

    30 Jan 2012 Reply
  • NicholasErwin

    I love the music video, Alex Lifeson looks so young and I always wanted that color of guitar!

    11 Jan 2012 Reply
  • FearDeimos

    A great song with a lot of truth. Btw, i also still waiting for the big money.

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • bluemelody_

    Fucking amazing song <3

    5 Jan 2012 Reply
  • niQboy

    Legendary intro. :D

    13 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Endymion85

    This song takes the house down live!

    19 Sep 2011 Reply
  • generationxwing

    I miss the Wal bass sound sometimes...

    19 Aug 2011 Reply
  • heathersterman

    this is probably one of my favorite Rush songs ever

    4 Aug 2011 Reply
  • Johnnybosox19

    I love this album, not a big Rush fan, but I do love this album alot. It's the only Rush album I own.

    24 Jun 2011 Reply
  • FearDeimos

    I love this song. Great sound, bass line, lyrics, guitar, drums and everything. Absolutley experts in their fields. Love you Rush

    19 Jun 2011 Reply

    Love the fade leading up to the outtro and the outtro itself. Great feel!

    29 Apr 2011 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    HOLY FUCK, that intro just hooked me in completely.

    23 Mar 2011 Reply
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