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The Hunger Games: Dystopian Soundtrack

Friday, March 23, 2012

The much-anticipated sci-fi movie “The Hunger Games” comes out in theaters today, but the soundtrack to the film has been selling like gangbusters since Tuesday. Music journalist Joe Levy gives us his review of the star-studded album, which was produced by T-Bone Burnett. Plus, we open the phones to talk about great music inspired by dismal predictions of life in the future.

Listeners: What's your favorite music about a dystopian future? Leave your comment below.

 

Dystopia's Greatest Hits: A List by Joe Levy

Bob Dylan, “Talking World War III Blues”

Bowie, “Five Years”

The Who, “Baba O’Riley” and/or “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

Dr. Octagon's “Dr. Octagon”

Rush - “Temples of Syrinx”

Guests:

Joe Levy

Comments [37]

Mark from New York

"This ain't rock n' roll, this is genocide!" Diamond Dogs by David Bowir. C'mon.

Mar. 23 2012 10:34 PM
Bernie from UWS

- Dies Irae from Verdi Requiem
- Quartet for the End of Time - by Messiaen
- Le Grand Macabre by Ligeti

Mar. 23 2012 07:13 PM
Diane from Prince's Shoe Closet

<a href="http://www.allmusic.com/song/newest-industry-t2720476">Newest Industry</a>, from the album "Zen Arcade" by Husker Du.

Please accept these two colons -- :: -- to be rotated 90 degrees and applied in lieu of umlauts to the band name, above.

Mar. 23 2012 04:17 PM
Vinny_G from Upper West Side NYC

"Who Are The Brain Police?" Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
"Mister Blue" The Clear Light

Mar. 23 2012 02:37 PM
Tein from Northern New Jersey

Streets on Fire by Lupe Fiasco

Mar. 23 2012 02:37 PM
John A.

"U.K." and "Them Crooked Vultures" first albums for me dealt so well with this _mood_ of fail.

Mar. 23 2012 02:37 PM
Greg from South Orange

I just remembered a great and haunting version by the late great Nina Simone,
"The Twenty Second Century" It qualifies because it speaks of a great coming dystopia in man becoming an enemy to himself through the technological things he invents.

Mar. 23 2012 02:36 PM
Asaf Soof from Union Sq

Radio Kaos (Kaus) from the guy fro Pink Floyd Rogers

Mar. 23 2012 02:36 PM
Greg from South Orange

I just remembered a great and haunting version by the late great Nina Simone,
"The Twenty Second Century" It qualifies because it speaks of a great coming dystopia in man becoming an enemy to himself through the technological things he invents.

Mar. 23 2012 02:35 PM
Vinny_G from Upper West Side NYC

"Who Are The Brain Police?" Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
"Mister Blue" The Clear Light

Mar. 23 2012 02:35 PM
Joe R from New Jersey

David Bowie: FIVE YEARS

Mar. 23 2012 02:34 PM
Ryan from Greenwich Village

You can't forget Jonathan Coulton's futuristic songs from the perspective of the supervillan like "Skullcrusher Mountain" and "The Future Soon".

Mar. 23 2012 02:34 PM
Steve from Rockville Centre, NY

London Calling by the Clash.

Mar. 23 2012 02:34 PM
leano from brooklyn

Jon Parr- Restless heart- The Running Man.
thats all I have to say.

Mar. 23 2012 02:34 PM
Carol Vinzant from brooklyn, ny

My City Was Gone by The Pretenders

Mar. 23 2012 02:34 PM
joe bowers

good news week hedgehoppers anonymous

Mar. 23 2012 02:32 PM
marc

day of the lords by joy division

Mar. 23 2012 02:29 PM
Jamie from Long Island

David Bowie's song 1984. Not sure if this song was in the movie, but it was certainly based on the book. Definitely a future I would not want to live in!

Mar. 23 2012 02:29 PM
Mark from Westchester

John said it: King Crimson's song that begins "The walls on which the prophets wrote is cracking at the seams...."

Mar. 23 2012 02:28 PM
Mark from Albuquerque

As far as dystopian songs/music go, I like the song "Seven Souls" by the band, Material. Who better represents a dystopian future than the guest vocalist, William S. Burroughs?

Mar. 23 2012 02:28 PM

The Wall by Pink Floyd (the WHOLE album)
Sex Packets by Digital Undeground

Mar. 23 2012 02:27 PM
Sara B. from NYC

The soundtrack of "Dark City" (a much better film than the Matrix!) - especially "The Information" by Course of Empire.

Mar. 23 2012 02:26 PM
Siouxie from Bronx

My vote would have to be the Soundtrack Clockwork Orange. So bizarre and so wrong and I love it. Genius to turn "Singing in the Rain" on it's head like that.

Mar. 23 2012 02:26 PM
Walt from Princeton from Princeton, NJ

"Everyone's Gone to the Moon," a pretty but depressing British Invasion-era hit by Jonathan King.

Mar. 23 2012 02:25 PM
Mark Rehnstrom from Astoria

When I was about 10 years old the very first 45 rpm record ever bought was "In the Year 2525"

Mar. 23 2012 02:25 PM

"905" by The Who on the Who Are You album. Opening line: "My mother was an incubator, my father was the contents / of a test tube in the ice box/ in the factory of birth." It's by Entwhistle. One of my favorties. I always think of Brave New World when I listen to it.

Mar. 23 2012 02:24 PM
Paul from Brooklyn

Billy Joel's "Miami 2017"

Mar. 23 2012 02:23 PM
Scott from Long Island City

"Turbulence" by Deltron 3030

Mar. 23 2012 02:23 PM
Bob from NJ

Before the Deluge - Jackson Browne

Mar. 23 2012 02:22 PM
Jenny in Jersey from NJ

We Don't Need Another Hero by Tina Turner from Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

Mar. 23 2012 02:22 PM
Paul from Brooklyn

Billy Joel's "Miami 2017"

Mar. 23 2012 02:21 PM
Tom P from NJ

"Run Straight Down" by Warren Zevon

Mar. 23 2012 02:21 PM
Mark from Westchester

House at Pooh Corners, by the Jefferson Airplane,album: Crown of Creation

Mar. 23 2012 02:19 PM
Rick from NYC

#1 on ANY dystopian list: "EVE OF DESTRUCTION" by Barry Maguire. honorable mention: "IN THE YEAR 2525," by ZAGER & EVANS, and "FIVE TO ONE" by THE DOORS. 'nuff said!

Mar. 23 2012 02:08 PM
Brett from Williamsburg

You Didn't Tell Anybody (We're All Gonna Die) by The Trembling Turncoats

Mar. 23 2012 01:52 PM
Brett from Williamsburg

Christmas At Groundzero by Weird Al Yankovic

Mar. 23 2012 01:48 PM
Psnbts from Fremont IN

Whats the hype? People get so crazy for shoes. Holy. Get crazy about your own lives!

Mar. 22 2012 09:50 PM

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