Suburbia

Writers - Tennant/Lowe
First released - 1986
Original album - Please
Producer - Stephen Hague
Subsequent albums - Disco, Discography, PopArt, Pandemonium, Ultimate
Other releases - single (UK #8, US #70, US Dance #46)

The Boys have described this song as an "epic of mad dogs and hooligans" that was inspired by a film of the same name by Penelope Spheeris about aimless, disillusioned young toughs running rampant in the suburbs of Los Angeles. Very much the urbanites, Tennant and Lowe use this track as an opportunity to express what they consider to be "the full horror" (as the subtitle of one of the remixes puts it) of suburban life, where nastiness and evil lurks just beneath a superficially attractive surface.

The dogs mentioned in the lyrics and whose barking frames the track probably symbolize the underlying beastialism of humanity. (One site visitor has pointed out that wild dogs inhabiting the L.A. suburbs play a significant role in the Spheeris film. The opening scene, for instance, depicts a dog mauling a baby. This probably gave Chris and Neil the idea in the first place to use dogs so prominently in the song.)

"Suburbia" proved a very successful single in Britain, though considerably less so in the States. Chris has noted, by the way, that the bassline for this track is "virtually the same" as that of Madonna's "Into the Groove."

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