It's the End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine). In fact, I feel pretty good about it, really. I'm #TeamMayan all the way on this whole end of the world thing. I'm bold enough to say it: I'm pro-Apocalypse.
Now before one of you goes running to fetch the men with the nets and I-Love-Me jackets, let me be clear: I'm not cheering on my death. Or yours. To quote Willie Nelson, I've seen all this world I care to see: The Red Sox won a couple World Series, Alabama won a couple National Championships, the Raiders are never going to get it back together again. I found out how the Harry Potter series ends, George Lucas screwed up the prequels and Disney will botch the sequels to the real Star Wars story. I've seen a lot of Next Big Things and they aren't getting any bigger. I've got a lot to be thankful for and I'll still be here with the rest of you if the world is spinning on December 22, but I've assumed the jaded pose and won't feel cheated if this ride comes to a complete stop one day earlier.
So, have you started working on your End Of The World playlist? I have. What else is there to do while you're waiting for the end of the world. It's time to DJ the end of the world, kids. You don't want to fly into the great unknown listening to fucking Ke$ha, do you? And if you do, please stop reading right now.
I've already namechecked one song that has to be on it. R.E.M.'s '80s classic "It's The End..." is making the cut. I'll make room for U2's "Last Night On Earth." It's one of the best songs on Pop, which is akin to being the nicest gay bar in Riyahdh. Sorry, Bono. That record kind of blows, dude.
How about The Smith's "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"? Irony, right? I think I'll listen to this one twice: the original the first time and Noel Gallagher's reverential cover of it a little later.
I'm definitely taking Pernice Brother's "Waiting For The Universe" from my favorite of their albums (Yours Mine & Ours) in case I start feeling a bit darkly romantic about our pending doom. Brilliant song and probably the best melody on the list so far.
I wrote of the dark, tragic majesty of Mark Lanegan's mortality tale in our collective Sad Bastard playlist. If I start to get a bit glum about the end of the world, "When Your Number Isn't Up" from Bubblegum might be a good one to keep handy.
Dan Wilson's "Free Life" has always been one of my favorite contemplations on mortality, spirit, and soul. We have to hear that one. I've never liked Neil Young but his "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere" has been a favorite song title and this year Bettye LaVette gave a great interpretation of it on her Thankful N Thoughtful album, so we can put that on the list as well.
That's a start. I'm running out of time to perfect the playlist but this is a fistful of song I can sit with while I wait for calamity to strike. Let's recap what I have so far:
R.E.M. - "It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)"
U2 - "Last Night On Earth"
Pernice Brothers - "Waiting For The Universe"
The Smiths - "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
Dan Wilson - "Free Life"
Mark Lanegan - "When Your Number Isn't Up"
Noel Gallagher - "There Is A Light That Never Goes Out"
Bettye LaVette - "Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere"
Your suggestions are encouaged and welcome!