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Arcade Fire — The Suburbs
Album: The Suburbs
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7.4

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Total ratings: 864









Released: 2010
Length: 5:13
Plays (last 30 days): 2
In the suburbs I, I learned to drive
And you told me we'd never survive
Grab your mother's keys we're leaving

You always seemed so sure
That one day we'd be fighting in a suburban war
Your part of town against mine
I saw you standing on the opposite shore
But by the time the first bombs fell
We were already bored, we were already, already bored

Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling again

The kids want to be so hard but in my dreams
We're still screaming and running through the yard
When all of the walls that they built in the Seventies finally fall
And all of the houses they built in the Seventies finally fall
Meant nothing at all? Meant nothing at all, it meant nothing

Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling and into the night

So can you understand
Why I want a daughter while I'm still young?
I want to hold her hand and show her some beauty
Before all this damage is done
But if it's too much to ask, if it's too much to ask
Then send me a son
Under the overpass in the parking lot we're still waiting, it's already past
So move your feet from hot pavement and into the grass
'Cause it's already past, it's already, already past

Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling
Sometimes I can't believe it
I'm moving past the feeling again

I'm moving past the feeling, I'm moving past the feeling

In my dreams we're still screaming
We're still screaming
We're still screaming
Comments (74)add comment
 paul28 wrote:
One of the most overrated bands.
 
For sure.

If similar band was formed in Bangladesh, singing in Bengali, people here would give it lots of aces (1). But yeah, this is Western music, oh so pleasing for our ears. Even though it's one giant mediocrity of a band.
 paul28 wrote:
One of the most overrated bands.
 
Well your'e sure worried to balance that out    
One of the most overrated bands.
 HonduranRed wrote:
How anyone can say this is "boring " is beyond me---powerful song---not melodically complicated but it expresses so much power and emotion--
 
...and check out the video. Emotive, stirring  and realistic.
Incredible groove. 10.
Saw this band live in August and they were fantastic!
great song, great album, great band. I recently revisited this album was amazed all over again.
Can't wait for the new release in October.
Bill why didn't "Suburban War" make it to the playlist? It's the best track on this great album as far as I am concerned.
How anyone can say this is "boring " is beyond me---powerful song---not melodically complicated but it expresses so much power and emotion--
Regina and Win recently became the parents of a baby boy. I wonder how parenthood will influence their future work.
Excellent segue from Tame Impala - Elephant
 kingart wrote:

This is what I wrote the last time this played. I'm repeating it. But this cut, at least, is not just boring. Now it's annoying. Is the drummer a human or a machine. In this case, what's the freakin' difference? Enough AF. Bring the fire extinguisher. 
 
I agree.... {#Stop}
 kingart wrote:
. They mean well. But they are boring.
 

Have you seen them play ? If not you may wish to avail yourself to do such. They are one of the most interesting
and enjoyable groups on todays music scene. One attended concert or Austin City Limits on the tube or take a trip to Canada,  and you may consider the delete function on your remark..... you first....   

 
saw them perform twice - they put on such a great show!
 kingart wrote:
An interesting band. They are different. They mean well. But they are boring. After hearing AF tracks dozens of times here and elsewhere, they are borderline unlistenable. I avail myself of the magic mute or PSD.  
 
This is what I wrote the last time this played. I'm repeating it. But this cut, at least, is not just boring. Now it's annoying. Is the drummer a human or a machine. In this case, what's the freakin' difference? Enough AF. Bring the fire extinguisher. 
An interesting band. They are different. They mean well. But they are boring. After hearing AF tracks dozens of times here and elsewhere, they are borderline unlistenable. I avail myself of the magic mute or PSD.  
 Stingray wrote:
Not a single (true) ROCK SONG during the past hour+!
NOT ONE!!!!
 
The reality check is in the mail...

This is a fantastic song.
 cosmiclint wrote:
Another great Arcade Fire performance on SNL last night, backing up Mick Jagger on The Last Time. And Jeff Beck pulled sounds from his Strat that I didn't know a guitar could make.
 
Gawd, I wish I'd seen that.  Love Arcade Fire and Jeff Beck!


Another great Arcade Fire performance on SNL last night, backing up Mick Jagger on The Last Time. And Jeff Beck pulled sounds from his Strat that I didn't know a guitar could make.
"I'm movin' back to Cleveland" Wink
 ottovonb wrote:
Really? I thought Tiny Tim died years ago. 
 

Except Tiny Tim could at least carry a tune, falsetto as it may be. This guy? Oy Vey!{#Stop} In spite of his ummm interesting song stylings this song is pretty decent.
 Stingray wrote:
Not a single (true) ROCK SONG during the past hour+!
NOT ONE!!!!
 
Dearest, we are so sad to let you go from this place. So sad to know that this place is not good enough for you. But we have to accept the fact , that there are better places for you out there, places that really deserves your class. In true humbleness {#Notworthy}
I WANT to like them.... But I just can't seem to find anything that is interesting.

Its all a little off to me. Not that thins matters to real fans but I just had to share.

Thanks for listening
 choderama wrote:


They should legalize soup  ...  it gets it out of the hands of soup criminals, and it can be safely regulated and taxed by Campbell's
 

 Pretty sly reference, my fellow British Columbian. Given's Campbell's love of gambling proceeds, I'm surprised he never got around to legalizing and taxing soup ;)

 Stingray wrote:
Not a single (true) ROCK SONG during the past hour+!
NOT ONE!!!!
 

And so what would work for you in the Rock department right now?   Just curious.
That's why it's called Radio Paradise and not Rock Paradise !

 
Stingray wrote:
Not a single (true) ROCK SONG during the past hour+!
NOT ONE!!!!
 


 finoufk wrote:
sounds like KISS on the unmasked album. Sings like Paul Stanley    good !{#Clap}
 
You know, I never made that connection before. But your right - Win's falsetto is eerily similar to Paul Stanleys.

Not a single (true) ROCK SONG during the past hour+!
NOT ONE!!!!
Pretty good stuff. Shame some of you cant enjoy soup while listening.
 Byronape wrote:

Nothing is better after gambling and sex than a nice bowl of soup.  Or before can be fun too.

 

Soup after gambling but before sex.
 Cynaera wrote:

I've been saying that soup should be legal here in Nevada, since gambling and prostitution are legal. Doesn't make sense that even a small bowl of soup can land a person in jail and net them a hefty fine, too.  It really is bizarro world here. {#Rolleyes}

 
Nothing is better after gambling and sex than a nice bowl of soup.  Or before can be fun too.

I like this song a lot.  However, it always makes me feel sad.
Getting cool to this Arcade Fire thing. Of late, every damn song sounds the same. I'm downgrading or even muting until they evolve their motif. 
 justlistening wrote:
Okay, the last song was Robbie Robertson - Fear of Falling, which only garnered a 5.8.  To me, even though it was disappointing it had much more going for it - vocals, instrumentals and style. In comparison this seems rated way too high.  Its beat is plodding and it's instrumentally unremarkable.

meh.  For me this is a 5.8.  Oh well.

 
Yep. Even a 5.8 is generous for this.

Okay, the last song was Robbie Robertson - Fear of Falling, which only garnered a 5.8.  To me, even though it was disappointing it had much more going for it - vocals, instrumentals and style. In comparison this seems rated way too high.  Its beat is plodding and it's instrumentally unremarkable.

meh.  For me this is a 5.8.  Oh well.

sounds like KISS on the unmasked album. Sings like Paul Stanley    good !{#Clap}
Its the headrests, wiper arms, and rearview mirror that have me convinced.  

 
Blaggart wrote:
Thinking it might be the W114 or 115 body. I've got the '72 coupe. What are the tells of a 116 for you?
 


Really? I thought Tiny Tim died years ago. 
 choderama wrote:


They should legalize soup... especially in tough economic times when it clearly isn't going away and other countries that have done the same haven't seen much of an increase in eating soup. Positives outweigh the negatives for sure... plus it gets it out of the hands of soup criminals, and it can be safely regulated and taxed by Campbell's, eliminating the crime. Soup brownies can be pretty good... would have to be a dessert soup though... that brownie would get soggy.
 
I've been saying that soup should be legal here in Nevada, since gambling and prostitution are legal. Doesn't make sense that even a small bowl of soup can land a person in jail and net them a hefty fine, too.  It really is bizarro world here. {#Rolleyes}

 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
Very good album but this isn't my favorite song from it. Still a good song, thanks for playing it.
 
Yeah, I bought this because Rolling Stone told me to and it was by far the only smart thing I've done. Ever.

Very good album but this isn't my favorite song from it. Still a good song, thanks for playing it.
"THE SUBURBS"
Grammy 2011 for album of the year; but they didn't play this song on the show!

 choderama wrote:


I thought in Texas you get like life in prison for enjoying a bowl of soup. That's like bizarro world for us Canadians...
 
Nah.  I mean, if that were true, Willie Nelson would be serving a triple life sentence.

Speaking of which - check this out - Willie Nelson has started an NPO for, um, soup? law reform. Click that or just Google "teapot party".

lsfeder wrote:
W116 Mercedes to be exact! The first ever production vehicle to offer anti lock brakes!
Oh yea, and this band is great.
Thinking it might be the W114 or 115 body. I've got the '72 coupe. What are the tells of a 116 for you?


It's Dayvid Boughwee (voice quavering)
American suburbs of music!

Possibly the most boring place on this planet!!!
Darlings of the industry that they are, I don't think that they are so great...  {#Undecided}
I love arcade fire.  This song reminds me of my recent road trip across wyoming. 

Is it too much to hope for a 30 something music head with secret tattoos to remove me from rainy england and take me on a permanent road trip?  Thought so...now where's my brolly?

{#Umbrella}
 sirdroseph wrote:
Not one of my favorite bands, but this is one of ,if not, the best song I have heard from them.
 

Couldn't have said it better myself.  This song has actually grown on me, unlike the other songs from this album that I've heard.  My first impression of all of them was "bo-o-o-o-o-o-o-oring".  But this one has a Spoon-like hypnotic effect with that kick drum beat.
Not one of my favorite bands, but this is one of ,if not, the best song I have heard from them.
 vandal wrote:

I will be attending the same double bill at the Memorial Colosseum in Portland Oregon on 30.Sep.  I've seen and love Calexico, and I really dig The Arcade Fire.  I say go for it! 
 
Followup:

As hoped, Arcade Fire were fantastic - one of the best shows I've seen in a long time. . .

{#Sunny}


I'm getting a Lindsey Buckingham vibe to this song.

That chorus just slays me...
Dont no why, first tacts remember me «Instant Karma» {#Rolleyes}

 lisapizza58 wrote:
Can't wait to see them at Berkeley!
 
I'm jealous.  Last time I checked they weren't coming near enough to where I live!

{#Whipit}             {#Evil}{#Shhh}   {#Tongue}{#Whipit} alright

 jagdriver wrote:
Venue: Berkeley's Greek Theater
Acts: Arcade Fire, Calexico
Dilemma: I LOVE Calexico, but is it worth schlepping to Berkeley when Arcade Fire is the headliner for this bill?

P.S. The Greek Theater in the autumn is reason enough to go.
 
I'm no English Lit. PHD, but I think you answered your own question in the post-script. 

P.S.: I'm envious of your dilemma - seeing AF and Calexico on the same bill - awesome

W116 Mercedes to be exact!  The first ever production vehicle to offer anti lock brakes!
Oh yea, and this band is great. 
Can't wait to see them at Berkeley!
 jagdriver wrote:
Venue: Berkeley's Greek Theater
Acts: Arcade Fire, Calexico
Dilemma: I LOVE Calexico, but is it worth schlepping to Berkeley when Arcade Fire is the headliner for this bill?

P.S. The Greek Theater in the autumn is reason enough to go.
 
I will be attending the same double bill at the Memorial Colosseum in Portland Oregon on 30.Sep.  I've seen and love Calexico, and I really dig The Arcade Fire.  I say go for it! 


Wow - an Arcade Fire song that doesn't make me go 'meh'
Awesome.
What a great song (and album) {#Bananapiano}
Venue: Berkeley's Greek Theater
Acts: Arcade Fire, Calexico
Dilemma: I LOVE Calexico, but is it worth schlepping to Berkeley when Arcade Fire is the headliner for this bill?

P.S. The Greek Theater in the autumn is reason enough to go.
 SweTex wrote:

You know...they should just legalize soup. My wife makes great soup brownies, btw.

 

They should legalize soup... especially in tough economic times when it clearly isn't going away and other countries that have done the same haven't seen much of an increase in eating soup. Positives outweigh the negatives for sure... plus it gets it out of the hands of soup criminals, and it can be safely regulated and taxed by Campbell's, eliminating the crime. Soup brownies can be pretty good... would have to be a dessert soup though... that brownie would get soggy.
 choderama wrote:


I thought in Texas you get like life in prison for enjoying a bowl of soup. That's like bizarro world for us Canadians...
 
You know...they should just legalize soup. My wife makes great soup brownies, btw.

 SweTex wrote:
Got this CD last night and will spend a good part of the weekend listening to it..I might enjoy a bowl and a malt whiskey tonight listening to it, come to think of it. A bowl of soup, that is...Ahem. Great band, this.
 

I thought in Texas you get like life in prison for enjoying a bowl of soup. That's like bizarro world for us Canadians...
Mercedes?  
Got this CD last night and will spend a good part of the weekend listening to it..I might enjoy a bowl and a malt whiskey tonight listening to it, come to think of it. A bowl of soup, that is...Ahem. Great band, this.


you need to give this song, and others, on the CD a chance. This is great, great stuff....you find yourself playing them "in your head" all day long!
 skdenfeld wrote:
I am nominating this album for Album of the Year from the Central Oregon jury.
 
The Nottingham jury only gives trois points, sorry :(

Yes - Bill you've got to play more from this album - Modern Man, Rococo, Ready to Start...keep going! Thank you!
I am nominating this album for Album of the Year from the Central Oregon jury.
Me, too ...