The end of the world

I’ve been challenged by Inquirer columnist Dan Rubin to come up with an End Times playlist (in case you don’t know it, many people believe the world will end next Saturday, or the Rapture’s going to happen, or something). His playlist is here. (He already took all the obvious ones…)

Here’s mine:

Eve of Destruction, Barry McGuire.
Gimme Shelter, Rolling Stones.
Earth Died Screaming, Tom Waits.
Mushroom Clouds, Love.
Five Years, David Bowie.
The End, The Doors.
Beds Are Burning, Midnight Oil.
London Calling, The Clash.
Four Winds, Bright Eyes.
Temptation of Adam, Josh Ritter.
Tables and Chairs, Andrew Bird.
And When I Die, Laura Nyro.
Sons and Daughters, The Decemberists.
The End, The Beatles.

10 thoughts on “The end of the world

  1. I’ve had this list for years, revised over time:

    Jerry Falwell’s God, Roy Zimmerman
    Momma Don’t Allow, Austin Lounge Lizards
    So Long Mom (A Song For World War III), Tom Lehrer
    Watchin’ Joey Glow, Steve Goodman
    The Mail Will Go Through, Tom Paxton
    The Neutron Bomb, Arlo Guthrie & Pete Seeger
    We Will All Go Together When We Go, Tom Lehrer
    Evacuation, Tom Paxton
    Wernher Von Braun, Tom Lehrer
    Sold A Hammer To The Pentagon, Tom Paxton
    Who’s Next?, Tom Lehrer
    Homeland Security, Tom Paxton
    Send The Marines, Tom Lehrer
    1984 Blues, Austin Lounge Lizards
    John Ashcroft & The Spirit of Justice, Tom Paxton
    National Brotherhood Week, Tom Lehrer
    Ashcroft’s Army, John McCutcheon
    We Are In Control, Austin Lounge Lizards
    Duct Tape, John McCutcheon
    Election Year Rag, Steve Goodman
    The Civilised World, Les Barker
    No Mas!, John McCutcheon
    I Ain’t Afraid, Holly Near

  2. How about:
    “Political Science” by Randy Newman
    “Skating Away on the Thin Ice of a New Day” by Jethro Tull.

  3. I am shocked that no one has included Tom Lehrer’s “Who’s Next?” Although I am gratified to see that Catherine D. has suggested a couple of his other tunes.

  4. I’d throw in

    X-Ray Spex “The Day the World Turned Day-Glo”

    The Weirdos “We Got the Neutron Bomb”

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