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In Suburbia

In Suburbia
Created by: meander
Tracks: 18
Length: 01:19:31
Keywords 1. sprawl
2. suburbs
3. compilation
Created on 10/03/09 11:09pm
Level 1
Points 1236
Total visitors 10
Unique visitors 7
description:
I’ve wanted to make this mix for a long time. A mix devoted entirely to songs about suburban sprawl.

I grew up in the suburbs and was scarred from that experience. Well, that’s not entirely true, but it did make me realize that the way you design your community has a huge environmental footprint. Suburb communities that are structured with single use development patterns with cul-de-sacs means that you need to get into your car every time you need some milk or want to go to the bank.

This realization lead me to study sustainable community design and to advocate for walkable neighbourhoods. So it is no surprise that I ended up working at a non-profit that encourages compact complete communities.

I made this mix as a 2008 Christmas present for my colleagues. Enjoy!

(and I took this photo not too far from my mother's house. It's a sign advertising a track housing development with the hysterical tag line "A complete community close to nature." right.)

tracklist

1 Danny Michel : Feather, Fur and Fin
(Canadian) "I went to the country to escape the noise and lights

and I laid there in the pine cones a [...]
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Track 1 from Feather, Fur and Fin
Length: 00:04:58
Year: 2008
Track Description:
(Canadian) "I went to the country to escape the noise and lights

and I laid there in the pine cones all night

I woke in the morning when all the trees were gone

I got this sinking feeling, everything felt wrong

Strip malls and dollar stores and diesel in the air"
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2 The Weakerthans : Night Windows
(Canadian) “We turned and watch our city sprawl”
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Track 8 from Reunion Tour
Length: 00:04:36
Year: 2007
Track Description:
(Canadian) “We turned and watch our city sprawl”
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3 Josh Rouse : Suburban Sweethearts
"We could move back to the suburbs
Rent a house, change our name
If you could only find a purpose
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Track 1 from Dressed up like Nebraska
Length: 00:02:49
Year: 0000
Track Description:
"We could move back to the suburbs
Rent a house, change our name
If you could only find a purpose
If you could only stay the same"
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4 Spoon : Rhthm and Soul
"Tract houses
square couches
short legs and
square shoulders"
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Track 5 from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Length: 00:03:30
Year: 2007
Track Description:
"Tract houses
square couches
short legs and
square shoulders"
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5 Stars : Reunion
(Canadian) “driving twisted through the suburbs, then driving back again”
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Track 4 from Set Yourself on Fire
Length: 00:03:41
Year: 2005
Track Description:
(Canadian) “driving twisted through the suburbs, then driving back again”
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6 Snailhouse : O My God
(Canadian) "You spent half your life in the suburbs
and the other half on the town"
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Track 8 from Lies on the prize
Length: 00:03:50
Year: 2008
Track Description:
(Canadian) "You spent half your life in the suburbs
and the other half on the town"
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7 Iron and Wine : Peace Beneath The City
"Here’s a prayer for the body buried by the interstate
Mother of a soldier, a tree in a forest up in fl [...]
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Track 11 from The Shepherd's Dog
Length: 00:04:45
Year: 2007
Track Description:
"Here’s a prayer for the body buried by the interstate
Mother of a soldier, a tree in a forest up in flames
Black valley, peace beneath the city
Where the women hear the washboard rhythm in their bosom when they say
"Give me good legs and a Japanese car and show me a road”"
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8 Calexico : Bisbee Blue
"New cities keep on sprawling
Old towns falling too
Raining a river of color"
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Track 3 from Garden Ruin
Length: 00:02:48
Year: 2006
Track Description:
"New cities keep on sprawling
Old towns falling too
Raining a river of color"
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9 Jim Bryson : Somewhere Else
"(Canadian)
This town that I once called home,
I just can’t hold on to.
It’s got strip ma [...]
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Track 2 from The North Side Benches
Length: 00:03:53
Year: 2003
Track Description:
"(Canadian)
This town that I once called home,
I just can’t hold on to.
It’s got strip malls, and bus stops
and people I’ve never really talked to

And everybody out here wants to live somewhere else
I wish I could find a place and stay there by myself
Bit but bit I swear I think I’m losing
All this city’s confidence"
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10 Death Cab for Cutie : 405
Suburbs exist because of highways - and sometimes you miss the exit.

"took the 405 and drove a sta [...]
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Track 0 from We Have The Facts and We're Voting Yes
Length: 00:03:38
Year: 2000
Track Description:
Suburbs exist because of highways - and sometimes you miss the exit.

"took the 405 and drove a stake down into your center,
and stated that it's never ever been better than this...

Misguided by the 405 'cause it lead me to an alcoholic summer.
I missed the exit to your parents' house hours ago."

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11 Catatonia : Road Rage
And sometimes all that highway driving leads to road rage.

"We all live in the space age, coming d [...]
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Track 4 from Greatest Hits (Disc 1)
Length: 00:05:08
Year: 2002
Track Description:
And sometimes all that highway driving leads to road rage.

"We all live in the space age, coming down with road rage,
Racing through the best days"
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12 Ben Folds : Rockin' the Suburbs
"I'm rockin' the suburbs
Just like Michael Jackson did
I'm rockin' the suburbs
Except that he w [...]
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Track 11 from Rockin' the Suburbs
Length: 00:04:58
Year: 2001
Track Description:
"I'm rockin' the suburbs
Just like Michael Jackson did
I'm rockin' the suburbs
Except that he was talented
I'm rockin' the suburbs
I take the cheques and face the facts
That some producer with computers fixes all my shitty tracks"
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13 the Rheostatics : The Ballad of Wendel Clark, Part 1&2
(Canadian) "This suburb rocks, with the Eddie Van Wailers"
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Track 9 from Double Live
Length: 00:05:17
Year: 1997
Track Description:
(Canadian) "This suburb rocks, with the Eddie Van Wailers"
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14 Pet shop boys : Suburbia
"Lost in the high street, where the dogs run
Roaming suburban boys
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Track 0 from Please
Length: 00:05:05
Year: 1986
Track Description:
"Lost in the high street, where the dogs run
Roaming suburban boys
Mothers got a hairdo to be done
She says theyre too old for toys
Stood by the bus stop with a felt pen
In this suburban hell
And in the distance a police car
To break the suburban spell...

I only wanted something else to do but hang around"
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15 The Arcade Fire : Headlights Look Like Diamonds
(Canadian) "The countryside's deserted
There's no one on the farms
The suburbs all are sleeping
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Track 6 from The Arcade Fire
Length: 00:04:22
Year: 2003
Track Description:
(Canadian) "The countryside's deserted
There's no one on the farms
The suburbs all are sleeping
The earthquakes set off car alarms"

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16 Andrew Bird : Plasticities
"We’ll fight, we’ll fight
We’ll fight for your music halls and dying cities
They’ll fight, t [...]
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Track 3 from Armchair Apocrypha
Length: 00:04:27
Year: 2007
Track Description:
"We’ll fight, we’ll fight
We’ll fight for your music halls and dying cities
They’ll fight, they’ll fight
They’ll fight for your neural wall and plasticities
And precious territory"
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17 The Recoilers : Airport Parkway
(Canadian) "I'm leaving on the Airport Parkway
Forever Again in my tape deck
From the city to the su [...]
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Track 4 from For Decoration Only
Length: 00:06:11
Year: 1996
Track Description:
(Canadian) "I'm leaving on the Airport Parkway
Forever Again in my tape deck
From the city to the suburbs, just another mile."
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18 Talking Heads : (Nothing But) Flowers
Here’s a song for my colleagues. How to turn a place around? How do you convert the highways to flowers? W [...]
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Track 5 from Naked
Length: 00:05:35
Year: 1988
Track Description:
Here’s a song for my colleagues. How to turn a place around? How do you convert the highways to flowers? We may not do that entirely, but it's slightly hopeful on turning asphalt to daisies.

"From the age of the dinosaurs
Cars have run on gasoline
Where, where have they gone?
Now, it's nothing but flowers
This used to be real estate
Now it's only fields and trees
Where, where is the town
Now, it's nothing but flowers
The highways and cars
Were sacrificed for agriculture
I thought that we'd start over
But I guess I was wrong

Once there were parking lots
Now it's a peaceful oasis
you got it, you got it

This was a Pizza Hut
Now it's all covered with daisies
you got it, you got it"
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