Rush drummer Neil Peart celebrates his 66th birthday today (September 12th). He also writes all the lyrics for Rush. “Subdivisions” was inspired by where he grew up…the suburbs. It was on the album Signals in 1982, their 9th album. The fact that he grew up there helps him connect with the fans.
“That was autobiographical, because I did grow up in the subdivisions background. So much of our audiences were coming from the same background of the suburbs and just finding it so stultifying, and were turning to the same escapes as I did – fantasy and science fiction and rock music and things like that — that would take them outside of it. Things that were larger and more colorful and louder and more spectacular than their backgrounds. I just saw it as a common thread that we shared with a large portion of our audience and something that I was happy to express from my own life.”
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