10. Making Memories - Rush
Out of all the prog rock bands of the '70s, Rush almost prided themselves on being the most literate of the bunch. With drummer and resident genius Neil Peart writing the band's lyrics, these long songs became miniature tales of grandeur, talking about everything from extraterrestrial travel to medieval duels between man and animal. At the same time, the band's first step into prog waters did have a few sore spots.
While that sounds like "Making Memories" should be a terrible song, the actual groove is quite pleasant by '70s rock standards. The only issue comes in the lyrics, which show Peart still coming into his own. Instead of being another bold step forward, the only thing this song manages to come up with is the pleasures of touring. However, Peart doesn't really go anywhere with it aside from just saying "I love the road."
Granted, many bands have gotten by with far less substantial lyrics, but when your other material is comprised of impressive conceptual works, this seems like it should have been left as an odd or an end rather than an album track. Given the other heady tracks on Fly By Night, "Making Memories" is one the last times Rush ever dabbled in mere mortal wordplay.