Boy From Rush’s ‘Power Windows’ Album Cover Owns a Record Store Now
The boy from Rush's Power Windows is all grown up, and he's now stocking copies of the 1985 album at his own record shop. In fact, Neill Cunningham has assembled an entire wall of the records, just behind the counter at Toronto's Pandemonium Records, thanks to Rush's ongoing vinyl reissue campaign.
“I had to do the wall,” Cunningham, now 52, told The Star. “You would have done the wall, too.”
Cunningham is the young boy on the front of Rush's concept album, bare-chested and wearing white pajama pants. Flip the cover over and he's pictured again, this time looking through a pair of binoculars. Cunningham's moment in the spotlight came courtesy of a friend who heard that photographer Dimo Safari (who was charged with creating the cover for Rush) was looking for a skinny blond-haired kid as a model.
The funny part is Cunningham wasn't a huge Rush fan back then. “Dimo had been working with Madonna, so I was all excited at the idea I could be on a Madonna cover,” he recalled. “When he said Rush, I was like, ‘Yeah, oh, all right. Not bad, either.’” Much has changed since then, as evidenced by the display at his shop. “How many record-store owners get to sell records of themselves?” Cunningham mused, adding that the display "is hard to miss. I’m just having fun with it.”
Cunningham was also featured in the music video for the album's lead single, "Big Money." the lead single from Power Windows. Later, he received a backstage pass to Rush's 1986 tour stop at the Maple Leaf Gardens, where he met the band for the first – and, so far, only – time.
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