A few songs to listen to before the end of the world.

Evangelical Christians in America have predicted that the end of the world is nigh. As they are generally a rational bunch, I for one am inclined to believe them. Here are some records to listen to before the impending doom. See you on the other side.

Willie Williams – Armagideon Time. ’A lot of people won’t get no justice tonight’ sings Willie, however, I imagine that’ll be the last thing on their mind when they see the four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Morrissey – Everyday is like Sunday. The former Smiths frontman got into the spirit on his debut album Viva Hate. ‘Come Armageddon, come Armageddon, come’ he warbles.

The Rapture – House of Jealous Lovers. This song may have nothing to do with the end of the world, but the band are called The Rapture and The Rapture is what they predict will occur today so there you go, probably wont be the only tenous link.

 Johnny Cash – When The Man Comes Around. One of the few self-penned songs on his last album, American IV, the man in black details what will occur come the day of Armageddon.

Nick Cave, Kylie Minogue, Shane McGowan, PJ Harvey etc – Death is Not the End. A cover of a late 80’s Dylan number and the closing song on Murder Ballads, Nick Cave et al remind us that whilst the end of the world might be fucking scary we’ve got eternal happiness or damnation to look forward to, so, swings and roundabouts eh.

Tricky – Hell is Round The Corner. From the Bristolian’s debut Maxinquaye, a timely reminder that if you haven’t got Jesus in your heart, you’re essentially well fucked.

The Stone Roses – Breaking into Heaven. This is the first song on their much maligned follow up to The Stone Roses, The Second Coming. The link is probably a bit tenuous, but if I’m sent the other way it’s what I intend to do, and it’s a good track and all.

The Velvet Underground – Black Angel’s Death Song. Self-explanatory really, I imagine the grim reaper will be whistling this later come the rapture.

 Augustus Pablo – Bells of Death. I’m not sure whether the followers of Jah believe in the end of the world and I’m not sure whether Augustus, or Horace as his mother called him, particularly cares as he died twelve years ago Wednesday just gone. Nice Reggae instrumental though.

Sister Wynona Carr – Dragnet for Jesus. I’m going to listen to this last as it’s probably wise to repent just before the impending Armageddon. Plus she’s got one hell of a voice.

By Callum West


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