Rush fandom drives people to some insane lengths. Case in point: Back in April, we introduced you to RicKy Syers and his puppet Chopsy doing a cover of “Tom Sawyer” by Rush on a drumset made of tin cans. Take a moment to consider the amount of preparation required for something like that. You have to build a functional drumming puppet, as well as a functional puppet drumset. Then, you have to learn how to play the song note for note, which ain’t easy, as any drummer could tell you. (By the way, Chopsy just put out a cover of Rush’s “2112,” and it’s even more incredible.)
Originally released on the 1981 Rush album Moving Pictures, “Tom Sawyer” is the band’s most recognizable and revered piece of music, and it’s penetrated popular culture in a way that few rock anthems have. To help illustrate our collective obsession with this song, here are some of the best “Tom Sawyer” covers and tributes on YouTube. If we’ve left out any good ones, may our souls be tormented in the afterlife for all eternity.