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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)
The renown Texas songwriter has been at it for 40 years, with tales to tell about The Flatlanders and The Clash - that's Joe's Tex-Mex on "Should I Stay or Should I Go?"
Phil Hurtt ("I'll Be Around")
Phil was a songwriter, producer and voice behind many Philadelphia soul classics. When disco hit, he got an interesting project: The Village People.
Little Big Town
"When seeds that you sow grow by the wicked moon/Be sure your sins will find you out/Your past will hunt you down and turn to tell on you."
Lita talks about how they wrote songs in The Runaways, and how she feels about her biggest hit being written by somebody else.