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Old 10-02-13, 12:23 PM
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Best apocalyptic songs?

I'm making a playlist about the end of the world, societal collapse and personal endtimes (for fun!) and need to gather songs. I want it to be appropriately doom-laden and serious, not jokey or silly. Not looking for Slayer-esque angry/violent visions, just genuine / honest reflections of potential implications of the end of the world. Sometimes quiet or even bouncy / poppy songs are more effective.

I found this list:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_apocalyptic_songs
and some of my favorites are:
"8 Minutes" by The Dismemberment Plan
"A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" by Bob Dylan (not necessarily apocalyptic, but somehow fits)
"Gimme Shelter" by The Rolling Stones
"Life During Wartime" by Talking Heads (I get it's an allegory)
"Pink Moon" by Nick Drake

...the rest is kind of weak.

I'll add:
"When the man Comes Around" by Johnny Cash
"All Going out Together" by Big Dipper
"Good Morning Captain" by Slint
"Vaka" by Sigur Ros
"We Will Become Silhouettes" by The Postal Service

Other ideas?

/no obvious "End of the World as We Know it" or "Don't Fear the Reaper", please.
Old 10-02-13, 12:29 PM
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Re: Best apocalyptic songs?

"End of the World" - Gary Moore

(surprised that's not on the wiki list)
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Re: Best apocalyptic songs?

This could work:

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Re: Best apocalyptic songs?

Gimme Shelter was the first thing that I thought of.

Today Your Love,Tomorrow the World-Ramones
London Calling-Clash
Search and Destroy-Stooges
Loose-Stooges
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Re: Best apocalyptic songs?

Originally Posted by arminius View Post
Search and Destroy-Stooges
Loose-Stooges
The Stooges are a great suggestion. Most anything off of "Fun House" will do, especially "1970".

Just tought of two more:
"Kangaroo" by Big Star
"Wars of Armageddon" by Funkadelic
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Re: Best apocalyptic songs?

One of my favorites
Young Marble Giants: Final Day
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"Good Morning Captain" by Slint
Incredible song, I believe it's a tribute to the Rime of the Ancient Mariner

But anyone who hasn't heard it deserves to. One of the most raw songs I've ever heard:
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Re: Best apocalyptic songs?

Black Sabbath. By Black Sabbath.
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Oh, I think these are serious, honest and genuine enough.





And, of course:


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I can't believe no one has posted:

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Four Horsemen-Metallica
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Re: Best apocalyptic songs?

XTC "This World Over"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1aQ9JMPQjY
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And, of course:

Great song from a very underrated record.
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Re: Best apocalyptic songs?

What about the "Weird Al" Yankovic classic, Christmas at Ground Zero, folks?

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maybe?
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Re: Best apocalyptic songs?

I don't know if it's traditionally thought of that way, but I've always though of Dylan's surreal "Desolation Row" as having an apocalyptic sound to it. I think there's a great 12-minute metal cover version to be made somewhere. Come on, Dream Theater! I'll second "London Calling" too. It never gets old.
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Re: Best apocalyptic songs?

Iron Maiden - Two Minutes To Midnight

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Personal endtimes? Like

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Re: Best apocalyptic songs?

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Good one! I haven't heard that since the 80s.

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