No Rush song speaks as directly to the tormented teenage soul as 1982’s “Subdivisions.” Its fat synthesizer lines and darkly perceptive lyrics about suburban teen alienation made it the perfect angst anthem to turn up to 11. Forget “How Soon Is Now”; “Subdivisions” is the song that truly understood what you were going through. The song’s release coincided with the launch of MTV, so its video was a frequent part of their daily rotation.
This Week on Bandcamp rounds up our favorite covers to hit the site in the past seven days.
Our second Bandcamp set of the new year takes on two songs from the ‘60s, one from the ‘70s, and two from the last few years. We’ve got ambient electropop, twee ballads, and dub reggae. So, yeah, as all over the place as usual.
In the mid ’70s, Patti Smith put a knife through the heart of the stereotype of the poet as a serious, tweed-clad, college professor type. Breaking out of the New York punk scene, her first four albums truly rocked without ever having to sacrifice lyrical depth. Wild Thing remind us of the power of Smith’s music with a recent live cover of Radio Ethiopia‘s “Ask The Angels.”