It’s easy to lose sight of the fact. But man, back in 1982, we meant it. We were not going to shave, or cut our hair, or wear a suit, or paint our bedroom walls white, or conform to society, and all of those jerkstore football players were just too dumb for our complex, well-read, greasy-skinned corner of the universe. It’s pretty much all we talked about back then. The words “time” and “spare” come to mind, although not in that order.
Time passes. Even so. Even if Rush had formed, say, in October 2011 instead of some non-specific month in 2112, or whatever, it’s doubtful they would have worn flannel shirts and ball caps, or played hoarse, stripped-down outsider pop for a mid-sized indie rock label. Which is why the PS I Love You refurbish of “Subdivisions” is such a splash of cold water in the face. All levity aside, the ageless theme of the song still resonates nearly 30 years later and probably always will. And this short-of-breath cover manages to hang on to the 80s prog-apocalypse while revisiting it with a junkie lunacy that cries out punk! and Casio! at the same time. This is the truest piece of music you will hear all day. Watchlisted for song of the year.