We Are All Going To Die: 2017 Inauguration Playlist
January 16, 2017 10:21 AM   Subscribe

I'm putting together a playlist to get me through this weekend. The theme is: we are all going to die/everything is terrible/this is a disaster/the end of civilization as we know it. Connections can be tenuous, lyrical/topical fit less important than the one moment of "HA! This song! Perfect!" Songs so far include REM's "It's the End of the World As We Know It," The Homeless Gospel Choir's "Armageddon," Def Leppard's "Armageddon It." Not interested in generic depressing/downbeat songs or overly sincere songs or even hopeful ones. Bitter laughs preferred.
posted by DirtyOldTown to Media & Arts (98 answers total) 42 users marked this as a favorite
 
Party at Ground Zero is a cold war song that is only sort of relevant these days.
posted by ArbitraryAndCapricious at 10:24 AM on January 16, 2017 [10 favorites]


The Dead Flag Blues seems custom made for this occasion. Not really that funny, though. See also, the entirety of Godspeed and A Silver Mt. Zion's catalog.

edit: oops, just read the last sentence stipulation. This one is downbeat and depressing, although I don't know about generic.
posted by codacorolla at 10:31 AM on January 16, 2017 [3 favorites]




Nina Simone - "Sinnerman"
posted by Nerd of the North at 10:34 AM on January 16, 2017 [6 favorites]


Ministry - So What
posted by My Dad at 10:35 AM on January 16, 2017 [4 favorites]


Outro to Dr. Strangelove: "We'll Meet Again..."
posted by Cold Lurkey at 10:42 AM on January 16, 2017 [6 favorites]


Mr. Lif's Post Mortem is my favorite end-of-the-world song. You can bet it'll be on loop all week at my house.
posted by General Malaise at 10:45 AM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


Tom Lehrer's "We Will All Go Together When We Go" is exactly what you want.
posted by clone boulevard at 10:48 AM on January 16, 2017 [10 favorites]


Other possible themes: people who are assholes; punny references to golden showers; etc. "He's a Dick" by Golden Smog, for example.
posted by DirtyOldTown at 10:49 AM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


Jim Carrol - Those Are People Who Died
posted by doctor_negative at 10:49 AM on January 16, 2017 [3 favorites]


Political Science by Randy Newman seems more relevant than ever. Sad!
posted by Too-Ticky at 10:50 AM on January 16, 2017 [4 favorites]


Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker (the current opening track to my "Everything is Fucked" playlist, but sounds like Cortex's take is too cheerful for you).
posted by deludingmyself at 10:51 AM on January 16, 2017 [3 favorites]


Eve of Destruction

I Hate You
posted by JohnFromGR at 10:52 AM on January 16, 2017 [5 favorites]


Warren Zevon, "My Shit's Fucked Up"
Weird Al, "Christmas at Ground Zero"
Leonard Cohen, Everybody Knows (or Johnette Napolitano's version)
posted by dilettante at 10:59 AM on January 16, 2017 [4 favorites]


Also from St. Leonard, The Future
Elvis Costello, Tramp the Dirt Down
Bob Dylan, Masters of War
posted by ottereroticist at 10:59 AM on January 16, 2017 [4 favorites]


Why Am I Treated So Bad is a Staple Singers song, but I prefer the Soul Stirrers' version.
posted by rd45 at 11:04 AM on January 16, 2017


Leonard Cohen Everybody Knows

Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich

posted by whoiam at 11:05 AM on January 16, 2017 [3 favorites]


"Shit Luck" by modest mouse - it goes THIS PLANE IS DEFINITELY CRASHING!!! THIS BOAT IS OBVIOUSLY SINKING!!!! etc.

"In our darkest hour" by Phantom Planet - it's about being in a house burning down and it goes "Well we have got to get out of here/ in our darkest hour/ we may not make it"
posted by bleep at 11:07 AM on January 16, 2017 [4 favorites]


Pretty much the whole of the album Transverse City by Warren Zevon, but the title track in particular.
posted by adamrice at 11:09 AM on January 16, 2017 [2 favorites]


The Clash - London Calling
Also relevant from The Clash: Clampdown
posted by Room 641-A at 11:11 AM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]




"Will the moon explode pt 2" by The 23rd Century is another one I thought about recently. It's not on YouTube but it's on iTunes.
It's about the planet's anxiety that moonquakes signal the imminent destruction of the moon and they're like "I don't know what they have to discuss. Will someone get up there and find out what's happening before it erupts? Everyone sees the pattern, but nobody's in the mood to do anything about it. Will the moon be the moon when we see it again? Will the sky swallow everything til everything's dead?"
posted by bleep at 11:16 AM on January 16, 2017


The Clash is good for this sort of mood:

London Calling
The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in
Meltdown expected, the wheat is growin' thin
Engines stop running, but I have no fear
'Cause London is drowning, and I, I live by the river

White Riot
All the power's in the hands
Of people rich enough to buy it

Koka Kola
Elevator! Going up!
In the gleaming corridors of the 51st floor
The money can be made if you really want some more
Executive decision, a clinical precision
Jumping from the windows, filled with indecision

Remote Control
Big business, it don't like you
It don't like the things you do

Career Opportunities
Career opportunities, the ones that never knock
Every job they offer you is to keep you out the dock
posted by colfax at 11:20 AM on January 16, 2017 [3 favorites]


tout va tres bien, madame la marquise is on my apocalyptic playlist. It skewers foolish optimism very well, and I believe used to be popular among fans of black humour in the Soviet Union. I also like Flanders & Swann, Twenty Tons of TNT.
posted by Aravis76 at 11:22 AM on January 16, 2017


Also, Lunch Break by Modest Mouse.
posted by colfax at 11:22 AM on January 16, 2017


Matchbox Twenty (no really!) How far we've come
posted by zara at 11:24 AM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


"Satan said dance" by clap your hands say yeah "And it's nothing at all like you thought it would be no whips no chains just dancing dancing dancing dancing"
"Humans" by Islands an upbeat ballad about a group of people who retreat underground from a calamity that destroys civilization; they have no idea how to survive so they die.
posted by bleep at 11:27 AM on January 16, 2017


I find Running the World by Jarvis Cocker very fitting for this situation.
posted by Lluvia at 11:34 AM on January 16, 2017 [7 favorites]


Built to Spill - You Were Right
posted by LionIndex at 11:35 AM on January 16, 2017 [3 favorites]


Flowers, by The Talking Heads.
posted by radicalawyer at 11:38 AM on January 16, 2017 [2 favorites]


Bruce Springsteen's "Wrecking Ball" might have a little to much fight left in it, but it's got the bitterness.
Now when all this steel and these stories, they drift away to rust
And all our youth and beauty, it's been given to the dust
And your game has been decided, and you're burning down the clock
And all our little victories and glories, have turned into parking lots
posted by gladly at 11:38 AM on January 16, 2017 [2 favorites]


Okay I have your jam, complete with bitter maniacal laughter as the world crumbles. Seriously, it's perfect. Disneyland, by a little-known Toronto artist named Nick Teehan. (give it some time to build.)
posted by anybodys at 11:39 AM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


More personal than political, but The Mountain Goats' "No Children" is non-stop fatalistic imagery.
posted by juliapangolin at 11:42 AM on January 16, 2017 [3 favorites]


Tenuous connection, but I'm feeling The Eels -Last stop - this town lately.

Less tenuously, there's plenty of Billy Bragg to choose from, but let's go with this one:
Goodbye and good luck to all the promises you've broken
Goodbye and good luck to all the rubbish that you've spoken
Your life has lost its dignity, its beauty and its passion
You're an accident waiting to happen
You're a dedicated swallower of fascism
You're an accident waiting to happen
posted by deludingmyself at 11:42 AM on January 16, 2017


Lluvia beat me to it. So good.
posted by booooooze at 11:42 AM on January 16, 2017


Green Day American Idiot - "welcome to a new kind of tension all across the alien nation where everything isn't meant to be okay"

And Troubled Times - "where's the truth in the written word if noone reads it?"

Ben Folds All You Can Eat - "god made us number one because he loves us the best, well maybe he should go bless someone else for a while, give us a rest"

XTC Dear God - "the people that you made in your image, see them fighting in the street 'cause they can't make opinions meet about god"

And a happy little tune from Richard Thompson The End of the Rainbow - "life seems so rosy in the cradle, but I'll be a friend, I'll tell you what's in store: there's nothing at the end of the rainbow, there's nothing to grow up for anymore"
posted by headnsouth at 11:43 AM on January 16, 2017 [3 favorites]


Prince - 1999
posted by Room 641-A at 11:52 AM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


O Fortuna - scary ominous orchestral piece by Carl Orff, from Carmina Burana
posted by valannc at 11:59 AM on January 16, 2017


Maybe a little too on the nose, and Secret Service, if you're reading this, I am not endorsing anything, but:

Kill the President - Offspring (lyrics)

Also by Offspring: Americana ("My future's determined by / Thieves, thugs, and vermin")
posted by AFABulous at 12:05 PM on January 16, 2017


Ghost Town by The Specials

Welcome to the Terrordome by Public Enemy (from the aptly-titled, Fear of a Black Planet)
posted by Halo in reverse at 12:08 PM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


Los Campesinos! - We are Beautiful, We are doomed.

"I hope my heart goes first".
posted by 81818181818181818181 at 12:11 PM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


[May I recommend that your playlist concludes with Fight the Power - Public Enemy?]
posted by Halo in reverse at 12:14 PM on January 16, 2017 [2 favorites]


The outcome of a dumpster fire:

The Blood Brothers - Trash Flavored Trash
posted by elephantsvanish at 12:19 PM on January 16, 2017


Ooh, another possibility: Two Tribes by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
posted by Halo in reverse at 12:24 PM on January 16, 2017


Jim's Big Ego, "Everything Must Go"
We're all gonna die
And we don't know when
So what're we gonna do until then?
posted by Faint of Butt at 12:25 PM on January 16, 2017




Fugi - Revelations
posted by clockwork at 12:29 PM on January 16, 2017


"Work Work" clipping. feat. Cocc Pistol Cree:
Stop
Red lights in the distance
You never been to that district they reference
Trunk full of hashish and mescaline
Your mind is a mess and this bitch is undressin'
A)
Mash on the throttle like a G
Put a bottle to your teeth
Say fuck it, you're a free man
B)
Pull over to the side of the street
Keep your hand on the shotty sitting up under the seat or
C)
Let the cop pull you over say something slick
On some Jay-Z "99 Problems"-type-shit
D)
All of the above in your head but
It really doesn't matter cause you already dead
[genius.com]

"I love it" Icona Pop:
I got this feelin' on this summer day when you were gone
I crashed my car into the bridge, I watched, I let it burn
[from Genius.com]

"Trouble" Natalia Kills -- the line "Hold me down in the siren lights" evokes something for me...
posted by Margalo Epps at 12:29 PM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]




A couple more:
Tom Waits, Cold Cold Ground

and as someone else posted in the Metafilter thread right after the election, World Party, Ship of Fools
posted by dilettante at 12:34 PM on January 16, 2017 [2 favorites]


On my Cold War nihilist playlist, I've got:

The Great Atomic Power,
Southern Culture on the Skids
Hell, Squirrel Nut Zippers
Papa Death, Love and Money
Minutes To Live, Seconds To Die by MeFi's own The Brimstones
Break On Through (To The Other Side), The Doors
Destroy Everything You Touch, Ladytron
99 Luftballons, Nena
3:7:8, Emergency Broadcast Network (mixed by DJ Spooky)
posted by Pallas Athena at 12:34 PM on January 16, 2017 [2 favorites]


I keep thinking of Sun Ra's "Nuclear War."
posted by ferret branca at 12:36 PM on January 16, 2017 [2 favorites]


The Doors, "The End"
Talking Heads, "Life During Wartime"
Red Rockers, "Eve of Destruction"

Great question.
posted by yes I said yes I will Yes at 12:40 PM on January 16, 2017


Minutemen, Paranoid Chant
David Bowie, Bombers
Frank Black, Six Sixty-Six
Johnny Cash, The Man Who Couldn't Cry
Talking Heads, Life During Wartime
Curtis Mayfield, (Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below, We're All Going to Go
Eugene McDaniels, Headless Heroes*

*weird dark funk with bonus political relevance: Spiro Agnew supposedly tried to get the album (Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse) banned in 1971.
posted by miles per flower at 12:43 PM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


"Los Angeles is Burning" Bad Religion, "The whole world is going insane".
"Terrible Lie" Nine Inch Nails, "Hey God, why are you doing this to me?", and "Can this world really be as bad as it seems?"
"Funhouse" P!nk, "This used to be a fun house, but now it's full of evil clowns.... I'm gonna burn it down"
"Ave Mary A" P!nk, "How did you know to get out of a world gone mad, help me let go"
posted by Margalo Epps at 12:50 PM on January 16, 2017 [3 favorites]


NIN's Year Zero. Pick anything.
posted by lmfsilva at 12:52 PM on January 16, 2017


Tom Lehrer, We Will All Go Together When We Go
posted by Pallas Athena at 1:00 PM on January 16, 2017


Anything by Sisters of Mercy is going to be nice and doomy, but I would personally recommend "Black Planet"."
posted by celestine at 1:12 PM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


Ænema - ah well, we find it funny in a pretty dark way
posted by speakeasy at 1:14 PM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


You simply MUST have:

World Destruction by Afrika Bambaataa (Time Zone) and John Lydon (PIL)

These are just some of the incredibly-relevant lyrics:

This is a world destruction, your life ain't nothing.
The human race is becoming a disgrace.
Countries are fighting with chemical warfare.
Not giving a damn about the people who live.
Nostradamus predicts the coming of the Antichrist.
Hey, look out, the third world nations are on the rise.
The Democratic-Communist Relationship,
Won't stand in the way of the Islamic force.
The CIA is looking for other detectives.
The KGB is smarter than you think.
Brainwash mentalities to control the system.
Using TV and movies - religions of course.
Yes, the world is headed for destruction.
Is it a nuclear war?
What are you asking for?

posted by Halo in reverse at 1:16 PM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


The Battle is Over (But the War Goes On) - Sonny Terry
War - Edwin Starr
Jacob's Ladder - Chumbawamba
posted by chesty_a_arthur at 1:25 PM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


World Party- Ship of Fools

We're setting sail to a place on the map
From which no-one has ever returned
Drawn by the promise of the joker and the fool
By the light of the crosses that burned
Drawn by the promise of the wormen and lace
And the gold and the cotton and pearls
It's the place where they keep all the darkness you need
You sail away from the light of the world on this trip, baby

You will pay tomorrow
You're gonna pay tomorrow
You will pay tomorrow

Oh, save me, save me from tomorrow
I don't want to sail with this Ship of Fools, no, no
posted by Requiax at 1:26 PM on January 16, 2017 [2 favorites]


Bad Moon Rising by Creedence Clearwater Revival

We Gotta Get Out of This Place by The Animals
posted by mulcahy at 1:30 PM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


Charles Mingus - Oh Lord Don't Let Them Drop That Atomic Bomb on Me and Fables of Faubus.
posted by misteraitch at 1:31 PM on January 16, 2017


You choose your leaders and place your trust
As their lies wash you down and their promises rust
You'll see kidney machines replaced by rockets and guns
And the public wants what the public gets
But I don't get what this society wants
I'm going underground
posted by the return of the thin white sock at 1:36 PM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]




"and when the planet hit the sun
i saw the face of Allison"

I have no idea what this song is really about, but seems pretty end of world to me...
posted by Toddles at 2:48 PM on January 16, 2017


Well, I don't know if this exactly fits the theme, but this song has been on my mind a lot over the past year or so...

"Lies" - Violent Femmes
posted by TheFantasticNumberFour at 2:56 PM on January 16, 2017


Postal Service - We Will Become Silhouettes
posted by candyland at 3:39 PM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


Frank Turner-Love Ire and Song

Well we've been a good few hours drinking
So I'm going to say what everyone's thinking
If we're stuck on this ship and it's sinking
Then we might as well have a parade
Cos if it's still going to hurt in the morning
And a better plan's set to get forming
Then where's the harm spending an evening
In manning the old barricades,

posted by ActionPopulated at 3:48 PM on January 16, 2017


I've had Baby Götterdämerung by Monster Magnet stuck in my head since Nov 8 for this very reason.
posted by iamkimiam at 3:58 PM on January 16, 2017


Fuck You -Damageplan

Fuck your power trip and
Fuck your attitude and
Fuck your bloated ego too
Fuck your history, your tragedy, your misery
But most of all, fuck you!

posted by get off of my cloud at 4:00 PM on January 16, 2017


I'm really hoping someone programs "The Liberty Bell" by J.P. Sousa for the actual inauguration.
posted by Marky at 4:03 PM on January 16, 2017


Nick Cave: Red Right Hand, Tupelo, Death is Not the End, Mercy Seat, People Ain't No Good .....and pretty much everything else of his.

Pogues - Worms !
posted by runincircles at 4:25 PM on January 16, 2017


This needs to be the FIRST song on your playlist, I can't think of a better song designed for this purpose

Janelle Monae - Dance Apocalyptic
posted by yueliang at 4:35 PM on January 16, 2017 [6 favorites]


David Bowie - Five Years
posted by Room 641-A at 4:44 PM on January 16, 2017






Smoking Popes, Let Em Die.
posted by ElectricGoat at 5:59 PM on January 16, 2017


Jonathan Rice - We're All Stuck Out in the Desert and We're Gonna Die
Bright Eyes - Easy/Lucky/Free
Tom McRae - Walking to Hawaii
posted by unsub at 6:03 PM on January 16, 2017


Oh I forgot:
Elbow - Leaders of the Free World
posted by unsub at 6:08 PM on January 16, 2017 [1 favorite]


Peaches Fuck the pain away
posted by saucysault at 6:17 PM on January 16, 2017


Insanity by Oingo Boingo?

Love this idea.
posted by Threeve at 7:23 PM on January 16, 2017


Social Distortion - Don't Drag Me Down (lyrics)
Bob Geldof - The Great Song of Indifference (lyrics)
Stiff Little Fingers - I Don't Like You (lyrics)
John S. Hall - Shit
Tool - Jerk Off (lyrics)
B.A. Johnston - Too Dumb To Live
Ministy - Thieves (lyrics)
Tom Waits - In The Colosseum (lyrics)
posted by bethnull at 11:04 PM on January 16, 2017


Alkaline Trio - Armageddon.

Armageddon, let the light in
Before we say goodbye give us something to believe in
Armageddon, we're not begging
For too much I don't think
Just need a goodbye kiss (one last salute)
Before we sink
posted by le_salvo at 11:28 PM on January 16, 2017


New World Emerging Blues, by the Mountain Goats

Trans Jordanian Blues, by the Mountain Goats

The Thermals, Here's Your Future, sample lyric:

God reached his hand down from the sky
He flooded the land then he set it on fire
He said, "Fear me again. Know I'm your father.
Remember that no one can breathe underwater"
posted by fairlynearlyready at 12:29 AM on January 17, 2017 [2 favorites]


I dunno if this will give you any inspiration but I made this (probably very incomplete) spotify playlist of Thatcher-related songs when she died: Thatcher's Dead
posted by AaronRaphael at 3:50 AM on January 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


Calamity Song, the Decemberists
posted by anotherthink at 7:36 AM on January 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


I've been listening a lot to Aloe Blacc's "Ticking Bomb" lately.

"The whole world's sitting on a ticking bomb
So keep your calm, and carry on
The whole world's sitting on a ticking bomb

The silent war has begun
We're staring down a loaded gun
No refuge found on solid ground
This human race can't be won."
posted by corb at 9:02 AM on January 17, 2017




We Want War - These New Puritans
posted by Pallas Athena at 12:05 PM on January 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


Porno for Pyros, Pets.
posted by Sonny Jim at 12:37 PM on January 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


Simon and Garfunkle - My Little Town

And after it rains, there's a rainbow
But all of the colors are black.

posted by Billiken at 1:19 PM on January 17, 2017 [1 favorite]


Strapping Young Lad, Oh My Fucking God.
posted by Sonny Jim at 2:43 PM on January 17, 2017




R.E.M. "DJ at the End of the World"

The Smiths: "The Queen is Dead"

Morrissey: "Every Day is Like Sunday"
posted by 4ster at 6:41 PM on January 18, 2017


Dead Milkmen Life Is Shit.
posted by Gotanda at 10:35 PM on January 19, 2017 [1 favorite]


OMG! I totally forgot that this Angry Samoans video for Time Has Come Today features a black President in a bunker trying to prevent a clueless white dude from blowing up the world.
posted by Gotanda at 10:41 PM on January 19, 2017


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