End-of-the-World Playlist

Over at NPR, there was a post asking people for the song to be played during the Rapture as predicted by Harold Camping. I gave several choices in my response:

For years, I’ve kept a directory of songs, just called “apoc”.

Top choices that are explicitly about the end of the world out of that directory would include:

“The Old Gods Return”, Blue Oyster Cult
“The Horsemen Arrive”, Blue Oyster Cult
“Black Blade”, Blue Oyster Cult

Ones that are evocative of end-of-the-world hopelessness or creepiness if not outright apocalypse would include:

“Silent Running”, Mike and the Mechanics
“No Way Out of Here”, David Gilmour
“Voices”, Russ Ballard
“Wings Wetted Down”, Blue Oyster Cult

And no list of end-of-the-world songs is complete without an homage to the people who keep saying it’s this time, for sure, really truly:

“Lunatic Fringe”, Red Rider

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Wesley R. Elsberry

Falconer. Interdisciplinary researcher: biology and computer science. Photographer. Husband. Christian. Activist.

5 thoughts on “End-of-the-World Playlist

  • 2011/05/21 at 11:51 am
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    There’s a paradox exemplified by people attempting to predict a specific date for an apocalypse based on Christian scripture, since the same body of scripture says explicitly that no one will know the date ahead of time.

    If you profess to believe scripture, you should automatically recuse yourself from any speculation on Rapture dates and such-like. After all, scripture says that anything that you say on the topic will be false, and elsewhere scripture says that spreading falsehood is wrong.

  • 2011/05/23 at 12:21 pm
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    It’s like those evangelists claiming to actually be Jesus Christ (three in all, I think). I don’t even pretend to guess how their followers reconcile that.

  • 2011/05/26 at 2:20 pm
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    End of the world has been re-calculated yet again. None of these whack job false prophets has the faith to say, “If I am wrong, I’ll refund your contributions and you should leave my group”

  • 2011/05/26 at 7:16 pm
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    Actually, they ought to submit themselves to the scriptural punishment for false prophets.

    There’s zero recidivism from that group, at least.

  • 2011/05/28 at 10:38 am
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    Very true, but they don’t have the faith for it.

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