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Rush - Subdivisions (1982)

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"Subdivisions" is a song by Canadian progressive rock group, Rush, released as the second single from their 1982 album ...

"Subdivisions" is a song by Canadian progressive rock group, Rush, released as the second single from their 1982 album Signals.

The song was a staple of the band's live performances, is played regularly on classic-rock radio, and appears on several greatest-hits compilations. It was released as a single in 1982, and despite limited success on the UK charts, the song had significant airplay in Great Britain. In the United States, it charted at No. 5 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart and No. 5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. Played live prior to its release, numerous pre-release live versions have circulated among collectors for years.

The promotional video scenes were filmed in the Toronto, Ontario area. The downtown scenes were filmed in downtown Toronto, most notably the opening zoom out shot of the intersection of King and Bay St, while the suburbs scenes were filmed in Scarborough, Ontario, near Warden and Finch Avenues. The aerial zoom out is of Sandy Haven Dr in Scarborough at the north east corner of Warden Ave and McNicoll Ave. The high school scenes were filmed at L'Amoreaux Collegiate Institute, in the same area. The video also features scenes of the Don Valley Parkway (with a GO train seen crossing in the foreground), Highway 401 (at the 404 interchange), and a busy PATH tunnel.

The lead character is played by Dave Glover, a L'Amoreaux student at the time.

The arcade game featured at the end of the video is Atari's Tempest. The video game arcade was a real arcade, not staged, and named Video Invasion. It was located at 3500 Bathurst St in North York, Toronto. It is just a few kilometers from Willowdale, the neighborhood of North York mentioned in The Necromancer. Most famously, Brian May of Queen frequented the arcade, and there were pictures of him on the wall.

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