Quotes / Stepford Suburbia

We can build a house for two, with little ones to follow
Proof of our normality that justifies tomorrow
Crass, "Smother Love"

Well we might'a made some friends with some billionaires
We might'a got all nice and friendly if we'd made it upstairs
All I got was a note that said "bye-bye john"
Our love is 57 channels and nothin' on"
Bruce Springsteen, "57 Channels (And Nothin' On)"

And all the houses in the street have got a name
'Cos all the houses in the street they look the same
Same chimney pots, same little cars, same window panes
The neighbors call to tell you things that you should know
They say their lines, they drink their tea, and then they go
They tell your business in another Shangri-La
The gas bills and the water rates, and payments on the car
Too scared to think about how insecure you are
Life ain't so happy in your little Shangri-La
The Kinks, Shangri-La

Where the suburbs met utopia
What kind of dream was this
So easy to destroy?
And who are we to blame
for the sins of the past?
These slums of the future?
Pet Shop Boys, Suburbia

This could be heaven
Shallow spreads of ordered lawns
I like the illusion, illusion of privacy
The careful trees blending so perfectly
Bland planned idle luxury
A caviar of perfect dignity
Life in lovely allotted slots
A token nice, a nice constitution
A layered mass of subtle props
Public Image Ltd., No Birds

Everyone needs a perfect little house in suburbia...

(inner thought:) Shiny new automobile: check.
Wife cooking meatloaf, taking valium: check.
Monotonus job as a filing clerk: check.
Unbridled inner rage hidden just below the surface of normalcy: check.
—Suburban resident, Destroy All Humans!

Most intelligent people recognize that suburban sprawl is a blight. A lot of people also realize that walkable cities and well-planned communities would be a huge improvement on ghost malls, suburban slums and other hideous after-effects of developer greed and stupidity.

The American suburbs are a place for disaffected white people to live out their bland existences while a dark subcurrent of perversion and anxiety lurks just underneath. I don't want that ruined. How will Todd Solondz ever make a movie again if every asshole in the suburbs IS Todd Solondz?
Drew Magary, Make It Stop

Something that has crept into television over the past two decades is the examination of the perfect American family (an image they were keen to exploit in the early days of television) and revealing its dark underbelly like picking up a perfect stone and seeing the dirt and bugs that fester and hide underneath.
Doc Oho on The X-Files, "Deep Throat"

It's in the order of their hedgerows
It's in the way their curtains open and close
It's in the look they give you down their nose
All part of decency's jigsaw I suppose
XTC, "Respectable Street"

When all is said and done, Pleasant Homes residents are content. They become more focused and slip into the routine of work. Leisure activities center on the planned golf course or group activities. Parents find themselves actually able to trust their neighbors and let their children play in the street. Indeed, all the rough corners in their lives seem to just smooth over, so long as they listen to the beat of the Weaver thrumming through the dappled lanes. Pleasant Homes communities are crawling with Weaver spirits dedicated to making sure that those who live in their webs fit in and conform. Pesky details like individuality melt away. While living there is not a guaranteed ticket to becoming a drone, those neighborhoods do seem to be breeding grounds for the Weaver's human servants...
Werewolf: The Apocalypse - Book Of The City