“The Wreckers is one of my favourite songs and we wrote it on the wrong instruments! We were doing a jam session and the computer broke down so Alex and I went into the drum room where he had all these guitars lying around. I picked up one of the acoustics that was tuned to Nashville tuning. So I was having fun pretending I could play guitar and I happened to have the lyrics to The Wreckers handy, so before I knew it I kinda got inspired and I’d written the verse and the chorus.
“Alex liked the way I was strumming the chords because I was using strokes that he doesn’t and he grabbed the bass and started jamming with me on it and before you knew it he had written a cool bass part and so when the studio was up and running we put it down on tape.
“It almost sounded like the Bare Naked Ladies not Rush. When we got to the middle section, we wanted the song to really become much more dramatic and we were trying to visualise a storm that’s taking place in the story and the limitation of being on the wrong instruments betrayed itself, so we had to switch back and we turned right back into Rush and finished writing the song. But it was really a fun way of doing it.”