Mystery of the "Lost" Rush Drummer -- Who Is Erwig Chuapchuaduah?

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Ludwigs in the Basement
Feb 17, 2015
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North Carolina
A post on the 40th anniversary of Rush's "Permanent Waves" sent me to Wikipedia where I found
Erwig Chuapchuaduah credited with steel drums on "Spirit of Radio."

I then listened to "Spirit of Radio" and heard no steel drums.

Diving deeper, I searched for
Erwig Chuapchuaduah. Google knows nothing. Discogs has only one credit for
Erwig Chuapchuaduah -- and it's "Spirit of Radio."

So, there was a steel drummer living somewhere out in the wilds of Canada who was good enough that Neil Peart sought him out and got him to play on "Spirit" -- so quietly as to be inaudible.

In the 40 years that followed, no Canadian with a need for steel drums on a recording contacted Cuapchuaduah, the man with the single-greatest steel drum credit, possibly ever (though it can't be heard on the actual record).

Call me cynical, but I'm afraid I've leaped to the conclusion that
Chuapchuaduah isn't even a real person. Instead, Peart credited a fictious person as some sort of cosmic joke (not a funny oney, BTW) that us scratching our heads even after he passed to the next realm (Rock in Peace, NP).

Anybody else know more about this.

Erwig is mentioned in this article:


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Oct 3, 2007
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I'll bet a case of Charmin that this is indeed, some inside joke within the band. There are thousands of examples of these shenanigans in Neil's books.


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Jun 30, 2015
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Definitely an inside band joke! I'm sure they got a kick knowing some people would "dive deeper" and find out the REAL story behind the "mysterious" Erwig's credited and audible steel drum part...(to my ears, starts around 3:50 and repeats throughout the section - left channel - use headphones)

Btw, the same album (Permanent Waves) also has this in the credits: "Other (Inspiration And Vocal Coaching) – Daisy The Dog"...

Spoiler Alert for Deep Divin' Mystery Solvers!!'s another joke.



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Nov 11, 2009
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My older brother and I always poured over liner notes from the time that we were kids. When the Rolling Stones album "Exile on mail street" came out, there was an odd credit for one of the songs. "Sweet black angel" had someone credited that neither of us had ever heard of before, and I couldn't pronounce the name anyway... (I was thirteen at the time.)

Fast forward thirty years or so. Around eighteen years ago I was listening to the album and happen to read the liner note again. They made me laugh. I called my brother and asked him if he remembered who played marimba on "Sweet black angel", he didn't. He went and grabbed his copy of the album and read it out loud, we both laughed.

Amyl Nitrate is credited with playing marimba on the song. It took us thirty years to get the joke.