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 'Suburbia' was the last single released from the 'Please' album. 

Production and RecordingEdit

The album version, which was produced by Stephen Hague, appeared first. The bassline is inspired by Madonna's 'Into The Groove', according to Chris, who wrote all the music for 'Suburbia'. The album version almost exactly resembles their original demo recording. 

For the 7" and 12", Julian Mendelsohn was brought in to re-mix, and he transformed the track into an epic soundscape, complete with riot sounds, explosions and a heavier percussion arsenal. The smashing glass in the Julian Mendelsohn version was a pane of glass smashed and recorded at Sarm West Studios

LyricsEdit

The lyrics were inspired by a film of the same name as the song, directed by Penelope Spheeris. Says Neil:

I thought it was a great idea to write a song about suburbia and how it's really violent and decaying and a mess...that the suburbs are really nasty, that behind lace curtains everyone is an alcoholic or a spanker or a mass murderer.

Neil is referring to his own mother in the line "mother's got a hairdo to be done..."

Suburbia
where the suburbs met utopia
where the suburbs met utopia

Lost in the high street, where the dogs run
roaming suburban boys
Mother's got her hairdo to be done
She says they're 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

Let's take a ride
and run with the dogs tonightin suburbia
You can't hide
Run with the dogs tonight
in suburbia

Break the window by the town hall
Listen! A siren screams
there in the distance like a roll call
of all the suburban dreams

Let's take a ride
and run with the dogs tonight
in suburbia
You can't hide
run with the dogs tonight
in suburbia

I only wanted something else to do but hang around
I only wanted something else to do but hang around

It's on the front page of the papers
This is their hour of need
Where's a policeman when you need one
to blame the colour TV?

Let's take a ride
and run with the dogs tonight
in suburbia
You can't hide
run with the dogs tonight
in suburbia

Suburbia
where the suburbs met utopia
What kind of dream was this
so easy to destroy?
And who are we to blame
for the sins of the past?
These slums of the future?
suburbia
where the suburbs met utopia
suburbia
where the suburbs met utopia

Releases and VersionsEdit

'Suburbia' was the last single from Please, released in late 1986.

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