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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)
A band so baffling, even their names were contrived. Check your score in the Ramones version of Fact or Fiction.
Loudon Wainwright III
"Dead Skunk" became a stinker for Loudon when he felt pressure to make another hit. His latest songs deal with mortality, his son Rufus, and picking up poop.