"Rush wrote songs about relativity from a philosophical perspective (Natural Science), black holes (Cygnus X-1), and the forthcoming album is (I believe) a steampunk concept album. Their heyday of mainstream acceptance may have been the early '80s, but Rush is still making music by, for, and about geeks (also by, for, and the snow dog)."
For the record, candidates for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are not niche, cult, geek-rock artists. I like Jonathan Coulton as much as the next nerd, but he's in a completely different universe than Geddy Lee. Even if Geddy and Co. drop a steampunk platter for the fans. Someday I'll write a list of geekiest mainstream music icons that includes Rush (and David Bowie... and Daft Punk...), but until then, lay off the Rush flogging — but keep those quibbles coming.
Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger — amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can also follow him on his personal blog.