Coverage: Ted Leo, “The Spirit of Radio”

July 17, 2008

In honour of Rush’s appearance yesterday on the Colbert Report, and Ted Leo’s appearance this morning on the soon-to-be-defunct Bryant Park Project on NPR, here’s Ted Leo’s cover of Rush’s “The Spirit of Radio.” The story is that this song was inspired by CFNY, Toronto’s independent/alternative radio station, which was a formative musical influence on me as a kid growing up in the city (it’s now 102.1 The Edge). Three things I love in one neat package.

MP3: Ted Leo – The Spirit of Radio (Rush cover; recorded live at WFMU)


  1. […] up in the pre-Internet world, I was fortunate enough to have a decent independent indie-and-alternative radio station in Toronto, as well as a much cooler older sister who listened to CBC’s Brave New Waves and […]

  2. […] of benefit shows. Bernhardt holds down the Friday morning slot at WMBR, one of my three favourite radio stations. Condo Fucks (a permutation of Yo La Tengo, his second-most-played artist), The Bevis Frond […]

  3. […] or worse than any other Rush song. And it’s not a bad song per se–I saw Ted Leo do a live, solo version of it at Tinkle years ago that almost made me like it (then again, Ted Leo’s the kind of guy whose […]

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