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Fire and Ice (The Apocalymix)


Well, the end is nigh again. And according to a pretty sweet (and apparently “based on a true story”) John Cusack action flick I saw on Spike the other day, 12/21/12 is the due date for a mass shuffle off this mortal coil. Mayans said so, dude. I must say that I was, however, a little thrown off when I received my 2013 Mayan calendar in the mail the other day.

Either way, in honor of the upcoming doomsday (and possibly because it just won’t matter in a few days), we’ve decided to do this Tape on Book on a poem. A Tape on Poem, as it were. More specifically, Robert Frost’s lovely ode to end times, Fire and Ice. You know, this one:

Some say the world will end in fire,
Some say in ice.
From what I’ve tasted of desire
I hold with those who favor fire.
But if it had to perish twice,
I think I know enough of hate
To say that for destruction ice
Is also great
And would suffice.

To prepare you good folks for all doomsday eventualities and in light of Bob Frost’s indecisiveness, we’ve created a handful of unique musical accompaniments for our grand finale. So, stock up on bullets, batteries, and twinkies, head down to the bunker, and rock out! Behold the ice cap meltin’, planet X crashin’, giant lizard monster smashin’, LHC black hole inducin’, nuclear holocaustin’, plague spreadin’, four horsemen ridin’ APOCALYMIXES!

Apocalymix A – If The World Should End In FIRE
If The World Should End in Fire – The Handsome Family
Here’s Your Future – The Thermals
Sabre Dance – Khachaturian
It’s the End of the World As We Know It – R.E.M.
Electric Funeral – Black Sabbath
Fire and Brimstone – Link Wray
The Earth Died Screaming – Tom Waits
Five Years – David Bowie
When the World’s On Fire – The Carter Family
Eve of Destruction – Johnny Thunders
Mushroom Clouds – Love
In the Year 2525 – Zager and Evans
California Earthquake – Mama Cass Elliott
The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash
John the Revelator – Blind Willie Johnson
Number of the Beast – Iron Maiden
Pink Moon – Nick Drake
Ashes to Ashes – Steve Earle
So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You – Woody Guthrie
Dance of Death – John Fahey

Apocalymix B – If The World Should End In ICE
If the World Should End in Ice – The Handsome Family
Idioteque – Radiohead
Fire and Ice – Robert Frost
The Other Side – Tiny Tim
London Calling – The Clash
World Destruction – Time Zone
1000 Cities Falling – The Sadies
Waiting for the End of the World – Elvis Costello
(I’ll Love You) Till the End of the World – Nick Cave
End Times – Eels
Ice Age – Joy Division
I’ve Just Destroyed the World – Willie Nelson
The Apocalypse Song – St. Vincent
Bad Moon Rising – CCR
Last Snowstorm of the Year – Low
The End of the World – Skeeter Davis
Until the End of the World – U2
Death to Everyone – Bonnie Prince Billy
Doomsday – Elvis Perkins in Dearland
The Hollow Men – Pageant Theatre

And, as a special treat for our last moments together, a bonus mix in my preferred flavor of Judgment Day. Just in case it all ends with a bang and not a whimper:

Apocalymix Z – If the world should end in ZOMBIES
Astro Zombies – The Misfits
I Walked With a Zombie – Roky Erickson and the Aliens
Zombie Jamboree – Harry Belafonte
Big Zombie – The Mekons
Brain – The Action
Zombies – The King Khan and BBQ Show
I Walk on Guilded Splinters – Dr. John
Zombie Dance – The Cramps
The Zombies of Mora-Tau – Jad Fair
Mi Novia es un Zombie – Expulsados
Zombi – The Monotones
Zombie – Fela Kuti

Poster - Seventh Seal

So long! It’s been good to know you.