It’s a holiday weekend, so what better way to celebrate than with three different cover versions of Rush’s Subdivisions? Haha whut? Exactly. Give ‘er!

First up is one Brother Wilf told me about, by Allegaeon. It’s heavy and cool!

Up next, it’s one we know well… here’s Jacob Moon’s rooftop version, which we’ve all seen before but can always see again anytime…

And finally, it’s Heaven Below’s decent cover, featuring William Shatner!

Well, and what the hell. Here’s Rush’s original. Because awesome.

Happy Thanksgiving holiday Monday, everybody! You now surely have Subdivisions stuck in your head for the rest of the day, and that’s a great thing!

10 thoughts on “Subdivisions

  1. Phillip Helbig says:

    What a great song!

    Of course, Rush used to do 4 albums in one style, live album, then the next four in a different style, and so on. “Subdivisions” from Signals was the first of phase 3. Of course, within a phase, the albums sound different, and the progression is usually similar to that of the phases. For example, Moving Pictures, the last in phase2, has many things similar to Signals: shorter songs, more relevant lyrics, goofy haircuts. Signals is less 80s plastic than the three that followed: Geddy still playing the 4001 (how I wish he would bring that back!), Peart’s drumming still old-school, not over-produced.

    Although I’m a science-fiction fan, I don’t think it works well in rock, and I’m not a fantasy fan, so I was glad that Peart started, after Hemispheres (which is OK lyrically though; of course, not all of his old lyrics were bad, some were good, but some I don’t like: the s.f. stuff a bit too naive, and even Peart has now distanced himself from Rand), to move to more relevant lyrics. Unfortunately, the music started to decline around the same time, although, again, Signals is much better than what came afterward; it wasn’t until Counterparts that a really good album came again.

    I first saw Rush on the Signals tour, two consecutive shows in Dallas, Texas. Yes, at the time I was living in a subdivision in nearby Ft. Worth. Soon after, I escaped to Europe, where I still am. While Rush did come to Europe in the early 1990s, I didn’t go to the show, expecting too much 80s stuff. A review said that they played a lot of the old stuff, though. Bummer! I started going again in 2004. I can be glimpsed on the R30 video, looking out of it in the front row (a day or two later, I went into hospital for several months with lymphoma). I’ve since seen them on every European tour since.

    I got into them around the time of Moving Pictures, which actually got a lot of radio play, but also listened to the older albums (particularly from the second phase). Vinyl, of course, back then. Therein lies a very interesting tale, which I’m happy to tell to anyone I meet in person. 🙂


    1. 1537 says:

      I’m the other way around – that last version! Who do those clowns think they’re fooling? Give it up and go back to work in bank, dudes.


      1. boppinsblog says:

        That guy singing did a few one offs with Max Webster and Bob & Doug McKenzie, but not much else.

        And that drummer. Who the hell does he think he is? He’s no Ringo Starr, or Lars Ulrich.

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        1. keepsmealive says:

          Fair enough, yeah I get that. I dunno, maybe a victim of trying to add your own thing to covering frickin’ Rush, ya know? Still, it’s a million times better than I could do! 🙂


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