"We can build a house for two, with little ones to follow
Proof of our normality that justifies tomorrow"
—Crass, "Smother Love"
That's the Boy Scouts' solemn creed
And be clean in word and deed
Don't solicit for your sister
That's not nice
Unless you get a good percentage of her price"
— Tom Lehrer, "Be Prepared"
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..."
"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. Livable cities are the hallmark of a true civilization."
"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. Its what made American Beauty such an incredible film and why Dexter season four was so terrifying (especially the Thanksgiving episode where John Lithgowís character was literally holding his family to ransom around the perfect dinner table with the fear that he might snap at any minute). The X-Files would also tap into this dark vein of social commentary and it all begins here."