(Rome, Italy) — With a mare’s tail of white marijuana smoke issuing from under his bedroom door, Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan let it be known that he and the other cardinals at WVAT’s Album of the Week Conclave have finally chosen the record that the Papal radio station (“Vatican City’s Classic Rock Heaven”) will feature on heavy rotation for the next seven days. Approximately 50 minutes later a phalanx of senior Cardinals emerged from the bedroom with reddened, heavy-lidded eyes and goofy smiles to announce that, “Rush is totally awesome” and “Permanent Wave rocks like a bastard.”
“Dude,” added a slurring Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. “Did you know [Rush] totally ripped off Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Sound of Silence’ for that bit in the middle of ‘Spirit of Radio’?”
While Vatican historian Ambrogio Piazzoni was pleased the Conclave selected an Lp from the new world, he one of many who expressed disappointment that such an old Rush album was chosen. “Even [1981’s] Moving Pictures would have been a better pick,” he said in a comically thick Italian accent.