Rush’s record label wanted a radio-friendly rock album. Ever defiant, the group recorded a concept album, 2112 and, in the process, created not only their singular masterpiece, but one of prog rock’s finest long-players. The 20-plus-minute title track imagined a dystopian future where all planets were ruled by The Red Star Of The Solar Federation, whose insignia looms ominously on the album’s front cover. The rear sleeve pictured a naked man (modelled based on design assistant Bob King) railing against the symbol – a metaphor for the individual standing up against an authoritarian regime. Designed by longtime Rush artist Hugh Symes, the ‘Starman emblem’ was soon adopted as the band’s own logo.