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This song was written about how narrow minded and judgmental people can get when confined to certain group of people, like those in the suburbs. This is shown in the chorus: "Subdivisions. In the high school halls. In the shopping malls. Conform or be cast out." It tells of how when you don't meet a certain standard you are basically shunned. (thanks, Chris - Bradenton, FL)
From Success Under Pressure: "After ploughing through countless children's adventure stories, Neil (Peart) went on to develop a passion for fantasy and science fiction works, which provided him with an element of escapism from the grim reality of everyday life in suburbia. In fact, this was a theme he later touched upon with the song "Subdivisions," which he describes as "an exploration of the background from which all of us (and probably most of our audience) have sprung."
Mark Dailey, evening newscaster and "The Voice" of Toronto television station City-TV and also MuchMusic, is the voice that repeats the chorus line "Subdivisions." (thanks, Mike - Mountlake Terrace, Washington, for above 2)
Richie Wise (Kiss producer, Dust)
Richie talks about producing the first two Kiss albums, recording "Brother Louie," and the newfound appreciation of his rock band, Dust.
Steve Forbert - "Romeo's Tune"
"Let me smell the moon in your perfume..." It took a rough mix and an extra verse, but Steve found his "calling card" song, which is always
Mark Arm of Mudhoney
When he was asked to write a song for the Singles
soundtrack, Mark thought the Seattle grunge scene was already overblown, so that's what he wrote about.